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Copenhagen Canal Tour


The Travelin’ Man’s Overall Recommendation: GOOD*
(met expectations, would recommend, would do again)

  • What did I like the most: Historical perspective from guide was quite good
  • What is the biggest area for improvement: Some windows open from previous ride which made those seats by the window too wet to sit in since it was drizzling



This is The Grand Tour. You can pick it up from Gammel Strand or Nyhavn. It’s the same tour. The cost is 80 ddk ($13) and it lasts about an hour.  You’re in a standard flat boat, which is needed to get under some lower hanging bridges; there is no bar, snacks, or bathroom, and it’s non stop. It’s a guided tour, and it leaves every 10-30 mins (summertime).

You can book in advance online, but I recommend just walking over to one of the two boarding areas a half hour or so before you want to leave.

The Tour

Overall it is quite informative and covers many of the major landmarks in the area. The windows on the boat open all the way up and over your head, which makes for great views.

The Black Diamond, the Little Mermaid, Christiansborg Palace (from the back), and the Copenhagen Opera House to name but a few. It was a bit dreary when we went, so the pics aren’t my best work.

The captain drifted around behind the Little Mermaid for a bit so we could all get a good pic. I thought that was a nice thing to do.

Overall a great way to acclimate yourself to the area. Jana and I also did this tour last time we were here and we liked it then, too.


And I guess Melissa didn’t see the sign under the window about keeping hands and arms inside the boat. Yes, it was in English! Punk.

* Each area is rated on a scale 1-5, with 1 = poor, 3 = good, 5 = exceptional
How did this do compared to what I had expected: 3
How well were the logistics handled: 3
Was the staff helpful and friendly: 3
Overall execution and presentation: 3
Total score: 12
4 – 8 is POOR (was not at all what I expected and/or was not worth the time/money)
9 – 10 is OK (quality of the experience was a little low, but I enjoyed it)
11 – 13 is GOOD (met expectations, would recommend, would do again)
14 – 15 is VERY GOOD (surprisingly good, exceeding on some levels)
16 – 20 is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED (outperformed my expectations, great value)