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Copenhagen Cruise Port
As we came into our final port, we were was sad to be leaving the ship and new friends we had made over the past 10 nights. We had enjoyed everything about this cruise, the people, entertainment, ports, food and cabin. I think the best thing about cruising is that you only have to unpack your bag once unlike other travel where you are living out of a suitcase. Cruising is probably the most relaxing form of travel and great way to unwind.
Where to stay in Copenhagen
Catching a taxi from the cruise terminal we made our way to Ibsens Hotel our home for the next 3 nights in Copenhagen. Ibsens Hotel is a boutique hotel with comfortable rooms and beds.
The staff are lovely and there is a cosy lounge area, the perfect place to have a glass of wine and chill out after a long day sightseeing. Ibsens hotel is within walking distance to many of the tourist attractions, Torvehallerne Food Market is 300 m away and Norreport Metro and train station is a 3 minute walk away.
Advantage…Close to many attractions and dining options, free Wifi.
Comfort Level…Good, clean rooms, friendly helpful Staff.
Getting Around Copenhagen
As usual we chose our favourite mode of transport a combination of walking, public transport and because of our short stay, the Hop On Hop Off bus.
Walking around Copenhagen
Walking around Copenhagen is easy and a delight because it is a very pretty city, with lots of picturesque squares and cobbled streets. Because we arrived in Copenhagen in late May we got to enjoy many of Copenhagen’s beautiful gardens and green areas. Just remember to rug up and carry an umbrella as at this time of year the weather can be unpredictable.
Nyhavn was once a seedy area filled with beer, sailors and prostitutes. Now the brightly coloured houses that line the canals are attractive restaurants and bars. A wonderful place to spend the afternoon watching boats float down the canals and people watch.
Botanical Gardens in May are simply a pleasure! Coming from Australia where we often experience drought, I found the profusion of colour and scent filled me with joy. We wandered around the small lakes and met the friendly ducks and sleeping swans that live in the Gardens. Botanical Gardens is also home to the National Gallery of Denmark (SMK), and Natural History Museum of Denmark (SNM).
Rosenborg Castle is located across the road from the Botanical Gardens and one of my favourite places in Copenhagen. A former palace, it now houses the Danish crown jewels and has exhibits of other royal treasures. A great way to see how Royalty lived in days gone by.
Copenhagen Hop On Hop Off Bus
The Hop On Hop Off bus is a good option if like us your time is limited. The Hop On Hop Off bus gives you the opportunity to see a lot a city in a short time. There is a choice between different routes, my favourite being the Little Mermaid route which takes in attractions such as;
Amalienborg Palace is the home of the Danish Royal Family. For those who like pageantry the changing of the guard takes place at 12:00 every day.
The Little Mermaid Statue which brings to life Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale mermaid and is one of Copenhagen’s most famous tourist attractions.
Christiansborg Palace is an important building that is used as the seat of Danish Parliament, Danish Supreme Courts and for functions by the Danish Royal Family.
Tivoli is one of the world’s oldest amusement parks and is set amid lush gardens. Not only is Tivoli an amusement park, but also the venue of many concerts and events. The Tivoli also has a large range of dining options and cuisines to choose from and a visit at night is magical.
These were just a taste of the many interesting stops the Hop On Hop Off bus make, there is also the optional extra of a canal cruise.
Return Visit to Copenhagen
In March we made a return visit to Copenhagen as a stopover on the way to visit our son in Germany. This time we decided to stay out at the airport as our flight arrived late at night and we had a flight to catch the next day.
Where to stay near Copenhagen Airport
The Park Inn by Radisson Copenhagen Airport
The Park Inn by Radisson is a short (but expensive) taxi ride from the Airport. We discovered the Femoren Metro Station while out walking the next morning. There is a lift for luggage and a ticket machine up on the platform. You can get to both the Airport and central Copenhagen by Metro on this line.
The Staff are very welcoming and the room comfortable, the bed was a dream after a 12 hour flight and they had a great breakfast selection. The Park Inn by Radisson is a good choice when looking for an Airport Hotel.
The Hotel was close to a Park that overlooked the ocean. We went for an absolutely glorious walk just before dawn and watched the sun come up over the water. After coming from Thailand it exhilarating to feel the chill on our faces as we walked along the boardwalk to the marina.
Advantage…Close to Metro links from Airport to City, close to walking park, dining options, free Wifi.
Comfort Level…Good, clean rooms, friendly welcoming Staff.
Is Copenhagen Worth Another Visit?
Definitely! Not only is Copenhagen stunningly beautiful in its own right but also a busy cruise port. Our cruise included ports in Italy, France, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, England and Denmark. Depending on the season, Copenhagen Cruise Port offers cruises to Scandinavia, Russia, Norway, Iceland and Atlantic crossings to New York.
So why not make Copenhagen your next holiday destination? Have you been to Copenhagen? Have you taken a cruise from Copenhagen? We would love to hear your story.