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Copenhagen Waterfront | Denmark | Europe

[Visited: September 2002 and several times since]

One of the special features of Copenhagen includes the fact that it is built on and around water. Therefore, exploring the city can perfectly start with a stroll alongside its waterfront. This will allow to see some of the major sights of the city, and it will also offer picturesque views of Copenhagen's canals. On its eastern side, Copenhagen faces the sea and you can actually see large ocean liners docked here. Walking towards Slotsholmen from the seaside to the city centre does not take more than some 15 minutes.

Picture of Copenhagen Waterfront (Denmark): Copenhagen: ships in Nyhavn

I found myself facing the Christiansborg palace which now houses the government, and in front the Stock Exchange, another green-roofed building with a typical twisting spire on top. And while the canals in this area are still wide, after I crossed to the other side of Christianshavn I found myself walking alongside small canals, with small boats and colourful, pretty houses reflected into the surprisingly clear waters. This area was originally established as a defence island for the capital, and it has developed into a picturesque living area. It surprised me that even on a sunny morning the area was quiet.

Picture of Copenhagen Waterfront (Denmark): Mermaid statue in Copenhagen Harbour

I did some backtracking towards the sea, always walking along the waterfront, and it took me past Nyhavn (new harbour) to finally arrive at what for some reason has developed into the symbol of Copenhagen: the Little Mermaid. Sculpted after a story of one of the famous Danes, Hans Christian Andersen, the mermaid is so small that the group of Chinese tourists that was flocking around her for picture poses, came in handy to locate it.

Picture of Copenhagen Waterfront (Denmark): Copenhagen: boats and houses reflected in canal
Picture of Copenhagen Waterfront (Denmark): Copenhagen: masts in Nyhavn
Picture of Copenhagen Waterfront (Denmark): Copenhagen: church at Kastellet
Picture of Copenhagen Waterfront (Denmark): Copenhagen: boats and colourful houses
Picture of Copenhagen Waterfront (Denmark): Copenhagen: new opera house in harbour
Picture of Copenhagen Waterfront (Denmark): Copenhagen: sun reflected on water in canal
Picture of Copenhagen Waterfront (Denmark): Copenhagen: the library, also known as Black Diamond
Picture of Copenhagen Waterfront (Denmark): Copenhagen: detail of bridge at Slotsholmen
Picture of Copenhagen Waterfront (Denmark): Copenhagen: typical canal house

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