A former fishing village, Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark and its most populous city.
Located on the east coast of Zealand (Denmark’s largest island) Copenhagen has long stood as one of Northern Europe’s premier cultural hubs, home to the Royal Danish Ballet, the famed Tivoli Gardens and more Michelin starred restaurants than any other city in Scandinavia.
As a 5 time winner of Europe’s Leading Cruise Destination at the World Travel Awards, the city combines its cosmopolitan ideals with a great appreciation for its history, showcasing perfectly preserved 18th and 19th century buildings alongside exemplars of modern architecture and design.
While one of the busiest terminals on the Baltic rim, the port is a stone’s throw away from the picturesque Faelledparken as well as Kastellet fort and the renowned Little Mermaid statue at Langelinie Pier, which honours Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved tale.
The port features 3 passenger terminals and lies next to the affluent Østerbro district. A significant naval port since the 17th century, Copenhagen port is now operated by the joint Swedish-Danish venture Copenhagen Malmö Port (CMP), servicing both cruise ships and cargo.
With over 350 departures a year, Copenhagen port maintains the city’s reputation for care and efficiency.
- ‘Meet and Greet’ valet parking and car hire
- a number of bistros and dining options that line the foreshore
- fashion stores along Langeline pier.
Public transport is readily available from the nearby Nordhavn and Østerport stations.
How to Get Around
Hire companies offer ‘Meet and Greet’ pickup options from the passenger terminals, or alternatively trains and buses operate frequently from the various nearby locations.
Nordhavn and Østerport stations are serviced by S-trains every 10–20 minutes, and a ticket to the city centre is approximately 24 kroner (A$5).
Receive free public transport and admissions to 72 museums for a flat fee with a Copenhagen Card, available for 1, 2, 3, or 5 days and starting at 186 kroner (A$32) for children and 358 kroner (A$70) for adults.
- Currency - the currency in Copenhagen is the Danish krone (plural kroner). Coins come in 50 øre (half a krone), 1, 2, 5, 10 and 20 kroner denominations. Notes come in 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 kroner denominations.
- Time Zone - Copenhagen uses Central European Time (CET) from November to March and Central European Summer Time (CEST) from April to October. CET is 1 hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) while CEST is 2 hours ahead of UTC.
- Weather - Copenhagen has an oceanic climate. Average temperatures range between 2° Celsius in January and 20° Celsius in July. Daylight hours vary dramatically with 17.5 hours of daylight at summer solstice and only 7 at winter solstice.
- Tivoli Gardens - known for its restaurants, rollercoasters and fireworks, Tivoli Gardens is one of the oldest amusement parks in the world. Live concerts occur regularly during summer. Within the gardens lies the 5 star Nimb Hotel, its breathtaking Moorish design from 1909 helping it on its way to being voted one of the world’s best hotels.
- Canal Tours - since its inception as a fishing village, Copenhagen has had strong ties to the sea. A great way to experience the rich history of the town is by boat on a scenic canal tour. Guided kayak tours are also available for the more adventurous.
- Shopping in Strøget - this car-free shopping mecca is the longest pedestrian shopping areas in the whole of Europe. High-end designer shops are interspersed with Danish icons such as the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Factory and Magasin Du Nord.
- Copenhagen Opera House - one of the most expensive opera houses ever built, the Copenhagen Opera House is modern Danish architecture at its most grandiose. With 5 stages and an orchestra pit larger than any other opera house, it is one of the best equipped in the world. Surrounded by water on all sides, in 2013 it hosted a diving competition on its roof.
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