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15 Best FREE Activities to do in Copenhagen

Discover Copenhagen with our guide to the 15 Best FREE Activities, from exploring Nyhavn’s colorful canals to visiting iconic landmarks like The Little Mermaid and Kastellet fortress. Immerse yourself in botanical gardens, royal palaces, and vibrant urban spaces, all without spending a dime. Perfect for budget-conscious travelers looking to experience Copenhagen's rich history, culture, and natural beauty

1. Explore Nyhavn's Colorful Canals

Stroll along Nyhavn’s picturesque canals lined with vibrant 17th-century townhouses. Admire the iconic wooden ships and sailboats bobbing in the water while soaking in the lively atmosphere of cafes and street performers. It’s a perfect spot for capturing postcard-worthy snapshots of Copenhagen’s maritime history.

2. Visit The Little Mermaid Statue

🧜‍♀️ Pay tribute to Hans Christian Andersen's famous fairy tale character at The Little Mermaid statue, gracefully sitting on a rock at Langelinie promenade. It's not very big, just a bit over 1.25 meters tall, but it means a lot to Copenhagen because it's all about the city's history with the sea. Lots of people snap photos there, but if you're visiting on your own, you can take as many pics as you want for yourself. But here’s the deal: if you’re a business planning to use those photos for your website or social media, you’ve got to be careful. In Denmark, there are rules about using pictures of the statue for commercial stuff without permission. You could end up with fines or other legal trouble if you don’t follow the rules. Anyway, whether you’re up close admiring its calm beauty or just checking it out from a distance, the Little Mermaid is a big part of what makes Copenhagen cool—it’s like a mix of fairy tale magic and the city's history on the water. :)


3. Explore the Kastellet fortress  🏰

Kastellet is one of Northern Europe's best-preserved star fortresses, located near central Copenhagen. Built in the 17th century, it combines historical significance with scenic beauty. Walk along its ramparts for panoramic views of the city and its surrounding moat. The star-shaped layout and traditional yellow buildings housing barracks add to its charm. Kastellet has a rich military history, having defended Copenhagen in various conflicts. Today, it's a peaceful spot ideal for history enthusiasts and those seeking scenic walks in


4. Gefion Fountain ⛲️

See the impressive Gefion Fountain, depicting the Norse goddess Gefjun and her four oxen. It’s a majestic sight and a perfect spot for photos. It features a large-scale group of oxen pulling a plow and being driven by the Norse goddess Gefjon. It is located in Nordre Toldbod area next to Kastellet and immediately south of Langelinie.

Tip: Gefion Fountain, Kastellet Fortress, and The Little Mermaid Statue are all within easy walking distance of each other in Copenhagen. Enjoy visiting these iconic landmarks in a single stroll, exploring mythology, military history, and cultural heritage along the waterfront.


5. Experience the Changing of the Guard at Amalienborg Palace 🏰

Witness a centuries-old tradition by attending the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Amalienborg Palace, the residence of the Danish royal family. Marvel at the precision and elegance of the royal guards as they march to the tunes of a military band, showcasing Denmark’s rich royal heritage.


6. Visit the Free Town of Christiania 🏠

Check out Christiania, this funky neighborhood in Copenhagen that’s like its own little world. It's kind of special because it's not really part of the normal city rules—it's got its own thing going on. As you wander around, you’ll see these cool streets with wild art on the walls and houses that look totally different from anywhere else in Copenhagen.

But here’s the deal: when you’re there, you’ve got to play by their rules. One big rule is no photos. Seriously, they're super strict about it. If you whip out your camera or phone for a selfie, someone will probably remind you politely (or not) to put it away. It’s all about respecting their vibe and way of life.

Besides that, Christiania’s vibe is really chill and laid-back. You can soak up the alternative culture, maybe check out some quirky shops or grab a bite at a local café. Just go with the flow and enjoy the unique atmosphere—you won’t find anything else quite like it in Copenhagen!


7. Relax at Copenhagen’s Urban Beaches 🏖️

During the summer months, unwind at Copenhagen’s urban beaches such as Islands Brygge Havnebad and Svanemølle Beach, Fisketorvet canal. My personal favorite is Fisketorvet, it's a hidden gem. I love the beautiful bridge and it's amazing to swim under it while people cycle above. You can relax by dipping your feet in the cool harbor waters or lounging on the sandy shores with awesome views of the city skyline. It's a great spot for anyone who loves the sun and the beach.


8. Take a stroll along the Strøget shopping street 🛍️

Walk down Strøget, one of Europe’s longest shopping streets. It’s full of shops, cafes, and street performers. Great for shopping and people-watching. And hey, while the shopping isn’t on the house, the strollin’ sure is – so strut your stuff and soak in the scene!


9. Explore The Botanical Garden (Botanisk Have) 🌿

Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature at Copenhagen’s Botanical Garden, featuring a diverse range of plants from around the world. Wander through themed gardens, including the tranquil Palm House and the aromatic Herb Garden. It’s a serene oasis within the city, perfect for plant enthusiasts and relaxation seekers alike. Entry to the Botanical Garden is free, except for the Palm House where there's an entrance fee.


10. Explore the Royal Library Gardens (Det Kongelige Biblioteks Have) 📚🌻

Discover the peaceful Royal Library Gardens, nestled behind The Royal Library near Christiansborg Palace. Wander through manicured lawns, flower beds, and historic sculptures while enjoying views of Slotsholmen Canal. It’s an ideal spot for a leisurely stroll or a moment of quiet contemplation in the heart of Copenhagen.


11. Wander Through Assistens Cemetery

Step into Copenhagen’s history by exploring Assistens Cemetery, the final resting place of famous Danes such as Hans Christian Andersen and Søren Kierkegaard. Wander along tree-lined avenues, discover ornate gravestones, and appreciate the tranquil ambiance of this green oasis in the lively Nørrebro district.


12. Wander Through Frederiksberg Have 🌳

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city by exploring Frederiksberg Have, a tranquil park featuring lush greenery, serene lakes, and meandering paths. Take a leisurely stroll, relax on a bench under the shade of old trees, or enjoy a picnic amidst the peaceful surroundings. It’s a hidden gem loved by locals and visitors alike.


13. Tour Copenhagen’s City Hall (Københavns Rådhus) 🏛️

Embark on a guided tour of Copenhagen’s City Hall, a masterpiece of Danish architecture and a hub of civic activity. Marvel at the grandeur of its interior, including the stunning Jens Olsen's World Clock and the impressive Council Chamber. Learn about the city’s governance and history while admiring its architectural splendor.


14. Visit The Danish Parliament at Christiansborg Palace 🏛️

Explore the Danish Parliament at Christiansborg Palace, the heart of Danish politics. Join a free guided tour to uncover the opulent Royal Reception Rooms, delve into the historical Queen’s Library, and explore the fascinating ruins below the palace. It’s a great way to learn about Denmark’s democratic system and parliamentary customs.

Here's a cool tip: After your tour, don't miss the chance to visit the tower for panoramic views of Copenhagen—all for free! From up there, you can soak in stunning vistas of the city skyline and beyond.

Personally, I find this place so stunning that I often bring my clients here for their photoshoots. The combination of grand architecture and historical significance makes Christiansborg Palace a perfect backdrop for capturing memorable moments.


15. Visit Superkilen in Norrebro 🌍

Make sure to check out Superkilen. It’s not your average park—it’s more like a global mash-up of cool stuff. Picture this: benches from Brazil, swings from Iraq, and all sorts of other quirky things from around the world. It’s like taking a stroll through different cultures without leaving Copenhagen.

Superkilen is not just a park; it’s a vibrant urban space where you can chill with friends, maybe have a picnic, or just enjoy the unique atmosphere. Whether you’re into people-watching or just soaking in the eclectic vibe, Superkilen is definitely worth a visit when you’re exploring Nørrebro.


Maps of some of these places.


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