Free summer fun in Copenhagen
There are lots of things to do and see in Copenhagen in summer without spending a single krone. From dancing, exercise and jogging to jazz, movies, guided tours and museum visits - all more or less free.
What to do in glorious weather:
Summer dancing in Fælledparken
Want to learn swing, salsa, tango, kizomba, folk dancing , Bollywood, afrobeat or dancehall? Join one of the free dance classes for beginners in Fælledparken on Mondays to Thursdays from 19.00-20.00, which is followed by free dancing in any style to DJ music from 20.00-22.00.
20 June - 24 July 2016
You'll find the dancing in Fælledparken at the junction of Edel Sauntes Allé and Øster Allé.
Park Run at Amager Fælled
Every Saturday morning, you can take part in a free 5-kilometer run with timekeeping in Amager Fælled nature reserve. You can run entirely at your own pace and afterwards enjoy a coffee with the other runners at nearby Tobi’s Café. To take part, simply register no later than the day before you do your first run.
Copenhagen Jazz festival
Stellar stars like Ben Webster and Dexter Gordon settled in the Danish capital, and to this day Copenhagen is a jazz city. The Copenhagen Jazz Festival celebrates music with plenty of big names on the bill and over 1,000 concerts over 10 days. Many are held outdoors in avenues, squares and parks around the city and can be enjoyed free.
1 - 10 July 2016
Get fit and sweaty in Fælledparken
Come to free outdoor exercise sessions with not for profit sports club Friskis & Svettis in Fælledparken. They offer simple, fun and effective strength, conditioning and agility exercises to great music where everyone is welcome.
Summer keep fit, 1 June -29 July
Free guided city tours
You can discover more about Copenhagen with the daily Copenhagen Free Walking Tour. Simply make your way to the front steps of Copenhagen City Hall at 10.00, 11.00 or 15.00, to join the Grand Tour of the medieval city, Nyhavn, Amalienborg Castle and Christiansborg. If you want to learn more about renaissance Copenhagen, join the Classical Tour at noon at Højbro Plads by Absalon Statuen, and if you want a guided tour of Christianshavn and Christiania, meet at the same place at 16.00. All tours are in English.
If it’s hot and the beach a distant mirage. Fortunately, there are places in Copenhagen where you can enjoy a sea water swim. Copenhagen Harbour Baths is a system of recreational bathing facilities along the waterfront at Islands Brygge, Sluseholmen and Fisketorvet. The water is clean and accessible with various pools with different depths and diving boards. The urban alternative to beaches.
If the weather outside is iffy, head indoors. It’s always free.
Movies in Cinemateket
In addition to a movie theater, Det Danske Filminstitut/Cinemateket houses Restaurant Sult and a small movie store and Videoteket, where you can choose from 6,000 different short films and documentaries to watch on your own screen there. The films are categorized, so it’s easy to find something you’d like to watch.
Det Danske Filminstituts Bibliotek, Gothersgade 55, 1.
Christiansborg Palace and Tower
Until just a few years ago, the upper floors of Christianborg were a real mix of rooms but the 106 meter tower is now open to the public and offers stunning views across the rooftops and spires of Copenhagen - almost free. If you want to explore Denmark's corridors of powers, there are four tours a day on Mondays to Fridays in school holiday periods. You must book however.
Read daily newspapers and the latest magazines.
If you need to dodge a shower and wait for the sun to come out again, you can spend time in the Central Library (Hovedbiblioteket) on Krystalgade. There you can read newspapers, magazines and all sorts of periodicals free.
Københavns Hovedbibliotek, Krystalgade 15
Free museum visits
From 1 July 2016, many museums in Copenhagen will charge an entrance fee, which used to be free. However, most museums here are continuing to offer free entrance one day a week, so if you play your cards right, you can gain free entry to Glyptoteket (Tuesdays), Den Hirschsprungske Samling (Wednesdays), Thorvaldsens museum (Wednesdays) and many other places.
For a full, updated list, go to visitcopenhagen.dk
Free for children
Let’s Play – is an exhibition about the city as a sports and play area at the Dansk Arkitektur Center and about all the new kinds of street exercises in the city. The exhibition is a big play area in itself and is free for under 18s. In the adjacent area outside, children and adults can let their imaginations run wild and try all manner of new street sports – absolutely free.
June 23 - October 2
Dansk Arkitektur Center, Strandgade 27B
The Children's Museum (Børnenes Museum) at the National Museum (Nationalmuseet)
Nationalmuseet has a fantastic department for children, where they can play their way back in time. There is an old fashioned school classroom, Pakistani store, dressing up clothes, a play viking ship and much more. At the rest of the museum you can find objects of cultural historic interest from all round the world; from gold horns to Russian icons, Greenland kayaks and African masks.
Prinsens Palæ, Ny Vestergade 10
Hop, jump and crawl your way to the top of the tower
There are four play areas in Fælledparken that are easy to find. At the end along Serritslevvej, there's a large play belt with sand pit, balance bench, swings, trampolines and playing fields. Otherwise, you can let off steam at the prizewinning Tårnlegeplads, where you can play on slides, swings and climb the famous city towers such as Vor Frelser Kirke, Rådhustårnet, Rundetårn, Marmorkirken and Børstårnet. Bring swimwear of a change of clothes to vandlegepladsen (water play area) or try Trafiklegepladsen, where you can ride a go-cart free or bring your own bike and learn how to navigate traffic in a mini city with traffic lights, road works, roundabouts etc.
Fælledparken, Edel Sauntes Allé
At the hippest end of Nørrebroparken, you'll find this amazing playground with table tennis, bike and scooter track, playing field, playship and plane wreck, sand pits, slides and swings for young and not so young children. There's even a BBQ area and paddling pool and the playground is staffed during daytime hours who organize various outdoor – and indoor activities. If you're lucky, the coffee guy will also come by with his trolley.
Puppet theater at Kongens Have
Marionetteatret has free puppet theater productions all summer at 14.00 and 15.00 in beautiful Rosenborg castle park. The shows are suitable for children aged 2 and older – and are played in a legendary, wordless style, so they will appeal to all children, whatever language they speak. Each performance lasts about 25 minutes and the audience sits on outdoor benches.
Daily (except Mondays).
Marionetteatret i Kongens have, Kronprinsessegade 21.
City Farm Bondegårdslegepladsen ”Bonderen”
Zoos are fun, but here you can play at minding animals. Bondegårdslegepladsen has farmyard animals such as horses, goats, rabbits, hens, miniature pigs and cows. You can stroke and pet and help feed the animals, and take a horse-drawn carriage ride and ride a pony. The playground has moon buggies, bikes, swings, playhouse and sand pit, and a cozy play cabin inside. You can also buy coffee and hot chocolate for just 3 Danish kroner.
Peder Lykkesvej 71-73, Amager
Text: Lise Hannibal
Published: October 11, 2017