Sightseeing on the cheap in Denmark

Free sightseeing Denmark
Many of Denmark’s big attractions are accessible all year round and usually free of charge, for example churches, statues, ancient monuments and historical ruins. Many castles and manor houses offer free entry to the adjacent gardens and grounds. Read on to find out more ideas for free sightseeing in Denmark.

Free museums in Denmark

All national museums in Denmark are free to enter for under 18s. Adults have free entry to the National Gallery of Denmark (permanent collections), the National Museum of Denmark, the Open Air Museum, the Danish Music Museum and the Post and Telegraph Museum, all in Copenhagen. Other national institutions have special free-for-adults days. They include:

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen (Sundays)
Royal Arsenal Museum, Copenhagen (Wednesdays)
The Hirschsprung Collection, Copenhagen (Wednesdays)
Danish Museum of Hunting and Forestry, Hørsholm (Wednesdays)
Royal Danish Naval Museum, Copenhagen (Wednesdays)
Thorvaldsen Museum, Copenhagen (Wednesdays)
Danish Architecture Centre, Copenhagen (Wednesdays, 5pm to 9pm)
Museum of Copenhagen, Copenhagen (Fridays)

Free guides

If you are visiting Ebeltoft, Odense or Ribe you can join one of the town crier’s walks and get a free introduction to the history of the city. In Copenhagen in summer, you can join a New Copenhagen Tours guided walk in the city. The guides are volunteers and you decide how much you think they should get paid. Another option is to join one of the Museum of Copenhagen’s free city walks, which take place every Sunday from May until September.

In several major cities you can also pick up free podcasts and podwalks for your smartphones and let them guide you through the town. Search the web or contact the local tourist office to see if they offer that service. Danish Architecture Centre, for example, has made a series of interesting podwalks that you can download from their website.

Other free sightseeing ideas

Galleries and craftsmen also open to the public without charge, but many are only open in the summer months. If you are interested in architecture Denmark offers plenty of free experiences, and in recent years many new and interesting buildings have been erected throughout the country, in addition to the classic architecture to be found everywhere.

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DIY: Copenhagen tour

Buy a two-zone ticket and jump on bus 11 or the harbour bus in Copenhagen. Both lines pass by several major landmarks and districts, so you can take your own non-guided tour.

 

Discount sightseeing cards

In cities like Copenhagen and Aarhus, you can buy discount sightseeing cards, which offer free access to attractions and transport. Read more about discount sightseeing cards.