The capital city of Denmark has increasingly become more and more popular as a European city break in recent years.
Famed for its brightly coloured houses, lovely riverside bars and restaurants and vast open spaces of gardens; Copenhagen is an absolute delight.
If you’re currently in the process of planning a trip there, make sure to check out our guide below of the 10 best free attractions in Copenhagen.
You can also find a list of the top 10 paid attractions and activities in Copenhagen too!
Arguably the most famous place in the entirety of Copenhagen, Nyhavn is a picture-perfect postcard street right next to the harbour.
It’s famed for its stunning colourful houses that sit right on the waterfront; making it a truly idyllic and photogenic place in the city.
Not only is it a popular place with tourists, but many locals also frequent Nyhavn to enjoy a refreshing beer after work on a Friday evening.
Another one of the most famous places in Copenhagen and a free attraction that attracts hundreds of people a day is the iconic bronze mermaid statue.
Constructed by Edvard Eriksen, the sculpture is supposed to represent the classic heroin from the beloved fairytale story; The Little Mermaid.
When you first see the statue, you may be a little underwhelmed at its size, but it’s still a great place to visit while in...
The tallest tower in Copenhagen is the Tower of Christiansborg Palace so it’s the perfect place in the city to head up and take in some truly awesome views.
The fact that admission into the tower is free is what makes it so unique as most cities that have high observation towers usually charge an entry fee.
There is even a restaurant at the top of the Tower of Christiansborg Palace that sells quintessentially Danish...
The Royal Palace, more formally known as Amalienborg, consists of four houses that are centred around a statue that’s dedicated to King Frederik V.
Amalienborg is a formal residence of the royal family but even when they’re not in the Palace, you can still watch the changing of the guards ceremony every day.
It happens at noon every day and is a great way to spend 15-minutes or so in between sightseeing.
The Royal Library of Copenhagen is also often nicknamed the Black Diamond Library due to the reflection from the canal that hits the building when the sun is shining.
It’s also the national library of Denmark, as well as one of the largest libraries in the whole world and is the biggest library in the Nordic countries.
Inside Black Diamond, you will find an eclectic mix of both old and new, and technological and...
The incredible 80-acres of land known as the Frederiksberg Gardens is one of the largest and most beautiful landscapes in Copenhagen.
The gardens are located adjacent to the Frederiksberg Palace and they’re definitely well worth a visit if you plan on exploring the royal side of Copenhagen.
Frederiksberg Gardens are undoubtedly one of the most naturally stunning areas in the whole of Copenhagen and they make an idyllic...
Kongens Have, or the King’s Garden, is another park in Copenhagen that attracts a lot of attention from both visitors and locals thanks to its unparalleled beauty.
The spectacular Rosenborg Castle is located within the King’s Garden grounds which truly makes it one of the most incredible and beautiful free attractions in Copenhagen.
The park is absolutely stunning all year round, but it arguably looks its very best...
It’s clear to see from this list of the best free attractions in Copenhagen that the Danish city is home to a plethora of gardens and vast open spaces.
Another one of the best free expanses in Copenhagen is the Botanical Gardens.
Here, you can find a whole wealth of exotic plants from all over the world; both local and in some of the most remote geographical locations.
The gardens have different rooms that mimic the...
Amager Beach is situated next to the seaside public park in Copenhagen called Amager Strandpark.
While you don’t always think of beach vibes when you think of Copenhagen, you’d be pleasantly pleased to know that Amager Beach offers 5km of glorious white sand right in the city.
On a hot summer’s day, Amager Strandpark makes an idyllic destination for the whole family.
You can tuck into scrumptious ice...
The Havnebadet Islands Brygge baths are a great place to hang out in Copenhagen during the summer months.
Here you’ll find a beautiful harbour with a wooden deck, as well as a harbourside swimming facility complete with diving boards and a lap pool.
When the hot weather rolls around, you’ll find the locals flocking to the Islands Brygge baths with disposable barbecues and deck chairs where they’ll then spend...
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There are many things you can do for free in Copenhagen like booking free entry into some Copenhagen museums, joining locals to do some free activities and others. This allows you to have fun and relax on a budget or save for further experiences on your trip.