Europe Travel

Travel || Tour of Copenhagen’s Canals

When I first planned my trip to Copenhagen, I knew that one of the activities that I really wanted to prioritise was a tour of Copenhagen’s canals, for multiple reasons. The first reason being that I love to be out on the water. The second reason being, that I wanted to see the Little Mermaid Statue, but I also know that it was quite a walk away, crowded, and a bit small. The canal boat goes by it so I can see it alongside many other things without feeling like I wasted my whole afternoon just to see it. And the third reason was that I never went on the water when I was in Amsterdam and I kind of regret that. 

So a boat ride was definitely in order! 

The boat tour that you are most likely to see around is the Netto Badene. Tickets were 40 kroner or Β£4.75. The tour lasts just over an hour so I thought that was great value for money. You meet of the tour at Holmens Church opposite the old Stock-Exchange and Nyhavn at Heibergsgade. This sounds complicated but it’s about a 5 minute walk from the Nyhavn subway station. In fact, because I only travel with my backpack, I came out of the airport, jumped on the subway/metro straight to Nyhavn (about a 15 minute ride) and immediately got on my boat tour. Literally less than an hour after landing in Denmark I was tootling along on its canals. 

The tour is given in Danish, German and English and you learn a lot about the history of the areas that you are going through. I loved getting to learn a bit more about the Christianhavn (how King Christian IV had to bribe people to move there and now it’s one of the most affluent and sought-after parts of Copenhagen). We also went past a lot of old de-commisioned army and naval barracks and stations that have now been converted into quite chic housing!

We were even able to glimpse the barest hints of the famous Freetown Christiania, the self-proclaimed autonomous neighbourhood in Copenhagen. I had originally planned to visit Christiania but in the end decided to put off my visit to a time when I wasn’t in Copenhagen completely on my own. 

For the most part, the boat stuck to the canals, but there were parts of our journey that went into the open sea and that was really exciting. You could catch glimpses of some of the massive behemoth cruise ships that are moored there! The boat is extremely flat and low so that we can get under all the bridges over the canal and there were a few times when I was positive that we wouldn’t be able to squeeze underneath. More than once, I could stay seated and reach up and easily touch the underside of the bridge. 

I’m so glad that I did the boat tour. I was able to see a lot of Copenhagen fairly quickly, and it really helped me orientate myself for exploring the city better for the rest of the weekend.

I absolutely adored my time out on the water and I’m so glad that I made time for it! 

Have you ever taken a canal tour before? 

Read my other posts on Copenhagen: 

My Weekend Break Guide to Copenhagen 
Breakfast at Mad & Kaffe 
Exploring Nyhavn

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  • Miu

    I love doing boat tours in cities I’m visiting! It is so relaxing and you get some unique perspectives πŸ˜€

  • It sounds like such a great place

    Beauty Candy Loves

  • you were really lucky with the weather! perfect canal ride weather:)

  • Amy

    We did the hop on hop off canal tour in Amsterdam and it was the perfect way to see the city, plus learn a bit more about it from the audio guide. Budapest and Venice are also great places to get out on the water! Definitely adding a Copenhagen boat tour to my list now too πŸ™‚

    • I’m really kicking myself not that I didn’t do one in Amsterdam! I good excuse to go back for though πŸ˜‰ xx

  • This looks amazing! I really want to visit Copenhagen (especially after my recent experience falling in love with Danish food…) and boat tours are totally up my street! πŸ™‚

    • I’ve never fallen in love with a city that I’ve visited on a short break as much as I fell in love with Copenhagen! x

  • Laura Torninoja

    I’ve never taken a canal tour before but I really want to now! It sounds like such a lovely (and unique!) way to see a city. Looks like you picked a good day for it too – I love the blue skies and the glistening water! xx

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

    • I was so lucky with the weather – honestly! I know people who went the weekend after I did and it was pouring! x

  • Jessica Riley

    I am desperate to visit Copenhagen and it seems like a boat tour is the perfect way to get a unique view of the city!

    xoxo
    J
    The Crown Wings

  • You’ve made me want to explore this city so much! Your pictures are amazing!
    Lucie, xx

    http://thefrenchpier.blogspot.com/

  • Oh this was a wonderful post with amazing photos of a place I will never get to visit

  • I loved taking a boat tour too! And we did end up walking all the way to the little mermaid anyway, it was a long walk with our backpacks at the end of our trip so we were exhausted haha but it was worth the walk!