The best of Copenhagen offers a comprehensive tour of the Scandinavian largest town both on foot and by bus including the most important sights of this exceptional Nordic pearl.
The Little Mermaid at the seashore is something you shouldn't miss. Bases on Andersen's story character, she appeared here in the beggining of the 20th century and since then had become the symbol of Copenhagen and Denmark. She's sitting on the stone not far from the castle, observing with a little sadness the wide panorama of the bay.
Amalienborg is the home of the Danish royal family. The palace is named after Amalia, the wife of Friederich the 3rd, who was the first one to live at this spot. It's unique because it isn't just a building, but a whole plaza, composed of the identical buildings, each named after diffirent kings of Denmark with Friederich 5th statue in the middle. The green enbankment in front of the palace complex had the great view on the contemporary Ekvipagemestervej opera theater.
Tivoli Gardens is a famous amusement park and pleasure garden. The park opened on 15 August 1843 and is the second-oldest operating amusement park in the world, after Dyrehavsbakken, also in Denmark. From the very start, Tivoli included a variety of attractions: buildings in the exotic style of an imaginary Orient: a theatre, band stands, restaurants and cafés, flower gardens, and mechanical amusement rides such as a merry-go-round and a primitive scenic railway. After dark, colored lamps illuminated the gardens. On certain evenings, specially designed fireworks could be seen reflected in Tivoli's lake. The park is best known for its wooden roller coaster, Rutschebanen, built in 1914, still operating today.
Town hall square is a heart of Copenhagen, a must see place. It's the arena for festivities and conserts, and the famous flee market on the weekends. Stroget street starts from the town hall square. Don't miss the unique clock on the Scandic Palace Hotel and the column with troubadours, memorial and museum of Andersen. Town hall courtyard is open for visitors. The bell tower of the Town Hall can be visited with the special tour.
Technically speaking Stroget isn't one street, but the chain of pedestrian streets and small plazas making the longest shopping promenade of Europe. It's the major must visit of Copenhagen. The leasury strall along the street, picking into the shops or stopping for a cup of coffee in a causy coffee shop is one of Copenhagen's greatest experience.
Nyhavn means a New Harbour, is a 17th-century waterfront, canal and entertainment district, one of most distinct areas of the city. It's famous for brightly coloured 17th and early 18th century townhouses and bars, cafes and restaurants. The canal harbours many historical wooden ships, which are defenitely worth seeing. Don't miss the WW2 memorial - a huge memorial anchor.
Kongens Nytorv (New Kings square) is located at the end of the Stroget street. It's the largest square of Copenhagen. Important buildings facing the square include the Royal Danish Theater from 1874, the Charlottenborg Palace from 1671 (now the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts), the Thott Palace from 1683 (now the French Embassy), the Hotel D'Angleterre and the Magasin du Nord department store.
|Meeting time: 30 minutes after the ship docks OR at the time specified by your manager.|
|00:00 - 00:10||
Meet your professional English-speaking guide and driver OUTSIDE the main port gate and depart for a scenic drive through the downtown of Copenhagen.
Important: Please note that waiting time for late passengers is maximum 15 minutes.
Your guide will start the day of exploring with a lovely introduction to the local culture and history with a short drive towards the city center along a stunning scenic road. On the way we will make stops at such symbols of the state as the fairy-tale born Little Mermaid and by a palace the Danish Royal Family calls home, the Amalienborg Castle.
We will then continue with such famous highlights, as the inspiring Tivoli Gardens and the Town Hall Square. Surrounded by a variety of architectural masterpieces we make our way towards Christiansborg Palace (photo stop, no inside visit) on a small island just off the main street of the city. It is also the only building in the world that houses all three of a country's branches of government - the Parliament, Prime Ministers Offices and Supreme Court.
Leaving behind the impressive palace ensemble, we find ourselves enjoying one of the most animated locations in Copenhagen - the Stroget pedestrian street. Locals and visitors alike adore this inviting setting often described as the backbone of the capital city. After yards of boutiques, cafés and a medley of buildings, we arrive on the open public square of Kongens Nytorv. Just a stone´s throw away from here is the entertainment district built around the 17th century canals of Nyhavn. It is known as the new harbor area in Copenhagen and it never seizes to impress with elegant boats and vibrantly colored townhouses lining the streets. One could say that the contradictory past of Nyhavn has earned the area an honorable title of the heritage harbor it enjoys today.
We will also reserve some free time for individual exploring and a quality coffee break in the itinerary to give you a gratifying experience of the city of Copenhagen before heading back to the cruise harbor or your hotel.
|04:00||The tour ends back in the harbour, where you can comfortably board your ship.|
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