Beautiful Copenhagen is situated on the coast of Denmark’s islands Zealand and Amager. What used to be a small fishing village is now the most populated city in Denmark. The streets are filled with colorful buildings, the air is crisp, and the people are extremely nice. The city is easy to navigate on foot or bike, and there are plenty of restaurants and coffee shops to stop and enjoy yourself while exploring. Copenhagen is the perfect destination for an inexpensive and relaxing vacation. Here are three great things to do in Copenhagen without paying a dime!
1. Nyhavn Canal:
Flickr photo via Genji Arakaki
Built in the 17th century, Nyhavn is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. Along this beautiful canal there are restaurants, ice cream shops and usually some sort of street performer creating music for all to enjoy. The water is lined with beautiful colorful buildings and is the perfect place to sit on the edge of the canal and people watch.
2. The Little Mermaid Sculpture:
Flickr photo via Joaquín Martínez
The Little Mermaid Sculpture is known as Copenhagen’s number one attraction — and it’s free! The sculpture was sculpted by Edvard Eriksen for Carl Jacobson, the son of the founder of Carlsberg. The story goes that Jacobson became obsessed with the Ballet of the little mermaid and wanted to celebrate it through art. The bronze sculpture sits on a rock in the Langelinie Promenade. It is an easy 30 minute walk from the main train station along the beautiful waterside and through some small parks with flowering trees.
Flickr photo via Arnaud DG
For a little bit of a different taste of Copenhagen, walk through the “free town” of Christiania. This part of Copenhagen has been a big source of controversy for the country ever since squatters took over an abandoned military area in 1971. Walk through Christiania to see some huge graffiti murals and some interesting people. There is a “green light” district where photos are not allowed and some restaurants and live music.