Looking for things to do in when on holiday in Denmark’s capital? There are endless attractions in Copenhagen– and what’s better, most can be done on a budget, or even for free!

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TIVOLI GARDENS

Founded back in 1843, Tivoli Gardens is a national treasure, and one of the many must-visit attractions in Copenhagen for all ages. Part of Tivoli’s appeal is that there is something for everyone. The scenery is beautiful with exotic architecture, historic buildings and glorious gardens, and at night, thousands of coloured lights create an atmosphere that is completely magical.

Some rides are nostalgic such as the park’s oldest and most popular ride, the wooden Roller Coaster. Made in 1914, it is one of only seven roller coasters worldwide that have a brakeman on board every train, while others are ideal for adrenaline junkies and thrill seekers.

Tivoli also has a wide selection of restaurants to dine in during your visit as well as numerous green spaces to sit down and set up your own picnic. 

THE LITTLE MERMAID

One of most the famous tourist attractions in Copenhagen The Little Mermaid, sits just off Langelinie Pier. The bronze and granite statue, which was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, was created by sculptor Edvard Eriksen in 1913 – making it well over 100 years old.

The statue is small – likely a lot smaller than you imagine it to be – and is even said to be slightly underwhelming, but regardless of this, it always surrounded by keen guests. Be prepared to stand in line to get your picture!

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CHRISTIANSBORG PALACE

Located on the tiny island of Slotsholmen, Christiansborg Palace is home to the Danish Parliament, the Supreme Court, and the Ministry of State and many royal reception rooms.

Christiansborg Tårnet, is Copenhagen’s highest viewpoint, which offers with breath-taking views in all directions – look over the sweeping cityscape and, on a clear day, even see across the water to Sweden.

STRØGET 

In the middle of Copenhagen’s lively centre is Strøget, one of the longest and oldest pedestrian streets in the world. The street is 1.1km long, running from City Hall Square to Kongens Nytorv square, and is a shopper’s paradise, with everything from budget-friendly brands to expensive, luxury boutiques.

The street offers more than just shopping however. Up and down the many side streets of Strøget, you’ll find many more of Copenhagen’s much-loved attractions, such as historic buildings, squares, and beautiful fountains – as well as many street entertainers.

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NYHAVN

What was originally a busy commercial port, is today one of the most photographed attractions in Copenhagen. Now rid of the sailors (and ladies of pleasure) that were once found in this area, the small canal boasts a relaxed atmosphere where beautifully painted restaurants and bars are filled with locals and tourists alike. The dock is also a great place to jump onboard one of Copenhagen’s many boat tours.  

CHRISTIANIA

This gloriously green and car-free neighbourhood, best known for its residents’ different way of life, is another one of the top tourist attractions in Copenhagen. Established in the 70s, locals developed their own set of society rules, completely independent of the Danish government which have continued to be allowed until this day.

Freetown Christiania is a mix of homemade houses, workshops, art galleries, music venues, cheap and organic eateries, and beautiful nature – however is possibly most known for the infamous Pusher Street, which is lined with shady weed dealers.

There are a few rules anyone who enters Christiania must follow. Visitors should not film or photograph in the area, especially not in the area in and around Pusher Street, and should not run in this vicinity either, as it is known to cause panic with the Freetown’s inhabitants. It’s normal to feel a little cautious of doing something that is frowned upon in Christiania, but don’t worry – signs indicating ‘do’s and don’ts’ are clearly visible at the entrance!

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