A city like Copenhagen can be comfortably sailed throughout its neighborhoods, and be admired from a genuine perspective.
Can you imagine contemplating the Little Mermaid from the water, while she stares at you from the rocks? It is ironic, but a recommended experience!
This famous sculpture’s position is very different depending on the season: at high tide, as in winter, she looks like a small dark figurine surrounded by waves. In summer, the sculpture seems to come closer, becoming more accessible at low tide. As she can be reached from the pedestrian promenade, many people can not resist the temptation to touch it, or even climb it… The Little Mermaid literally lost her head twice!
There are several boat tours that run through the channels of the Danish capital. We chose one that is included in the “Copenhagen Card”, a very practical choice to easily explore the key points in the city in very short time.
We toured a complete route of over an hour straight, with which you get the general idea of the highlights of Copenhagen. It’s like watching a movie trailer condensing what this capital can offer. There are also routes with several stops where you can get off and hop back on the boat anytime. This is a nice choice if you’d like to stop along the way.
We started the route at Højbro Plads, and quickly realized that architecture in Copenhagen combines ancient and modern buildings in a fascinating and unique way.
From the boat, sailing the channel, we could see buildings like the Old Stock Exchange, the Experimentarium, or B & W Hallerne, an old industrial complex on the island of Refshaleøen. Since Eurovisión 2014, it is called the “Eurovision island”.
One of the most amazing buildings is the Opera House, with a surface of 41,000 square meters, donated to the Danish state by the AP Foundation Møllerand Mc-Kinney Møller Chastine in 2000. A. P. Møller was a co-founder of Maersk shipping company, one of the most renowned companies in the country. This donation was controversial because it was tax deductible. Still, it was accepted and today looks and sounds spectacularly well!
Besides Maersk, another famous Danish brand made many generations of artists, designers, architects and builders enjoy the most imaginative structures and creatures. The colorful LEGO brand. If you’re a fan of these fun pieces, make sure to not miss the LEGO store in Vimmelskaftet 37, one of the main shopping streets of the city.
Our boat trip ended in the picturesque Nyhavn neighborhood, protagonist on many postcards from Copenhagen. It is an entertainment district since the seventeenth century, lined with small hotels, brightly colored houses, bars, cafes and restaurants. The writer Hans Christian Andersen lived in Nyhavn for 18 years.
At the end of the tour, we found a surprise sculpture entitled Agnete and the triton, held to be contemplated in city center under the water! It is inspired by a story by Hans Christian Andersen, in which Agnete, a young lady, fell in love with a merman who proposed her to live with him at the bottom of the ocean. She agreed and they had 7 children. But Agnete wanted to return to the surface, and so she did on a Sunday. She went to church promising to return after mass… but she never returned.
The underwater sculpture represents the triton and Agnete’s seven children waiting for her to return to the sea.