Traveling is amazing, but it can get expensive. The same can be said about Denmark, a laid-back city where a cup of coffee and a muffin have the potential to leave you penniless, but have no fear: it’s absolutely possible to enjoy this beautiful Scandinavian city without breaking the bank. I did it, and so can you.
A great way to get to know the city is by taking a free walking tour, where you just tip your guide. We took Sandeman’s New Copenhagen Tours, that leaves from the Town Hall at 11am and 2pm every day and lasts about 2.5 hours.
We had plans to go to Tivoli Gardens, the second-oldest operating amusement park in the world, but we didn’t have enough time in the city, and it can also get a bit pricey (it starts from 120 DKK entry plus rides), but I hear that 10 km north of central Copenhagen you can actually find the oldest amusement park, to which there’s no entrance fee and you can even bring your own food and drinks, and there’s a 50% discount on Wednesdays if you pay in cash.
We only had two days in the city, so we didn’t get a chance to visit any of its many museums – a real shame – but we did do a lot of walking though. An endless amount of walking, in fact, that left our feet sore, and our hearts happy because we got to have fun in so many different parts of Copenhagen. Having that said that, some museums offer free entry on certain days of the week. The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek gallery is free on Sundays, the Museum of Copenhagen on Fridays and the Hirschsprung Collection, Royal Danish Naval Museum, Royal Arsenal Museum and Thorvaldsen Museum are all free on Wednesdays. Other museums like the Post and Telegraph Museum, and the David Collection of Islamic art are free all the time – I only learned about that much later, yay.
Did you know that on a clear day you can see all the way to Sweden from Copenhagen’s highest viewpoints? The tallest of them is the Tårnet tower at the Christiansborg Palace and t’s is free to visit and is open every day except Mondays.
But honestly Copenhagen feels so compact and easy to walk around. There’s beauty everywhere, especially by the water, so you don’t need to go too far to experience exciting things. It’s probably impossible to visit the city without walking along Nyhavn, the famous 17th-century waterfront, canal and entertainment district. Take some time to sit at an outdoor table at a cafe and enjoy the beautiful view and the amazing Danish pastries. It’s the perfect postcard.
We walked hours to get to the tiny, and very famous, Little Mermaid statue. It’s honestly not that exciting, but as you can see, we and all the other tourists were throughly pleased with ourselves to be there. No one else cared, but it’s a tourist duty to check it out and take tons of pictures.
Another way to experience the city like a local is to get on a bike, that you can rent for 30 DKK an hour. You just pick them up from one of the docking stations and drop them off at another. Each bike has a touchscreen tablet with built-in GPS marking places of interest. You can create an account in advance on their website or using the tablet.
Copenhagen is one of the prettiest cities I’ve ever had the chance to visit. The locals are so friendly and the city has such chill vibes, I would love to go back someday!
So those are my tips for seeing Copenhagen on a budget. Have you ever been?