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Copenhagen for free

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Copenhagen for free
Beloved children's book author Hans Christian Andersen was inspired by the city of Copenhagen -- and he left his mark on his adopted city and its inhabitants. See a statue of him and one of his most famous characters. Let your imagination run free at these free attractions.
Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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National Museum
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National Museum

Housed in an 18th century mansion at the center of Copenhagen, the Nationalmuseet offers self-guided tours that let visitors navigate an extensive collection of artifacts related to cultural and national history, from prehistoric times to the present. Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free guided tours in English at 11 a.m. June through September on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Sandemans New Copenhagen Tours
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Sandemans New Copenhagen Tours

For hundreds of years the Danes were an unstoppable force of warriors, explorers and settlers – uniting Scandinavia, discovering America and bringing terror to the shores of Europe. Today Copenhagen’s history of fire and bloody battles lies hidden behind picturesque streets and colorful harbors.As the days of conquest passed, Danish power was replaced with a rich cultural legacy of... More

For hundreds of years the Danes were an unstoppable force of warriors, explorers and settlers – uniting Scandinavia, discovering America and bringing terror to the shores of Europe. Today Copenhagen’s history of fire and bloody battles lies hidden behind picturesque streets and colorful harbors.As the days of conquest passed, Danish power was replaced with a rich cultural legacy of writers, artists and philosophers. The fairytale feel of the city where Hans Christian Andersen wrote is the home of incredible stories and unbelievably true histories: Viking adventurers; pirate-hunting Bishop Absalon; daring Danish WWII resistance fighters and more.Our local expert guides will take you on a 3 hour walking tour through 6000 years of Copenhagen’s history and you’ll find out why the Danes are some of the happiest people in the world! Less

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue)
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The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue)

Born of a fairy tale by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, the statue incarnation of the Little Mermaid has watched over Copenhagen's harbor since 1913. In 2010, Den Lille Havfrue, as she is known in Danish, left her post to represent Denmark at the World's Fair in Shanghai.

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H.C. Andersen Statue
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H.C. Andersen Statue

Children's author Hans Christian Andersen, known as H.C. in Denmark, has been immortalized next to Copenhagen's City Hall. He's holding a book and cane and has a well-worn lap from all the children (of all ages) who have sat on his knees.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: <1 hour
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Royal Library (Kongelige Bibliotek)
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Royal Library (Kongelige Bibliotek)

Nicknamed the "Black Diamond" for its architectural profile, Copenhagen's Royal Library also functions as Denmark's national library and stacks for the University of Copenhagen. The building houses a cafe and bookshop, and hosts exhibitions and concerts. Entry to the library is free; public tours are offered on Saturdays at 3 p.m. for a fee.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: <1 hour
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