A Guide To Copenhagen On A Budget
Copenhagen is widely recognised as one of the more expensive cities to visit within Europe and this can often put people off from taking a trip to this beautiful place. However, with our guide of free and inexpensive things to do whilst you are there, there’s no reason why Denmark’s capital can’t be on your travel list.
Bicycles That Don’t Break The Bank
Without doubt, the best way to explore Copenhagen is on two wheels. Not only has the city been designed perfectly for cyclists to have priority, a scheme launched in 2014, called Bycyklen, means that you can borrow a bike for around £2.50 per hour. The harbour area, in particular, has been renovated recently to promote green ways of getting around and so this is a great area to start. Before you head off on your trip, create an online account here and then all you need to do is find one of 30 docking stations in the city and log in using the tablet built into the handle bars.
Travel Back To Your Childhood
Even to this day, Lego is one of the most popular children’s toys in the world. And if you were ever into building with these little blocks of joy when you were younger then we urge you to visit the Lego store in the centre of the city. It may be a bit on the pricey side to purchase any of the kits they have available but there are always bricks laid out in the store to inspire your creative side. Any fan should not miss the chance to reminisce in the home of Lego.
Observe The City From On High
For the best views during your Copenhagen city break, head to the oldest functioning observatory in Europe – The Round Tower. It was built to continue Denmark’s excellent work in the field of astronomy when famous Dane, Tycho Brahe, passed away in 1601 but is now mainly used by amateur astronomers. Not only can you peer through the powerful telescope at the skies above and step outside for views of the streets below, a glass walkway has recently been installed to allow you to see the details of the tower’s core. The Round Tower is very accessible as it features a sloped, spiralling walkway instead of steps. Entry costs a mere £2.50.
Admire The Mermaid
Perhaps the most iconic attraction in Copenhagen is the statue of the Little Mermaid that sits on a rock in the harbour. Although you may have to fight off the throngs of tourists around this much-loved character from the mind of Hans Christian Andersen, it is free to pay her a visit. The nearby Nyhavn district is also one of the most beautiful parts of the city, with coloured houses and many bars and restaurants to discover.
Quaff A Carlsberg
Along with cycle lanes, Lego and fairytale statues, the other thing that Copenhagen does well is beer. The Carlsberg brewery has been here since 1847 and it is remarkably cheap to get the inside track on how everything works throughout the process. A tour without a guide will only set you back about £8 and that even includes two pints or soft drinks whilst you are there. You can also experience a beer tasting session, where you get to try four different beers brewed on site for just under £5.
Beauty In Botanical Form
Copenhagen’s Botanical Garden is a great place to explore in rain or shine. It is located in the heart of the city and is absolutely free to enjoy. As well as the great selection of plants and flowers from Denmark and further afield, it is also noted for its collection of greenhouses that date back as far as 1874, one of which can recreate conditions in which Arctic plants thrive.
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