Surrounded by ultra-modern architecture, beautiful laid back Danes, and idyllic canals that start from the world-famous Nyhavn, it’s no wonder that Copenhagen is considered one of the premier cities to visit in Europe. That being said, there’s a cost to all that awesomeness, which is why Copenhagen is also one of the most expensive cities you’ll come across. Don’t fret though because if you follow a few of these tips for free things to do in the city, you’ll come out with your wallet intact.
A Free Walk
Looking for a great way to get oriented within the city and see all the major sights like Strøget, Tivoli, Nyhavn, and Amalienborg Palace? There is a classic walking tour that departs from the Copenhagen City Hall at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. every day. During the walk, the guides are full of riveting stories of royalty, vikings, and the struggle for power.
If you’re more curious about the Christianshavn area of Copenhagen, there’s also a Christinashavn Free Walking Tour that starts at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. from Bishop Absalon’s Equestrian Statue on Højbro Plads square in inner city. It finishes in Freetown Christiania.
Have a Picnic
The Rosenborg Castle Gardens is the oldest and most visited park in the city. Spread with lush green grass and perfect lime tree avenues, this is the perfect spot to do as the locals do and have a picnic. After you’re done make sure you visit one of the many temporary exhibits that are on display every summer. If you’re lucky there might be a concert playing there too.
What a lot of people don’t know about Copenhagen is that the trio of National Museum, National Gallery, and Danish Resistance Museum are completely free to the public. There’s plenty of free art, history, and culture here that will surely keep you busy for a day or two.
Climb a Tower
Once the home of kings and queens, Christiansborg Palace is now home to the Danish parliament and attached to it is Copenhagen’s tallest tower standing at 106 meters. Grab your camera when you visit because you’ll get the best unobstructed views of the city from here.
Go For A Spin
Many cities in the world have adopted bike-share programs but Copenhagen may be one of the few that are offering it up for free. It works like this. After you find one of the 110 bike racks littered throughout the city, pop a 20DKK coin into the machine, bike around by following an itinerary like this, and when you’re done simply return it, and you’ll get your deposit back.
Changing Of The Guard
Everyday at noon, soldiers with black furry hats and blue trousers march on the grounds of Amalienborg Castle to the tune of bellowing orders. This age old tradition is similar to Buckingham Palace’s changing of the guard in London and will be sure to draw in a large crowd.
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