Top 5 Free Things to Do in Copenhagen


A Viking fishing village and home to the much-loved author of children's fairytales, Hans Christian Andersen, Copenhagen has a rich and diverse history. This means it's easy to immerse yourself in the city's culture without spending a penny. Here are five free must-sees.

Nyhavn Harbour

Famous for its iconic coloured houses and tall ships, house number 20 was home to Hans Christian Andersen in 1835, when he published his first fairytales. The oldest house, number 9, dates back to 1681. Many of the properties have been renovated into jazz bars, so why not soak up the heady atmosphere with an evening stroll along the harbour?

The Little Mermaid

Marvel at Copenhagen's enchanting history with a visit to the Langelinje promenade, which houses the city's most famous sculpture, Andersen's 'The Little Mermaid'. A short walk away is the grand Gefion Fountain and the star-shaped Kastellet fortress, dating back to the 1600s.

Green spaces

Whether it's summer or winter, Copenhagen is an outdoor city and also Europe's cleanest! In Winter, truly feel Hygge and peruse the markets over a warm brew. The Torvelhallerne market is a foodies delight, selling fresh, local produce. Whatever the season, the tree-lined pavements of the King's Garden offer a picturesque walk.

Museums and galleries

Some offer free entry on specific days. For example, the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek museum, which houses artefacts, sculptures and paintings from artists including Van Gogh, is free on Tuesdays, and the National Museum of Denmark is always free.

Do it yourself with a walking tour

There's no better way to explore a city than traversing its pavements. Get off the beaten-track with a free walking tour, or app. Be sure to visit the Christiansborg Palace, home to Parliament and the Amalienborg Palace, the official residence of the Royals. 

Whatever the weather and whatever your budget, it's easy to be enraptured by Copenhagen's fascinating past. From fairytales to Viking battles, it's a culture-lovers dreamland!