Published on March 1, 2011 | by Andrea Guerriero0
Visiting Copenhagen on a tight budget
The first free appointment in Copenhagen can only be a salute to the Little Mermaid, Den lille havfrue, erected in 1913 in honor of Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen. But many other attractions await tourists who have little money but do not want to miss a visit to this beautiful city.
As in all cities of the world, even in Copenhagen there are many attractions that can be visited free of charge. Among these:
– on the small Slotsholmen island, the Christiansborg Slot, the royal palace that houses the Folketing, the Danish Parliament. Near the Castle of Christiansborg there is also Christiansborg Slotkirke, a very ancient church.
– Assistens Kierkegård – Kapelvej 4 in the district of Nørrebro, is a mausoleum where famous Danish people are buried: the philosopher Kierkegaard, the physicist Bohr, the writer Andersen, and many artists.
– The Copenhagen Stock Exchange, is the oldest in Europe. You cannot access it, but it’s worth admiring the building from the outside, in Slotsholmen.
– The Botanical Garden of Copenhagen, accessible from Gothersgade, Oster Voldgade and Oster Farimagsgade, is a corner you cannot miss to visit, with scents and lovely lakes, where to spend some time to relax.
– A must is a walk around the legendary district of Christianshavn. The area of 85 hectares, a city within the city, is still home to several hippy communities, but it is mostly a very fashionable neighborhood with shops and trendy restaurants. Those who wish to be even more unconventional and less fashionable, should visit the area of Holmen.
– Often with free admission, but not always (check the days on the websites) are the Davids Samling Museum in Kronprinsessegade – with splendid collections of Islamic and Oriental art, as well as Danish, French and English art of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries – and the Den Hirschsprungske Samling, in Stockholmsgade, with works by artists such as Købke, Eckersberg, Krøyer, Anna and Michael Ancher and Funen.
– The Fælledparken, in the neighborhood of Østerbro, is the largest public park in Copenhagen, a place of recreation and fun, where football fans can play their games.
– All the Frederiksberg district is worth a visit. Here there are the main attractions of the city, (including those with fee): museums, the zoo, the brewery of Carlsberg, etc.. Another interesting area is that of Gammel Strand, which means ‘ancient beach’, on the Slotsholmens canal.
– you can enter the Carlsberg Glyptotek art museum for free on Wednesday and Sunday; it is one of the largest museums in Europe and hosts French Impressionist works by Rodin, Van Gogh, Manet, Monet and Renoir, collections and Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Etruscan antiques.
– The Tivoli gardens and park are one of the main attractions of the city. Here you can walk and visit the beautiful Luna Park, many areas for concerts and cultural events, stroll among ponds and fountains in a fairytale atmosphere.
– For shoppers, the main streets where you can admire the windows of the great designers is Strøget in the historical centre, an enclosed area between five ways: Østergade, Amagertorv, Vimmelskaftet, and Nygade Frederiksberggade.
Photo by Stig Nygaard