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I was lucky enough to spend 24 hours in Copenhagen recently, and not wanting to break the bank, I decided to set myself the challenge of spending no more than £100!! Was it even possible to see Copenhagen on a budget? Or was I setting myself up for failure? One thing was for sure, if I was going to succeed, I would have to find many free things to do there!

In this blog post, I will take you on a 24-hour tour of the Danish capital, showing you some of the best budget-friendly attractions. There is something here for everyone, from art galleries and museums to parks and gardens to historical sites! So get your walking shoes on – it’s time to go on an adventure!

Best FREE things to do in Copenhagen

Find Copenhagen’s most Instagrammable spot: Nyhavn

One of the many colourful buildings in Nyhavn. A green building with lots of windows flanked by two yellow building, all with lots of windows. A walk through Nyhvn is one of the best free things you can do in Copenhagen

If you type Copenhagen into Google images, I can guarantee that Nyhaven will be one of the first photos to appear. In fact, you may need to scroll down some to find something other than Nyhaven. You could be forgiven if you thought that this harbour was all there was to Copenhagen. After all, it is the main feature in all of their marketing! And for a good reason, it is beautiful!

However, it wasn’t always Denmark’s most Instagrammable spot. At one point, it served as the red-light district until the middle of the 20th century! It is only in the last 50 years or so that it has become a popular hub for tourists.

Nyhavn, which means New Harbour, was dug out and built in the 1600s by Swedish prisoners of war to bring maritime trade closer to the city’s center. It was a bustling hub until the 19th century, when ships got larger and road transport easier. As a result, the vessels moved out to more convenient ports leaving Nyhavn very much deserted. 

Nyhavn becomes a museum harbour

A cafe with warm fairy lights provides the foreground for a row of colourful townhouses. Wandering Nyhvn is a great way to explore the city for free

It wasn’t until 1977 that Nyhavn was inaugurated as a museum harbour, the colourful townhouses suddenly becoming a feature in every Copenhagen postcard. The harbour is now lined with overpriced bars and restaurants, although I hear it remains the locals’ favourite spots to enjoy a beer on a warm summer evening.

Whether you choose to have a drink there or not, definitely go for a stroll. It rivals even the canals of Amsterdam! And if you are a keen photographer, then you will want to try and capture these colourful houses reflecting in the water. Early morning is a good time to visit if you want to avoid the crowds, although you might find vans and lorries unloading produce.

My best advice, find a reason to return multiple times a day. The vibrantly painted facades are so beautiful that it is worth exploring more than once! Hand down the best free thing you can do in Copenhagen!

The sun peeking through behind the Nyhvn houses. It is worth exploring this area multiple times a day to get the best of it.

Watch the Change of the guards

Every day at 11:30, the Danish Royal Guard march from Rosenborg Castle to Amalienborg Palace for the ceremonial changing of the guards. When the Queen is in residence, the guards are accompanied by a marching band.

The best place to see them is at Amalienborg Palace, where they will arrive precisely at noon and do a lap of the courtyard. Amalienborg Palace is the Queen’s residence during the Winter months, which also happens to be Copenhagen’s quieter tourist season, making it ideal for watching the spectacle without large crowds.

When I was there, we had a partial band: just flutes and drums, which means the Queen wasn’t actually at home, but the Crown Prince Frederick or Prince Joachim were. Had they not been in residence, there would have been no instrumental accompaniment.

It is certainly an activity worth planning into your day. Not only is it free to do, but it is also within easy walking distance from Nyhaven, so you can plan them both accordingly.

A row of guards in their smart uniform holding their guns. Watching the change of the guards is free

Marble at the street art in Christiania

Christiania, also known as Freetown Christiania, is an independent community located in the heart of Copenhagen, Denmark. It was founded in 1971 by a group of squatters who felt the Danish government was denying them their human rights. Christiania has now become one of the city’s most popular free tourist attractions. Characterized by its vibrant art and colourful buildings, visitors can explore winding alleyways and immerse themselves in its unique atmosphere. There are plenty of interesting shops to explore too, offering handmade goods from jewellery and souvenirs to vegan food dishes and craft beers! A visit to Christiania gives tourists an insight into the life of a revolutionary community still living outside official institutional boundaries.

Even if you only have 24 hours in Copenhagen, make sure you add Christiania to your bucket list. After all, how often can you say to have visited an independent state?

Immerse yourself in Andersen’s fairy-tale stories

Hans Christian Andersen is one of history’s most beloved children’s authors. He was a Danish author and poet who wrote over 156 fairy tales, some of which are still widely known classics today. Though the first stories he wrote were not received well, his unique style drew attention throughout Europe and resulted in great works such as The Snow Queen (Frozen), The Ugly Duckling, The Little Mermaid, The Matchstick Girl, and Thumbelina, to name a few.

You might recognise some of those as all-time classic Disney movies. His were a little more morbid though, and unlike Disney, he did not believe in a happy ever after. For example, in his version of The Little Mermaid, she dies of a broken heart. And the Matchstick Girl is probably the saddest of them all.

On a freezing New Year’s Eve, a young girl is working the street trying to sell matches. Unfortunately, she cannot sell them, so she starts lighting them one by one until they eventually run out and she freezes to death! Yes, yes, there is more to the story than that, but I’d hate to ruin it for you!

Copenhagen is filled with statues celebrating the work of its most notable literary figure. You have The Little Mermaid sculpture, which was much smaller than I expected it to be, and you have the statue of Hans Christian Andersen looking across at the Tivoli Gardens, somewhere he liked to walk often for inspiration.

However you choose to immerse yourself in Andersen’s fairy-tale world, it is definitely a great way to explore Copenhagen, and one of the many free things you can do too!

Explore the Kastellet Citadel

If you are venturing out of town to see the statue of the Litte Mermaid, then make sure to visit the Kastellet Citadel. This star-shaped fortress was built in 1667 and served to protect Copenhagen from its enemies while also acting as a home to 2,000 soldiers. Now, it is home to some of the most scenic views that Denmark has to offer, with beautiful green parks that are well maintained, making it an ideal spot for a picnic or a leisurely stroll. There’s also an old church that was founded in 1702 and a recently restored 17th-century windmill.

If you are visiting Copenhagen on a budget, then this is a great way to explore a historical part of the city for free!

Windmill in Kastellet

Admire the beautiful architecture

One of the best free things you can do in any city is walk, and Copenhagen is no different. As you explore the many narrow cobblestone streets, you will be able to admire both old and new architecture. Copenhagen has suffered a lot of fires over its history resulting in the city being built and rebuilt time and time again, which gives you a real variety in the age of the buildings.

You might notice in certain parts of town that the corners of the buildings have been shaved off at 45-degree angles. This was because horses and carts would struggle to turn round sharp edges, so they rounded the corners off to make it easier for them, especially for the fire brigade, which was also a horse-drawn cart!  

Here are some of Copenhagen’s most impressive buildings not already mentioned in this guide. The City Hall is particularly eye-catching due to its modernist style. Constructed in 1905, it is a beacon in European civic design. Then there’s Rosenborg Castle, aptly named after a grand 17th-century residence owned by King Christian IV — it draws visitors in with its stunning details and enchanting gardens. In addition, there’s also Frederiksstaden, which pays homage to the city’s Baroque-era past with 12 former palaces that look like something out of a dream.

Exploring Copnehagen’s architecture is something I’d add to your 24-hour Copenhagen itinerary! And best of all, it is free!

A moody shot of Rosenborg castle. A walk through the garden is free, and the views are splending. The sky is storming and the foreground appear to be leaves on the ground. A bare tree as big as the castle sit to the side.
Rosenborg Castle

Step into nature at the Botanical Gardens

Exploring the Copenhagen Botanical Gardens is a real treat! Located on the city’s outskirts, it’s filled with exotic plants, trees, and flowers that will take your breath away. With over 13,000 different species of plants, some of which have been growing there since 1872, you’ll easily find something to amaze you. This beautiful garden offers lush greenery and plenty of space for relaxing and picnicking and provides an unforgettable educational experience about our planet’s biodiversity. While many of us take nature for granted, visiting these gardens helps us appreciate the beauty and fragility of the earth’s environment and its vital significance to humankind.

If you are looking to relax in Copenhagen, the Botanical Gardens are one of the best free things you can do while in the city. Moreover, they are within easy walking distance from the centre of the town.

A generic photo of a flower

Address: Gothersgade 128, 1123 København K

Opening Hours: 10 am to 5 pm, except Wednesday when it is open until 9pm. Please note the Botanical Gardens are closed on Mondays except during July and August when they open from 10 am to 5 pm.

Enjoy 360 views of the city from Christiansborg Tower

Located on the small island of Slotsholmen in central Copenhagen, Christiansborg Palace Tower is an impressive sight and one of the city’s must-see attractions. First built in 1745, it stands proudly at an astonishing 106 metres tall and provides a stunning bird’s eye view across the sprawling metropolis below! It has served as both a royal residence and a government building. It has even hosted coronations, so there’s plenty of history to explore.

The original castle was destroyed by fire twice but was rebuilt each time with steel support beams to fortify it from further harm. The royals moved to Amalienborg Palace in the early 1800s after the second fire and never returned. It now houses the Danish Parliament.

Today visitors can ascend this architectural wonder all year round and marvel at one of Europe’s most vibrant and lively cities from above. If you are visiting Copenhagen on a budget, then what better way to enjoy 360 views of the city for free? Definitely one to add to your 24-hour Copenhagen itinerary!

Incredible that there is a tower in the centre of Copenhagen that you can access for free! The view across the cancel and over the city is incredible
The view from Christianborg Tower

Address: Christiansborg Slotsplads, 1218 København

Opening Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 11 am to 9 pm; Sundays 11 am to 5:30 pm; Closed on Mondays

Visit one of Copenhagen’s free museums

There are several free museums in Copenhagen. Unfortunately, as I was only in Copenhagen for 24 hours, I didn’t have a chance to visit any of them, but if you have longer, then make sure you check out these museums.

National Museum

The National Museum is home to a wealth of Denmark’s cultural heritage and history and boasts over 10 million artifacts ranging from Viking relics to Danish ethnography and everything in between! Visitors have much to explore within this captivating museum. Spanning over 150 years of collections, you’ll find a plethora of exhibitions to cover all interests. Furthermore, the building itself is rather impressive too! It is situated in the remarkable Prince’s Palace, built in 1743. Visiting the Copenhagen National Museum will provide an unforgettable experience for anyone who appreciates our past and present culture.

Marble statues inside the National Museum in Copenhagen, one of the free museums in the city

Address: Prince’s Mansion, Ny Vestergade 10, 1471 København K

Opening Hours: 10 am to 5 pm daily, except Monday when it is closed

Geek out at the Royal Library

The Black Diamond, situated on the harbourfront of Copenhagen, is one of the city’s most impressive modern architectural attractions, where old and new blend together seamlessly. Not only is it a literary delight, but a photographer’s paradise too! The Royal Library is called the Black Diamond because of its highly reflective black facets that mirror the sky and sea. Inside, it houses a bookshop, restaurant, café, and concert hall, which combine traditional and modern design in an unprecedented way.

As you enter through the lobby and ascend to the first-floor reading rooms, you will be struck by the large incision that cleaves the building into two formations. This ‘cut’ allows natural light to pour into the spacious atrium, which links the old and new library buildings to each other while providing outstanding views of the harbour. The skylight roof also adds brightness to your visit inside this unique structure. It was designed with more than a thousand panes of glass to let in maximum sunlight!

Without a doubt the most impressive library I have ever seen!

A walk through the Royal Library gardens is free and beautiful! The building reflects back on the perfectly still pond
The Royal Library Gardens

Address: Black Diamond, Søren Kierkegaards Pl. 1, 1221 København K

Opening Hours: 8 am to 9 pm on weekdays; 9 am to 9 pm on Saturday; closed on Sundays

Rent a Green Kayak for Free!

Did you know that you can explore the waterways of Copenhagen for free when you rent one of their green kayaks? Explore the historic centre of Copenhagen and admire the incredible architecture as you navigate the twisted canals of the city from a kayak. Exploring the city from the water gives you an entirely new perspective.

Green Kayak is a non-profit initiative that started to reduce waste from around Copenhagen Harbour. So, you are also expected to collect some rubbish in exchange for renting a kayak for 2 hours. I love this initiative! Not only do you get to have some fun, but you also get to do something great for the environment.

Sadly I didn’t know about this when I was in Copenhagen, or else I would have added it to my list of free things to do while there! 

You can rent the kayaks from Børskaj 12, Copenhagen K. For more information on the scheme, visit Green Kayak’s website.

The beautiful Nyhavn harbour from a different perspective

Visiting Copenhagen on a budget?

Despite the belief that Copenhagen is expensive, there are surprisingly many budget activities to be done too. If you are planning on visiting lots of museums, gardens, and palaces, as well as doing tours and using public transport, it is worth buying the Copenhagen City Card. It will give you access to over 80 attractions and free transportation and airport transfers. The cost of the card is 439DKK which at the current conversion rate is £52.50. And if you are travelling with children under 11, they go free!  

Here are some of the budget-friendly activities you can do while in Copenhagen

Explore the city from the water with a canal tour

If picking up rubbish while kayaking doesn’t appeal, you can always enjoy the city sights from the water as part of a canal tour. You can enjoy several options, from SUPing with Kayak Republic to a much more leisurely canal cruise!

I was surprised by how affordable the canal cruise is! It’s only £13 a ticket and includes the Litte Mermaid, Christiansborg Palace, Amalienborg Palace, and the beautiful Nyhavn harbour. The tour lasts one hour and includes all the waterway highlights.

However, if your budget is really tight, but you are determined to see Copenhagen from the water without litter picking, then you can also opt for a ride on the harbour bus!

The harbour buses are fully electric ferries that zig-zag their way through the city, stopping at the major landmarks. Not only are they a very efficient public transport option, but they are cheap too! A ticket across the city only costs £2.90 (or free with the City Card). It is a great way to mingle with locals and a great budget option to see a big chunk of the city, even if only there for 24 hours!

Join a walking tour

Joining Politically Incorrect Tours was by far the best thing I did in Copenhagen! It is classed as a free walking tour since you choose how much you pay. However, you are expected to pay something, which is why I have included it in the budget section of this post.

The premise of the tour is a combination of a traditional sightseeing tour mixed with stand-up comedy. It was highly entertaining while still delivering important historical facts about the city in story format, which made it all more memorable and enjoyable. And our guide Troels was a great guy!

A word of warning though. As the name suggests, this is a politically incorrect tour, so if you are particularly sensitive to jokes about Germans, Swedes, or religion, you might want to think twice. However, if you have a good sense of humour, then look no further. If you are going to spend money on something, spend it on this tour!

One of the many beautiful buildings to admire as you walk through Copenhagen with it's round dome green roof

Visit the oldest amusement park in Europe: Tivoli Gardens

Tivoli Gardens is a magical amusement park located in the heart of the city. Unfortunately, it closes during the winter, so I did not experience it firsthand. However, I did meet up with a friend that had, and she could not have recommended it more highly.

This remarkable amusement park has been charming guests since 1843 with its classical rides and stunning attractions. Filled with vibrant colours, the park features towering roller coasters, gentle boat rides, thrilling wooden swings, and delightful gardens. In fact, their iconic roller coaster ‘Rutschebanen’ has been delighting guests since 1914!

After dark, thousands of twinkling lights create a beautiful romantic setting, while a nightly firework display ensures the perfect ending to a guaranteed fun outing!

Whether searching for thrills or just looking to soak up some whimsical atmosphere, Tivoli Gardens has something for everyone!

Address: Vesterbrogade 3, 1630 København V

Opening Hours: Closed between 25th September and 30th March. Otherwise open 11 am to 10 pm Sunday to Thursday and 11 am to midnight Fridays and Saturdays. The exception is between 23rd June and 13th August when the park is open 11 am to 11 pm Sunday to Thursday and 11 am to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

Visit the Rundetarn (Round Tower)

Copenhagen is renowned for its stunning edifices, none more so than the beloved Round Tower. Standing at just 36 metres, this famous landmark was first built in 1642 and has been a beacon to nearby wanderers ever since. It’s also an iconic city symbol, remaining one of its most significant attractions.

Instead of stairs, the tower was built with a 210-metre long spiral slope. Depending on whom you talk to though, the reason for the lack of stairs changes. Some say it was built so the King could be taken to the top in his horse and carriage, while others say he would ride his horse to the top. Either way, a stairless tower is a fabulous idea!

You can stroll around the spiral fortifications or even scale up the dizzying heights of the tower for an unforgettable view. And of course, every sightseer should also pay homage to the royal chapel at the top – it’s a breathtaking piece of architecture that even time can’t diminish! As far as iconic structures go, the Round Tower is certainly one not to miss!

If you bought the City Card, entry is free. Otherwise, entry is only 40 DKK (£4.80) for adults and 10 DKK (£1.20) for kids between the ages of 5 and 15. Another excellent budget activity to add to your Copenhagen itinerary!

The gentle slope within the tower not only made it easy for a horse to go up, but also for you to walk up

Address: Købmagergade 52A, 1150 København

Opening Hours: October to March 10 am to 6 pm every day, except Tuesday and Wednesdays when it is open from 10 am to 9 pm. Between April and September it is open 10 am to 10 pm daily.

Rent a bike and search for giants

You know me well enough by now to know I like nothing more than to escape city centres and explore nature. This is why the 31km bike loop in search of the six wooden giants through the suburbs of Copenhagen was perfect for me! And best of all, renting a bike in Copenhagen is very cheap!

I recommend using the Donkey Republic App. It is super easy to use and allows you to pay at the end, meaning you only pay for what you use and don’t have to guess how long you will need the bike for! All you have to do is download the app, find the nearest bike, scan it, and away you go! To give you an idea of pricing, 1 hour will cost you £4.28 (36DKK), while 12 hours will cost you £14.85 (125DKK). I’d expect the giants route to take you no more than 2 hours, even with plenty of photo breaks, in which case it will only cost £7.13 (60DKK).

So what is the route of giants?

Scattered around the lush greenery of Copenhagen suburbia, you will find tall, quirky-looking wooden sculptures dotting the landscape. These art pieces, made from recycled wood, were carefully chosen by artist Thomas Dambo for their scenic settings.

Thomas Dambo’s intention was to draw attention to conservation and sustainability and allow people to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and take a moment to admire his creations in peace. From the colorful Sisyphus in Tømmerup Forest Park; surrounded by nature in Birkerød Lake Park; up close with Nøkken near Hareskov Lake; or gazing out over Suburbia near Rude Skov Lake – all of these breathtaking sites offer incredible views that not many tourists get to see!

This is one of my favourite budget things to do in Copenhagen, and even if only here for 24 hours, I’d urge you to rent a bike and check them out!

Play a game or two at Bastard Café

Of course, I had to check it out based on the name… but if you’re looking for a unique way to spend your afternoon, look no further than Bastard Café. With over 3,800 board games in its library, this popular café in Copenhagen offers something for everyone!

And fear not, if you are new to board games, there are always friendly game gurus on hand to help you learn the rules and make sure you have a wonderful time. As for cheating… well, that will be between you and your friends!

Students get a 50% discount on drinks and snacks, so expect it to be busy! In fact, I recommend booking a table to avoid disappointment!

The monopoly boardgame

Address: Rådhusstræde 13, 1466 København Kv

Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday noon to midnight; Fridays noon to 2 am; Saturdays 10 am to 2 am; Sundays 10 am to midnight.

Is there such a thing as cheap food in Copenhagen?

Believe it or not, there is such a thing as cheap food in Copenhagen! You just have to know where to find it! If you are truly on a tight budget in Copenhagen, then the city is home to various discount and budget supermarkets. However, let’s be honest, who wants supermarket food when travelling? I certainly don’t, which is why the city’s thriving street food culture was perfect, as it delivers fantastic affordable meals that won’t break the bank. Whether grabbing a takeaway hot dog from a local cart or enjoying a traditional smørrebrød (open-faced sandwiches) at one of Copenhagen’s many eateries, you will be able to find good grub without having to spend all your savings!

Here are some of my favourite cheap eats in Copenhagen!

Start the day with a hearty bowl of porridge for breakfast at Grød

A yummy looking bowl of porridge with hazelnuts, blueberries and honey

One of the hottest food trends in Copenhagen right now is porridge. And Grød does porridge better than anyone else. I suppose that is to be expected. After all, Grød means porridge! They have several locations scattered around the city where you can experience porridge as you have never done before! We aren’t talking boring, sticky oatmeal here. No! Think of dishes such as spelt porridge with chestnut purée, apple, and toasted almonds or the signature oat porridge combined with apples, dulce de leche caramel, and toasted almonds!

Prices are very reasonable too – you can expect to pay around £5 (45 DKK) for breakfast and between £8 and £11 (70-90 DKK) for lunch or dinner.

Address: Multiple. Please check website.

Feast on seafood at Hooked

A delicious looking plate of sea food. Never known for being cheap but certainly a budget opportunity at Hooked

After journeying around Copenhagen’s food markets and festivals with their delectable food truck, the three entrepreneurs behind Hooked opened their own restaurant in the vibrant area of Nørrebro in 2017. This seafood joint is the ideal spot for a laid-back evening with friends, offering up lobster rolls, fish burgers, poke bowls, fish and chips, and other delicious dishes.

The inviting atmosphere of Hooked makes it a great place to relax and grab a bite or just hang out with friends – all while surrounded by interesting art pieces that line its walls. The founders’ mission is to provide quality yet affordable seafood for all budgets; plus, their generous portion sizes are sure to satisfy any appetite. So whether you’re looking for a casual bite or an evening out in Nørrebro, Hooked has everything you need!

Address: Multiple. Please check website.

Try some Ugandan food at UGood

A Ugandan rolex -  a great budget cheap eat

UGood is a charming small restaurant and takeaway located in the vibrant Nørrebro area of Copenhagen. This delightful eatery specializes in traditional Ugandan street food – particularly the popular Rolex wrap. Rolex is a popular dish in Uganda, consisting of a rolled-up chapati flatbread with various delicious fillings like omelet, crispy vegetables, chicken, and avocado. The dish gets its name from the combination of two words – “rolled eggs” – which is why it is usually served with an egg inside.

UGood was opened by Sylvester Bbaale in 2020. Born and raised in Uganda before moving to Denmark at a young age, Bbaale wanted to give fellow Danes the opportunity to sample some authentic Ugandan cuisine, which he has achieved magnificently through UGood’s menu. Every meal here is made with fresh ingredients that are full of flavour and love – creating truly unforgettable dishes that will have you coming back again and again! On top of that, UGood provides great value for money and excellent customer service.

Address: Jægersborggade 39, 2200 København

Enjoy the best burger in Copenhagen at Gasoline Grill

Two loaded burgers with some fries

If you’re looking for the best burger in Copenhagen, Gasoline Grill is your go-to spot. Located in the centre of the city, this former gas station has been converted into one of THE top burger joints in Copenhagen. Although it has a simple menu, this roadside grill has become a favorite amongst even the pickiest hamburger connoisseurs. In 2017, their burgers were even featured on Bloomberg’s list of the 27 best burgers worldwide – making them the sole representative from Northern Europe!

With so much recognition, it’s no surprise that there’s frequently a line at Gasoline Grill, but don’t let it scare you away; trust me when I say that they are always worth the wait! They are open from 11 am until they run out of burgers each day, and you will find Gasoline Burgers dotted around the city. You can see the list of locations here.

Nothing wrong with a hot dog!

Loaded hotdogs, another great budget option when in Copenhagen

The hot dog culture in Copenhagen is a strong part of the culinary landscape and has become an integral part of Danish identity. Hot dogs are served all over Denmark, including in Copenhagen, where they are particularly coveted.

These hot dogs come with a variety of toppings and condiments, from ketchup to curry sauce, remoulade, or pickled cucumber. The most popular topping is fried onions and either mustard or ketchup. There’s also the option for more unusual toppings like bananas and peanut butter, or mayonnaise with ketchup. Typically served on a bun, these hot dogs have become a beloved street food staple throughout the city.

Copenhagen’s hot dogs are available at almost any corner store, fast food place, market stand, or food truck across the city. It’s not just tourists who flock to these stands; locals enjoy the delicious snack regularly too. The price range is usually between 20-30 DKK (£2.30 -£3.50), making them the perfect option for budget travellers!

The most famous spot for hot dogs in Copenhagen is called “Lille Papirøen” or Little Paper Island – a small artificial island floating in central Copenhagen’s harbour where vendors have been setting up shop serving up their delicious creations daily since 1799! Here you can try an array of unique flavours that aren’t usually seen elsewhere around the city. One such concoction is the ‘hot dog bombs’! These consist of two hot dog sausages stuffed with bacon pieces, cheese cubes, and onion slices, which are then deep-fried! Unfortunately, I did not get a chance to try this one, so I can’t pass comment!

Where to stay if on a budget?

As you well know, my go-to choice is an Airbnb room within a shared house. However, I had no luck finding one I liked in Copenhagen, so I opted to stay in a hostel instead, something I haven’t done for over a decade! I stayed at the Generator Hostel, so my recommendation is based on my experience. On the other hand, the Next House Copenhagen Hostel was recommended to me by a friend whom I bumped into while in Copenhagen (as you do!).

A group of young men and women sit in a circle chatting and smiling in a hostel with bunk beds

Generator Hostel

Generator Hostel Copenhagen is a big busy hostel situated in the heart of Copenhagen, just 300 meters from King’s Square, one of the city’s best shopping areas. It also provides easy access to Nyhavn and is within easy walking distance of most key attractions.

Generator Hostel is a lively spot with a large bar that caters to locals and guests alike. They have DJs and Live bands, multiple TVs, pool tables, table football, and even board games. I was there during the Handball Word Semifinals, and the bar was bursting with people cheering their national team into the final (which, by the way, they then went on to win!). During the summer months, you can also enjoy the large terrace with its comfortable furniture and BBQ grill!

The hostel boasts 662 beds across a selection of private rooms and dormitories, ensuite bathrooms, and free WiFi. I stayed in a mixed dorm with eight beds which only cost me £20 a night. There was a lockable drawer for my belongings and storage for my bags after checkout. I definitely would happily stay here again if back in Copenhagen if I couldn’t find a suitable Airbnb.

Address: Adelgade 5, 7, 1304 København K

Next House Copenhagen Hostel

Located in the vibrant heart of Copenhagen, Next House Copenhagen offers a luxurious hostel experience that takes contemporary accommodations to the next level. Next House is apparently perfect for those seeking quality and comfort at budget prices. It is also ideally situated just a stone’s throw from Copenhagen Central Station, Tivoli Garden, and Copenhagen’s waterfront.

Every room boasts high-quality furnishings that are comfortable and stylishly designed, with modern art pieces adding to its urban elegance. In addition, each room offers stunning views of the city skyline, so no matter what time of day or night, you will always be able to appreciate your surroundings. With amenities such as free WiFi access, laundry facilities, bike rentals, and private rooms available upon request – a stay at Next House Copenhagen makes for an unforgettable experience! It sounds like I might have picked the wrong place!

Address: Bernstorffsgade 27, 1577 København

The real question though. Did I survive 24 hours in Copenhagen on less than £100?

Beautiful architecture in Copenhagen - one of the best free things to do in the city is just wander

The answer is yes! In fact, I only spent £95, so I donated the leftover £5 to Street Child, a charity that provides access to education to children in some of the most challenging countries around the world. You can read more about them here.

So how did I get by with only £95? Very well, it turns out. I had a wonderful time, and I don’t feel I missed out on anything! Choosing budget accommodation certainly helped, as two nights at the Generator Hostel only cost me £40. Filling my day by making the most of free activities also allowed me to pack lots in without needing to open my wallet. But best of all, I met lovely people with whom to spend my time, adding to my ever-growing community of kind souls around the globe.

So if you want to visit Copenhagen but are worried that it won’t fit within your budget, don’t! There is so much to explore and enjoy in this beautiful city, and it is possible to do it whatever your budget! So what are you waiting for? Start planning your Copenhagen trip now!

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