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Boat trip in Copenhagen, it’s cliché, but it’s worth it.

There are some tours that are true tourist traps and I have a tendency to doubt and even shy away from these attractions. I confess that before arriving in Denmark, the Copenhagen boat tour it wasn’t something I really thought about doing.

On my first day in the city, one of the things I saw the most were the boats taking tourists up and down the canals. Speaking of canals, there are so many that Copenhagen is known as the “Venice of the North” or Amsterdam of the Nordics. Certainly a title given by some smart-ass to generate more interest, it seems like Copenhagen needs it.

I confess that at the end of my first day I was already looking at the boat trip in Copenhagen with a certain sympathy. Thinking about the beautiful photos and cool videos I could make when seeing the city from another point of view.

Copenhagen boat tour

And that’s when a false step and a slight sprain in the foot served as excuses to embark on this tour. You know, taking a walk sitting down, without having to walk with a sore foot? That’s it. I know!

The Copenhagen boat tour departs from the pier in Nyhavn and runs along the city’s main canal. We passed the Opera House, Royal Palace, Marble Cathedral and continued on to Langelinie Park. The boat stops beside the famous sculpture of Little Mermaidfrom the work of the Dane Hans Christian Andersen.

opera house

The Little Mermaid and an army of people photographing

The small sculpture by the canal is one of the most visited and photographed places in Copenhagen. To avoid disappointment – ​​something quite common when it comes to sculpture – I already say that it is small and even dull. But, so you don’t waste your time going to the park to see the work, it’s worth taking advantage of the boat ride to cross this tourist spot off your list.

Small and shy, many are disappointed

Then the boat turns around and heads towards Christianshavn, now navigating the narrow canals. Highlight for the beautiful golden tower of the Church of Our Savior that captures everyone’s attention. It is worth visiting the church and climbing the tower, it is from where we have the best view of Copenhagen.

In Christianshavn you will see many boats that serve as housing and even bars and restaurants, do not be alarmed if at 8 am you come across a group of Danes having their morning beer.

Leaving Christianshavn’s maze of canals, we cross the main canal again and pass the beautiful Danish Architecture Centre. Architects and architecture fans need to visit this place.

Copenhagen boat tour

The boat now follows a super-narrow canal that runs through the oldest part of Copenhagen. Get your cameras ready for beautiful photos and crossing bridges so low it looks like the boat is going to get stuck at any moment.

You’ll see Christiansborg Palace from a totally different angle, just ahead is the Thorvaldsen Museum and the tower of the Nikolaj Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center, the former church-turned-cultural center. Another place worth visiting.

After a curve we pass in front of the Břrsen, the Copenhagen Stock Exchange building and its curious spiral tower. This is one of the most beautiful points of the tour.

The Stock Exchange Building and Christiansborg Palace

Leaving this channel, we return to the main channel and head towards Nyhavn. Passing under the modern Inderhavnsbroen Bridge that connects Nyhavn to one of Copenhagen’s many islands.

And we finish the ride back to Nyhavn, the canal that served as a port in the 17th century, was the work of King Christian V, who wanted to take the sea to the Kongens Nytorv in the center of the city. Today it is the most visited and photographed place in Copenhagen.

How to take the boat tour in Copenhagen

You can buy the tour on the spot, the sales kiosk is at the very beginning of the canal in Nyhavn. There are several types of tours, but most people buy the 1-hour tour that costs the equivalent of 60 reais.

Another tour offered is the hop-on / hop-off boat, which allows you to disembark close to tourist attractions and embark again. Honestly, the hop-on / hop-off is expensive and not worth it, because what matters in Copenhagen is so close that the best thing to do is on foot. Some tour bus packages include a boat tour.

If you want to buy online, at the end of this post are links to the various boat tours in Copenhagen, as well as other attractions in the city.


If you are looking for where to stay in Copenhagen, here on the blog is a very complete post explaining the best neighborhoods and where to avoid. Look here. But I leave some tips below.

I stayed at the First Hotel Twentyseven, the price was a little above my budget, but because of the location, it was well worth it as I saved money on transportation. The hotel is close to everything and very comfortable.

Close to Marble Cathedral and Nyhavn is Wakeup Copenhagen Borgergade, which is more attractively priced than First Hotel Twentyseven and can be a great option.

A good option for those who want to save money and avoid hostels, in the central region of the city is the Cabinn City, which is part of the Cabinn chain of hotels in Denmark. Daily rates are usually half of the hotels I mentioned above and cheaper than some hostels in Copenhagen.

Speaking of hostels, these are some that came highly recommended: Danhostel Copenhagen City, Bedwood Hostel and the Copenhagen Downtown Hostel.

Returning to hotels, if you don’t mind taking the subway to go downtown, Cabinn Metro is from the same network I mentioned above. It has the cheapest options in Copenhagen. The hotel is next to the Ørestad metro and train station, in a new neighborhood.

How to get from the airport to the city center
How to use the Copenhagen Metro
Where to stay in Copenhagen

What to do in Copenhagen
Copenhagen boat tour
Copenhagen: colorful houses and the parallel world of Christiania

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