Copenhagen is one of the coolest cities in Scandinavia. Perfect for backpackers looking for a new destination to explore on a budget holiday. You will arrive in a designer modern city with a 1000 year old history.
As new art galleries and restaurants pop up all over the city, the Danish capital is an effortlessly cool place to explore on vacation. Most of Copenhagen’s major attractions are within walking distance of each other. Making it a perfect city break for backpackers wanting to explore on foot or bicycle. The cobbled streets are dotted with twisting church spires, modern Scandinavian buildings and quaint fishing vistas with picturesque sea views.
Denmark has an expensive reputation, but a city break to Copenhagen doesn’t have to be costly experience. You can save big money staying in a designer hostel or budget hotel. Book your holiday here and explore Scandinavia’s coolest city without breaking the bank.
What to see and do in Copenhagen on a budget
1) Tivoli Gardens
Denmark’s most famous amusement park is over 150 years old and was a favourite haunt of writer Hans Christian Andersen and Walt Disney. Tivoli Gardens is glorious fun for travellers of all ages. Check out the nostalgic wooden Roller Coaster from 1914 or fly in the sky on Vertigo (see above), which was voted Europe’s Best Ride in 2014. You certainly won’t get bored exploring this Copenhagen pleasure garden!
2) Designmuseum Danmark
Boasting a stunning collection of decorative furniture, household items and 20th-century Danish designer objects, Designmuseum Danmark is the perfect place to explore on a rainy afternoon.
3) Cycling Tour of Copenhagen
Copenhagen is one of the best cities in the world to go cycling. Europe’s hottest ‘Bike City’ is designed specifically for cyclists to get around. Experience the city like a local and check out Copenhagen’s top attractions and get exercise at the same time. Public cycling tours can be arranged and booked at most good hostels.
4) Christiansborg Palace
Pay a visit to Denmark’s royal palace and explore the fairytale magic of this historic complex. Situated on Slotsholmen island, the Palace contains the Danish Parliament Folketinget, the Supreme Court, and the Ministry of State. Essential viewing if you want to understand the history of Denmark, Christiansborg Palace is a must see on any trip to Copenhagen.
5) Nyhavn Canal
Nyhavn is the most beautiful part of Copenhagen and is the perfect place to have a beer after a long day sightseeing. Famous for its charming ambiance and the former home of Hans Christian Andersen, who wrote fairy-tales ‘the Tinder-Box’, ‘Little Claus and Big Claus’, and ‘the Princess and the Pea’ in number 20.
Where to stay in Copenhagen
- Urban House is a boutique hostel situated in the heart of Copenhagen. Only a few minutes walk from nearby Copenhagen Central station (Københavns Hovedbanegård), there is free Wi-Fi throughout the building and their rooms and dorms are exceptionally well designed. Perfect if you want to meet international travellers and enjoy home comforts at the same time. Rooms are available from €33.59.
- Generator Copenhagen is a stylish boutique hostel situated just off Kongens Nytorv, the largest square in the city. Undeniably cool and perfect for flashbackers wanting to stay in a ‘poshtel’, Generator Copenhagen offers backpackers a modern luxury experience. Rooms are available from €37.27.
- Sleep In Heaven is perfect for low cost travellers and backpackers wanting to save on their accommodation in Copenhagen. Situated in the hipster student district of Nørrebro, the hostel is close to green parks and surrounded by the cool bars and clubs. Rooms are available from €22.61.