A picturesque city on the coast, Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, is one of the most visited cities in the Nordic region. Known to be one of the greenest capitals in the world, it is the center of commerce and entertainment for the Danish people, who are consistently rated as some of the happiest on the planet. If you are headed to Denmark and would like to avoid burning a hole in your pocketbook, consider these top seven free things to do in Copenhagen:

7 Free Things to Do in Copenhagen

1. Bakken


Bakken park opened all the way back in 1583, and is the world’s oldest operating amusement park. While going on rides will cost you, admission into the amusement park Bakken is free.  Bakken is quite the experience. Boasting up to 2.7 million visitors annually, Bakken is the second-most visited attraction in all of Denmark. The park hosts six full-on roller coaster rides, but is home to dozens of other smaller rides for all ages.

2. Frederiksberg Garden (Frederiksberg Have)

Frederiksberg Garden

One of the largest green spaces in Copenhagen, Frederiksberg Garden is a wonderful place to relax for a while on a mild Copenhagen afternoon. The garden is classified as a romantic landscape garden. The garden includes a lake, rolling lawns set against grove trees, the Apis Temple, and a Chinese summerhouse and bridge. For an extra slice of tranquility, you can check out the Artificial Waterfall, nestled into the central wooded area of the park.

3. The David Collection (David’s Samling)

The David Collection (David's Samling)

The David Collection is one of the few free museums in Copenhagen. It’s home to a collection of fine and applied art. The museum is built around the private collection of businessman and art collector C. L. David. For those interested in ancient art pieces, the museum is renowned for its collection of Islamic art, dating back to the 8th century. It also houses a number of well-known Danish painters, and underwent a major refurbishment project in 2006. If you want a free piece of cultural enrichment, this is definitely the place to go.

4. The Little Mermaid (Den Little Havfrue)

The Little Mermaid (Den Little Havfrue)

One of the most popular things to do in Copenhagen is to visit the Little Mermaid statue. Take a stroll on Copenhagen’s Langelinie promenade and find the iconic Little Mermaid statue perched on the shoreline. Based on the fairy tale The Little Mermaid by Hans Cristian Anderson (a Danish author), the statue has come to symbolize the country of Denmark, much like the Statue of Liberty symbolizes the United States. Built back in 1913, the statue is a must-see if you’re in the city.

5. Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden

Located in central Copenhagen, the Botanical Garden is a must-visit for any nature lover in the city. The Garden boasts 27 glasshouses that date back as far as 1874, featuring the Palm House, which is 16 meters tall with a narrow spiral staircase that leads to a passageway at its peak. The Botanical Garden over 13,000 different species of plant, and has different themes in each glasshouse, even including an Arctic glasshouse with special air temperature control to recreate the plant’s’ natural environment.

6. Christiania Freetown

Christiania Freetown in Copenhagen

One of the most intriguing locales in Copenhagen, Christiania Freetown (Christiania for short) is a self-proclaimed autonomous neighborhood. It is just under 1,000 residents and run by a self-governing anarchist community. The town certainly constitutes an alternative way of living, an is an interesting departure from the normalized first world way of living. Christiania has been famous for its open cannabis trade since its inception in 1971. It is a popular tourist destination for the myriad of oddities that can be found here, a locale entirely unique to Copenhagen.

7. Copenhagen Free Walking Tours

Copenhagen Free Walking Tours

What better way to experience Copenhagen than on a free walking tour? Get your fix of Copenhagen sites, smells and history by joining the tour, which runs year-round regardless of weather. The tour kicks of at Copenhagen City Hall every day of the year at 11 am, as long as there are five people present for the tour. It’s highly recommended to start your Danish adventure with this tour, to get yourself grounded and accustomed to your surrounding. You will get a chance to check out all of the most famous landmarks in Copenhagen on this tour, which is given fully in English. Of course, the best part about it is that it’s free, but tips for your tour guide’s efforts are encouraged.

Hope you enjoyed these 7 Free things to do in Copenhagen, Denmark. This post was written by Andrew Larson, travel enthusiast and semi-retired globetrotter which now runs Wanderlust 15. For more information, visit Wanderlust 15.

Things to do in Copenhagen