So Many Sights On A Canal Boat Cruise in Copenhagen
When we researched things to do in Copenhagen, most people suggested a canal boat cruise in Copenhagen. But we really did not appreciate how many canals there were. We found it very different than the narrow canal city of Venice and the canals of Amsterdam.
As we walked about the older part of town, we continually crossed another canal. On our canal boat tour, we got a view of several different canals. The scenery varied greatly from one canal to the next.
There were a number of different canal boats to choose from. We bought a Copenhagen Card and got both the Canal Boats of Copenhagen and the Netto Boats cruises. The routes for both cruises were quite similar. There were a couple of different spots to catch the boats but they were not hop-on-hop-off. The start and end points were at the same spot.
Cruising Under the Bridges of Copenhagen
The first thing we learned on our canal boat cruise in Copenhagen was to stay seated in the boat. Many of the bridges we passed under were very low and we did not want to stand up. One of the bridges was barely high and wide enough for the boat to get through. Some of the bridges were decorated with artwork. Most of the bridges had people on them waving as we passed.
Most of the bridges were quite typical. But the most interesting bridge we saw was the pedestrian Circle Bridge. The bridge had five different sized circular platforms and each section had its own mast. Behind this bridge we got a great view of the Black Diamond waterfront building, an expansion to the Royal Library. This black granite building had glass panels at irregular angles that sparkled like black diamonds with reflections from the sun and water.
The biggest bridge we went under was the Inderhavnsbroen bridge that crossed the inner harbour. This was a combined pedestrian and bicycle bridge that joined the Nyhavn and Christianshavn neighbourhoods.
We loved bridges, so a canal boat cruise in Copenhagen gave us a very up close view of the many bridges around the water city.
Seeing the Sights Of Copenhagen
The canal boat cruise in Copenhagen took us past many sights. We got a great water level view of the Nyhavn Canal area. Brightly coloured buildings lined the sides of the canal. Ships of all sizes and types sat in the water. We walked the Nyhavn Canal on another day for a different perspective.
The Charlottenborg Gallery had an interesting colourful display on the outside. The art piece was called “Soleil Levant” by Ai Weiwei. It looked like a fall colour display from a distance. But we found it was made from 3,500 salvaged life jackets from refugees that arrived on the Greek Island of Lesbos. It was designed to put focus on the international refugee crisis.
Leaving the canal at Nyhavn we saw the very ornate building for the stock exchange. The spiral tower was the first of many towers we saw climbing into the sky in Copenhagen.
The Royal Danish Playhouse was on the water just outside the Nyhavn canal. We also saw the Opera building from many different angles as we cruised up and down the inner harbour and into the canals.
There was much to see as we cruised on the canals of Copenhagen.
Iconic Sights From A Canal Boat Cruise in Copenhagen
The boat stopped and gave us a view of the current residence of the royal house at Amalienborg. We looked through the fountain to the palace and Frederik’s church beyond. The canal route also took us past the Christianborg Palace. We later explored around both Amalienborg and Christianborg when we checked out the palaces of Copenhagen.
We hovered just offshore from the famous statue of the Little Mermaid. The spot was crowded with tourists all trying for a selfie pic with the mermaid. We were amused when we visited Vancouver in Canada and saw a similar statue in Stanley Park.
At one point I saw David focusing his zoom lens on shore. When I looked closely, I saw he captured a replica of the famous statue of David. A reminder of our visit to Florence in Italy.
A canal boat cruise in Copenhagen gave us a good overview of some of the main sights to visit.
The Neighbourhoods of Copenhagen
The boat moved through many different neighbourhoods along the canals. In the Christianshavn area we moved along a very busy canal filled with boats on all sides. There were shops and restaurants along the canal. We even met a family of swans out for a canal trip.
From the Christianshavn canal we got a glimpse of the Church of Our Saviour with its spiral stairway to the top. We saw this church up close when we walked around Copenhagen.
One of the canals was a largely residential area. The narration was stopped during this transit since the sound echoed into the houses. We saw some of the most expensive real estate in Copenhagen.
The boat cruised past Paper Island and we saw the large street food area on the main waterway. We never made it back there to eat.
There were so many things to see as we cruised the canals of Copenhagen.
Interesting Boats Everywhere
As we moved along on the canal boat cruise in Copenhagen we saw a wide variety of vessels on the water. Canal cruise boats were everywhere.
We circled the royal yacht and admired the lines and decoration. The private yacht seemed less impressive after we saw the royal yacht. But it was still a dream boat! Navy ships were docked in the inner harbour. The most colourful boats we saw were painted with graffiti.
We saw many different water craft on our canal cruise.
Take A Canal Boat Cruise In Copenhagen
For a good overview of this water city, we were happy we took a canal boat cruise in Copenhagen. We saw a number of different waterways. Many of the sights of Copenhagen were best seen from the water. We got up close with many of these tourist sites when we explored Copenhagen on foot.
Did you take a canal boat cruise in Copenhagen? What was your favourite view?
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