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Copenhagen on a Budget

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This guide gives you an idea of what iconic sights to discover when visiting Copenhagen for the first time. And it will show you how to explore this expensive city on a budget.

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  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Foodie
  • Thrifty Traveller

9 Places

3 City Tips

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9 Places

Christiania

Neighbourhoods

The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue)

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Monuments & Statues

The National Museum of Denmark

History Museums, Speciality Museums

Rundetaarn

Observation Decks & Towers

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

Speciality Museums

Frederiks Kirke (The Marble Church)

Sacred & Religious Sites

Stroeget

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Neighbourhoods

Amalienborg

Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, History Museums, Castles, Monuments & Statues

Christopher L's City Tips

  • Eating out can be rather expensive, so look for restaurants outside the city center, or follow one of the many 'buffet' signs (which come to around 100-200 Kroner).
  • Although tipping is said to be included, it's nice to leave something extra for good service. Copenhagen is expensive and servers rely on tips.
  • The Copenhagen Card will get you discounts and free public transport. Purchase it online, at your hotel or 7-Eleven. Check the website for all sales points.
  • Christiania
    Neighbourhoods
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    Christopher L Says:

    Christiania is a cultural hub, a hidden gem with a booming underground counter-culture. The freetown has decided to 'legalize' marijuana, which makes it an attraction for some. Also called 'Pusher Street,' the main street of the area is home to many dozens of vendors selling 'illegal' goods. Smoking cannabis is widely accepted and an integrated part of the identity of the neighborhood, but Christiania is much more than pot and hashish. It has some of the most interesting and different architecture in Copenhagen, plus free concerts every Sunday for the entire summer, good (and interesting!) restaurants, cozy bars, lakes and woods. Christiania is as much a natural attraction as it is a crazy biome of diverse subcultures, misfits, natural sights and modern design.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • For inexpensive and super delicious food try 'Morgenstedet'. It is vegetarian and the menu is ever changing. Eat here before going to Christianshavn.
    • Do not take ANY pictures at Pusher Street (Green Light District). You can take pictures once you are away from all the vendors.
    • Christiania's main tourist attraction is Pusher Street, but follow the lake and cross the bridge to discover the 'real' Christiania. You'll find crazy and funny architecture.
    • In case you're tempted to shop on Pusher Street, keep in mind that as marijuana is illegal in Denmark, the sale of cannabis is still an illegal activity.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #76 of 348 things to do in Copenhagen
    • Depressing in the winter with no cafes open. 22/01/2019
    • Interesting experience 21/01/2019
    • Christiania
    Address:
    Prinsesseg. and Badsmandsstr.
    Copenhagen
    Denmark
    Other:
  • The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue)
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Monuments & Statues
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    Christopher L Says:

    From her perch at Langelinje Pier, Den Lille Havfrue (The Little Mermaid) is one of Copenhagen's most popular tourist attractions. Unveiled in 1913, the bronze and granite statue is both a manifestation of a time that once was, and of one of the greatest and most talented writers in Danish history. The statue recalls the story of "The Little Mermaid," one of the many famous works penned by Hans Christian Andersen, who also wrote "The Ugly Duckling" and "The Emperor's New Clothes," and who is one of the most famous Danish writers.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Get there early. It is normally very crowded and full of tour buses in the afternoon.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 348 things to do in Copenhagen
    • Not as expected 23/01/2019
    • Little mermaid 23/01/2019
    • The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue)
    Address:
    Langelinie
    Copenhagen 2100
    Denmark
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  • The National Museum of Denmark
    History Museums, Speciality Museums
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    Christopher L Says:

    Nationalmuseet (The National Museum) is the largest museum of cultural history in Denmark and features a wide range of artifacts and a very impressive collection of Danish history. The museum gives insights into the lives and history of the Danes up to the present day, and its location is very central, making it easy to visit if you're staying within the city center.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Next to the main museum is ’Klunkehjemmet,’ a fully preserved 18th-century mansion. It is very impressive and feels almost like traveling back in time.
    • Free entrance everyday!
    • The museum is closed on Mondays.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 348 things to do in Copenhagen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • One of the excellent museums 23/01/2019
    • Worth a visit 19/01/2019
    • The National Museum of Denmark
    Address:
    Prinsens Palais
    Copenhagen 1220
    Denmark
    Phone:
    +45 33 13 44 11
    Price range:
    US$ 2 - US$ 2
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Rundetaarn
    Observation Decks & Towers
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    Christopher L Says:

    Rundetaarn (Rundetårn), or ’the round tower,’ is a 17th-century observatory tower. It was built upon the death of Tycho Brahe, one of the most famous astronomers, because King Christian IV wanted to continue his research. The tower was formerly a hub for researchers, but is now only used by a few amateur astronomers and the tourists who pass by.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • The admission is 25 kroner for adults and 5 for kids, and the view is astonishing.
    • Strøget (the central shopping street) is just a few minutes away, making Rundetaarn a nice break after a few hours of strolling the streets of the inner city.
    • It's a climb to the top, but the 360-degree views are worth it!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 348 things to do in Copenhagen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The round tower. 23/01/2019
    • City Break 21/01/2019
    • Rundetaarn
    Address:
    Koebmagergade 52A
    Copenhagen 1150
    Denmark
    Phone:
    +45 33 73 03 73
    Other:
  • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    Speciality Museums
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    Christopher L Says:

    Ny Carlsberg Glypotek was founded by philanthropist, art collector and brewer Carl Jacobsen in 1888. Carl was the son of Jacob Christian Jacobsen, who founded Carlsberg Beer, naming it after his son. The musuem houses many interesting collections of art, from Greek and Egyptian to Tuscan and Roman.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The museum hosts several exhibitions and concerts, so check the website to see if anything interesting is going on while you are in town.
    • The museum is closed on Mondays.
    • Admission might be free on the day you visit; verify on their website as you make your plans.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 348 things to do in Copenhagen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • fabulous art gallery, lovely palm court/winter gardens 22/01/2019
    • Just great 19/01/2019
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    Address:
    Dantes Plads 7
    Copenhagen 1556
    Denmark
    Phone:
    +45 33 41 81 41
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Thu
    11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • Frederiks Kirke (The Marble Church)
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    Christopher L Says:

    Marmorkirken is by far the most impressive church in Denmark. It offers services in Danish on all Sundays at 10:30 AM, and it can also be visited on all other days of the week. This church looks almost like something you would find in Rome, which makes it quite special. Marmorkirken means 'the Marble Church,' and it looks like a miniature version of something you would find in the Vatican.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • If you are there on a Sunday, it is a lovely experience to join the service at 10:30 AM.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 348 things to do in Copenhagen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A stunning dome. Well worth a visit en route to the Danish Design Museum 22/01/2019
    • Beautiful city! 20/01/2019
    • Frederiks Kirke (The Marble Church)
    Address:
    Frederiksgade 4
    Copenhagen 1265
    Denmark
    Phone:
    +45 33 15 01 44
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Fri - Sun
    12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Stroeget
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Neighbourhoods
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    Christopher L Says:

    Located just next to Rådhuspladsen (The City Hall Square), Strøget is the central shopping street of Copenhagen and packs a staggering amount of shops and people into a crowded avenue. At more than one kilometer, it is one of the longest pedestrian shopping streets in Europe. However, Strøget is more than just a shopping street. It is the very heart of Copenhagen, with something for everyone to look at and 80,000 people visit it each day. Walking down Strøget is always amusing as there is always something going on here: street artists, performers, musicians etc.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Visit La Glace and order the ‘Sports Kage’ (Sport’s cake), which was invented here and has been eternalized by the famous Danish cooking duo James and Adam Price in their TV-show.
    • For Danish fashion, check out the Mads Nørgaard Copenhagen shop, or try the Birger Christensen shop for all kinds of fashion (not just Danish).
    • If you are interested in Danish design, check out the Royal Copenhagen Flagship Store and the Georg Jensen Silver store.
    • Despite its central position, Strøget is actually a good spot to find cheap eats. Look on the side streets or for people holding banners with ‘all you can eat buffet’-deals.
    • Get here when the shops open. It will be very crowded after noon!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #41 of 348 things to do in Copenhagen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great shopping st 23/01/2019
    • Charming street 23/01/2019
    • Stroeget
    Address:
    Stroget
    Copenhagen
    Denmark
    Phone:
    +45 53 46 55 55
    Other:
  • Amalienborg
    Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, History Museums, Castles, Monuments & Statues
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    Christopher L Says:

    Amalienborg Slot (Amalienborg Castle) is the winter residence of the Royal Danish family. It was originally built for nobles, but after the king’s palace of Christiansborg burned down in the late 1700s, the royal family purchased Amalienborg and made the castle its main residence. Today, the castle is guarded day and night by the Royal Life Guard (Den Kongelige Livgarde). The regiment wears the traditional outfit, and can be easily spotted: blue trousers, scarlet and white uniform and a bearskin cap. I like this ‘palace' because it does not look anything like a fortress (like many other royal palaces around the world do). Rather, it resembles four big mansions. Amalienhaven (The Amalie Garden) is situated at the waterfront right next to Amalienborg Castle.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Since its completion in 2004, the Copenhagen Opera House can be seen from the fountain in the garden.
    • It is free to walk through the central square and the garden, so pay it a visit.
    • Visit at noon to witness the changing of the guard in front of the palace.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #38 of 348 things to do in Copenhagen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A MUST-SEE while in Copenhagen 22/01/2019
    • Fascinating and a bit creepy 17/01/2019
    • Amalienborg
    Address:
    Amalienborg palace square
    Copenhagen 1257
    Denmark
    Phone:
    +45 33 12 21 86
    Price range:
    US$ 2 - US$ 2
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Other:
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