Sunday 23 June 2013

The Waterfront in Copenhagen

The waterfront in Copenhagen is something special, a mixture of old and new, residential and industrial. We took one of these yellow water buses, Havnebussen, which run every half hour and sail along the harbour between Norde Toldbod and Teglholmen stopping six times and costing the same as a normal bus fare. Services are cancelled when the harbour is frozen.

We started from Den Sorte Diamant, the Black Diamond,  my favourite building in Copenhagen.

an old grand building

This is the top of our boat and above it the bridge opening up

We sailed towards Teglholmen

a lot of modernist buildings


I wouldn't mind a flat in one of those - the views must be spectacular

This is a circular route, so soon after this factory complex we turned round

The waterfront in Copenhagen reminded me a bit of Liverpool

a lot of modernist glass buildings

but also the mixture of old and new

And we got to where we started from, the Black Diamond - I just could not get enough of that building

under the bridge, soon

but before that, we sail past the group of these identical buildings, which I also liked a lot and which are directly opposite the Black Diamond. I asked what they were called so that I could get some information on them, but did not have any luck

Danmarks Nationalbank designed by Arne Jacobsen- more information on this building here

Past the sand sculpture festival

Operaen, the Opera, designed by Henning Larsen

and across is the Skuespilhus, latest offshoot of Det Kongelige Teater

Amalienborg Slot

I was quite intrigued by this tall square building

Holmen Nord stop

turning round now

I never found out what this building is, but given the sculptures outside, I presume it is some kind of cultural centre

this is a cultural centre, but I have forgotten what it is

back to Operaen

Skuespilhus again

and finally, Nyhavn where we got off for lunch and a wander.


  1. Great post. Beautiful photos

    1. Thank you Greydog!

      The boat trip was a real pleasure, and so much to see and appreciate. We really enjoyed it. The waterfront is really very beautiful, and so varied.