The best way to experience the satisfaction Copenhagen has to offer in a single day is to visit it on a cruise. As it lies in the heart of Northern Europe where the North and the Baltic Sea kiss, this Danish capital welcomes a number of cruisers sailing across Scandinavia, as well as the Baltic cruises from Southampton, England.
The area where the Copenhagen harbor is located is called Nordhavnen. Conditional on the cruiser and the liveliness of the port, you might get the chance to step directly into the city from your ship. In just ten minutes you will be able to see The Little Mermaid Statue in its full glory, and in about half an hour you will reach Nyhavn Harbor.
However, the main terminal for ocean cruisers is approximately four miles away from Nyhavn Harbor. If you want to make the best use of your time, you might want to use a taxi, shuttle, or the local No. 27 bus.
As the Little Mermaid statue is halfway between the terminal and the city, you can take a nice little stroll and see it up-close and personal.
Visiting Copenhagen and your vacation fairytale would not be complete without you experiencing this dreamy monument dedicated to Hans Christian Anderson, the fairytale creator who was born here.
If you want to get acquainted with the nautical legacy Copenhagen has to offer, take the one hour cruise from Nyhavn Harbour and through the canals of the city. A number of low tunnels will come your way and you will be able to enjoy the peaceful residential area where you will witness how the historical and the modern stand proudly side by side.
Provided you have the time, take a stroll along the Stroget and enjoy some shopping, or even better, stretch your legs by the shore on your way back to the ship. Should you stay longer, the Tivoli Gardens and the city museums are worthwhile to make them part of your vacation story.