Free Self Guided Walking Tour of Copenhagen

We arrived by cruise ship in Copenhagen, Denmark. We had never been to Copenhagen before. It was our first time.

On board the cruise ship there were all sorts of excursions for sale including walking tours of Copenhagen. Most of them were upwards of $60 USD each. We opted for the free option, a self guided walking tour of Copenhagen. Luckily the cruise ship was not far from the rest of the city.

Our Maitre D had advised us that all we had to do in Copenhagen was to get off the ship, take a left and follow the shoreline into the city centre. There was a hop on hop off bus in front of the ship. We didn't get on the bus but we grabbed a city map from them and used it to navigate.

Join us on our walking tour of Copenhagen!

Right away we found a mermaid statue along the path. The man who wrote the little mermaid, Hans Christian Anderson, was Danish so there were some mermaid statues to celebrate him in Copenhagen. This statue is not the most famous one but it is the biggest.

The path we walked along the shoreline was very windy but the weather was otherwise great. We were lucky the whole trip weather wise.We walked through a marina and continued on the path close to the water.

We found the mermaid statue. This is the main mermaid statue that all of the tourists crowd around and take pictures with. It was a bit more modest than the other mermaid statue. We enjoyed the walk seeing all of the cherry blossoms.

We really didn't do any research on Copenhagen so we had no idea what to expect or an idea of what the monuments were that we saw. We don't know much about the history of Denmark.
It made it so everything we saw was a pleasant surprise.

Gefion Fountain and St Alban's Church

The map we had listed the major landmarks though which guided us to Gefion Fountain, St Alban's Church and the Fortress that looked like a star on the map. We went inside the church and then took a walk inside the star shaped fortress called Kastellet.

The fortress is surrounded by a moat in a star shape.

We crossed the bridge into Kastellet. A lot of other tourists were headed this way too.

We just sort of wandered around the inside to see what there was. There were a bunch of buildings and then there was a raised path around the whole star shaped fort.

There was a windmill at the top of the hills surrounding the fortress. We walked along the star shaped path. See google maps to see the paths..

We took a walk towards the square where the Queen of Denmark lives, Amalienborg. There were Queen's guards that looked similar to the guards at Buckingham Palace.
The square was massive but not too many people were there. It was probably too early in the season for tourists. In the summer this place is a lot busier no doubt.
Close by there was a big marble church called Frederik's Church. Probably where the Queen goes.
We walked back towards the waterfront to continue our walk towards the city centre of Copenhagen.

Along the water they had a garden and some interesting sculptures.
There were lots of cool boats on the waterfront. We liked seeing the boats.

We were trying to reach Nyhavn, the area with the famous colourful houses along the canals. We found it no problem thanks to our trusty map.
The streets in Copenhagen seemed pretty empty until we got to Nyhavn and then all of a sudden there were people everywhere.
I think we found were all the other tourists were hanging out. From the looks of it they were all having a Carlsberg beer along the canal. We had more exploring to do so we carried on.

We walked around searching for some of the famous buildings on our tourist map. We had some trouble finding some of them because our map wasn't labelled very well.

Eventually though we found the centre of Copenhagen and the shopping area Strøget.
It was really nice and clean looking for such a busy part of town. Those Danes really know how to keep the city clean.

The Round Tower
We passed the Round Tower were we found some free lattes at a little cart parked outside. We got some soya chai lattes which were perfect since it was kinda chilly outside.

Next we made our way to the Rosenborg Castle Gardens to see the castle. There was a march of protesters but we have no idea what they were protesting. They walked past the park and then they went up streets headed towards the centre of the city where we came from.

There were lots of sweet statues in the park like this guy riding a horse fighting off a big snake.

The best part of the park was the castle. Behind us there is Rosenborg Castle. It closed at 2pm so we weren't able to see the inside but the outside was pretty scenic.

We checked out the garden beside the castle since we couldn't go inside. The inside of castles are all pretty much the same anyway. haha. I'm sure it is interesting to see but we weren't too broken up about it.

By this time we felt like we had done a lot of walking and seen quite a bit of the city. We walked towards the direction of the ship. We did a lot of walking but that is the best way to see a city in our opinion. It's fun because you can find things you might not normally find otherwise if you aren't on foot.

We were kind of retracing our steps. We took a walk back to the star shaped fortress to head back to the little mermaid statue to get a picture. We were hoping that most of the tourists were gone by this point..

There, we got our little mermaid selfie just like everyone else. This statue is over 100 years old. There was virtually no one around the little mermaid compared to earlier.
Around the ship all the buildings look brand new. There wasn't a lot of people around but there were some shops we looked in to find a souvenir. We like to collect magnets in the shape of all the countries we visit.

We found a modern art looking little mermaid. This one didn't have any tourists around it, aside from us.

Walking around the city self guided worked out great. We had a wonderful time in Copenhagen and given the opportunity we would go back to further explore the city. There is so much more to see in the city such as the amusement park Tivoli Gardens. We would recommend that everyone add a trip to Copenhagen to their bucket list.