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The Harbour Circle

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The Harbour Circle is the ultimate Copenhagen harbourside walk, a 13 kilometre long walking and cycle path that runs from major sights at Nyhavn to the quiet backwaters of Christianshavn and Sydhavn. The path mixes city life and raw nature in the best way. You will pass by historical attractions and up-and-coming areas being developed at the speed of lightning. You will see unspoilt green areas, houseboats, swim zones, architectural gems and much more. 

There's no correct way to do The Harbour Circle, and you can design the route to suit you and your needs. If you want to shorten the route or spice it up a bit, there are plenty of opportunities to cross at one of the many cycle bridges. If you want to combine your experience with a trip on the water, you can easily hop on the harbour bus at several points along the route and at the sam time enjoy one of Copenhagen's (perhaps) cheapest canal cruise. 

Harbourside Pit Stops

Along the route, you will find several places where you can either settle your hunger, refuel your inner engine with coffee or finish off with a drink while enjoying the harbour view. 

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The Bridge Street Kitchen | Martin Kaufmann
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Broens Gadekøkken

By the Inner Harbour Bridge between Christianshavn and Nyhavn, you can visit The Bridge Street Kitchen which combines world-class street food with phenomenal views over the water.

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NH Collection
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ROOF NH Collection

At the top of the hotel NH Collection you will find the charming rooftop terrace ROOF. ROOF is an unrivalled oasis where bartenders conjure up seductive cocktails. The kitchen offers exquisite bites and snacks while enjoying the sunset behind the city's rooftops, mint green copper towers and water views.

Andersen Bakery Fastelavnsbolle
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Andersen Bakery

In the heart of the Islands Brygge neighbourhood, you'll find the award-winning Andersen Bakery. Stop by to bite into a tasty pastry. 

Cafe slusen
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Café Slusen

Café Slusen is a café in cosy surroundings out by the harbour lock in the South harbour neighbourhood. Here you can get delicious food and cold beverages at the water's edge.

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Vandvid
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Vandvid

Vandvid is a floating restaurant with focus on urban farming and local, organic food.

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Anløbet vinbar
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Anløbet

Anløbet is probably Copenhagen's smallest wine and beer bar and has a unique location by the harbour front.

Kayak Bar
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Kayak Bar

Paying a visit to Kayak Bar is a unique experience in the heart of Copenhagen located by the bridge Knippelsbro and at the very water's edge.

Life by the Harbour

With a harbour clean enough to swim in it, public harbour baths are something that just needed to happen. Dotted throughout The Harbour Circle, you'll find many great places to take a refreshing dip. If you're not into getting your hair wet, there are other ways to experience life in the water. Maybe there's a sailor in you?

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Islands Brygge Harbour Bath
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Islands Brygge Harbour Bath

One of the most visited is located at Islands Brygge, right across the bridge from the city centre. This spot has become iconic, and here you get open air swimming right in the centre of the city. Mee...

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Havnevigen Harbour Bath
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Havnevigen Harbour Bath

Havnevigen Harbour Bath is located in a newly built neighbourhood on the southern part of Islands Brygge and is characterised by the beautiful artificial beach by the water. In addition to the newly b...

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Sluseholmen Harbour Bath
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Sluseholmen Harbour Bath

Harbour bath Sluseholmen is a small but beautifully designed area with swimming facilities in the southern part of Copenhagens harbour.

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Fisketorvet Harbour Bath
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Fisketorvet Harbour Bath

Havnebadet Fisketorvet offer recreational bathing facilities along the waterfront of Copenhagen. The harbour bath serve as an urban supplement to the beaches around the city.

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Kalvebod Bølge
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Kalvebod Bølge

Kalvebod Brygge waterfront is Kalvebod Bølge (Kalvebod Wave) that entices relaxation, activities and fun.

Kalvebod Brygge on Copenhagen's waterfront used to be very business-oriented with very little ...

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GoBoat Copenhagen
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GoBoat Copenhagen

An eco-friendly and fun way to cruise Copenhagen's canals as the captain of your own ship.

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GreenKayak
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GreenKayak

Borrow a kayak for free and help keep Copenhagen’s waters clean, while you explore the harbour.

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Picture Perfect Copenhagen

Have you ever seen a bicycle bridge curve like a snake? Keep your eyes open and your camera ready because Copenhagen’s new and old architecture along the waterfront is absolutely stunning.

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The Inner Harbour Bridge
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The Inner Harbour Bridge

Pedestrian and bike bridge in Nyhavn, Copenhagen.

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The Circle Bridge
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The Circle Bridge

Bridge and architectural landmark on the harbourfront.

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The Bicycle Snake
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The Bicycle Snake

Iconic modern bike bridge on Copenhagen's harbourside.

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BLOX
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BLOX

A modern harbourfront area with public squares, exhibition spaces and much more.

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Pearls by the water

Do yourself a favour and visit some of these cultural sites along the route. Here, much of Danish history and culture is presented in the best possible way.

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Nordatlantens Brygge
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Nordatlantens Brygge

North Atlantic House is an art centre where you can encounter North Atlantic culture, research and business. Here, people from the North Atlantic, Denmark, and the rest of the world meet and inspire o...

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Green ExperienceDanish Architecture Center
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Danish Architecture Center

Much more than a museum about Danish architecture, it's a full experience with walks, talks and more.

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The Black Diamond - Royal Danish Library
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The Black Diamond - Royal Danish Library

The stunning modern addition and its historic older counterpart hold books, exhibitions, a cafe and much more.

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Explore Copenhagen

The Harbour Circle takes you through small bits and pieces of several of Copenhagen's neighbourhoods. Here you can dive deeper into your favourite neighbourhoods.