Copenhagen is an easy city to fall in love with. In large part, this is due to the number and variety of activities. The tourist office near city hall and across from Tivoli Gardens does an amazing job of displaying everything in easy to digest photos, but after twelve days stomping Copenhagen’s streets, I can tell you, these are the things you gotta do.
The Carlsberg Experience
The Carlsberg Brewery is an integral part of the city’s history. The campus is gorgeous and the tour includes horses and two beers. What more could you want? In addition, if you’re traveling with teens or you’re into flying high, there is an amazing rope course just a block away.
Tickets start at 85 DKK (€11.42 /$12.50) and opening hours are daily from 10 am to 5 pm.
Note: From October to May, the brewery is not open on Mondays
For more information visit: www.visitcarlsberg.com
Freetown is the nickname of this village within Copenhagen’s city limits. About forty years ago, it was converted from an abandoned army base into a squatters paradise. It’s claim to fame is the open sale of marijuana, but it’s well worth a visit even if you have no intention to purchase. The creativity displayed in creating shelter here is remarkable. Freetown is safe both day and night, but at night you’ll definitely feel like you’re on an adventure.
Note: Photos are forbidden in Christiana. Take one and you risk getting your camera broken.
Church of Our Savior- The Spire
Climb the spire of this church for one of the most thrilling an inexpensive activities in Copenhagen. Only three blocks from Christiania, you can see the Freetown and all the rest of Copenhagen from the top for 45 DKK (€6/$6). This is one of those things you’d never get to do in America because of liability suits, so dare to take advantage and be sure to look down.
Note: Find visiting hours and additional information here.
Take a load off your feet and orient yourself at the same time with a relaxing, hour-long canal tour. Of all the tour companies to choose from, I would recommend Netto Boats. This company has tours that are more fun and less expensive than the other options, with tours only costing 45 DKK (€6/$6). Tours leave from either Holmers Church or Nyhavn, and in the winter the boats are equipped with glass roofs and are heated. Be sure to grab a few beers at the convenience store before as you’re welcome to sip as you sail.
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Tivoli is by no means cheap, but it is fun. If you’re visiting Copenhagen, I’m sure this legendary amusement park at the center of the city is already on your to-do, but I include it here to give you a warning. Even during the regular season, Tivoli closes for two weeks at a time for maintenance and garden decoration. You’ll know your luck has run out when you hear fireworks over the gardens. To avoid disappointment, be sure to check their schedule before you book your trip.
Prices for admission to Tivoli are 99 DKK (€13/$14.50) and multi-ride tickets will set you back 209 DKK (€28/$31)