5 free things to do in Copenhagen

5 free things to do in Copenhagen was written by travel blogger Lena Tarasyuk of Travel Monkey Blog.

Many travelers see Copenhagen as way too expensive to visit on a budget. It’s probably one of the most expensive cities in Europe; however, there are plenty of free things to do. Instead of spending money on sights, put your reserves aside for some of the great Nordic food the city is known for, or towards accommodations, which are also pricey here. Here are my favorite free things to do in Copenhagen.

Visit Christiania

free things to do in Copenhagen - Copenhagen's Christiania, photo Travel Monkey

Welcome to Christiania, Copenhagen’s hippie communuty, photo/ Travel Monkey Blog

The free town of Christiania is one of the top places for tourists to visit. The authority of the European Union ends and the rules of this city-within-city come into place. No cars are allowed; only bikes. Also, read the ad boards, the community has a few requests such as no running and no photos. Christiania is best known for its “green light district” where marijuana is sold. Once you get through the gate to this hippie community the atmosphere is chill. People just sit outside having a bite to eat or enjoying one of the frequent concerts held here. There are no entrance fees; this is just a neighborhood that will make you feel like you truly left Copenhagen behind.

Take advantage of free days at museums

free things to do in Copenhagen - Check out the art and artifacts at Glyptotek, photo/Travel Monkey

Check out the art and artifacts at Glyptotek, photo/Travel Monkey Blog

Some Copenhagen museums offer admission-free days during the week. If you are in Copenhagen on one of its frequent rainy days, you can use the time to experience some culture.  Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, a small art museum, houses historical artifacts from ancient Greece, Etruria and Rome. In addition they have 19th century French and Danish paintings and sculptures from many artists including Gauguin, Cezanne, Van Gogh and Rodin. Admission is free on Tuesdays. The Thorvaldsens Museum, dedicated to the works of Danish sculptor, Bertel Thorvaldsen, who spent most of his life in Rome, is free on Wednesdays.

Rådhus (City Hall)

free things to do in Copenhagen - The Rådhus (City Hall), photo/Travel Monkey

The Rådhus (City Hall), photo/Travel Monkey Blog

The Rådhus or City Hall, built between 1892 and 1905 houses both the mayor’s office and the municipal council. It’s also where marriages are held. Admission is free on weekdays when the building is open. It is famous for its elegant clock tower where a variety of time parameters, including local time, a holiday calendar, solar time and a Gregorian calendar are displayed.

Islands Brygge Open Baths

free things to do in Copenhagen - On a hot day you can swim at the Islands Brygge Open Baths , photo/Travel Monkey

On a hot day you can swim at the Islands Brygge Open Baths , photo/Travel Monkey Blog

If you visit Copenhagen in summer and get good weather (it doesn’t happen very often), treat yourself to some sun and water bathing on Islands Brygge. Danes truly appreciate every beam of sunshine, it’s a great cultural experience to sit on the grass with the locals and bathe in the open harbor baths here. The open pools are free. You can go crazy jumping, swimming, and tanning. The baths are open from the beginning of June until the end of September.

 The Tower, Christiansborg Palace

 

free things to do in Copenhagen - Climb the tower atr Christiansborg, photo/Travel Monkey

Climb the tower atr Christiansborg, photo/Travel Monkey Blog

The Christianborg Palace houses Parliament, the Prime Minister’s office  and the Supreme Court. While many parts of the palace have an admission fee, it’s free to climb the building’s tower.  It’s the highest tower in the city and there’s an expansive view over Copenhagen from the top. It’s open every day except Monday.

These are my favorite free things to do in Copenhagen. Here are some more free things the city has to offer.

What are your favorite free things to do in Copenhagen?

Lena Tarasyuk is the writer behind Travel Monkey Blog. Her mission is inspiring others who have full-time jobs to travel more. Lena enjoys exploring unique destinations and off-the-beaten-path places depicting them in the new light to her readers. Her blog will help you make your own travel itinerary and provide advice on best places to see on a budget. You can follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

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2 Responses to “5 free things to do in Copenhagen”

  1. Max
    April 10, 2017 at 5:31 am #

    Dear Lena,
    Thanks for this lovely post. I’ve got a friend who’s been asking us to visit him in Copenhagen for quite sometime. I haven’t done much research but Christiania and the free days at the museum look like a great start. What’s your favorite part of Copenhagen?
    Cheers,

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