Have you ever wondered how does it feel travelling through the Nordic countries? Having heard histories dating from thousands years ago and seen pictures of snow-covered fairytale landscapes, we know that Nordic countries have a unique charm. And this charm is not only due to the landscapes, but also to the whole culture. It is one of those cultures characterized by many generations of growth and development.
Every northern European city is worth a visit (same as the whole world, obviously), but now we want to talk about one of our favourite Nordic cities: Copenhagen.
Denmark’s capital is, of course, the country’s most populated city and it is where most of cultural events and political, social and economic movements take place. Although every northern European country has, more or less, the same characteristics in terms of style or quality of life, the Danish capital is characterised by the fact that, culturally, it is somewhere between Scandinavia and the rest of Europe. That is why it seems so appealing. The cultural diversity that is all over its streets makes everyone fall in love with the city.
But that is just my honest opinion. We know this is hard to believe considering that e Nordic countries have a unique beauty, but it is true, Copenhagen is definitely one of our favourite capitals.
We also know that planning a trip to the north of Europe will probably leave your piggy bank quite empty. And we won’t deny that, in comparison with the Asian south east, travelling through Europe is more expensive, but don’t worry, that is why we have prepared this article for you. Maybe eating in a restaurant will be more expensive than in other continents, but at least you can enjoy several activities without spending a single penny. That sounds good, doesn’t it?
Obviously, we are going to list just some of the free activities and some of the places with free entry, but we promise you that you can visit Copenhagen in an economic way and that there are many things that you can do there without having to spend much.
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Changing of the guard at Amalienborg Palace
The changing of the guard is an event that occurs in pretty much every European country. And even though we are talking about something that in our days is just a symbolic event, the changing of the Danish guard is still worth a visit.
The Amalienborg Palace, where the royal family lives nowadays, is actually a complex formed by four castles. The entrance to this complex is not free, but you can watch the changing of the guard from outside.
This event occurs just on particular dates (such as the birthday of some royal family member or important dates). It starts at 11.30 a.m. at the Rosenborg castle and it finishes at Amalienborg 30 minutes later.
Dirección: Amalienborg Palace, 1257, Copenhague.
The Six Forgotten Giants
Thanks to the Danish artist Thomas Dambo, now the attractions are outside the centre of Copenhagen also. Some years ago, the authorities of the outer neighbourhoods wanted to attract more tourists and locals in some way because, as it happens in other capitals, people tend to forget that there are interesting things outside the city centre too.
Those neighbourhoods, surrounded by beautiful woods and nature, used to go unnoticed until the authorities thought on reaching out to Thomas Dambo, a Danish artist specialized in recycled material works. Finally, the project “Six Forgotten Giants” came to life and nowadays you can visit them by car, by bike or on foot. You can see the six giants on a single day even on foot.
The most beautiful and interesting thing about these sculptures (six wooden giants inspired by the region’s fairytales) is the fact that they interact with the place where they were built, adding a magic touch to it. It is highly recommended for trekking and nature lovers, because Thomas’ idea is aimed at enjoying both the sculptures and your way there.
Of course, we cannot leave aside the cultural part. The good thing about Copenhagen is that it offers not only the same as any other cosmopolitan city can offer, but also, some of its most important museums have several free-entrance days per week.
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
Free entrance every Tuesday. This museum, founded by the Carlsberg family (you sure know them for the beer), has several works of art and antiquities, and some historical sculptures among them. It is located in Dantes Plads 7.
Free entrance every Wednesday. It is the only place in the world where you can enjoy many Thorvaldsen works. In fact, this museum was the first public museum in this country. It is a must-visit for art and culture lovers.
The Little Mermaid
We know this is a cliche. Everyone experiences trips in a different way, and besides it being the most touristic and visited place of the city, the fact that The Little Mermaid is a moving tribute for the most well known Danish author, Hand Christian Andersen, makes it much more interesting.
Moreover, the dock in which it is located is also a beautiful place for a promenade with a view.
Here we propose another big cities classic for nature lovers, one of those that helps you escape from the madness of getting to know cosmopolitan metropolis.
The Danish Botanical Garden is one of the biggest and most beautiful ones in Europe. Yes, it is our opinion once again, but we cannot help it.
This garden belongs to the University of Copenhagen Faculty of Science and it has 10 hectares and some of the oldest greenhouses in the area.
Walk around Christiania
Christania is, definitely, my favourite place in Copenhagen so I cannot exclude it from this list. However surreal it might seem, this small community (it has almost 1000 inhabitants) is a self-proclaimed autonomous anarchist district inside the city.
It was founded in 1971 by a group of homeless people who trespassed that area and started to build their own houses there.
One of the most notorious situations of this district is that, even though marijuana is sold and can be easily bought in some shops, it is not legal yet, so sometimes the police raid the place.
However, the most interesting thing here is that the inhabitants live by their own rules, completely separate from the Danish government. For this reason, it is one of the places that tourist visit the most, but don’t worry, because Christiania covers 34 hectares and it offers many things to do.
As you might imagine, meditation, yoga, healthy food and art exhibitions are common in this district and they pose an interesting contrast with Copenhagen’s sobriety.
We hope this list is just the beginning of a great adventure in our favourite capital of the Nordic countries. And we also hope that you can stay there as much time as it deserves. Copenhagen is an expensive city, but as you can see, there are also some options available to everyone. And, of course, the city itself is beautiful, so you will enjoy it just by walking around its streets.
Where can I change my money in Denmark?
The currency in Denmark is the Danish krone. You can exchange it for yours with Global Exchange, a company that has more than 200 branches in 20 countries. You can do it at Kastrup International Airport in Copenaghen or at Billund Airport.
And if you are already there and you plan on changing money upon your arrival (or your coming back home), they make it easier with a 15% on the margin applied to your change at any of the Danish branches. To benefit from the discount, show this coupon at the branch and start your trip off on the right foot.