Copenhagen on a Budget

Copenhagen on a Budget

Copenhagen, the vibrant capital of Denmark, is a city known for its enchanting canals, colorful architecture, and progressive culture. While it's true that Scandinavian cities can be expensive, with a little planning and creativity, you can have an incredible week in Copenhagen without breaking the bank. In this article, I'll guide you through the highlights of Copenhagen on a budget, ensuring you make the most of your time and money.

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Day 1: Exploring the City Center
Start your Copenhagen adventure by wandering through the city center. Begin with a stroll along Strøget, one of Europe's longest pedestrian streets, where you can enjoy window shopping and soak in the lively atmosphere. Take a detour to Nyhavn, a picturesque waterfront district with colorful buildings and charming cafes. While dining at the waterfront can be expensive, you can grab a delicious hot dog from one of the many street vendors for a more budget-friendly option. In the evening, visit the iconic Round Tower (Rundetårn) for panoramic views of the city. Day 2: Embrace Danish Culture Immerse yourself in Danish culture by visiting the free-entry National Museum of Denmark. Here, you can delve into the history and culture of the country, exploring exhibits ranging from Viking artifacts to modern Danish design. For lunch, head to Torvehallerne, a vibrant food market where you can find a variety of affordable and delicious options. In the afternoon, take a leisurely walk through the beautiful King's Garden (Kongens Have), a tranquil park perfect for a picnic or simply relaxing.

Day 3: Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek and Freetown Christiania.
Spend your third day exploring art and alternative culture in Copenhagen. Start with a visit to Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, a stunning art museum featuring a vast collection of sculptures, paintings, and antiquities. Entrance to the museum is free on Tuesdays. Afterward, take a short walk to Freetown Christiania, a self-proclaimed autonomous neighborhood famous for its unique atmosphere and alternative lifestyle. Wander through the colorful streets, soak in the street art, and enjoy the bohemian vibe. Remember to respect the community's rules while visiting.

Day 4: Parks and Canals Copenhagen is renowned for its green spaces and canals, and this day is dedicated to enjoying them. Start by renting a bike, a popular and cost-effective means of transportation in the city, and pedal your way to Ørstedsparken. This charming park is perfect for a picnic or a leisurely stroll. From there, continue to the picturesque canals of Christianshavn, where you can sit by the water's edge and watch the boats go by. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the Church of Our Saviour (Vor Frelsers Kirke) and climb to the top for a magnificent view of the city.

Day 5: Visit Rosenborg Castle and Botanical Gardens Rosenborg Castle is a must-visit attraction in Copenhagen, and fortunately, its gardens are open to the public free of charge. Explore the beautifully landscaped gardens, relax on the lawns, and admire the stunning Renaissance architecture of the castle. If you're a fan of botany, make sure to spend some time in the nearby Botanical Gardens, which houses an impressive collection of plants from all over the world.

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Day 6: Explore Nørrebro and Assistens Cemetery Nørrebro, a vibrant and multicultural neighborhood, offers a wealth of experiences. Start your day with a visit to Assistens Cemetery, where famous Danish figures like Hans Christian Andersen are buried. This peaceful cemetery also serves as a park and offers a serene atmosphere for a morning walk. Afterward, head to Jægersborggade, a trendy street filled with cozy cafes, boutique shops, and street art. Indulge in delicious street food or affordable local cuisine from one of the many eateries in the area.

Day 7: Day Trip to Malmö, Sweden.
Conclude your budget-friendly week in Copenhagen with a day trip to Malmö, just a short train ride away over the Øresund Bridge. 

I took a train in Copenhagen Central Station and paid 25€ for a round train ticket and the trip was incredible! You can also book your ticket in advance through app like Omio.

Malmö offers a different cultural perspective and a change of scenery. Explore the charming Old Town (Gamla Staden), visit Malmöhus Castle. I also recommend you to explore the gardens near the Castle. 

Malmo Kingsgarden

Take a walk along the Western Harbor (Västra Hamnen), where modern architecture harmoniously meets the sea.

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Where to stay?

I stayed at the Next House Copenhagen. It's a huge hostel with a very good location (around 5 min walking from the central station, less than 10 minutes from the Strøget and a bus station in front of the main entrance that goes directly to and from the airport) with lots of facilities: kitchen, gym, movie theatre, game room and plenty of activities. Copenhagen seems to have a lot of this type of luxury hostels. Although you have to pay extra to use all the facilities.

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