This picture shows boats and houses over the canal in the Danish capital

Copenhagen on a budget | What to see and do

Copenhagen is one of the most cycle-friendly cities I have ever visited, a great city that impressed me instantly. There is a relaxing and cool vibe in the city that makes it easy to feel like home. What can you do in Copenhagen for free?

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Read my guide on some of the budget things and activities you can do in the city, where to eat, what to do, places to visit from local attractions to food and entertainment.

WHAT TO DO IN COPENHAGEN ON A BUDGET

  • Nyhavn’s colourful houses impressed me instantly. Nyhavn is Copenhagens 17th-century waterfront canal district. Nyhavn is the new harbour of the Danish Capital. The historical harbour houses many colourful buildings and wooden ships.
This Picture shows some of Nyhavn's numerous restaurants and colourful boats lining one side of the canal
There are a lot of free things and activities at very little cost to do in Copenhagen. Nyhavn spans from Kongens Nytorv just south of the Royal Playhouse

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  • You can not miss visiting Tivoli Gardens when you are travelling in Copenhagen. Tivoli Gardens is an amusement park, one of the most historic amusement surroundings in the world. Buy your tickets online (18€). Get the app here.
  • Visit Christiansborg Palace (12€). The palace has free access to the tower from where you can  admire Copenhagen’s overwhelming beauty (FREE).
This picture shows a woman admiring Copenhagen's view from the Tower of Christiansborg Palace
Christiansborg Palace is a palace and government building in Copenhagen. The Palace is the seat of the Danish Parliament, the Danish Prime Minister’s Office
  • Christiania is Copenhagen’s semi-autonomous hippie neighbourhood, where cannabis open trade takes place. Christiania is a colourful controversial community full of graffiti. Christiania is one of the most popular places to visit in the Danish capital; TIP: You are not allowed to take photos in the trade area. Here you can see the sign to remind you that you’re returning into the European Union.
This picture shows a woman exiting Christiania. The is an exit gate stating that ''You are now entering the European Union''.
Freetown Christiania is a community of about 850 to 1,000 residents, covering 7.7 hectares in the district of Christianshavn in Copenhagen
  • Visit the Botanical Garden. The Botanical Garden of Copenhagen is part of the Natural History Museum. The Garden holds the largest collections of living plants in Denmark. The garden houses the largest collection of preserved plants in Denmark along with a botany collection and a seed bank. (FREE ENTRY).
  • Stroll around in Strøget. Strøget is Copenhagen’s largest shopping area (FREE).
  • Stroll around in King’s Garden known as Rosenborg Garden, where the 400-year-old Renaissance castle was built by Christian IV (FREE).
  • Visit Little Mermaid statue at Langelinje Pier, one of the most famous tourist attractions. The Little Mermaid is a bronze statue created by the artist Edvard Eriksen. The sculpture is displayed on a rock by the waterside at the Langelinie promenade. It is 1.25 metres tall and weighs 175 kg (FREE).
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  • Join a free walking tour to explore the main attractions of the city within 2 hours (TIP THE TOUR GUIDE).
  • Walk around in Jægersborggade district. Visit the cultural Jægersborggade neighbourhood to find cafes, restaurants and multi-ethnic shops (FREE).
This picture shows a colourfull restaurant building in Nyhavn, Copenhagen's New harbour.
Take a photograph of the colourful buildings in Nyhavn New Harbour. Stroll around the coloured 17th-century townhouses, which accommodate restaurants, cafes and bars
  • Watch the Danish Royal Guard marching band en route towards Amalienborg Palace. The ceremony takes place daily with the Danish Royal Guard leaving Rosenborg Castle at 11:30, march through the streets of Copenhagen to arrive at Amalienborg Palace for the ceremony at 12:00. The Royal Life Guard is called Den Kongelige Livgarde in Danish. The ceremonial uniform of the Royal guards consists of a blue tunic, blue trousers, a white cross belt and a bearskin with a cap badge (FREE).
  • Visit the Thorvaldsens Museum on Wednesday for free. (Adults: 12€).
  • Rent a bike to discover Copenhagen’s beauty. The fee per day is (13€) Get the app here Donkey.Bike. The more days you book the better price you get.
This picture shows a panoramic capture of plants in the botanical garden in Copenhagen
The Botanical Garden in Copenhagen covers an area of 10 hectares

WHERE TO STAY

Saga Hotel. Address: Colbjørnsensgade 18, 1652.

WHERE TO EAT

  • Taste local goodies in Torvehallerne Market. The market houses more than 80 shops, located by Nørreport Station.
  • Jensens Bøfhus, Vesterbrogade: WHAT TO ORDER: steak, au gratin potatoes, salad bar (25€).
  • Frk. Barners Kaelder: great quality food, the portions were quite good and the prices affordable (25€).

WHERE TO DRINK TEA AND COFFEE 

  • Sip tea and taste local goodies in Tante T in Torvehallerne Market.
  • Visit Cafe Norden. The cafe is situated in Strøget, in Copenhagen’s largest shopping area, in the heart of the city. Cafe Norden is a little pricey – a cappuccino costs 8 €.
  • Visit Democratic cafe, which is located in a library venue. Democratic cafe is a great place to study and network.
  • Visit the all-time classic Espresso House and have a coffee or tea and cake.

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This picture shows bicycles parked in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark
Copenhagen is probably the most bike-friendly city in the world. Copenhagen ranks first in the Copenhagenize Bicycle Friendly Cities Index 2017. The residents of the city cycle daily to work or the university by 62%

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

  • January is the coldest month. The temperature lies between -2 and  2°C.
  • The krone is the official currency of Denmark (DKK).

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This picture shows a light blue coloured restaurant in the new harbour in Copenhagen

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