Copenhagen

The Christiansborg complex
The Tivoli Gardens
Top-notch museums and safe streets

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Copenhagen

An exciting and trendy city

Split by lakes and surrounded by sea, an energetic and hip waterside vibe permeates Copenhagen, one of Northern Europe’s most user-friendly (and trendy) capitals. Copenhagen city centre is waiting to be enjoyed on an MSC Northern Europe cruise excursion. It’s a welcoming, compact city with a centre largely given over to pedestrians (and cyclists) and an emphasis by day on café culture and top-notch museums.The historic core of the city is Slotsholmen, originally the site of the twelfth-century castle and now home to the huge Christiansborg complex.

Just across the Slotsholmen Kanal to the north is the medieval maze of Indre By (“inner city”), while to the south the island of Christianshavn is adorned with cutting-edge architecture in addition to the alternative enclave of Christiania.

North-east of Indre By are the royal quarters of Kongens Have and Frederiksstaden, while to the west the expansive Rådhuspladsen leads via Tivoli Gardens to Central Station and the hotspots of Vesterbro and Nørrebro. Just off hectic Vesterbrogade outside the station is Copenhagen’s most famous attraction, Tivoli, an entertaining mixture of landscaped gardens, outdoor concerts and fairground rides.

A shore excursion on your MSC Northern Europe cruise can be the opportunity to discover Helsingør’s Kronborg Castle too. The present castle dates from the sixteenth century when it jutted into the sound as a formidable warning to passing ships not to consider dodging the toll, and it remains a grand affair, enhanced immeasurably by its setting; the interior, particularly the royal chapel, is spectacularly ornate.

Beneath the castle are the casemates, gloomy cavernous rooms that served as soldiers’ quarters during times of war.

Must see places in Copenhagen

  • The Little Mermaid

    The Little Mermaid

  • Rosemborg Castle

    Rosemborg Castle

  • Old Stock Exange

    Old Stock Exange

  • Frederiksborg-Castle

    Frederiksborg-Castle

Discover our excursions

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  • CITY TOUR

    CITY TOUR

    COP01D

    Leave the port for a pleasant few hours touring through the Danish capital, taking in the key places of interest on the way. After a photo stop at the Little Mermaid, Copenhagen’s most iconic landmark, the tour continues on to the colourful canal-side Nyhavn district and its many trendy cafés and restaurants. You will then board a modern coach for a drive past the splendid Amalienborg Palace, the Danish Royal Family’s winter residence. There will also be some free time for you to enjoy at Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen’s famous amusement park, and for a brief outside view of Christiansborg Palace, the seat of the Danish parliament. Please note: the tour ends at the port for transit guests and at the airport for guests who are disembarking and booked on flights after 16:30 hours. The duration of the tour also includes the time for transfer to the airport. To book and prepay this tour before your cruise, please use code COP01T if you will be in transit in Copenhagen or code COP01D if you will be disembarking in Copenhagen. Guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        4 h

    • CITY TOUR

      CITY TOUR

      COP01T

      Leave the port for a pleasant few hours touring through the Danish capital, taking in the key places of interest on the way. After a photo stop at the Little Mermaid, Copenhagen’s most iconic landmark, the tour continues on to the colourful canal-side Nyhavn district and its many trendy cafés and restaurants. You will then board a modern coach for a drive past the splendid Amalienborg Palace, the Danish Royal Family’s winter residence. There will also be some free time for you to enjoy at Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen’s famous amusement park, and for a brief outside view of Christiansborg Palace, the seat of the Danish parliament. Please note: the tour ends at the port for transit guests and at the airport for guests who are disembarking and booked on flights after 16:30 hours. The duration of the tour also includes the time for transfer to the airport. To book and prepay this tour before your cruise, please use code COP01T if you will be in transit in Copenhagen or code COP01D if you will be disembarking in Copenhagen. Guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
        • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Easy

        • Duration
          4 h

      • ONE DAY IN COPENHAGEN

        CITY TOUR

        COP04T

        Leave the port for a comprehensive tour of the Danish capital that will take you past the main points of interest. Enjoy a photo stop at the Little Mermaid before proceeding with a visit to Christiansborg Palace for a chance to view the lavish royal reception rooms and halls. The palace complex was actually rebuilt three times in the course of its history. Next up is Copenhagen’s Tivoli, the famous amusement park and pleasure gardens in the middle of the city. There will be time for you to enjoy the entertaining park, have a spot of lunch (not included in the price of the tour) or go shopping. Before returning to the ship, the tour will include a scenic boat trip around Copenhagen’s canal system, giving you a chance to discover the cityscape from a wholly new perspective. Please note: this excursion is only for transit guests in Copenhagen and is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. Only cameras without a flash allowed inside Christiansborg Palace.
          • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

            Difficulty Level
            Moderate

          • Duration
            7 h

        • CHRISTIANSBORG PALACE & COPENHAGEN SIGHTSEEING TOUR

          CULTURE AND HISTORY

          COP03D

          Discover the beauty of Copenhagen on this enjoyable excursion that combines sightseeing with a visit to one of the city’s most important locations: Christiansborg Palace on the islet of Slotsholmen in the city centre. The complex was rebuilt three times over the years and also claims a unique status in the world as the only building to house all three supreme powers of a country at once: the parliament, the prime minister’s office and the supreme court. Some parts of the palace continue to be used by the Danish royal family as well. The sightseeing leg of the tour, which will take you to see the Little Mermaid, Amalienborg Palace, the Church of Holmen, Rosenborg Castle, the Old Stock Exchange and Tivoli Park, follows a guided tour of the palace’s richly adorned royal reception rooms and halls. Please note: this tour ends at the airport for guests who are disembarking and booked on flights from 15.00 hours. The duration of the tour also includes the time for transfer to the airport. As the tour involves long periods of walking on uneven ground, it is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. To book and prepay this tour before your cruise, please use code COP03D if you will be disembarking in Copenhagen. Only cameras without a flash allowed inside Christiansborg Palace.
            • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

              Difficulty Level
              Moderate

            • Duration
              3 h

          • CHRISTIANSBORG PALACE & COPENHAGEN SIGHTSEEING TOUR

            CULTURE AND HISTORY

            COP03T

            Discover the beauty of Copenhagen on this enjoyable excursion that combines sightseeing with a visit to one of the city’s most important locations: Christiansborg Palace on the islet of Slotsholmen in the city centre. The complex was rebuilt three times over the years and also claims a unique status in the world as the only building to house all three supreme powers of a country at once: the parliament, the prime minister’s office and the supreme court. Some parts of the palace continue to be used by the Danish royal family as well. The sightseeing leg of the tour, which will take you to see the Little Mermaid, Amalienborg Palace, the Church of Holmen, Rosenborg Castle, the Old Stock Exchange and Tivoli Park, follows a guided tour of the palace’s richly adorned royal reception rooms and halls. Please note: this tour ends at the port for transit guests. The duration of the tour also includes the time for transfer to the airport. As the tour involves long periods of walking on uneven ground, it is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. To book and prepay this tour before your cruise, please use code COP03T if you will be in transit in Copenhagen. Only cameras without a flash allowed inside Christiansborg Palace.
              • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

                Difficulty Level
                Moderate

              • Duration
                3 h

            • ROSENBORG CASTLE, CITY DRIVE & SHOPPING

              CULTURE AND HISTORY

              COP13D

              Rosenborg Castle is set in tranquil green parkland and was designed and built in the XVII century by King Christian IV who used the Castle as his summer palace. Your visit will include the beautiful display rooms that highlight treasures such as the Royal Crown Jewels and ‘objets d’art’. Our excursion will continue with a city drive around the major sights such as the Parliament, Christiansborg, the Naval Church and the Old Stock Exchange. En route, you will pass in front of Amalienborg Palace, the queen’s winter residence and where you will have a short break. Your next stop is Stroget, a long pedestrian shopping street and Copenhagen’s most famous and dynamic main street. Your guide will tell you about pick up and departure points back to the port and then you are free to shop and explore at your leisure. Please note: the tour ends at the airport for guests who are disembarking and booked on flights after 16:30 hours. This tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. The duration of the tour also includes the time for transfer to the airport. To book and prepay this tour before your cruise, please use code COP13D if you will be disembarking in Copenhagen.
                • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

                  Difficulty Level
                  Moderate

                • Duration
                  4 h

              • ROSENBORG CASTLE, CITY DRIVE & SHOPPING

                CULTURE AND HISTORY

                COP13T

                Rosenborg Castle is set in tranquil green parkland and was designed and built in the XVII century by King Christian IV who used the Castle as his summer palace. Your visit will include the beautiful display rooms that highlight treasures such as the Royal Crown Jewels and ‘objets d’art’. Our excursion will continue with a city drive around the major sights such as the Parliament, Christiansborg, the Naval Church and the Old Stock Exchange. En route, you will pass in front of Amalienborg Palace, the queen’s winter residence and where you will have a short break. Your next stop is Stroget, a long pedestrian shopping street and Copenhagen’s most famous and dynamic main street. Your guide will tell you about pick up and departure points back to the port and then you are free to shop and explore at your leisure. Please note: the tour ends at the port for transit guests and is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. To book and prepay this tour before your cruise, please use code COP13T if you will be in transit in the port of Copenhagen.
                  • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

                    Difficulty Level
                    Moderate

                  • Duration
                    4 h

                • CITY HARBOUR CRUISE

                  SCENIC ROUTE

                  COP15D

                  We will leave the pier for a short sightseeing tour through the city’s key sights. We will admire Christiansborg Palace and the old Stock Exchange, built by King Christian IV and which boasts a spectacular spire of intertwining dragon tails, before continuing to the vibrant waterfront district of Nyhavn, once a favourite haunt for sailors and today a charming area lined with 400-year-old gabled houses, pavement café and bars. Next, we will continue to Amalienborg Palace for a short walk, learning more about this important monument. In Gammel Strand, we will board a boat for a trip on the city’s attractive canals, taking pictures from the water. We will sail through the picturesque canal district of Christianshavn and see the ultra-modern Black Diamond building that houses the Royal Library before passing through the old naval area to admire the Opera House. Please note: this tour ends at the airport for guests who are disembarking and booked on flights from 15.00 hours. This tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. The duration of the tour also includes the transfer to the airport. To book and prepay this tour before your cruise please use code COP15D if you will be disembarking in Copenhagen.
                  • Limited seats

                  • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

                    Difficulty Level
                    Moderate

                  • Duration
                    3 h

                • CITY HARBOUR CRUISE

                  SCENIC ROUTE

                  COP15T

                  We will leave the pier for a short sightseeing tour through the city’s key sights. We will admire Christiansborg Palace and the old Stock Exchange, built by King Christian IV and which boasts a spectacular spire of intertwining dragon tails, before continuing to the vibrant waterfront district of Nyhavn, once a favourite haunt for sailors and today a charming area lined with 400-year-old gabled houses, pavement café and bars. Next, we will continue to Amalienborg Palace for a short walk, learning more about this important monument. In Gammel Strand, we will board a boat for a trip on the city’s attractive canals, taking pictures from the water. We will sail through the picturesque canal district of Christianshavn and see the ultra-modern Black Diamond building that houses the Royal Library before passing through the old naval area to admire the Opera House. Please note: this tour ends at the port for transit guests and is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. To book and prepay this tour before your cruise please use code COP15T if you will be in transiti in Copenhagen.
                  • Limited seats

                  • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

                    Difficulty Level
                    Moderate

                  • Duration
                    3 h

                • CITY TOUR EXPRESS

                  SCENIC ROUTE

                  COP09D

                  This short, but informative city tour starts with a photo stop at the statue of Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid, which was commissioned in honour of the fairytale by the founder of a Danish beer brand in 1909. Although only small in stature, the mermaid is beautifully sculpted and well worth a snapshot or two. Copenhagen’s stunning waterfront and canal district in Nyhavn is next, home to a plethora of fashionable cafés, bars and restaurants. Next to the harbour’s many historical ships, the quarter is also known for its brightly coloured 17th- and early 18th-century buildings. An outside viewing of Amalienborg Palace, which was bought by the Danish monarchy at the end of the 18th century and now sees service as the royal family’s winter residence, rounds off your tour before you are dropped at the airport. Please note: this excursion is only for guests who are disembarking and booked on an early flights from 14.30 hours. The duration of the tour also includes the time for transfer to the airport. Guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
                    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

                      Difficulty Level
                      Easy

                    • Duration
                      2:30 h

                  • DRAGØR VILLAGE & COPENHAGEN SIGHTSEEING

                    SCENIC ROUTE

                    COP02D

                    Discover Copenhagen and the neighbouring town of Dragør on this enjoyable sightseeing tour, which begins with the main attractions of lovely Copenhagen, the Danish capital, with a first stop at the Little Mermaid, Copenhagen’s most iconic landmark. Other places of interest include the stock exchange building and the vibrant canal-side Nyhavn district. After leaving the city, a coach will then take you on an approx. 30-minute drive to Dragør, giving you a chance to get a look at the bridge that connects Denmark with Sweden. Known for its many preserved historical buildings, the old part of Dragør town forms a labyrinth of picturesque alleyways, cobbled streets and traditional brightly painted Danish houses. A drink and a delicious Danish pastry round off your trip to this charming old seafaring town. Please note: the tour ends at the airport for guests who are disembarking and booked on flights after 16:30 hours. As the tour involves long periods of walking on uneven ground, it is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. The duration of the tour also includes the time for transfer to the airport. To book and prepay this tour before your cruise, please use code COP02D if you will be disembarking in Copenhagen.
                    • Snack included

                    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

                      Difficulty Level
                      Moderate

                    • Duration
                      4 h

                  • DRAGØR VILLAGE & COPENHAGEN SIGHTSEEING

                    SCENIC ROUTE

                    COP02T

                    Discover Copenhagen and the neighbouring town of Dragør on this enjoyable sightseeing tour, which begins with the main attractions of lovely Copenhagen, the Danish capital, with a first stop at the Little Mermaid, Copenhagen’s most iconic landmark. Other places of interest include the stock exchange building and the vibrant canal-side Nyhavn district. After leaving the city, a coach will then take you on an approx. 30-minute drive to Dragør, giving you a chance to get a look at the bridge that connects Denmark with Sweden. Known for its many preserved historical buildings, the old part of Dragør town forms a labyrinth of picturesque alleyways, cobbled streets and traditional brightly painted Danish houses. A drink and a delicious Danish pastry round off your trip to this charming old seafaring town. Please note: the tour ends at the port for transit guests. As the tour involves long periods of walking on uneven ground, it is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. The duration of the tour also includes the time for transfer to the airport. To book and prepay this tour before your cruise, please use code COP02T if you will be in transit in Copenhagen.
                    • Snack included

                    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

                      Difficulty Level
                      Moderate

                    • Duration
                      4 h

                  The excursions in the programme are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this programme is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise. 
                  Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.
                   
                  Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

                  Reach the port

                  Port of Copenhagen

                  This section contains information on how to reach the port.

                  Cruise Terminal:

                  Free Port

                  Reach the port by

                  • Car

                    From the South:
                    Approaching the city, take Kalvebod Brygge and then Niels Juels Gade toward the centre. Continue straight on to Kongens Nytorv, then Bredgade and Grønningen. Turn right at Folke Bernadottes Allé (just before the Østerbro train station) and continue straight on along Kalkbrænderihavnsgade until you reach the turn-off on the right into Dampfærgevej.  

                    From the North:
                    It is easy to find the new terminal building when arriving by car from the north. Upon reaching the city, proceed straight on down Lyngbyvejen and then turn left at Jagtvej. Then continue straight ahead along Strandboulevarden for about 700m and turn left at Århusgade for about 300m. Turn right at Kalkbrænderihavnsgade and continue until the signposted turning on the left into Dampfærgevej.
                    Car
                  • Train

                    The nearest station for Frihavnen is Nordhavn Station, from which it is a 15-minute walk to the port. The nearest station for Langelinie is Østerport Station, from which it is also a 15 minute-walk to Langelinie or Nordre Toldbod. 
                    There is a taxi rank outside the station. 
                    Travel time: about 15 minutes, depending on traffic.
                    Train
                  • Plane

                    There are frequent Metro and Train connections from Copenhagen Airport to the Port. 
                    If travelling to Frihavnen, take the Metro from the airport to Nørreport Station. Change to S-train line A, B, C or E and take the train 2 stops to Nordhavn Station. Frihavnen is a 15-minute walk from the station.
                    If travelling to Langelinie, take the Metro from Copenhagen Airport to Nørreport Station. Change to S-train line A, B, C or E and take the train 1 stop to Østerport Station. Langelinie and Nordre Toldbod are a 15-minute walk from the station. 
                    There is a taxi rank just outside the airport terminal building.
                    Travel time: about 30 minutes, depending on traffic.
                    Plane

                  Denmark

                  Cutting edge technology and gastronomy

                  Cutting edge technology and gastronomy

                  Denmark has achieved nothing short of the unthinkable over the past decade: from a little-known, little-understood country wedged between mainland Europe and the rest of Scandinavia to an international cultural powerhouse with Michelin-starred restaurants, multiple hit TV shows and fashion stars.


                  With agriculture its primary industry, technological innovation and a focus on green energy is a big part of the economy of daily life. Culturally, too, it hits all the right marks. A cruise to Denmark will show you impeccable design and great musical offerings (especially jazz) at every turn. What’s more, an ultra-efficient transport infrastructure makes Denmark one of Northern Europe’s most enjoyable countries to explore. Geographically, three main landmasses make up the country – the islands of Zealand and Funen and the peninsula of Jutland, which extends northwards from Germany. Most visitors make for Zealand (Sjælland), and, more specifically, Copenhagen, an exciting focal point with a beautiful old centre and a good array of museums.

                  Funen (Fyn) has only one real urban draw, Odense, once home to Hans Christian Andersen; otherwise, it’s renowned for cute villages and sandy beaches. Jutland (Jylland) has, as well as scenery alternating between lonely beaches, gentle hills and heathland, two of the liveliest Danish cities in Århus and Aalborg.