Starting and ending in Nyhavn (New Harbour) right in the center of Copenhagen the canal tour takes an hour. You will see beautiful old churches, castles, medieval buildings and some very interesting (and expensive) new parts of Copenhagen with very modern architecture.
Part of the tour goes through the area of Christianshavn where many people live on boats in the canals. Christianshavn is named after king Christian IV who expanded Copenhagen with this beautiful area in the early 1600’s. It is one of the most beautiful, popular and expensive neighbourhoods in the city.
In the open harbour area you will pass the last Danish submarine that was retired in 2005 before passing by the modern opera house and the beautiful view of the royal palace, Amalienborg, from the sea.
Finally, you will see the world famous little mermaid statue. The statue was made in 1913 by the artist Edvard Eriksen to commemorate the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. It is very small and the Danes do not think much of it but internationally it has become a symbol of Copenhagen. There are always (Asian) tourists taking pictures of it.
The statue has often been vandalised by people with political messages. She has been beheaded several times. She has been dressed in a burka as a protest against islamisation of Denmark and she has been vandalised with red paint as a protest against whale hunting.