European Port Of Departure - Copenhagen

1 - Introducing Copenhagen

Copenhagen, Denmark's capital, is not located on the mainland, but on the large island of Zealand, nearly 150 miles northeast of the Danish mainland. The city has a population of over 1 million people, and is the second largest in all the Scandinavian countries.

Copenhagen was established in the years 1160-67 by Bishop Absalon (1128-1201) an advisor of King Valdemar the Great.
Over the next two centuries fishing and commerce brought great prosperity to Copenhagen and in 1443 the city became the capital of Denmark. Christian IV of Denmark after his coronation in 1596 managed an ambitious enlargement of the city by the addition of numerous majestic buildings and new city districts. Despite suffering disasters resulting from plague and fire, the city prospered in the 18th century, with the building of the Royal Danish porcelain factory, the first free hospital, the Amalienborg Palaces and the Royal Danish theater.

Today Copenhagen has become one of the most attractive destinations in Northern Europe, with a unique mixture of Renaissance and Baroque styles. The city is a favorite port of call for Baltic cruises with the quick and easy access from the port to the historic city center guaranteeing its ongoing popularity.

2 - Copenhagen Cruise Ports

With the introduction of the Ocean Quay cruise terminals in 2014, Copenhagen port is able to handle up to 550 cruise calls per year. There are 4 separate quays in Copenhagen which host cruise ships, Ocean Quay, 7km from the center of the city, Freeport, 5km, Langelinie, 2 miles and Nordre Toldbod, 1mile.


Ocean Quay

Ocean Quay, sited in the city's outlying port district, has 3 cruise terminal buildings which are mainly used for turnaround ships. Parking facilities are provided by a separate operator at the port gate.



Freeport is not as busy now as it was before Ocean Quay opened, handling about a third of turnaround calls. Currently only one pier is designated for use by cruise ships.



Langelinie Quay does not boast a purpose built cruise terminal building. It is more a long pier enclosed by a secure fence, and is used mainly by calling cruise ships. A Welcome Crew meet cruise visitors distributing Cruise Copenhagen Maps and offering time-saving information. The quay is very conveniently placed just a short walk from the Little Mermaid statue.


Nordre Tolbod

The Nordre Toldbod dock is the nearest cruise ship berth to the city center, only a kilometre away. The quay has only a single berth, suitable for a small cruise vessel, and is rarely used

See cruises from Copenhagen for a comprehensive list of available cruises. For the port website see Port Of Copenhagen.

3 - Out and About in Copenhagen



At Stroget the visitor will find Copenhagen's busiest shopping street, with a multitude of flagship stores and design shops. And be sure to check out the side streets either side of Stroget which boast countless independent and trendy shops.


The Little Mermaid

The beautiful Little Mermaid statue has been admired and photographed by millions of tourists from all across the world and has become an instantly recognizable symbol of Copenhagen. The bronze figurine sits on the waterside at Langelinie pier. Over the years many people have attempted to vandalise the statue, but every time it is mended and cleaned and proudly put back on its platform.


Rosenborg Castle

Built in the early 17th century for King Christian IV Rosenborg Castle with its high towers topped by elegant spires and light red brick walls represents the pinnacle of renaissance architecture. After the reign of Frederik IV, Rosenborg was only employed as a royal official residence twice, consequent to the fire which destroyed Christiansborg in 1794, and as a retreat during the English attack on Copenhagen in 1801. Four flights of state apartments are open to the visitor giving you an overview of the life of the 17th century Danish royals.


Amalienborg Palace

Amalienborg is a symmetrical arrangement of made up of four imposing similar buildings around one square, Christian IX's Palace, Christian VII's Palace, Frederick VIII's Palace and Christian VIII's Palace. In 1794 the palaces were acquired by the Danish royal family, and have since then been used as a royal winter retreat. Visit the Amalienborg Museum to experience several grand royal rooms renovated to bring to life the era of the 19th century.



The Nyhavn harbor was dug out by prisoners of war in the mid 17th century. Trade at the port flourished, and rich merchants built stylish houses lining the waterside. These days during summertime the harbor is popular with both locals and tourists for its low-key cafe vibe.

4 - Traveling to Ocean Quay/Freeport Cruise Ports

The quickest way to travel from Copenhagen airport to any of the cruise terminals is by taxi. A cheaper option is to transfer by train/bus. For OceanKaj catch the train from the airport station to Osterport, then bus no 27 to OceanKaj. For Freeport catch the train from the airport station to Kobenhavn H, followed by another from Kobenhavn H to Nordhavn. Next by foot it's 1/3 mile to the cruise terminal, difficult if you have a lot of bags.

5 - Other Information

Currency DKK
Language Danish
Timezone CETZ

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