From the New Age Nordic dining and Danish design galleries to the majestic royal palaces, contemporary fashion and of course the famed crown jewels of Denmark, Copenhagen screams the rich culture and essence of the Scandinavians.
Copenhagen is one of the most liveable cities on Earth. It has a drive born out of the desire to be the cleanest, greenest, and the most sustainable of cities. Copenhagen, Denmark has gone through some extreme changes in the past years. Hence, it has made a switch from being a principally industrial city to one of exquisite urban design, style, and top-notch quality of living. You could get lost with the overwhelming choices of elegance, uncountable treasures, and small delightful details on offer in Copenhagen.
The only way to make the most out of Denmark’s vibrant capital is with the money-saving Copenhagen Card. This card allows you to access up to 87 different attractions and museums. It also gives free transport in the Copenhagen region; in other words, you see more and pay less.
What can you do with a Copenhagen Card?
Free admission up to 87 attractions in Copenhagen
The Copenhagen Card lets you visit world-class museums, go cruising along the charming canals and also explore the beautiful castles inside and outside of Copenhagen for free; one visit per attraction. It is the most affordable and convenient way to experience Copenhagen. For example, you can enter into Denmark’s National Museum for free. Built-in 1744 and once the home of the Danish Crown Prince Frederik V. It holds an extensive collection of Eastern and Danish classical antiquities such as the Trundholm Sun Chariot that dates back to the 1400BC, and the well-preserved remains of the Huldremose Woman dating back to the first century.
Also, with the Copenhagen Card, you can tour the Palace of Amalienborg for free. Considered to be one of the greatest works of Danish Rococco architecture, the palace is made of four identical buildings. Today, they’re the official residences of the Danish royal family. However, for a better look into the lives of Danish royalty, visit the Amalienborg Museum; also free with the Copenhagen Card. Don’t miss the changing of the Royal Guard every day at noon!
Another popularity the Copenhagen Card offers free entry into is the Round Tower. Normal pricing is 25DKK per person. However, with the Copenhagen Card, tourists can enter the tower for FREE. Built-in the 17th century, the round tower is the oldest functioning observatory in Europe.
The spiral path measures about 200 meters in length and leads to the top. Also, follow the Øresund Bridge that connects Copenhagen, Denmark with Malmö, Sweden via an underwater tunnel and bridge. Enter into the tower and visit the library hall where the entire book collection of the university was once stored. Enjoy the spectacular views of Copenhagen overseeing the narrow streets, seaside, and main sights.
Travel Around With Free Public Transport
The Copenhagen Card in your hand gives you a worry-less experience for ticket prices and time zones, as you get unlimited travel on the metro, buses, trains, and harbor freight throughout the entire capital region, inclusive of a trip to and from the airport.
The Copenhagen Card works on public transport differently. Also, for bus rides, just show it to the driver when entering the bus. However, for the metro and trains, there is no permanent staff at the stations, so you won’t have to show anything. However, “Ticket-checkers” frequent the metro and trains, so you may have to show your card at any given time.
Ideal for budget friendly-travelers
The critical factor for any trip is to save money; we don’t want to travel and come back bankrupt or in debt. The ideal solution is to get the Copenhagen Card to help make the most out of your trip in the most affordable way. With the Copenhagen Card, you can save money while having fun. For example, you can save on entry fees and stores at amusement parks. These include Trivoli Gardens and the Canal Tour from Ved Stranden.
Entrance into the Tivoli Gardens is included in the Copenhagen Card. However, every attraction inside costs money. But, it is worth the price because the entrance fee costs 130DKK – 200DKK. Tivoli Gardens is a beehive of activities and a sight that brings people coming in time and time again. Filled with rollercoaster rides and carousels, it is an unforgettable place to be in.
Tivoli Gardens is the world’s second-oldest theme park and a delightful arena for the kids, giving them the time of their lives. Having the Copenhagen Card allows you to save money and have fun around the amusement park.
The Canal Tours and cruises are something not to be missed as tourists get to see different sights of Copenhagen. When tourists have a Copenhagen Card, they are able to save money while on the cruises and boat tours as some tours are free.
Also, tourists should keep in mind that all boat tours last for one hour. During the tour, the tour guide will give an explanation of all the city’s sights. However, take note that all Copenhagen Cardholders must depart from Ved Stranden and not other canal openings.
Enjoy further shopping and dining discounts with the Copenhagen Card
With the Copenhagen Card in hand, you have access to discounts for bars, lunch or dinner at restaurants, and sightseeing tours by foot or bike. For example, Nyhaven has classy restaurants and cozy cafe on both sides of the canal that gives off a relaxed atmosphere of serenity, food, and music.
Known as New Harbor in English, the old harbor of Copenhagen is a historic waterfront area situated next to a 17th-century canal where old wooden ships are still moored. Here, there are many restaurants and cafes that offer excellent discounts to visitors with the card. Discounts can range from 10% to 20%, which are great deals for the delectable food.
Also, one of the best places to get amazing discounts is Strøget Street. It is one of the longest pedestrian streets in Europe populated with shops. The 1.1 km long Strøget Street is home to the most prominent international brands in the world from Hermès, Prada, Boss, Louis Vuitton, and more. This pedestrian street runs on and on, so whether you’re up for high-street or high-end shopping, then chances are you’ll find what you’re looking for.
Travel at ease with Copenhagen Card – Guidebook and app
Copenhagen Card comes with an app and guidebook that gives you insight into the best sightseeing opportunities in the city, providing you brief descriptions and useful information on the well and lesser-known attractions: museum locations, directions, and contact details.
Great Experiences Kids Will Never Forget
The Copenhagen Card covers the admission fee on many attractions for kids, including The National Aquarium, Copenhagen Zoo, Tivoli, and many more! Each adult card allows you to bring along two children under the age of 10 for free.
There are many exciting things to do with the Copenhagen Card.
So, how does it work?
The first step – Buy card
You have the option of choosing and buying the type of card that best suits your trip to Copenhagen. It is available in 4 categories: 24, 48, 72, or 120-hour card for both adults and children. However, there’s a catch. Children ages 0-9 can go free accompanied by an adult with a Copenhagen Card. On the other hand, children aged 10-15 would need a child’s card.
The prices are:
24 hours: Adult 389kr and Children 199kr
48 hours: Adult 549kr and Children 279kr
72 hours: Adult 659kr and Children 329kr
120 hours: Adult 889kr and Children 449kr
The second step – Collect card
You can have the cards sent to your home address, or you can bring your PDF voucher with you to Copenhagen in a printed version or on your smartphone and redeem it instantly at the information desk in Copenhagen Airport.
The third step – Validate card
Write the start date and time on the card when you start using it. Show your card at each attraction center and upon request, by the transport authorities.
The fourth step – Enjoy!!!
Enjoy your stay in Copenhagen!
Also, here are some honorable mentions that shouldn’t be missed while you’re in running free in Copenhagen.
Little Mermaid Statue
Inspired by the eponymous fairytale by author Hans Christian Andersen and created by sculptor Edvard Eriksen in 1913 as a tribute – the little mermaid is undoubtedly the most famous landmark in the city of Copenhagen.
Getting close to the statue, one cannot help but notice how small it is. The figure is made of granite and bronze and celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2013. Just as the little mermaid fell in love with a young prince on land, you will also fall in love with her on the rocks – I did.
Christiansborg Palace With A Touch Of Danish Cuisine
Christiansborg Palace the present residence for the Danish Parliament, Supreme Court, and the Prime Minister’s office was once home to the Danish monarchs before a great fire in 1794 caused them to vacate the premises.
Access to the 106-meter tall tower of the Palace is free, and you can enjoy great views on the city’s rooftops. Also, you can visit the Royal stables at the Palace, the ruins of Copenhagen’s Castle, the riding school, as well as the little court theater built in 1767 and renovated in 1842
The tower restaurant gives you a chance to taste real Danish cuisine, especially the Smørrebrød, which means “butter and bread.” But, it entails more than that, it’s cheese, cold-cuts, egg, fish, and seafood, topped off with seasoning and garnishes.
It is also the ground zero for the new Nordic cuisine with Noma on Strandgade at the forefront.
Church Of Our Savior
It has been formerly argued but right now it is official that the Church of our Savior has the best view in all of Copenhagen, and has been voted as such by the people of Copenhagen.
Built-in the mid-1700s in an elaborate structure, it’s unusual spire sticks out like a sore thumb, and it is noticeable from a distance.
It also has a dark tower that is wrapped by a ride of gold that spirals its way to the very top. Handrail for the stairway and will the aid of 400 steps the climb to the viewing platform is fantastic, and not for those who suffer from vertigo.
From this fantastic view, you can see the ships entering the harbor, and if you can keep it together, you’ll get the glorious vistas of Copenhagen as your prize for enduring to the end.
Copenhagen is for all seasons of people, a one size fits all, offering itself as a literal playground with the world’s oldest amusement parks for the young and young at heart; trendiest shops for the shopping fanatics, nightspots everywhere for the youthful, and culture and history on display at the historic palaces and museums for the treasure hunters. We best not forget the food scene in Copenhagen, which is making international waves. It’s a heavenly banquet for the foodies.
All these add up to the most dynamic, beautiful, progressive, and fun destination in Denmark. There are so many places to visit and explore, tourists always return to this amazing city to see its changes, and enjoy all it continues to offer. Also, don’t forget, the Copenhagen Card can be saved a souvenir too!