11 free and cool places to enjoy visiting Copenhagen

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11 free and cool places to enjoy visiting Copenhagen

As you probably know, Copenhagen is among the world’s ten most expensive cities, according to data from the Economist magazine’s report ‘Worldwide Cost of Living 2016′. After living there for almost 3 years, I want to share with you my favorite 11 free things to do in Copenhagen, an amazing but expensive city. I recommend you to rent a bike if the weather is good and also check Airbnb if you want a low cost place, because hostels are very expensive.

1. Christinia (Freetown Christiania) With no doubt, my favorite place by far. Christiania is a very unique place, founded by hippies in 1971. Christiania is a self-proclaimed autonomous neighbourhood in Copenhagen. It’s surrounded by blissful lakes, and many artists and some of the original founders still live there. It’s well-known, because you can easily buy marihuana there (even though it’s illegal in Denmark). Remember there are 3 rules: it’s not allowed to take pictures (because they do illegal things inside like selling weed), not running (because people run when something is wrong, like the police coming inside because there are some problems) and having fun! Take a look at the crazy houses on the lakes, where the around 850 inhabitants live. These constructions exemplify modern “architecture without architects”.


2. Walk from Christianshavn (the Island where Christiania is) to Islands Brygge. Christianshavn is my favorite neighborhood, because it has a lot of personality. It’s full of cute cafés, bodegas and restaurants. It used to be a sailor’s neighborhood, it is full of charming 19th-century houses along picturesque canals. Vor Frelsers Kirke (Our Saviour’s Church) is a beautiful church with a really cool tower: rumor has it that the designer threw himself out of the tower, when he discovered that the spiraling stairs – a symbol of the ascent into heaven – rotated in the wrong direction.

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Islands Brygge is where the Copenhageners go to take a bath in the harbour on some of the (few) hot days of summer. It’s great to get into the water while watching the city skyline. It’s very popular now and you can walk to the new bridge for bikes, which connects Islands Brygge with Kalvebod Brygge and Vesterbro.


3. Nyhavn. One of the most iconic spots in Copenhagen, this old canal was the home of many famous writers such as Hans Christian Andersen (numbers 20 and 67). Walking around Nyhavn on a sunny day is priceless, but if you want to drink a low cost beer, buy it in the Seven Eleven. The restaurants and bars in this area are not cheap at all.

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4. The Little Mermaid. One of the symbols of this city, The Little Mermaid is not close to the city center (it is located at the end of the Langelinie promenade), but it’s free to walk there and it has beautiful surroundings. You can also go there by bus. The sculpture was commissioned in 1909 by the founder of the Carlsberg brewery, J. C Jacobsen. It’s smaller than everybody expects… Chances are you will have to wait to take a picture with her, no matter what time of the year you go there.

5.The Christiansborg Palace Tower.

Recently the tower of the Christiansborg Palace (the Parliament) was opened to the public, and the entrance is free of charge! From the tower you can see Copenhagen from a totally new angle. On a clear day, you can even see all the way to Sweden. The view from the tower of Christiansborg Palace is unique and magnificent – Copenhagen’s highest tower. A visit to the tower is free of charge and it is open every day (except Mondays). You can find more practical information at taarnet.dk/info.

6. Dronning Louises Bro.

This bridge (“bro” means “bridge” in Danish) will take you to Nørrebro, the hipster neighbourhood of Copenhagen. On a sunny day, you will see many people drinking beers and chilling on this bridge. There are also festivals celebrated here. After visiting the bridge, you should continue to Nørrebro, and perhaps take a walk around Assistens Kirkegård (Assistens Cemetery) where Hans Christian Andersen, Søren Kierkegaard and Niels Bohr are buried.

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7. The City Hall

This building is situated on The City Hall Square in the heart of Copenhagen. With its 105,6 meters, the City Hall is one of the tallest buildings in Copenhagen. If you are a fan of the most popular Danish TV series like “The Killing” and Borgen”, you have another reason to vist the City Hall where many scenes of these shows were recorded. Copenhagen City Hall is built in the years 1892-1905. It was designed by the architect Martin Nyrop in the National Romantic style.


8. The National Museum

Perfect idea for a rainy or cold day. The National Museum has exhibitions from the Stone Age, the Viking Age, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and Modern Danish History. If you are interested in the Viking Age, visiting the National Museum is a must. You can tour the museum in just an hour with self-guided tour. It is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 to 17h.

9. Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden is located in the centre of Copenhagen. The garden covers an area of 10 hectares and is particularly noted for its extensive complex of historical glasshouses dating from 1874. The garden is open to the public. My favorite spot is the Palm Tree house, perfect on a cold winter day, because the temperature inside is very nice.

Monday – Sunday 08:30 – 18:00 01/07/2016 – 30/09/2016

Monday – Sunday 01/10/2016 – 30/03/2017


10. Bakken and Dyrehaven
Bakken, located in the north of the city, is the world’s oldest amusement park. It’s a good place to go, if you travel with kids, or if you are interested in deers. Bakken is part of Jægersborg Dyrehave, a wonderful green area, where you find yourself surrounded by 400-year-old trees and almost 2,000 free range deer. The park has 33 roller coasters and offers more rides than any other amusement park in Scandinavia.

11. The Changing of the Guards and Amalienborg Palace

Amalienborg Palace is the official residence of the Danish Royal family. Every day you can experience the changing of the guards, as they march from their barracks in Gothersgade 100 by Rosenborg Castle through the streets of Copenhagen and end up at Amalienborg, where the changing of the guard takes place at 12:00 noon.

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