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Copenhagen: Canal Cruise from Nyhavn

1. Copenhagen: Canal Cruise from Nyhavn

Experience Copenhagen from the water on a canal cruise and see how the past and present merge as you travel along idyllic canals, passing many of the city’s most famous landmarks, old and new. Depart from Nyhavn before navigating some of the city’s many waterways. Admire the palaces of Christiansborg and Amalienborg, see the sights of the Nyhavn waterfront, and marvel at the financial centers, such as the Central Bank and the former Copenhagen Stock Exchange. Cruise past the Little Mermaid statue in Langelinie as your tour guide tells the history of the statue and other landmarks and buildings you pass. Afterward, return to Nyhavn. Commentaries are available in Danish and English, as well as an additional 3rd language on request.

Copenhagen City Card (including transportation)

2. Copenhagen City Card (including transportation)

Get your personal passport to Copenhagen with a Copenhagen City Card and enjoy free entrance to more than 80 different museums and attractions. Available for periods of 24, 48, 72, 96 and 120 hours, the card grants access to some of the city’s best museums and attractions. Get from site to site with free and unlimited use of the transportation system, including city buses, trains and the metro. Learn more about the Danish capital at sites such as the Royal Palace, or enjoy all the thrills of one of Europe’s oldest amusement parks. Here is a small selection of the attractions that your Copenhagen Card covers: • Tivoli Gardens • Canal Tours (Grand Tour of Copenhagen) • Rosenborg Castle • Amalienborg • ARKEN Museum for Moderne Kunst • Dansk Arkitektur Center • Geologisk Museum (Statens Naturhistoriske Museum) • Museet for Samtidskunst • Roskilde Museum • Zoologisk Museum (Statens Naturhistoriske Museum) • The Round Tower • Christianborg - The Royal Reception Rooms • The National Museum • Kronborg Castle • Copenhagen Zoo In the coming season, April 1, 2022 – March 31, 2023, there are 89 attractions included in the card. Seven new or returning attractions are also now included: • Casino Marienlyst• Casino Vesterport• The Cisterns • Design Museum Denmark • ENIGMA • The Museum of Danish Resistance • Elsinore Museum

Copenhagen: 3 Hour Bike Tour with Guide

3. Copenhagen: 3 Hour Bike Tour with Guide

Once everyone has been partnered with a bike that suits them, the tour will begin. You will visit such sights as the New Houses, The Little Mermaid, The Gefion Fountain, The English Church, The Gefion Fountain, Amalienborg Castle, The Marble Church, The Opera house, The New Harbor, Christiania, Our Saviors Church, Christiansborg, The Lakes of Copenhagen, The King's Garden and Rosenborg Castle. In between there will be the opportunity to have a small lunch/coffee break at  at Torvehallerne- a local food market, to rest the legs and get a snack. Throughout the tour your guide will tell you all the history of the places we see, along with a lot of fun stories surrounding them and Danish culture in general. The tour involves biking for most of the tour, as well as walking in a few areas where biking is not allowed. We have the most knowledgeable guides in Copenhagen who take pleasure in passing on their knowledge to you. Once the tour is over, your guide will be happy to give you recommendations on where to go next or perhaps revisit sights that you saw along the tour.

Copenhagen: 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Classic Bus Tour

4. Copenhagen: 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Classic Bus Tour

Enjoy beautiful Copenhagen at your own pace with the popular hop-on hop-off bus tour. The tour covers all of the highlights in Copenhagen while allowing you to hop on and off as much as you like. The buses are adapted with an electric roof that is used in the event of rain. Naturally, the buses are heated during winter. Some of the most important sights to explore are: the Little Mermaid, Amalienborg Palace, Rosenborg Palace, Nyhavn, Gammel Strand, Gefion Fountain and Christiansborg Palace. The open-top tour ticket is also loaded with discounts to several popular attractions, guided tours and restaurants. You will receive more information upon departure from the tour personnel. 

Copenhagen Old Town Walk

5. Copenhagen Old Town Walk

Looking for the charm of Copenhagen that hides behind cozy street corners where a plethora of quaint, creaky buildings give tribute to a bygone era? Search no further! These old remnants of the city are like finding a needle in a haystack, you have to know where to look. On this small-group tour of Copenhagen's old town, travel back in time and be enchanted as you follow in the footsteps of Copenhagen’s historical roots, revealing the hidden treasures of the city. Walking back through history, you start off by taking a look at Rådhusplatsen, home to Copenhagen City Hall. A step further back in time will bring you to the squares Nytorv and Gammeltorv. You'll journey past the Church of Our Lady (also known as Copenhagen Cathedral), where an Australian commoner became a Crown Princess; look up to the stars like astronomers have done from atop The Round Tower, and take in the colorful facades of the houses surrounding the historical hangout Gråbrødretorv. If you have a sweet tooth like many Danes, you'll enjoy the visit to the Bolsje factory. Before your walking tour ends enjoy a short walk along the main shopping streets, weaving our way in and out of secret alleys that will bring you to a view of Slotsholme. With the impressive Christiansborg Palace, Slotsholmen is a hot spot for both royalty and politicians. There it is, your Copenhagen Old Town Walk – short, sweet and complete.

Central Copenhagen: 2-Hour Small Group Walking Tour

6. Central Copenhagen: 2-Hour Small Group Walking Tour

Discover the sites of central Copenhagen on a 2-hour walking tour. With a local by your side, you’ll learn about the city’s culture, see important historical sites, and stop by lesser-known gems.  The tour kicks off from Kafferiet, one of Copenhagen’s most charming coffee houses. Arrive 10 minutes before the tour start time and you can grab a cup of coffee or another beverage if you’d like to take it along. From the coffee house, your expert guide will take you on a historical highway with tales that will enthrall you. Hear about the greatest moments of Copenhagen’s rich 1000-year long history. It all starts at one of the most iconic fortifications called Kastellet. From there head through a lush, green park that commemorates the heroes of World War II. Encounter one of Copenhagen’s most impressive fountains called the Gefion Fountain. As you walk past, go by a boardwalk with an amazing view of the harbor. Say hi to the iconic Little Mermaid and hear why she’s more epic than you might imagine. Afterward, visit Amalienborg and see the Royal Palace. Here your guide will let you in on insider stories about the Royal Guards and awe-inspiring tales about the royals that only those who have been in the guard know about. You will even get to play a little game that will test your observational skills about where the current head of the Danish royal family, Daisy, lives. Next, walk to the picturesque harbor canal, New Harbor. Get a very special point of view for a memorable photo. Don’t hesitate to ask your guide in assisting in capturing that picture-perfect image. Continue down a little alleyway and walk across one of Copenhagen's most famous squares. Stretch your neck back and admire the spire of one of Copenhagen's most spectacular churches. This will conveniently lead you to the palace that serves as the Danish parliament today. Learn all about Danish politics and its all-encompassing welfare society. Also hear why it has helped earn the Danish the title as some of the happiest people in the world years in a row. The tour ends here at a beautiful square, conveniently located right next to the main pedestrian street right in the heart of Copenhagen close to busses, taxis, and metro lines.

Copenhagen: Small-Group Hygge and Happiness Culture Tour

7. Copenhagen: Small-Group Hygge and Happiness Culture Tour

Embark on a 3.5-hour walking tour of Copenhagen. Get to the root of hygge, and get to know Danish culture. The concept of hygge is hard to describe, but easy to experience. See why Danes are some of the world’s happiest people, and experience hygge for yourself. “Hygge” is a concept that is an all-encompassing ingredient for the Danish way of life. Set out on a slow-paced walking tour with a born-and-raised local to appreciate this unique Copenhagen vibe. Glimpse this concept from a local perspective, and recognize why hygge is so important in today’s society. Begin the tour in the charming neighborhood of Nyboder, a local gem beloved by residents for its irresistible calmness. Here, start with introductions, and get close with those of whom you’ll experience hygge. Afterwards, amble through the small, picturesque streets of Nyboder, one of the oldest parts of Copenhagen, filled to the brim with cobblestone streets, timber-framed houses, and green spaces amongst the urban sprawl. Take your time to wander through, as that is a great way to kick off the hygge experience. Engage your taste buds along the way with bites of world-renowned pastries, delicious traditional Danish flødeboller, and a cup of liquid joy. Learn how these play into the Danish traditional way of life through historical accounts from your knowledgeable guide. Escape the urban sprawl with stops in green spaces or hidden alleys, only known to the locals. Settle in for a bit of relaxation, and hear the history of how Copenhagen came to be. Take Instagram worthy photos with the stunning backdrops of this city, as well as miniature and grand castles with great views. Discover the secrets of why some people say Denmark is a utopia and fairytale-like, consistently being ranked amongst the happiest people in the world year after year. Conclude the tour with a sit-down with your group at a local café in Copenhagen to enjoy a cup of coffee. Want to explore further? Feel free to ask your local guide for personal recommendations.

Copenhagen: 2-Hour City Walking Tour

8. Copenhagen: 2-Hour City Walking Tour

Explore the historic sights and neighborhoods of Copenhagen on a comprehensive city walk, and marvel at monuments such as Christiansborg Palace, and Amalienborg Palace, Home to the queen of Denmark. Ideal for those with limited time in the Danish capital, or for those that want to get their bearings before a more detailed trip. Marvel at the vast public space where concerts and celebrations are frequently held. Continue along the main shopping street of Ströget, and look in the windows of luxury boutiques and high street stores. Next, go to the islet of Slotsholmen to see the impressive Christiansborg Palace, seat of the Danish Parliament (Folketinget), Danish Prime Minister's Office, and Supreme Court of Denmark. Along the way, experience everyday life in the city and learn about local customs. Take a quick look at the colorful canal-side townhouses of Nyhavn (New Harbour), and look for some of the historic wooden ships anchored in the harbor.

Copenhagen: Private Full-Day City Tour with Food Tastings

9. Copenhagen: Private Full-Day City Tour with Food Tastings

Explore Copenhagen on this private full-day tour with a guide. Admire the city's culture, history, gastronomy, architecture, and pioneering social and urban development. Combine the highlights of the city with hidden spots that only a local can show you. From the iconic Round Tower to the oldest streets and corners of Copenhagen's old town. Meet your guide at the central fountain in Kultorvet Square and begin your tour of Copenhagen. Visit Christiansborg Palace, the former Royal residence and now the headquarters of the Danish Parliament. Enjoy a tasting of the Danish cuisine in its magnificent tower while having a privileged view of the city. Walk between canals on the island of Christianshavn. Visit the Church of Our Saviour, a baroque building famous for its spiral outdoor staircase. Explore Freetown Christiania, a community located in the heart of the Danish capital. Learn about this self-governing and independent community, where more than a thousand people live together in peace and away from social norms. After your visit to Christianshavn, relax by the canal and watch the boats as they pass by in the colorful port of Nyhavn, one of Copenhagen's more famous travel destinations. Then visit Rosenborg Castle, King's Gardens, and the Marble Church. Make your last food-tasting stop for a Danish pastry. Savor your delicious pastry and have a coffee before visiting Amalienborg, the official residence of the Kings of Denmark. From the gardens, you can admire an architectural gem on the other side of the canal, the Copenhagen Opera House. Go along the river and see the Kastellet, a fortress built in the 17th century. Visit the Gefion Fountain, a symbol of the history of the Danish capital, where you can make a wish. Your last stop is the Little Mermaid, a symbol that represents Copenhagen. Before saying goodbye, your guide will take you to the train or boat station to make sure you can get back to the city center without any problems.

Copenhagen: Private City Walking Tour with Canal Tour Ticket

10. Copenhagen: Private City Walking Tour with Canal Tour Ticket

Don't miss this walking city tour of Copenhagen coupled with a relaxing canal tour. The city of Copenhagen is small enough to be discovered on foot, which is also the best way to get the most up-close and personal experiences of the city. Your journey starts as you meet your guide at City Hall Square, where he will briefly introduce the city. Make your way through the old and new streets, bringing history and the present together. See the Amalienborg Palace, the square of Kongens Nytorv and Christiansborg Castle, among other beautiful sights. Then, continue on your journey through the city with a boat tour through the canals of the city. Departing from Nyhavn, pass by the famous Little Mermaid statue; the Royal Opera House, designed by Henning Larsen for culture fans and daredevils alike; Christiansborg Palace, the center of Copenhagen's power for more than 800 years; Paper Island, full of everything from warehouses to international street food and the Circle Bridge, more of an art installation than a bridge. Pass by these beautiful parts of the city and more on this relaxing cruise, the perfect way to finish off your day exploring Copenhagen.

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What people are saying about Christiansborg Palace

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It’s very convenient for me as I live a little outside of CHP and most places I visited required a ticket. The card covered all my transportation costs and ticket fees. But there’re some attractions which are free to enter. So be sure to check the costs of your itinerary first.

Perfect if you want to get around fast and see as many sights as possible. All main sights are included (eg. Christiansborg castle, Frelsers Kirke, canal tour etc.). Which makes it easy to visit for a great deal. Can only recommend.

This card will save you tons of money. Free public transportation is definitely important when you visit Copenhagen. The free attractions were also great. I got to enjoy CPH at a very affordable price because of this card.

Super nice guide Alia Makhmud she knew a lot about the history of Copenhagen. The boat tour was also really great!

An alternative way to see Copenhagen in short time.