10 Best Attractions within Walking Distance of Copenhagen's Cruise Ports

Copenhagen visitors with limited time to spend in the vicinity of Copenhagen’s cruise ports need not despair, as there are plenty of attractions within walking distance of Freeport, Langelinie and the newest Nordhavn cruise terminal. Top of most visitors’ lists will be the Little Mermaid statue; despite being somewhat underwhelming in stature, the bronze monument to Hans Christian Andersen’s popular fairy tale is rarely left alone to gaze forlornly at the sea, and visited by hundreds of tourists daily.

The nearby park, Kastellet, actually the old Citadel of Copenhagen, is one section of the city’s fortifications that also includes Østre Anlæg and Christianshavns Vold. Amalienhaven, a landscaped public garden between Amalienborg Palace and the sea, is one of Copenhagen’s newest parks (1983) and centers around a large fountain.

Amalienborg Palace, a pleasant 10 to 15-minute walk from Langelinie and about 25 minutes from Freeport, is a must-see for anyone interested in European royalty. The four identical rococo palaces are placed around an octagonal courtyard; one of them, Christian VIII’s Palace is open to the public. From here, it is a quick stroll down to Nyhavn harbor, a great spot for lunch or dinner.

The area between the cruise terminals and downtown Copenhagen, Frederikstaden, characterized by its elegant wide streets, was built in the late 1700s. Adjacent to each other on Bredgade are two museums: Designmuseum Danmark, formerly Denmark’s first hospital, and Medical Museion, an offbeat treasure trove of medical curiosities. Just across the road from Østerport Station, the museum Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art is a historically important art museum that has been extended in 2014.

Two churches of differing styles dominate the area. Marmorkirken (or more accurately Frederikskirken), is so-called after the Norwegian marble that was used for much of its construction. Nearby, the three onion domes of Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Church are plainly visible above the rooftops.



Den Frie exhibition space is the strange looking building one sees when leaving busy Østerport station; with its Greek-style gold pillars and relief of Pegasus, it looks a little out of place in central Copenhagen. Now an important contemporary...  Read More

Alexander Nevsky Kirke
Photo courtesy of Terry Wha


Tsar Alexander III personally helped finance the cost of this Russian Orthodox Church, which was commissioned by Danish Princess Dagmar. Designed by Russian architect David Ivanovich Grimm, it was built by Albert Nielsen from granite and Danish...  Read More



Amalienhaven was opened to the public in 1983, making it one of Copenhagen's newest parks. Situated directly on the waterfront below the royal palace, it is a neat, elegant garden of ornate flowerbeds and statues, which was designed by the...  Read More

Medical Museion
Photo courtesy of Medical Museion, University of Copenhagen


Located in the former Royal Academy of Surgeons building from 1787 (the lecture hall, hardly changed, is still used by medical students), this rather macabre museum is dedicated to the history of medicine and run by the University of Copenhagen....  Read More



Marmorkirken (The Marble Church) is so named because of its Norwegian marble, which proved too costly to use for the entire church - it was finally completed in 1894, over 150 years since royal architect Nicolai Eigtved first drew up the grand...  Read More

Designmuseum Danmark
Photo courtesy of Christian Alsing


Formerly the Danish Museum of Art & Design or Kunstindustrimuseet, the largest museum for industrial design and applied arts in Scandinavia is located in a beautiful rococo building in the Frederiksstaden district, the former King Frederik's...  Read More

City Centre
Photo courtesy of Dennis Jarvis


Nyhavn may be a tourist trap, but with good reason: On a sunny evening, it's one of the loveliest spots in Copenhagen. With its pretty painted houses clustered around the canalside (most of them restaurants and cafes), it's hard to imagine that...  Read More

Amalienborg Slotsplads
Photo courtesy of Klaus Bentzen


Amalienborg is actually a group of four Rococo palaces built around an octagonal square by royal architect Nicolai Eigtved in the 1750s. Of these, Queen Margrethe lives in Christian IV's palace with her husband, Prince Consort Henrik while Crown...  Read More

Kastellet (The Citadel)
Photo courtesy of Lotte Dyna


Kastellet translates into English as 'the Citadel', and this excellently-preserved, pentagram-shaped military fortification is one of a ring of four bastions encircling old Copenhagen (other ramparts can be found in Christianshavn; Tivoli...  Read More

Den Lille Havfrue
Photo courtesy of Erling A


The small, unassuming figure in bronze of Hans Christian Andersen's tragic heroine sits patiently on her rock, her head bowed, climbed on by tourists and buffetted by the waves. You might want to hate her, this rather over-rated tourist...  Read More


Meet Jane Graham

After touring most of Europe in her twenties, Jane was charmed by Copenhagen's relaxed tempo and moved there from her native northern England in 1999. Four young children at home has meant...  More About Jane