One overwhelming theme ran through advice about Copenhagen from everyone I talked to. Everyone said that Copenhagen was wonderful but too expensive. Because of this, I had very unrealistic expectations of the cost of everything - I thought everything would be so exorbitantly priced! In my opinion this is not completely true. There are a lot of free and cheap things to do in Copenhagen that make visiting not as expensive as I was led to believe. Check out a few of these options!
1) Visit the Botanical Garden. You know I love a good botanical garden
2) Walk around Nyhavn. Nyhavn is what you see in postcards from Copenhagen and is probably the most photographed area in the city. It is completely beautiful, though and shouldn't be skipped because of this.
3) Visit the Denmark National Museum. I love to visit museums and was pleased to be able to visit the National Museum for free. The interior of the museum was really cool and a man was working on this sand painting (below). I really enjoyed the exhibits on Danish history and culture.
4) See the Little Mermaid. The Little Mermaid is totally touristy, yet most people that I've talked to said it is a cool statue. We skipped the Little Mermaid statue in favor of exploring our AirBnB neighborhood instead.
5) Visit the Royal Gardens. The Royal Gardens (King's Garden) is a gorgeous park that was designed by King Christian IV about 400 years ago. You can find these gardens at the Rosenborg Castle.
6) Go Window Shopping in Sroget. I went window shopping in Sroget (walking streets) several times. One evening, while trying to find dinner, J and I kept getting stuck in windy Sroget - we eventually made it out though!
7) Enter the Old Stock Exchange. I did not enter the Old Stock exchange, but if I knew it was a possibility I would have. I absolutely love the Dragon Spire at the top of the building.
8) Check out the Gorgeous Our Saviors Church. The twisty tower of Our Saviors Church allows you to see it from all over Copenhagen. Get up close and visit the interior of the church and the church grounds for free. You must pay to go up the twisty tower, though.
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I'm celebrating with some expat friends here in Vilnius. How are you celebrating the holiday?
What else can you do for free in Copenhagen?