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Copenhagen, Denmark


Nyhavn

Introduction

Pronounced Co-pen-HAY-gen, the capital of Denmark and home of Hans Christian Anderson is the embarkation point for many Baltic cruises.

Where You're Docked

Most ships dock at Nordhavn - Oceankaj (c330-c334), Langelinie Pier (c190-c199) or Freeport Terminal - Orientkaj (c252, c254) and Levantkaj (c266). Oceankaj has been added for cruise ship use in 2014 and is quite a bit further from Nordhavn S-Tog Station so you may want to take a taxi if berthed here. Langeline and Freeport Terminal are both 10-15 minute walks from S-Tog commuter train stations. Check the google map below for the walking route from Nordhavn station to Freeport Terminal. As of May 2013, the main vehicle gate for the port has moved further north. The pedestrian/cyclist gate across from the railway underpass should remain open as a shortcut between the port and Nordhavn.

Update May 2014 - Recent reports indicate heavy traffic congestion at Oceankaj terminal on turnaround days due to a single lane road and construction. Allow yourself plenty of time to get to and from this terminal.

Freeport - Orientkaj (c252, c254) Levantkaj (C266)

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Nordhavn - Oceankaj Pier (c330-c334)

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Langelinge Pier (c190-c199)

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Money & Tipping

Denmark's currency is the Danish Krone (DKK). Tourist-friendly shops may take Euros. Credit cards are accepted at a lot of places but most self-serve terminals require chip and pin cards. Ask before trying to use a magnetic swipe card. There may also be a 3% surcharge for using foreign credit cards. In Europe, it is common to leave a small tip (5-10%) when dining at restaurants. Taxi drivers do not expect to be tipped though it is common to round up to the nearest 10 DKK.

Local Transportation

Copenhagen's transit system consists of both a S-Tog (commuter rail) and a metro network. Single trip transit tickets are 24 DKK (Jan 2014), good for 1 hour, two zones and valid for transfers between bus, S-Tog or metro. If staying for a couple days, get a ten-trip klippekort for 150 DKK or a Copenhagen card. Tickets have to be validated at machines in the stations. If going more than a couple of stops, you will need to pay more since pricing is based on zones. You can punch the klippekort for multi zones or multiple people.

Closest S-Tog stations are Nordhavn for Freeport Terminal/Oceankaj and Osterport for Langelinie Pier. Bus 26 from Central and Osterport stations goes to Langeline (destination Langelinjekaj) and Freeport. Some buses will terminate at Oceankaj (destination Unicef Faergehavn Nord). Service is hourly on weekdays with additional buses when cruise ships are docked at Oceankaj including weekends. These are regular city buses so boarding with luggage may be inconvenient.

Update June 2014 - From the Movia website. June 12 2014 to Sep 23 2014. Extra shuttle buses to and from the cruise ship terminal (bus 26). When cruise ships dock at Oceankaj (cruise ship terminal), shuttle buses will run between Østerport station (at Folke Bernadottes Allé) and Oceankaj from 8 AM until 4 PM. http://goo.gl/Gr1YFb

City Sightseeing and Open Top Tours both run hop on, hop off (HOHO) buses for 185 DKK and 195 DKK. http://www.city-sightseeing.com/tours/denmark/copenhagen.htm or http://www.stromma.dk/en/SIGHTSEEING-TOURS/Hop-on-Hop-off-Bus/

Sample Taxi Fares from http://taxifarefinder.com (June 2014) - Copenhagen airport to Central - 200 DKK, Copenhagen airport to Oceankaj Pier - 340 DKK, Copenhagen airport to Langeline Pier - 250 DKK, Central to Oceankaj Pier - 220 DKK, Central to Langeline Pier - 150 DKK

Taxi fares include tax and tips, and you can normally pay by credit card though there may be a surcharge. Ask the driver if your magnetic stripe card is ok first.

Getting to/from the Airport

Copenhagen Airport (CPH) is accessible from Central Station on the regular rail network or the metro from Kongens Nytorv. You will need a three zone ticket for either service (36 DKK, Jan 2014). A taxi should cost approx 200 DKK to Central Station. See the Copenhagen airport link here http://www.cph.dk/en/parking-transport/Bus-train-and-metro/

Hotels

Any hotel in the city center is a good choice location-wise. Being close to Central or other S-Tog stations will be convenient if taking the train to Freeport Terminal. Search hotels in Copenhagen here

Must See Sights

  • Little Mermaid - located down the promenade from Langelinie Pier, this statue is the symbol of Copenhagen.
  • Nynhavn - This old port area is now filled with restaurants on the sunny south-facing side. Take a canal tour from here. There are multiple companies operating tours so shop around for the best deal. The first company you see will probably be the most expensive. To save money and enjoy the area like a local, buy beers at a store and take a seat along the canal. Located at the eastern end of Stroget.
  • Tivoli Garden - This small amusement park with gardens, restaurants and rides was Walt Disney's inspiration for Disneyland. Entry 99 DKK (Jan 2014). Opens at 11am. Beside Central Station with the main entrance on the north side of the park. http://www.tivoli.dk/
  • Vor Frelsers Kirke (Our Saviour Church) - If you don't mind stairs, you can climb up to the main spire of this church from the OUTSIDE. Tower opens 10am Mon-Sat, 10:30 Sunday, 40 DKK (Jan 2014) Metro Christianshavn http://www.vorfrelserskirke.dk/
  • Christiania - this hippie squatters village on a former military site is an unusual tourist attraction if you don't mind the smell of hash and marijuana. Down the road from Our Saviour Church.
  • Amalienborg Palace - this is one of several palaces around Copenhagen. The Marble Church is nearby. It's a short walk north along the waterfront from Nyhavn. Other palaces include Rosenborg with a large garden and Christiansborg.
  • Glyptoteket Art Museum - has a collection of many masterpieces. Free on Sundays (free guided tours as well) and 75 DKK/€11(Jan 2014) Tue-Sat. Hours 11am to 5pm, closed Mondays. Located beside the southeast corner of Tivoli Gardens. http://www.glyptoteket.dk/
  • Danish National Museum (east of City Hall) and National Gallery (north of Rosenborg Castle) - both are free and closed Mondays. http://natmus.dk/ http://www.smk.dk/en/
  • Round Tower - A unique tower with a spiral ramp to the top. http://www.rundetaarn.dk/en/

If you are planning to visit a lot of sights, consider buying a Copenhagen card which includes admission to many attractions and a public transport pass. The card can be purcased from the post office in Central Station or from the tourist office opposite the main entrance to Tivoli Garden. http://www.copenhagencard.com/

Shopping & Restaurants

Stroget is a long pedestrian street winding its way from City Hall (get a picture sitting on Hans Christian Anderson Statue) to Nyhavn. It also branches north to Norreport. Torvehallernekbh, an upscale covered market, opened in 2011 by Norreport Metro.

Visit the Carlsberg Brewery Museum for a tour and a beer (Enghave Station - walk through the large brewery complex).

Try a delicious pastry from LagKagehuset (various locations, including Stroget, west of the Tivoli entrance, and across from Christianhavn metro).

There is an Aldi discount supermarket beside Nordhavn station if you are on your way to Freeport Terminal. There is an Irma supermarket by Norreport station and another one beside the main entrance to Tivoli Garden. A block north of Central Station is Rema 1000 at Hammerichsgade 1.

Fisketorvet mall is south of the city center. Take the S-Tog to Dybbolsbro station.

Internet

Café and restaurants including McDonalds may provide free wifi for customers. There may also be free wifi at the cruise terminals provided by the port.

Post Office

There is a post office inside Central Station.

Been Here Before

Take at train across the bridge to Malmo, Sweden.

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Weather

Climate and weather http://www.visitcopenhagen.com/copenhagen/weather

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