Copenhagen is known for being a pricey destination. In fact, it’s the world’s eighth most expensive city to live in. For travelers, things like hotels, food, drink and attractions will put you back some krone, even in the off-season. However, don’t let this dissuade you from visiting. The historically charming city is also renowned for having one of the happiest, friendliest populations on the planet, and most tourists sing its praises. We’ve found a few things to see and do in the Danish capital that won’t cost you anything. Here are ten ideas for free fun in Copenhagen to help stretch your travel budget.
1. Freetown Christiania
Christiania is a self-proclaimed autonomous neighborhood within Copenhagen where a commune of about 1000 free thinkers live. Squatters took over some former military barracks back in the 1970s and have lived an alternative collective lifestyle here ever since (excluding a few years when the area was shut down). It has its own currency, its own flag and its own way of life. It used to have an open cannabis trade, but recent crack-downs have quelled that somewhat. Tourists are welcome to stroll through this colorful social/artistic/organic experiment, but keep your wits about you, as there is some crime in this cool yet gritty ghetto.