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-centurycastle 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 KongensHave 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.
Excursions & Activities
Reach the Port
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.
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.
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.