Free Walking Tour Copenhagen

This post lists the best free walking tours you can take in Copenhagen, including explorations of the city centre, Christianshavn, and notable locations related to the Renaissance.


OVERVIEW+SCHEDULE 

There are a few different free walking tours available in Copenhagen which cover a variety of subjects and historic locations in the city.

City centre tours are the most common, and you can expect these services to include both historic and notable locations in Copenhagen. 

 

 

Some companies may also provide tips about the best restaurants, shops and other attractions you may want to visit in the area.

If you’re more interested in seeing another side of the city, there are also tours covering Christianshavn, a historically Bohemian neighbourhood which is considered by many to be the “alternative” district of Copenhagen.

There are also tours that cover the most historic aspects of the city, with a specific focus on Renaissance architecture and landmarks.

Free walking tours are technically pay-what-you-like tours. Instead of paying an upfront cost, you can pay the guide what you thought the tour was worth at the end.

 

Free Walking Tours

 

This means these tours are very popular and affordable and attract large crowds.  

So, for travelers who want to ensure an experience with smaller groups of people, we recommend paid small group tours.

Alternatively, you may also want to consider a self-guided exploration game all about fairy tales and legends if you’re looking for an outing your children might enjoy.

TIP: Take the popular hop-on-hop-off bus tour through Copenhagen for an easy mode of transportation that can help you cover more ground than you would while walking.

 


COPENHAGEN CITY CENTRE TOURS 

There are a lot of interesting things to see and experience in Copenhagen, including a variety of historic and cultural landmarks. 

In addition to sightseeing, you can also expect to learn a lot about the golden age of arts in this city, with an emphasis on architecture, famous authors, and more.

 

Nyhavn Copenhagen

Nyhavn Harbour

Here are a few of the most interesting sites you can expect to see on these Copenhagen city centre free walking tours:

  • Rådhuspladsen
  • Christiansborg Palace
  • Amalienborg Square
  • Marble Church
  • Nyhavn Harbour
  • And more!

If you’re interested in learning more about these locations, consider taking one of the following pay-what-you-wish walking tours.


New Europe Copenhagen

Sandemans New Europe’s free walking tours are well-known and well-attended across the continent.

You can learn about Copenhagen’s most popular landmarks and attractions on this 2 ½ hour walking tour.

Generally, the tour runs 3x every day in English and Spanish and meets at City Hall Square.

  • 10:00 am
  • 11:00 am
  • 14:00 (2 pm)

Check the calendar above for the most up to date schedule and to book.


Grand Tour of Copenhagen

This tour is led by the Copenhagen Free Walking Tours company, and they offer an excellent tour of the city centre which is available daily at 11 am.

Clocking in at 3 hours in length, this service is a bit longer than the tour offered by their competitors. You can take this pay-what-you-wish walking tour in either English or Spanish.

In addition to their city centre tour, this company also provides free walking tours of both Christianshavn and well known Renaissance sites.

Check the calendar above for the most up to date schedule and to book.

 


CHRISTIANSHAVN FREE WALKING TOURS 

This bohemian neighbourhood is somewhat off the beaten path, allowing you to get a look at a side of the city that few tourists ever experience.

While you’re traveling around the alternative district of Copenhagen, you’ll learn about its origins dating back to the 17th century as well as the history of the area.

 

Freetown Christiania

Freetown Christiania

You can expect to see the following locations on this Christianshavn free walking tour:

  • Hojbro Plads
  • Absalon Statue
  • Christianshavn Canal
  • Church of Our Saviour
  • Freetown Christiania
  • And more!

If these locations sound interesting, you can learn more about all of them by taking the following pay-what-you-wish walking tour.


Christianshavn Free Walking Tour

This tour will give you the opportunity to discover one of the more interesting neighbourhoods in all of Copenhagen. Running daily at 15:00 (3 pm), this tour lasts for approximately 1 ½ hours.

One of the more interesting stops on this tour is in Freetown Christiania, a community that is seen as a state within another state.

There are only about 1,000 citizens living in Freetown, but they consider themselves outside of both Danish and EU law.

In addition to their Christianshavn service, this company also offers free walking tours of the city centre and notable Renaissance landmarks.

Book this tour or learn more.

 


COPENHAGEN RENAISSANCE FREE WALKING TOURS 

Although the city centre tours are a great way to learn about a variety of historical sites in Copenhagen, this tour is specifically focused on notable Renaissance landmarks and attractions.

Whether you’re interested in this time period or you just want to see some of the best architecture in the city, this free walking tour is definitely worth consideration.

 

Church of Our Lady

Church of Our Lady

Here are a few of the locations you can expect to visit on this pay-what-you-wish walking tour:

  • Rundetaarn
  • Hojbro Plads
  • Church of Our Lady
  • Rosenborg Castle
  • King’s Garden
  • Torvehallerne market
  • And more!

If you’re interested in seeing locations such as these, consider the free walking tour listed below.


Renaissance Copenhagen Free Tour

Discover some of the most notable Renaissance landmarks in the city on this 1 ½ hour Copenhagen tour which is offered every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 12 pm.

This tour actually ends at a marketplace with several food stalls, which is the perfect place to get some delicious Danish pastries if you’re hungry at the end of the outing.

Don’t forget that this company also offers a free Copenhagen city centre tour and a free Christianshavn tour.

Book the tour or find out more.

 


COPENHAGEN PUB CRAWLS

There aren’t currently any free pub crawls offered in Copenhagen, but that could change in the future. That said, there are some paid services you might want to consider.

Although you’ll have to pay for a ticket to enjoy a pub crawl, it’s worth noting that most of these outings include at least a few free drinks and access to drink specials.

Prices typically range in price from 130 – 150 DKK, and you can find some of the best options on this list of Copenhagen pub crawls.

 

About the author

Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers.

Stephen has been published and featured in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Yahoo, Washington.org, and more.