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Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, home to Europe's oldest monarchy, is the capital of Denmark and Scandinavia's largest and most cosmopolitan city.

In 1167 Copenhagen was a tiny village called Havn which king Valdemar I gave to his trustee, the bishop of Absalon of Roskilde. Since then it gradually grew to be the first city of Denmark, in part because the harbour of Roskilde became inaccessible to the larger trading ships. In 1417 Copenhagen became the capital of Denmark. Its now by far the largest and most important town in Denmark, with numerous Museums and the hippest Nightlife in the country.

It has an old center and some interesting town development schemes of the 18th, 19th and 20th century. The royal palaces are a sight to see; but the squatters quarter of Christiania is equally remarkable. Of course one should visit Copenhagen's most famous attraction, the little mermaid statue near the Churchillpark. The little mermaid statue is, well, 'little', sometimes dissappointing tourists. A more impressive sight would be the Gefion fountain.

Copenhagen landmarks are conveniently clustered in an area that is easily accessible by foot, train or bus. Around 900 years ago, a footpath was formed down what is now the heart of the city: the pedestrians-only street, Stroget, with its centuries-old architecture, fountains and busy shops. Climb Christian IV's 17th-century observatory for a view of the city. Visit Our Lady's Cathedral, located between the walking street and the Norreport Station, a masterpiece of neoclassical architecture with colossal marble statues by Denmark's famous sculptor, Thorvaldsen. And see Copenhagen from the water on a canal tour that stops at Nyhavn, the picturesque harbor, passing the famous Little Mermaid gazing out over the water.

Sights

 
Panorama Tour of Copenhagen

Departure from The City Hall Square in front of Palace Hotel

The Grand Tour of Copenhagen is an extensive tour covering all the major sights of the Danish Capital.

On the tour we pass by the Tivoli Gardens and the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. We drive through the colorful canal district and past the National Museum, by Christiansborg Palace, home to the Danish Parliament. We continue on to The Old Stock Exchange and across Kongens Nytorv, where we can see the Royal Theatre, world famous for its Royal Ballet.

The tour continues past the colorful harbor district of Nyhavn to Amalienborg Palace - Winter residence of the Royal Family. Here we have the opportunity of seeing the changing of the Guard. This is followed by a visit to the Gefion Fountain and The Little Mermaid, inspired by H. C. Andersen's fairytale.

During the tour we pay a visit to one of the many magnificent churches in Copenhagen as well as pass by Rosenborg Castle, where the Crown Jewels are protected by the Royal Guard.

Duration: 2� hours

Departure daily at 11.00am during the summer season from City Hall Square.

 
Hamlet Castle Tour

On this mini castle tour of North Sealand, we first visit the beautiful Frederiksborg Castle, in the magnificent surroundings of Hiller�d. Our visit here includes the outstanding National Museum, the Chapel and the Knights' Hall.

The tour continues past the Royal Family's summer residence - Fredensborg Palace - in the middle of a lovely park and surrounded by the idyllic Esrum lake.

Upon arrival in Elsinore, you will see the outer walls and towers of impressive Kronborg Castle, setting of Shakespeare's play, Hamlet.

Returning to Copenhagen, the coach will drive through fashionable resorts and exclusive residential areas, taking the scenic route along the coast of Denmark paralleled by Sweden's.

Language: English, German, Spanish & Italian

Duration: 5 hours

Departures daily at 1.00 during the summer season from City Hall Square.

 
Castle Tour/Combo of Royal and Hamlet

Take a sightseeing tour to some of the spectacular castles and the countryside north of Copenhagen. Travel along the beautiful view of the Oresund Strait to Helsingor with the Swedish coast beyond. First stop Frederikborg Castle built by King Christian IV. This pearl of history, built in magnificent Renaissance style, is now a national historical museum. It contains paintings, tapestries, porcelain, silver and furniture of great historical value.

After the break, our tour continues to Fredensborg. The Queen's summer residence of Fredensborg Palace is attractively located in the middle of a lovely park, bordering the idyllic Esrom lake. Kronborg Castle known as Elsinore in English, stands at the seaward approach of Oresund Strait. It is one of northern Europe's best preserved Renaissance castles. Made famous all over the world as Shakespeare's Hamlet, it is also the most popular castle in Denmark.

This tour is the classic amongst excursions while visiting Denmark.

Duration: 7 hours

 
Sweden Tour

We follow the coastline from Copenhagen to Elsinore, passing through fashionable resorts and beautiful residential areas. Crossing the narrow strait between Elsinore and Helsingborg, you will get a great opportunity for a fantastic view of Hamlet's Castle - Kronborg - from the sea. The trip across the Sound takes approx. 20 minutes.

When we arrive in Sweden, we drive through the city of Helsingborg, before continuing to Lund. Lund is a university city from the middle ages, founded in 1020 by the Danish King Canute the Great. The city was the religious, cultural and commercial centre of Scandinavia until the Reformation. We visit the Cathedral which has a magnificent 14th century astronomical clock and we end up at the famous University of Lund. Lunch en route - not included in the tour price.

After lunch we continue to Malm�. Malm� is the biggest city in Scania and the third largest in the whole of Sweden. Here we take a short sightseeing tour and there will be time for shopping. On our way back to Denmark we have to cross the Sound once again, but this time on the magnificent bridge from Malm� to Copenhagen.

Duration: 7.5-8 hours

Departures Tue/Thu/Sat during the summer season from City Hall Square.

 
Vikingland Tour

Drive through the beautiful Danish countryside. Be taken thousands of years back into history when introduced to the bronze age and the intriguing histroy of the Vikings.

We visit the Viking Ship Museum, set in the Vikings natural harbour, today called Roskilde Fjord. These Viking ships have been carefully restored and are the most important discovery ever made in Denmark from this ancient period.

After the visit to the museum you can take a tour of the city of Roskilde, which was the capital of Denmark in ancient times. Here you can pay a visit to the great Romanesque Roskilde Cathedral with its 38 royal tombs. This tour to Roskilde will reveal many secrets about the daily life of the Danish forefathers.

Duration: 5 hours

Departures daily at 12.30pm from City Hall Square.

 
City & Harbour Tour

This tour starts off by coach and continues by boat. The coach passes by most of the major sights of Copenhagen - e.g. the National Gallery, New Carlsberg Glyptotek, the magnificent Gefion Fountain and Kongens Nytorv.

At The Old Fish Market a pre-booked canal boat is waiting to take you on a cruise through the bustling harbor of Copenhagen. From the boat you can enjoy the many wonderful towers and famous places of Copenhagen. One of the great highlights of the trip is The Little Mermaid. The cruise continues through the picturesque canals of Christianshavn and Frederiksholm, where historical buildings are to be enjoyed side by side with new architecture.

We end our tour in the very heart of Copenhagen - at Gammel Strand, which is only a few minutes walk from Str�get, the main shopping street in the city.

Duration: 2.5 hours

Departures daily at 9.30am, 11.30am & 1.30pm during the summer season from City Hall Square.

 
City Tour of Copenhagen

Greet Copenhagen with this general tour, passing all the major highlights of the city.

To name a few:

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, with an impressive national and international art collection, sponsored by the Carlsberg Foundation. Christiansborg Palace, home to the Danish Parliament and the Royal Reception Rooms. Thorvaldsen's Museum, a magnificent collection of sculptures. The National Museum - showing many hundreds of years of Danish history. The Royal Theatre, world famous for its Royal Ballet. The Royal Winter residence, Amalienborg... and let's not forget The Little Mermaid, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairytale.

The City tour of Copenhagen, is a great introduction to the sights of the city.

Duration: 1.5 hours

Departures daily 9.30am, 11.30am & 1.30pm during the summer season from City Hall Square.

 
Open Top Tours of Copenhagen

From the City Hall Square to The Little Mermaid. From the Copenhagen Cruise Ship Harbor to Rosenborg Castle. From The Zoo on to The Carlsberg Breweries & The Royal Copenhagen Porcelain factory and shop.

More than 25 stops at Copenhagen's most popular sights, where you are free to leave/board the bus at any of the bus stops.

You will find a detailed map on the bus as well as a lot of information about Copenhagen.

Most of the OPEN TOP buses are equipped with sliding tops - for rain or shine.

Duration: 1 hour

Frequent departures from City Hall Square.