So you think you know Copenhagen?

So you think you know Copenhagen?

Fab freebies

Climb up Copenhagen’s tallest tower (106m) – for free. Christiansborg, also known as Borgen, was once the home of the royal family but now houses the Danish parliament. There may be a queue as there’s limited space at the top, but the views of the city are worth it. After the climb, visit the restaurant on the way down, known for its traditional Danish cakes and pastries. Find it in the city centre on the islet of Slotsholmen.
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Enjoy a free two-and-a-half-hour guided tour of the city, daily at 11am, starting at the dragon fountain on Town Hall Square. The volunteer-led walking tours will teach you about the city’s history, including the Nazi occupation and resistance.
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For a free day out that the grandchildren will love, visit Brede Works, a former clothing-factory-turned-industrial museum. Pick up an Active Ticket and you’ll be able to get hands on with the exhibits and register the results of games played along the way. Work with your family to produce goods on the assembly line and meet a virtual guide who will tell you about factory life. Tues-Sun, 10am-4pm.
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Small spends

Getting around the city without spending too much is easy, as it’s one of the world’s most cycle-friendly destinations. For an extra feel-good factor, hire a bike from Baisikeli, which is a secondhand bicycle shop which donates its profits to African countries, and ships used bikes to Tanzania, Sierra Leone and Ghana. Baisikeli is open all week, from 10am-6pm. One day’s rental costs from 80DKK (£8), which will work out much cheaper than using the Metro all day. Find it on Ingerslevsgade 80.
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For cheap eats, head to Copenhagen Street Food on Paper Island – a market of  food trucks selling all sorts of tempting treats, including traditional Danish dishes. All of the food is made from scratch and the emphasis is on sustainability. You can find a good meal for around 50DKK (£5).
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Get some fresh air with a visit to the historical Botanical Gardens. Covering almost 25 acres and home to three genebanks and more than 13,000 species, the free gardens were established way back in 1600. Make sure to visit the 27 glasshouses, especially the 1874 Palm House which is 16m tall and has cast-iron spiral stairs. Opening times vary depending on time of year.
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Pick up a Copenhagen Card to gain free admission to 74 museums and attractions, free public transport by bus, train and Metro, plus discounts on restaurants and various sights. Prices vary and start from 359DKK (£35) adults, 189DKK (£18) children, for 24 hours’ use. It’s a good way to pack in several big attractions over one day or weekend, including the Tivoli Gardens, the Modern Art Museum and the Natural History Museum. You can order a Copenhagen Card online before you go and pick it up once you arrive, or alternatively buy one at the Copenhagen Visitor Centre.
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Bigger budgets

With all those savings you’ve made, it’s time for a treat and there’s nothing more special than a trip to Tivoli Gardens. This historic amusement park was built in 1843 and boasts a mixture of nostalgic or thrill-packed rides, lush gardens and even a wooden rollercoaster from 1914. Famous visitors have included Hans Christian Andersen and Walt Disney. If you can, stay until nightfall when thousands of coloured lights add to the fairytale atmosphere. Tickets cost 99DKK (£10) although children under 8 go free. Opening times vary depending on time of year.
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