Best Things To Do In Copenhagen For Free

Copenhagen – Best Things To Do For Free

Surrounded by the sea and split by the lakes, Copenhagen is one of the world’s most user-friendly and trendy capitals.

It’s a colorful, welcoming, hippy style compact city with a center largely given over to cyclists and pedestrians.

It’s easy to fall in love with Copenhagen even if you have limited time during your stay.

Copenhagen has sights and attractions to suit all tastes and interests and the best thing is that most of the attractions are within walking distance from each other.

Here is our guide on Best things to do in Copenhagen for free.


1) Discover Life Less Ordinary at Christiania

Want to try something different? Then head out to Freetown Christiania located in the district of Christianshavn. Starting as a hippy settlement over 40 years ago, this controversial and unique area was firstly used as a social experiment and is now owned by the hippy residents. This free town is one of Denmark’s most loved and visited tourist attractions. It may not be to everyone’s taste, however it is incredible in its own way. People live by their own rules. Cars are banned and bicycles are the main mode of transport. The small shops and cafés have their own Christiania currency, although they accept local currency too. It is a perfect place if you are looking for an offbeat place in the middle of the city.


Street Of Christiania


2) Relax at Nyhavn

Vibrant colors and its historic tall ships make Nyhavn Copenhagen’s most famous place.

Nyhavn is the perfect place to end your day. Have dinner at one of the restaurants by the creek or buy a beer from a nearby store and relax at the quayside.


3) The Little Mermaid

Located at Langelinje Pier, the little mermaid is Copenhagen’s another most famous tourist attraction. This sculpture of the Little Mermaid is over 100 year old and is a gift from a Danish brewer Carl Jacobsen to the City of Copenhagen.

The sculpture is made of granite and bronze. It was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale about a mermaid who was in love with a young, handsome prince on land and gives up everything to be with him.

Little Mermaid


4) Shop at Strøget

Strøget is the central hub of Copenhagen’s lively center. It is one of the oldest and longest pedestrian streets in the world. Walking from one end to the other, you will find many squares, historical monuments, fountains and old houses. It’s a shopping paradise.

Shop at Strøget street


5) Christianshavn

Whether you want to visit a historical museum or fancy to visit the opera, experience vibrant restaurants or you just want to relax at the docks – Christianshavn is the place for you.



6) Copenhagen Street Food Market

Copenhagen’s most popular street food market serves the food from all corners of the world. Best time is to enjoy it over charismatic sunsets by the harbour front.

Copenhagen Street Food Market


7) Ride a Bike Around the City

When in Copenhagen, do what the Danes do and ride a bike around the city. Copenhagen is one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world. It is not only the most economical way but also the best way to get around and it’s fun.


8) Copenhagen Free Walking Tour

There are many free walking tours you can find in Copenhagen.

Some of the walking tours that are offered are Grand Tour of Copenhagen, Tour of Christianshavn, Classical Tours of Copenhagen or a Pub Crawl Tour. Visit site to know more about the tours

This was our top picks on things to do in Copenhagen for free. What is your favorite place in Copenhagen?

Author: Offbeat Wanderlust


  1. I’m heading to Denmark in the spring so this was super helpful. I can’t wait to try the food market and rent my bike! I tried in Amsterdam and it was quite an experience, so I’m ready to give it another go.

  2. Great list! I only knew about the little mermaid. Still have to explore Copenhagen though, but free activities are the best haha and will definitely look into those when i go!

  3. I’ve just been to Copenhagen last month and wrote about it! Yes, Christiania – no matter whether one would like to live there or not – is a really unique project and it was great that this freetown was and is tolerated. Too bad I didn’t join the walking tour – maybe next time. BTW I would be very careful posting a picture of the Little Mermaid: The sculptors family has the copyright and it’s strictly forbidden to post it without their agreement – particularly on a public blog; yes, even if it’s your own picture:

  4. I was in Copenhagen 2 years ago and did all these things! I’d like to go back and see the palaces so will have to return. Shopping on Stroget Street was nice too.

  5. Copenhagen looks amazing! Denmark hasn’t yet featured on my list of places I want to visit in the next two years so I don’t know if I’ll be planning a trip soon. But this is a good list of things to do if I go. I particularly love the sound of Christiania, seems like the sort of town I would love to visit!

  6. This is very helpful to always keep handy information about free things to do and see in a new place. I have no upcoming plans for Copenhagen now, but I hope this would be of use to many who would be heading to the place recently.

  7. Christiania does look super hippie! It’s so nice they banned cars and I can see why cars wouldn’t really fit in the town’s image. On a different note, I can totally relate to the Little Mermaid as I love the same way which can either be good or bad.

Post a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *