5 Fun and Free Things to do in Copenhagen
Copenhagen is a beautiful city, filled with history and culture, unique, luxurious boutiques and lush gardens. Being the capital city of the happiest country in the world – Denmark – it shouldn’t be a surprise that the Danes have a good lifestyle. For outsiders, visiting Copenhagen can become quite expensive but it doesn’t have to be.
Here are the 5 free ways to enjoy and explore Copenhagen.
The Garden is open all year long so you can enjoy a walk along the beautiful paths whether it is a warm, sunny summer day or a snowy day in winter. The garden is huge (it boasts 10 hectares) and houses 13 thousand different plant species from around the globe. It is always free to visit except during special events.
Surrounding the Rosenborg castle, you will find the magical King’s Garden. The gardens, like the castle, were established in the early 1600s. Taking a stroll you will find a beautiful rose garden, ancient and modern sculptures – including one of Hans Christian Andersen – and in summer, huge flowerbeds.
Note: The gardens are free but a visit to the inside of the castle is about 12 euros.
Window-shopping on Strøget Street
Strøget Street is a beautiful, pedestrian-only street lined with shops running for just a little over one kilometre. Most famous shopping streets tend to be a little on the cheesy side, overflowing with souvenir shops but Strøget remains a classy and sought-after shopping destination. It might be a challenge to keep this a “free” activity, what with all of the unique boutiques and finds for your wardrobe and home. I managed to leave with only a pair of gloves and a scarf.
The University Library
Explore the University’s main library building on Fiolstræde. The stunning neoclassic structure designed by Danish architect, J. D. Herholdt in the 19th century, houses tens of thousands of books and feels more like a museum than your run-of-the-mill library.
One fun thing to do while traveling is to explore and experience the different boroughs of a city – and what is more unique than Freetown, Christiania? Independent from the rest of Copenhagen and the Danish government, Christiania is a cultural hub with galleries, colourful and handcrafted homes and organic and vegan-friendly restaurants. Stroll the neighbourhood taking in the sights and sounds.
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