Copenhagen, City of Spires
A visitor's first view of Copenhagen will likely be not from the sea but from the air. That's because Copenhagen is where most Baltic cruises begin. Founded in 1167 as a fortress to protect the important herring trade, Copenhagen features two main cruise terminals: Langelinie Pier, situated within walking distance of the city center, and Freeport Terminal.
Approaching (or leaving) either of the terminals through Kronloebet channel, cruise ship passengers are able to admire Copenhagen's low skyline. The presence of only a few high-rise buildings allow Copenhagen's copper-covered church spires and towers of historic buildings to dominate the skyline.
Only steps away from the ship, Copenhagen's Langelinie Pier (pictured) offers shops and tourist facilities for cruise passengers.