A weekend in Copenhagen on foot 

Copenhagen Denmark

Copenhagen is just perfect for a longer weekend! Why? Well, it is really expensive to stay there for longer. BUT! It is a beautiful city with lots of cute corners and interesting things to do and to see. If you are around and have the chance of visiting Copenhagen, do it — you’ll love the views, colors and relaxed atmosphere. This is kind of city, where you feel comfortable and can easily find your way around just after a couple of hours being there. What I loved there is that most of the things you can actually do or see are for free! 

I spent a weekend in the end of September in Copenhagen and we walked everywhere on foot. It was relaxing and exciting at the same time! Famous Tivoli, the Little Mermaid, Danish hot-dogs… What else is there in Copenhagen? I offer you my own list of things to do and to see in Copenhagen, when you want to walk in the city. Why to walk? It's healthy and you see more :)

1. Colorful and cozy Nyhavn

Nyhavn, one of the main sightseeing streets in Copenhagen

If you’ve ever googled “Copenhagen”, you definitely have seen this view! Colorful houses, boats, cute small cafes and people enjoying the city… This is Nyhavn, or New Harbor, a beautiful, historical street in Copenhagen. It is great for taking pictures, taking a walk, having a drink or breakfast in one of the charming cafes along water. During warm times of the year it is great to sit outside, enjoy the sun and watch tourists and locals passing by. 

2. Christiania, freetown in the heart of Copenhagen

Christianina, Freetown in Copenhagen

Have you already heard about Christiania? It’s got quite famous in the past couple of years. I first wrote a long text about it and then read it back myself and got so bored, you can't even imagine! So, long story short: Christiania was an occupied territory since the seventies that caused a lot of problems to Danish government, especially because of the drug dealing and consumption there. It was closed down by residents, but nowadays it is open for visitors again.

I have very mixed impressions about this place. People bought this land and still live there, having their own democracy. You can still smell cannabis everywhere when you go through. Is this place just about smoking weed? Many say so. However, I do recommend you to read more about them on their website and, of course, go there to build your own opinion. By the way, no pictures inside the area.

3. Amalienborg and changing of the guards

Change of the guards in Copenhagen, Danish military

Completely the opposite of Christiania — the residence of the royal family Amalienborg and the daily military performance — changing of the guards. A traditional ritual and entertainment for tourists. If you are around the square with four almost identical palaces at 12:00 o’clock, stay to watch the ceremony. If the Danish queen is at home, the event is going to be big and with music. If she is out of the palace, it’s going to be a humble, more symbolic ceremony that still attracts quite a lot of people.

Did you know that the statue of King Frederik V in the middle of the square was built by one of the most trendy artist of the time? He was from France and his main condition for accepting the job was that his whole family would live with him in Denmark. Of course, he wanted to be paid accordingly. In the end the construction of the statue was way more expensive than all four palaces together! That sounds pretty crazy, doesn’t it?

4. Gardens and fountain behind Amalienborg…


.... or in front of the Copenhagen Opera House. Two symmetrical gardens and a fountain in between. They are located just next to water and you can see the modern building of Opera House from there. Nice place to relax next to water and enjoy the quietness of the gardens.

5. Park Tivoli and its gardens, of course!

Park Tivoli in Copenhagen

Tivoli is an amusement park in the very heart of Copenhagen and is located just next to the main train station. Maybe because it is more famous among tourists and it’s impossible not to notice it, when visiting Copenhagen, It is often considered an oldest amusement park in the world. I was surprised to find out that it is, in fact, wrong! The oldest amusement park in the world was founded almost 300 years before Tivoli and is also located in Denmark, just 10 minutes away from Copenhagen.

The oldest park in the world or not, Tivoli is a great entertainment and probably a highlight for many tourists and also locals in Copenhagen. I’ve seen there three or even four generations of family members having amazing time together.

What to do there? Ride roller coasters, see performances, eat, take a walk, play slot machines or have a drink. Unlike Disneyland, the entrance fee to Tivoli does not include the rides, so if for some reason you don’t want to take them, you don’t have to pay for the them. However, if you are there for the roller coasters, I highly recommend you to buy a daily pass. It is ten times more expensive as a single ticket, but for some of the rides you’ll need to have up to three of them.

Hint: Tivoli is not opened all year round. Make sure to check the Tivoli opening hours and seasons before buying your tickets online.

6. Walk in Rosenborg Palace Garden... and use free Wi-Fi!

Rosenborg in Copenhagen

Ok, free Wi-Fi is not the main reason to go there, really. It is an amazing park with a beautiful palace in the middle, and a great bonus that comes in a form of free Internet :) I know, we are all social media addicts. At least I am for sure! So it was great to enjoy the park, take some pictures of the Rosenborg Palace, have a sit in front of it and post these pictures on my Instagram.

7. Visit The Little Mermaid and Kastellet 

The Little Mermaid in Copenhagen

A small statue of a mermaid sitting on the rock in the sea has become a symbol of Copenhagen for many. Her gentle features and sad face, sound of waves and city somewhere far on the background fill you up with some kind of sweet melancholy… However, it’s hard to find the place quiet at day time. So many people come to see The Little Mermaid in tourist buses. Probably early morning hours could be great to enjoy her company in solitude.

There are different ways how to get to The Little Mermaid from the city — along the coast or through Kastellet, an old fortress in a form of a star. It is a very nice place to walk. Even military buildings are cute in Denmark! Just have a look:

8. Coffe or breakfast at Paludan Bogcafe

Paludan Bogcafe

Copenhagen is a relaxed and very cozy city. It has a lot of great cafes and restaurants with amazing atmosphere, but the place I want to tell you about is a stand-out for me. Paludan Bogcafe was shown to me by a friend who lives at the moment in Copenhagen. It combines tasty meals, great hot and cold drinks, cozy atmosphere, location and great prices! The cafe is located just next to the university library and looks like a library itself. From the outside it looks rather small, but when you go in, there are various rooms and corners where you can just make yourself comfortable with a hot beverage, a book, your laptop or friends.

I really loved Paludan Bogcafe and recommend this place to you — great quality with fair prices. Oh, and check out this Facebook page to get yourself in the mood :)

I had a connection to Denmark ever since! I have a great Danish friend, who lives and has a company in Russia (no jokes!), since three years I have been living just two hours away from the Danish border, I almost got married in Denmark (true story, will tell it to you next time) and I have never ever been there till the weekend in Copenhagen. I really liked the city, its relaxed atmosphere and the enjoyable sightseeings it has. I had an impression that Copenhagen is an awesome city for living, but also great for a visit during a longer weekend. Have you been there, or just planning to go? Let me know!

About the author

Hi, I am Maria, blogger and founder of Globalmary.com.

I was born and grew up in Russia, studied in Sweden and now live in Hamburg, my most favorite city in Germany. I travel a lot and write about places I've been to. I share my best travel tips and experience about what it means to live a global life!


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