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A boat tour of Copenhagen | Denmark

When in Copenhagen, one should do like the Danish and ride a bike, right? I fully intended on taking a cycling tour of the city, but they were running 2-3 hours long which I thought was just a bit too long. So instead we opted to take a boat tour of Copenhagen, which lasted about 1h. It was great to see Copenhagen from one of its best feature: water. Since we also walked for 3 straight days, it was fun to be off our legs and on a boat to see some bits of the city we hadn’t yet reached.

We took the grand tour with Stromma leaving from Nyhavn. I would really recommend it! It was open top so it was great to take photos – and thankfully the weather kept up. The guide was really knowledgable and went back and forth effortlessly between English, Danish and Spanish. I was impressed!

The boat tour took us from Nyhavn onto the main sea channel. We could see the Royal Danish Playhouse and Papieron, where we had eaten the day before. Then it was east toward the former naval base Nyholm. 

We went down the canals towards Freetown Christiania. The Brit and I hadn’t managed to walk all the way there, so it was nice to take a peek at it from the boat.

The boat went around toward the windy east end before turning to see the Little Mermaid. We didn’t get a great view from the boat, so I was glad that we had walked over there beforehand. On the way back toward the city centre we saw a lovely view of Amalienborg Slot – just in time for a giant American yacht to come and block the view.

Then we went down smaller canals and enjoyed some (windy) sunshine. We also got a glowing look at the Black Diamond Library as well as catching a good look at Christiansborg Slot.

We had a little traumatising experience with one passenger not ducking when we went under a bridge. But except from that I’ve really come to enjoy canal tours. We even took one during our most recent trip in the Netherlands! And while I usually like a good self-guided tour, I really enjoy having locals tell me more about their own history and city.

Would you take a boat tour of Copenhagen?xx

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