Copenhagen: a canal tour and the first round of Danish dogs

Our first round of Danish dogs: I got a rød pølse, the classic red sausage, my husband got the spicy beef sausage, oksekrydder.

Our first round of Danish dogs: I got a rød pølse, the classic red sausage, my husband got the spicy beef sausage, oksekrydder.

We spent our second day in Copenhagen exploring the city in the best possible way — by boat.

While it’s impossible to pretend you’re anything other than a tourist when you take a canal tour, there’s nothing quite like seeing a city as colorful as Copenhagen from the water. Besides, with my Nikon strapped securely around my neck for our entire vacation, I don’t think we ever had a chance to pass as natives anyways.

The tour was wonderful – even better than I could have hoped. We used Netto, on the recommendation of travel guru Rick Steves, and it was shockingly inexpensive (around $7 a person) and very well done. Our guide spoke three languages and the tour lasted a little over an hour.

The spire of Vor Frelsers Kirke (Our Savior's Church) peeking out on the skyline.

The spire of Vor Frelsers Kirke (Our Savior’s Church) peeking out on the skyline.

Copenhagen Canal Tour

The tour boat took us to see some of the major historicalsights, including the famous Little Mermaid and past the royal palace, Amalieborg, but we also wove leisurely under bridges and through the port district of Christianshavn. Click on the photos to enlarge and read the details…

Love the flower pots!

Love the flower pots!

New and old

New and old

To the left, statues on top of the Thorvaldsen Museum. To the right, the spire of Christiansborg Palace.

To the left, statue on top of the Thorvaldsen Museum. To the right, the spire of Christiansborg Palace.

After the tour was over, we found ourselves walking the Strøget, a pedestrian-only shopping district that in 1962 was the first of its kind. It’s a lively, at times overwhelming, area. Streets run together, interspersed with small squares, while people (Danes and tourists alike) bustle through.

Here we gave into our hunger in true Danish fashion – ordering hotdogs from a street vendor and washing them down with elderberry soda.

Danish street food - the basic hotdog menu. It seemed like there was a vendor at every other corner in the city selling these.

Danish street food – the basic hotdog menu. It seemed like there was a vendor at every other corner in the city selling these.

The Ristet Klassic: a classic roasted dog, smothered in remoulade, mustard, ketchup, onions and pickles. Very messy, very good.

The Ristet Klassic: a classic roasted dog, smothered in remoulade, mustard, ketchup, onions and pickles. Very messy, very good.

For our first afternoon in Copenhagen, I’d say we didn’t do too bad!

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9 thoughts on “Copenhagen: a canal tour and the first round of Danish dogs

  1. Oh I can’t wait to go next year. Hope to spend a few days here exploring like you did. I’m going to save this to remember where all we want to go. The tour sounds fabulous!

    • This tour was definitely a highlight though – very informative but not boring. There are a few companies that do them but the tours are all the same path and the Netto boats are the cheapest. I have my travel books I’ll lend you too. I have 2 just for Copenhagen. Rick Steves has really good recommendations for everything.

    • I could have just stayed on the boat all day! Plus it was the first warm weather of the trip (Iceland was so cold!) so it was even better. I can imagine Amsterdam would be great to see from the water too. I remember in high school going to Venice and we took a gondola ride. So much fun! Plus the guide was pretty cute too. 😉

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