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