Cruises from Copenhagen

Take a cruise from Copenhagen to find fairytale magic mixed with modern ingenuity. This European capital enchants with patinaed spires, Renaissance castles, and nods to children’s author Hans Christian Anderson, who called the city home for many years. But while Copenhagen has a lot of historic charm, it’s well-ahead when it comes to the environment. More than half of its well-dressed residents zip to work on bikes in sectioned-off bike paths. The city also started mandatory green roofs—sod-covered rooftops that reduce urban temperatures and stormwater system strain. One of the top things to do in Copenhagen is eat—chefs around the world draw inspiration from Noma, regarded as a top restaurant in the world. It is also the hardest to get into—attempt to make a reservation months ahead of your cruise to Denmark.

Things to Do in Copenhagen

Copenhagen Aquarium

Although many cities have aquariums, few match the beauty of the National Aquarium Denmark, the Blue Planet in Kastrup, a near suburb. Curved wings mimic the shape of whirlpool water and the aluminum shingles shimmer like fish scales. It has several different areas, including a coral reef, an Amazon area, and cold and warm water tanks, where visitors can see everything from piranhas and hammerhead sharks to seahorses and moray eels. Its location a few minutes from the airport make it an easy stop before or after your cruise from Copenhagen.

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

Leave enough time on a cruise from Copenhagen to visit the NY Carlsberg Glyptotek. Meander through rooms full of Egyptian mummies, Greek sculpture, Roman art, Renoirs, van Goghs and Gauguins. Established in 1888 by Carl Jacobsen, whose father founded the Carlsberg brewery, the stunning collection is one of Copenhagen’s treasures. Enjoy a coffee and croissant in the plant-filled Winter Garden at the heart of the building.

Aamanns Deli

Graze your way through Copenhagen’s Torvehallerne market, a great place to sample Danish pastries or smørrebrød, open-face sandwiches. This covered market, opened in 2011, features more than 60 stalls selling food from different countries—and even, with its paleo food stall, from different eras. Dine in and people watch or pick up and enjoy at a nearby park. For edible souvenirs of your cruise from Copenhagen, it’s hard to beat.

Copenhagen Botanical Garden

Before or after your cruise from Copenhagen, while away a few hours at a leafy oasis surrounded by urban bustle. The Botanical Garden features 27 historic glasshouses, ranging from the grand Palm House that dates from 1874 to a specially cooled greenhouse used for growing arctic plants. It’s very much a working garden, used for scientific research, but for visitors it’s a beautiful—and mostly free—spot to spend an afternoon.

Hay House

When it’s time to shop for mementos from your cruise from Copenhagen, pop into Hay House to look for colorful pillows, towels, and wall clocks. This two-story showroom is the place to find something new and exciting from the world of contemporary Danish interior design. The view onto Amagertorv, one of the city’s prettier squares, is a bonus.

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