Copenhagen is an expensive but happy, cold but beautiful city. Peace is the main concern. Bicycle riding percentage is very high regardless from the rain and cold. For tourists like us, life is very expensive but for whom paid salary in DKK, the situation is not like that. Life standarts are so high that the Denmark is always at the top 3 of World Happiness Listing.
In this post you will find some free activities that you can do in Copenhagen and the list of places that you have to visit during your Copenhagen trip. 🙂
The old trade port of the city is now the starting point of tour boats. There are colorful houses along the canal and each one of them has an old story. For example the building number 17 is the first tattoo house of the world.
Nyhavn is the place that you will see many tourists. It is one of the best places in the city to take pictures.
2. CHRISTIANSBORG PALACE AND THE TOWER
This is the highest tower (106 m) of the city. Entrance is free and there are elevators that will help you to reach to the top. From the tower’s terrace you will have a very nice panoromic view of the city. One of the activites that I’ll strongly suggest is visiting this tower.
3. ROSENBURG CASTLE
This structure is located in King’s garden which is a big and green park. The castle built in 17th century during the famous King Christian the 4th. Entrance fee for the castle is 110 dkk and also you have to wait for the que. Honestly, I think seeing this place from the outside is enough but its your choice… If you want to visit the castle you can reach a detailed info from here.
4. AMELIANBURG PALACE
This is the place where the queen lives today. If you visit there 12 o’clock at noon, you can watch the change of guards ceremony. There is also a museum in the palace. Entrance fee is 105 dkk and you can have more info from here.
The tower built for the astronomical observations during 17.th century. Nowadays this is a checkpoint for the tourists but climbing up to tower is 25 dkk. and since the Christiansburg tower is free I don’t think it is necessary to pay for this one. There are also some exhibitions in the tower. You can find details from the official web page.
This square is the main square of the Copenhagen. City Hall is also located in this place. Also free walking tours like Sandemans are starting from here.
7. CITY HALL
Exept from the office rooms, you can visit the inside of the building and it is all free. If you also want to climb up to tower, you can but you have to join to the guided tours. You can learn the details from the tourist info office at the entrance.
8. CHURCH OF OUR LADY
This church witnessed many important moments of the Denmark’s history. It was completely damaged and burned during the bombardment of British and rebuilt again with a pure elegant style. Church is open everyday between 8 in to morning and 5 in the afternoon.
9. TIVOLI GARDENS
It is one of the first entertainment parks of the world. It is said that also Walt Disney had inspired from Tivoli to create his Disney World. Entrance fee is 120 dkk. I can say that it is like a lovely village with cafes, restaurants, gardens and wonderful decorations during christmas.
10. CHRISTIANIA FREE TOWN
Christiania is the most interesting part of Copenhagen. Hippies settled to old military buildings in 1971 and since then they are living in this self-governing territory. There approximately 800 people living in Christiania right know. Shouting and running is forbidden in the region because they think it can create panic among the people especially who are high. Also do not try to take photo of everything that you see. They don’t like it and they can try to erease those from your devices.
I advice you to see Christiania both during the day and in the night. During the day you can see all the grafities, houses and their daily life. At night, at least be sure you try local Christiania beer. I also heard that some tourist stay away from this region but don’t worry it is safe.
11. LITTLE MERMAID
This sculpture is one of the most disappointing things in the world 🙂 However somehow it became one of the symbols of Copenhagen. If you have time you can see it yourself., but if your time is limitted, I will suggest you to skip this one.
12. STRØGET SHOPPING STREET
This is the longest (1.1.km) pedestrian street of Europe. You can see both economic and expensive brands in Stroget.
It is a very lovely garden and you can see many different plants during your walk. If you also want to visit the special building which I call “plant palace”, you have to buy ticket and spend many hours in there. Therefore I only suggest this activity topeople who have a special interest about plants.
14. COLORFUL STREETS
Don’t miss the famous colorful streets of Copenhagen like Magstraede and Larslejsstraede
Tivoli is the biggest christmas market of Copenhagen. Especially at nights it has a charming atmosphere with all the lights and decorations. I suggest you to spend one of your evening in here. Entrance is 120 dkk.
This christmas market established along the canal. If you want to have an authentic christmas market experience, you may prefer this one. Entrance is free.
3. KONGENS NYTROV
Entrance is free and it is located in a very central place just next to metro station. Stop by for a hot wine.
This is a little one that we came across in the old city. I love discovering that kind of markets during Christmas.
Altough Tivoli is so big and nice I’m not sure if Copenhagen has better about christmas markets than Berlin or not. Decision is yours. You can read my Berlin post for that. Please let me know, what you think about it 🙂
Do you know Denmark is the hometown of Lego? It is a company that was established by Ole Kirk Kristiansen in 1930’s and continued as a family business. I’ve spent some time in the Lego store on Stroget street. This is a colorful and fun place. I suggest you to visit there as a bonus.
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