10 Fun and Free Things To Do in Copenhagen
What’s better than having fun things to do? Having fun free things to do. Welcome to our blog series, 10 Free Things. Today we’re Scandinavia-bound with 10 fun and free things to do in Copenhagen.
1. Visit the National Museum
Denmark’s National Museum has exhibitions ranging from the Stone Age all the way to Modern Danish History. The museum is located in the Prince’s Palace, built in the 1700s to house the Danish Crown Prince Frederik V and Princess Louise. Although its royal days have passed, the Great Hall is still something to marvel at. The National Gallery is also free.
2. Have a beachside picnic
It’s an easy metro ride to Amager Strand, one of the most popular Copenhagen spots for locals and visitors alike. Pack some lunch and a bottle of wine and spend the afternoon by the clear, blue waters.
3. See a fairy tale come alive
One of Copenhagen’s most iconic sights must be the Little Mermaid, a small statue that sits on the end of the Langelinie promenade. This ode to Hans Christian Andersen’s famous story is easily accessible, which over the years has led to some unfortunate instances of vandalism, but the good news is that you can get a (very) up-close look at the Mermaid herself.
4. Stroll through Kongens Have
Kongens Have (The King’s Garden) at Rosenborg Castle is Denmark’s oldest and most popular public garden. During the summer, you’ll find puppet shows for children and free concerts for all ages; the perfect thing to accompany your picnic.
5. Party with the locals on Midsummer’s Eve
Midsummer night, also known as St. John’s Eve, is an old Danish tradition celebrated on June 23rd. People all across the country gather around bonfires to sing and, more recently, burn a ceremonial straw witch in remembrance of the country’s witch burnings in the 1500s. You’ll find celebrations all over the city.
6. Get your design on
Copenhagen’s Architecture & Design Days (CPH ADD) have become an annual tradition. Every September, locals enjoy at festival that revolves around Copenhagen’s architecture and the distinct Scandinavian designs in the city, including places that are not usually open to the public.
7. Hear some tunes
The Copenhagen Jazz Festival is a held annually for ten days in early to mid July. Over 250,000 visitors are expected at the event each year. Most of the concerts and performances during the Festival are free of charge, with a select few charging an admission fee. No matter where in the city you are, you’re sure to hear some amazing music.
8. Watch the Changing of the Guard
If you’ve been to London, chances are you’ve seen the famous Changing of the Guard. While you’ll find Copenhagen’s Vagtparade at Amalienborg Castle to be pretty similar, there’s no denying the impressiveness of the daily ceremony.
9. Spend an afternoon away
Sometimes, it’s worth it to leave the hustle and bustle of the city. Just north of Copenhagen, you’ll find Dyrehavsbakken (Bakken, for short), the world’s oldest amusement park. Bakken is over 400 years old and located in the woodlands of Jægersborg Dyrehave, an area full of 2000 deer and centuries-old trees. Entrance to Bakken is free; you’ll pay for the rides.
10. Explore Christiania
Christiania was a former barracks colonized by hippies in the 1970s…and it’s as unique as it sounds. You’ll find colorful buildings, theaters, cafes, and an eclectic group of citizens. It’s worth putting aside an afternoon to wander around the neighborhood.
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