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

Copenhagen | Top things to do on a budget

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

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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 you feel like home.


  1. Nyhavn’s colourful houses impressed me instantly. Nyhavn is Copenhagens 17th-century waterfront canal district. Here is the new harbour of the Danish Capital. The historical harbour houses many colourful buildings and wooden ships.
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


  1. 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 here.
  2. Visit Christiansborg Palace. The palace offers free access to the tower from where you can  admire Copenhagen’s overwhelming beauty.
A woman admiring Copenhagen's view from the Tower of Christiansborg Palace
Christiansborg palace serves as a government building in Copenhagen. The Palace is the seat of the Danish Parliament, the Danish Prime Minister’s Office
  1. Christiania is Copenhagen’s semi-autonomous hippie neighbourhood, where cannabis open trade takes place, a colourful controversial community full of graffiti. Visit one of the most popular places in the Danish capital; the entry is free. TIP: You are not allowed to take photos in the trade area. Would you prefer to explore the green and red light district and Christiania along with an experienced local tour guide? Then book a 3-hour informative tour and learn all the amazing tales here. TIP: Tour groups are not permitted in Christiania so your guide will leave you to explore it for yourself at the end of the tour. 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
  1. 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, houses the largest collection of preserved plants in the country along with a botany collection and a seed bank.
  2. Stroll around in Strøget. Strøget is Copenhagen’s largest shopping area.
  3. Walk around in King’s Garden known as Rosenborg Garden, where the 400-year-old Renaissance castle was built by Christian IV.
  4. Visit the Little Mermaid statue at Langelinje Pier, one of the most famous tourist attractions. The bronze statue was created by the artist Edvard Eriksen. The sculpture is 1.25 metres tall and weighs 175 kg, displayed on a rock by the waterside at the Langelinie promenade.
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  1. Join a free walking tour to explore the main attractions of the city within 2 hours (TIP THE TOUR GUIDE).
  2. Walk around in Jægersborggade district. Visit the cultural Jægersborggade neighbourhood to explore the cafes, restaurants and multi-ethnic shops.
A light blue colourfull restaurant building in located in Nyhavn
Take a photograph of the colourful buildings in Nyhavn New Harbour. Stroll around the coloured 17th-century townhouses, which accommodate restaurants, cafes and bars
  1. Watch the Danish Royal Guard marching band en route towards Amalienborg Palace. The ceremony takes place daily, the Danish Royal Guard leaves the Rosenborg Castle at 11:30, march through the streets of Copenhagen and arrives 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.
  2. Visit the Thorvaldsens Museum on Wednesday for free.
  3. 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.
  4. Discover Copenhagen on a 2-hour Bike Tour.
  5. Explore the city on a 1-hour boat tour along the main harbour. Depart from Ved Stranden or Nyhavn to see the city from the water.
A panoramic capture of plants in the botanical garden in Copenhagen
The Botanical Garden covers an area of 10 hectares


Book Saga Hotel. This hotel exceeded my expectations! A budget accommodation located in the trendy Vesterbro district, 150 m from Copenhagen Central Station, offering great amenities – high standard of cleanliness and a fair breakfast, not to mention the friendly staff- in a fair price. The location the hotel offers is excellent. Address: Colbjørnsensgade 18, 1652.


  • 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.
  • Frk. Barners Kaelder: great quality food, the portions were quite good and the prices affordable.
  • Join a food tour, visit some of the most inspiring food venues in the city along with a tour guide. You will visit 5 different venues on this food-tasting tour. TIP: This tour is not recommended for vegetarians, as there is meat at three of the five stops.



  • 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 the 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.
Several 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%


A light blue coloured restaurant in the new harbour in Copenhagen


  • January is the coldest month. The temperature lies between -2 and  2°C.
  • The krone is the official currency of Denmark (DKK).
  • Explore Copenhagen, save time and money and enjoy free or discount entrance at more than 80 museums and attractions. Book the Copenhagen City Card (including transportation)

How much spending money do you need for a day in Copenhagen? Following the budget things, I recommend you should plan to spend 30-35€ per day on your holidays. This post recommends additional tours and activities to get the most out of your holidays in the Danish capital.


A red boat by the river in the old harbour of the capital of Denmark

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This post was most recently updated on November 7th 2020.

5 thoughts on “Copenhagen | Top things to do on a budget

  1. Copenhagen is such a fantastic city. We had massive crowds in Nyhavn when we went, so I’d love to go back at a less busy time and try out some of these budget tips!

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