Getting to know Copenhagen
What you can do for free in Copenhagen
- Visit the Botanical Garden
Located in the centre of the city, the Botanical Garden in Copenhagen covers a total area of 10 hectares, and it includes a great complex of historical glass houses, dating all the way from 1874.
- Be amazed by the Superkilen park
An urban open space that is so complex and diverse is something hard to find. The Superkilen park is divided into three areas, each one of them having its specific charm: you’ll find cafés and street music, benches and fountains, greenery and great picnic spots.
- Enjoy the Citadel
Founded in 1626, the Citadel consists of a bunch of buildings that are now used as military barracks and offices. The are within is open to the public and you can go on a walk there and explore everything you wish to.
Top spots to visit
- Tivoli Gardens
The Tivoli amusement park and its pleasure garden date from 1843, and they are the inspiration behind the Disney theme parks. You’ll find anything and everything here, from roller-coasters to open-air theatres and many restaurants and cafés.
- National Museum of Denmark
If you’re interested in the Danish history and culture, you just need to take a quick walk from the Tivoli Gardens to the nearby National Museum of Denmark, and you’ll definitely quench your thirst for knowledge.
- Christiansborg Palace
The tiny island of Slotsholmen is where you’ll find the Christiansborg Palace, the Danish seat of government and a must-see spot if you travel to Copenhagen. While a part of it is being occupied by the Parliament, the Prime Minister’s Office, the Supreme Court and the Royal House, much of the palace is open for the public.
Hidden spots to visit
- The 6 wooden giants
Suburban Copenhagen and its lush forests are the home of 6 fantastic wooden sculptures. The giants are made out of recycled wood, and looking for them off the beaten track is also a great opportunity to enjoy the nature around you.
- The Geological Museum
This museum of earth sciences is a very interesting sight for anyone visiting. Segments of the Cape York meteorites discovered in Greenland are included in its collections, along with around 1 million invertebrate specimens, and other fascinating things.
- Jamers Tower
Copenhagen’s defense wall from the 16th century did not manage to survive very well over time, but it’s only remaining piece, the Jamers Tower, is now an interesting attraction for curious tourists.
Scandinavian cuisine is a delight and if you’re visiting Copenhagen, you will have plenty of great restaurants that you can choose from, to get a taste of the great Danish meals and, of course, plenty of other international foods: Restaurant Salon, Restaurant Krebsegaarden, Søllerød Kro, Smagsloeget, The Pescatarian are only a few of the options.
Recommended time for visiting
From April until May, Copenhagen is a very inviting for tourists that prefer warm, cozy weather, alongside lower hotel rates and smaller crowds. June to August are peak season for Copenhagen, just like many other destinations, and while warmer weather might be a plus, the crowds get bigger and the prices get higher. From May to September, Copenhagen is alive and thriving. Starting with October, the city gets quieter, with the exception of the period around the holidays in December.
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