Free Things To Do in Copenhagen
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Situated in the central Indre By neighborhood, this bustling area once served as Copenhagen's commercial port. Today, the region features a variety of eateries inside its restored homes, some of which were built in the late 1600s. In fact, a few famous artists and writers formerly lived in Nyhavn, including Heinrich Gustav Ferdinand Holm (a painter and engraver best known for his Copenhagen depictions) and Hans Christian Andersen (who penned fairy tales like "The Little Mermaid" and "The Ugly Duckling."
Previous visitors loved grabbing a drink or bite to eat in Nyhavn, although some cautioned that prices here are high. Additionally, several raved about the Copenhagen Jazz Festival, which takes place in Nyhavn every July. Many past travelers also recommended signing up for one of the area's canal tours with Stromma Denmark or Netto-Badene. Both operators' tours are available in English, last about an hour and depart daily from Nyhavn. Stromma Danmark's tours cost 80 Danish kroner (roughly $13) for adults and 40 kroner (approximately $6.50) for kids ages 6 to 15, while Netto-Badene's tours will set you back 8 euros (about $10) per adult and 3 euros (less than $4) for each child.
- #2View all Photos#2 in Copenhagen0.6 miles to city centerFree, ToursTYPE2 hours to Half DayTIME TO SPEND0.6 miles to city centerFree, ToursTYPE2 hours to Half DayTIME TO SPEND
Copenhagen's relatively small size and concentration of noteworthy sights in the central Indre By district make it easy to explore on foot. Available walking tours range from food-focused experiences with tastings to music-centric options with stops at jazz venues to traditional walks that delve into the city's history.
Standard walking tours (which provide historical background about attractions like Tivoli Gardens and Christiansborg Palace) are generally free to join and last two-and-a-half to three hours. Tour start times vary by operator. For friendly, knowledgeable guides, travelers suggest signing up for a complimentary walking tour with SANDEMANs NEW Europe - Copenhagen or Copenhagen Free Walking Tours.
- #7View all Photos#7 in Copenhagen1.2 miles to city centerFree, Churches/Religious SitesTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPEND1.2 miles to city centerFree, Churches/Religious SitesTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPEND
One of Denmark's most iconic religious sites is the Church of Our Saviour in Christianshavn. Built in the 1680s and opened in 1696, this Palladian-style church was designed by Danish architect Lambert van Haven. Inside, you'll find a carillon with 48 bells, an organ built in 1698 and an altar that depicts a scene from the New Testament. But the church's standout detail is its oak spire. Created by Danish architect Lauritz de Thurah, the impressive spire features an outdoor spiral staircase, gilded iron rails and a gilded statue of Christ on a globe.
Travelers rave about the Church of Our Saviour's architecture, though many said that the property's biggest draw is the view from its spire. If you want to climb the spire's staircase, time your visit on a calm, sunny day between late February and mid-December, since the spire closes every winter and on windy, snowy and rainy days. Visitors also suggest arriving early to enjoy more elbow room during your climb.
- #8View all Photos#8 in Copenhagen2.2 miles to city centerFree, Monuments and Memorials, SightseeingTYPELess than 1 hourTIME TO SPEND2.2 miles to city centerFree, Monuments and Memorials, SightseeingTYPELess than 1 hourTIME TO SPEND
One of Copenhagen's most iconic attractions is its Little Mermaid statue. Located in Østerbro just south of Langelinie, the neighborhood's pier, the statue is based on the fairy tale by Danish poet and author Hans Christian Andersen. It is made of bronze and granite, and has been a fixture on Copenhagen's waterfront since 1913.
Although some visitors say this statue is a bit underwhelming to see, others recommend making the trek to it, citing its harbor view as its best feature. Tourists regularly flock here, so if you're hoping for a photo op, consider arriving early or late in the day.
- #12View all PhotosfreeStrøget#12 in Copenhagen0.9 miles to city centerFree, Cafes, Neighborhood/Area, ShoppingTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPEND0.9 miles to city centerFree, Cafes, Neighborhood/Area, ShoppingTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPEND
Situated in Indre By between H. C. Andersens Boulevard and King's New Square, Strøget is one of the longest pedestrian streets in Europe and Copenhagen's largest shopping area. It contains a series of interconnected streets that are lined with numerous boutiques and cafes. You'll find upscale brands like Burberry, Gucci and Louis Vuitton here, so make sure to bring your credit card.
If you're not looking to splurge, you can always window-shop along the way. You'll also run into many entertaining street performers along Strøget, but be wary of hustlers selling counterfeit goods and doing the old "guess which cup the ball is under" trick.
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