As a trip to Copenhagen can be pricy, knowing free things to do in Copenhagen will be useful for your travel budget.
1. Join Copenhagen Free-walking tour
Whether it’s your first time or your 10th time visiting the Danish capital, joining a free walking tour in Copenhagen is always a good idea.
You’ll learn about the history of Copenhagen from a friendly local guide while visiting popular tourist attractions in Copenhagen such as the Tivoli Gardens and the Danish Royal Palace.
The complimentary tour is about 2.5 hours.
2. Stay for FREE in Copenhagen
Yes, you didn’t read it wrong. You can stay for FREE in Copenhagen!
How to get a free stay in Copenhagen?
Some travel communities such as Couchsurfing and Workaway offer free accommodation for travelers. While Workaway requires you to work for your stay, Couchsurfing is a better option for a shorter visit.
I often use Couchsurfing when I travel, and I’ve hosted several travelers at my home.
If you’re traveling to Copenhagen on a budget, why don’t you try and ask for hosting in Copenhagen?
3. Spot the deer at Dyrehaven
Dyrehaven, known as the Deer Park, is a forest park in the North of Copenhagen. Although it’s located outside Copenhagen (20 min train ride), Deer Park is definitely worth visiting.
Deer Park is an excellent place to go cycling, walking, running, and having a picnic with your family or friends.
You can see deers roaming around freely in this park, so it’s incredible to spot them.
Tips: Going with a bike would be fun, but walking around the whole park only takes about 2 to 3 hours.
4. Try ice-skating
If you visit Copenhagen in the winter, trying ice-skating at Frederiksberg Runddel is a great idea.
The admission to Frederiksberg Runddel is free, but you may need to pay 50 DKK if you’d like to rent skate shoes.
5. Watch Changing the Guards
There’s a parade daily from Rosenborg Castle to Amalienborg Palace by The Danish Royal Guard.
They start at 11:30 am from Rosenborg Castle and arrive at Amalienborg Palace for the ceremony at midday. The band performs tunes then the guards march to each building to change staff.
Tips: You can check if the royalty is in residence by looking at the flags on the palaces.
Note: You get to see the guards and wander amongst the buildings of Amalienborg Palace for free.
6. Go swimming at Amager Strandpark
A few minutes away on the Metro, Amager Strandpark is a great escape from the city.
Although the park is crowded all day in the summer, it’s undoubtedly one of the best places to spend your evening in Copenhagen.
The coast has stones and dark sands, so it’s not as good as other beaches in Denmark, but I still enjoy walking along the coast.
You can see many people go swimming, jogging, dog walking or just spending time relaxing at the park.
7. Visit Freetown Christiania
Do you know that there’s no entrance fee to Freetown Christiania? (Except if you intend to buy weed or so).
Christiania is a unique neighborhood in the Danish capital, claiming to be a free town, self-governed, and set its own rules.
As the buildings are decorated in different colors and styles, you”ll love it here if you’re a fan of street art.
8. Explore the colorful houses
Getting lost in the beautiful old town while exploring colorful houses is what I usually do in my free time in Copenhagen.
My favorite place to see them is Nyhavn – a beautiful harbor area in the Danish capital, Copenhagen. Built in the 17th century, these picturesque old houses of Nyhavn have been made into restaurants and cafes.
9. Wander around the parks in Copenhagen
As most public parks in Copenhagen do not require an entrance fee, you can enjoy a memorable time with your travel partner in these green areas.
I love walking around The King’s Garden (Kongens Have) or visiting the Kastellet near Little Mermaid.
10. Climb the Tower of Christiansborg Palace
With a height of 106m, Christiansborg Palace’s Tower is the highest tower in the Danish capital.
The tower gives a beautiful panoramic view of the city, and you also can enjoy a meal at the restaurant here.
Note: As it’s free to climb this tower, there may be a queue on your visit.
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