Copenhagen is the capital city of Denmark. It’s a city known for having a rich history and colorful buildings and houses.
Every year, the number of tourists in Copenhagen is rapidly growing for the obvious reason that it is one of the best places that offer stunning views with a clean environment.
The country’s well-established name and a good reputation can be seen directly not just from the tourist attractions but also through the locals. The locals in Copenhagen are very easy going, and their bright, welcoming smiles will always warm up your day. This may be one of the biggest cities in the world, but their way of living has remained simple.
If you are planning to travel around Europe, why not make a stopover in Copenhagen, Denmark? You would probably end up loving the country, and it would make you want to go back again. Have a glimpse of the beautiful city through this Copenhagen travel guide.
Copenhagen has a lot of tourist attractions that are cheap and above all, free. Who doesn’t love to sightsee scenic sites that would cost you nothing at all, right?
The Little Mermaid
This is one of the best attractions you will find in the city. Aside from being near the center of the city, going for a short walk to see the statue of the Little Mermaid is absolutely free. You can take as many photos as you want and nobody will stop you.
This park has been known throughout history as a “fortress guarding the city.” And now, it has become a large monumental place where you can enjoy the fresh air and relaxing view of nature. Now that it has been open to the public, people can go in and out easily. The park is just a walking distance away from the Little Mermaid statue.
Church Of Our Saviour
A very fine and classic architecture within the city which is famous for its black and golden corkscrew-like tower. Inside the church, you will see a very astonishing altar which was a famous work done by Nicodemus Tessin. It illustrates the time where Jesus was being comforted by an angel in the garden of Gethsemane. A true masterpiece to behold.
Danish National Gallery
If you are fond of art especially works from world-renowned artists in history like Picasso, Matisse and Rembrandt this could be your ideal spot. Admission is entirely free except if you want to see some masterpieces of other Danish artists from the “Golden Age.” You will have to pay $16 if you’re an adult, but it’s free for 18 years old and below.
The Historical Museum
If you want to know more about the history of the city as well as the time of Vikings, you can find most of the information in this museum. For as low as $11, you can tour around the whole place.
Hans Christian Andersen Museum
Have you ever read the famous Ugly Duckling story? Or the Princess and the Pea? If you have, then get to know more about the person who wrote those classic stories by visiting his museum. Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish novelist and had written countless children stories that are still present today. Admission is $9 for adult and $6 for children.
This is an amusement park found in the center of Copenhagen. Others believed that Disney World was inspired from the Tivoli themed park. It is very large, and you can enjoy playing bumper cars and riding its Rutschebanen rollercoaster. Admission starts at $16.
Copenhagen offers a variety of transportation services like trains and buses which would only cost around $3. Taxis and Uber are also available in the city. However, if you want to go cheaper and have such easy access to the city, you can go biking for as low as $19 (24-hour rental).
Once you arrive at the airport, the best way to enter the city is through the train as they are much more accessible. A single train ticket is around $6.
The most recommended accommodation anywhere in Europe is the hostel dorms as it is very travel-budget friendly, clean and safe. The average cost of hostel dorm per night in Copenhagen is $30 to $40 inclusive of Wi-Fi and cooking amenities.
If you prefer a much more comfortable place to stay after a tiring day tour, you can find guesthouses or budget hotels nearby which would cost you around $80 to $120 per night. For Airbnb type, you can pay for a single room around $45 per night.
Food and Drink
In between tours, of course, you will be hungry, and all you can think about is a delicious meal to fill you up. Average cost per meal in a budget restaurant is around $12. You can also enjoy street foods like hot dogs and sandwiches for as low as $4 to $5.
If you are staying in Copenhagen for a couple of weeks, it is recommended to cook your own meals rather than eating out. You will only have to spend around $50 a week for groceries.
On a budget or not, do not miss the opportunity to eat ethnic Danish cuisine which can also be found in the city’s street food market like the Koedbyen known to be the “meatpacking district market” in Copenhagen. You can also go to Torvehallerne street food market for a quick bite or in the Paper Island.
The Best Time to Visit
The peak season in Copenhagen is during summer when it is warmer, and tourists can enjoy the sunshine while strolling around the city.
Although it is off-season during winter, some people find this time much more appealing and majestic especially near Christmas season because of its glittering lights, roads and roofs being covered with snow, canals, and castles; it is truly a magical sight to see.
Other than that, during the off-season, a lot of restaurants and accommodations lower their prices. Not to mention, airline tickets will have great deals too.
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