Copenhagen, Denmark is one of the more expensive European cities to travel to, but once you’re there, you can see why this city is worth a visit! If you’re worried about blowing your budget after all you’ve spent on accommodation, transportation, and food in the city, then check out these free things to do in Copenhagen that will make your visit all worth it.
Top Free Things to Do in Copenhagen
1. Discover Copenhagen’s Colorful Streets
Nyhavn is probably Copenhagen’s most famous colorful street, but there is more color to find all throughout the city.
You can also find color on Nybrogade, Sofiegade, Gernersgade, and more like the street pictured above.
2. Explore Freetown Christiania
Freetown Christiania is a hippy neighborhood that has created its own rules. It’s a pretty controversial area, and it’s known for being a place where you can go to buy weed (even though weed is illegal elsewhere in Copenhagen).
It can be a rough area, so tourists are advised to follow the community’s rules, such as no photographs and no talking on cellphones. Other than weed, you can find local art galleries, restaurants, and music in Christiania.
3. Take a Picture With the Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid is a bronze sculpture on display on the waterside at the Langelinie promenade.
It is just a small statue, and it’s a popular tourist spot so it may be crowded. If nothing else, it gives you a good excuse for a walk along the harbor.
4. Explore Copenhagen’s Harborside
The harborside has more to offer than just the Little Mermaid.
The Gefion Fountains displays the mythical Gefion and her oxen and St Alban’s Church offers beautiful Gothic Revival architecture. Nearby is also Kastellet, a star-shaped fortress that allows you to walk the grounds for free.
5. Admire the Marble Church
Frederik’s Church is known as the Marble Church because of its rococo architecture.
You can step beneath its copper green dome and admire the awe-inspiring architecture and stained glass inside for free. A trip up to the top of the dome will cost you, though.
6. Take a Free Walking Tour of Copenhagen
You can take a self-guided tour and just walk around Copenhagen and see what you find, or you can book a free Copenhagen walking tour with a local online.
Budget Places to Stay in Copenhagen, Denmark
A budget Copenhagen guide isn’t complete without some cheap accommodations. Take a look at these top budget hotels and hostels in Copenhagen:
And for more cheap places to stay, check out these websites:
- Compare Copenhagen hotel prices at Booking.com and TripAdvisor.
- Find cheap Copenhagen vacation rentals on VRBO.
Ready to visit Copenhagen, Denmark? Plan your trip with these tips.
- Book Your Flight: Find the cheapest flights using Skyscanner, my favorite flight search engine.
- Find Accommodation: You can find cheap hotels in Copenhagen using Booking.com.
- Start Packing: Check out my packing list resources so you’re prepared for your trip.
Have you traveled to Copenhagen? What’s your favorite free thing to do? Let me know in the comments!