You’ve arrived in the Danish capital and can’t wait to get out and explore the city. From lovely architecture, to friendly locals, to good beer, to the loads of history this city offers, it can be tough to decide how to best tour Copenhagen.
This was our predicament when we arrived in the city, and it was exacerbated by the fact that we only had a day and a half on our hands to fit in all the sights. We chose to do two Copenhagen walking tours to do our best to see all we could and are so unbelievably happy with what we got to experience.
Copenhagen is a city that uniquely lends itself to excellent walking tours, and exploring the city on foot one really gets a sense of daily life there. On top of that, the walking tour we found was free! At the end of the tour you simply tip your guide whatever you feel is appropriate.
Without further ado, lets get into the details of our walking tours in Copenhagen.
Which Copenhagen Walking Tour To Choose?
When we started looking for walking tours we came across several options. We ended up choosing Copenhagen Free Walking Tours based on good reviews, and obviously the free part didn’t hurt either.
Like I mentioned, we went on two tours through them on each day we had in Copenhagen and had an absolute blast. Our guide, Daniel, was extremely personable and knowledgable. We learned so much and felt like we got a good taste of the city even though we were only there for a short period of time.
Copenhagen Free Walking Tours offers four different tours: Grand Tour of Copenhagen, Tour of Christianshavn, Classical Tour of Copenhagen, and the Pub Crawl. We went on the Grand Tour of Copenhagen and the Tour of Christianshavn. Here’s the details on those:
Copenhagen Walking Tour #1: Christianshavn & ChristianiaThe tour began from the Bishop Absalon statue and went through Christianshavn, one of the most historic neighborhoods of Copenhagen. The walk is just stunning. Beautiful architecture, vibrant colors, and an abundance of happy Danes on foot and on bicycles were constant. We learned quite a bit about the history of Denmark, like its wars with Sweden, many tragic fires, and its history with promoting women’s and gay rights.
The end of the official tour was at the edge of Christianshavn, but it continued unofficially through a very strange commune called Christiania. Basically the space that is now Christiania was formerly an abandoned military area. A group of people decided to squat there in the 1970s, and they claimed it as a sovereign territory. They’re most famous for okaying soft drugs, aka weed, although it is still technically illegal to sell and/or consume weed there as the state of Copenhagen claims authority over the town.
Christiania isn’t our kind of place, but it’s worth seeing. Overall, it seemed dirty and dilapidated, while the permeation of pot smoke was a little overwhelming. However, there were some beautiful, odd little things there–flowers, interesting structures, plenty of color and art.
Copenhagen Walking Tour #2: Grand Tour of CopenhagenThis tour was awesome! It began in front of Rådhuspladsen (Town Hall Square) and was packed with cool stuff!
The first major stop on the tour was Magstræde, the oldest street in Copenhagen. It may also be the most adorable street, as it is lined with brightly-colored, cozy buildings.
Next up was Christiansborg Palace –- the meeting place of the Danish parliament, and formerly the palace of the royal family. The grounds are also home to the royal stables and 20 beautiful dappled horses.
Continuing on we hit Amalienborg, the home of the Danish royal family, who are apparently quite the charming bunch and are adored by the Danish people. This palace is just lovely. Fun fact, every Danish king for the last couple hundred years is named either Christian or Frederick.
The last stop on our tour was Nyhavn, the picturesque harbor front you see in all the pictures of Copenhagen. It actually used to be a rather seedy part of town, but has been restored and revamped to the beautiful place it is today.
We had such a wonderful time in Copenhagen, and are so glad that we hoofed it around the city to take it all in. If anyone does decides to tour Copenhagen in other ways please feel free to drop us a line or write a comment on this article to share your experience!
P.S. — If you traverse Copenhagen on a walking tour and need to refuel afterwards, consider heading to PapirØen, an amazing indoor food truck place, to get an affordable meal.