Whether on a tight budget or not, the National Gallery of Denmark (SMK) should definitely be on your list of places to visit in Copenhagen. Besides free admission to the permanent exhibitions, the museum offers free guided
tours in English every Sunday in July, featuring highlights from the museum collections of art from early Renaissance over modern art to contemporary art. The museum building is an admirable architectural gem itself, connecting the original 1896 building with a large modernist extension, and surrounded by a recreational area and park. Located near the city centre, the National Gallery is Denmark's largest art museum with a diverse range of exhibitions and activities for visitors to explore, and a special creative workshop section for children.
Danish soup kitchens have provided wholesome for the homeless and the poor since First World War, but no longer exclusively the underprivileged. The concept of the kitchen, or folk kitchen, as it is termed in has evolved. Now more closely linked to of community and principles of sustainability local produce, rather than hardship need. In Copenhagen, soup kitchens have increasingly popular among students, young families and other city dwellers looking a cheap, hearty meal. For prices at around 50 look up the following four soup kitchens:
Café Le Rouge (Nørrebrohallen)
Bragesgade 5, Copenhagen N
Blågårds Plads 5, 2 & 3, Copenhagen N
Tuesdays 18:00 –
Valgårdsvej 2, Valby
Fridays 18:00 –
Blågårdsgade 17, Copenhagen N
In 1971 a group of squatters on Christianshavn took over an old military base and set up the Freetown of Christiania. Politically acknowledged as a social experiment, the self-governing hippie commune now serves as a reminder of an alternative way of life. With a vibrant mix of colourful residents and dwellings, murals, playgrounds and open green areas, eateries, cafés, shops and art galleries, Christiania is a Copenhagen must-see, and one of the city's most popular tourist attractions. Try one of the local cafés or take a stroll through the neighbourhood. Visit the infamous Pusher Street, where hash and marijuana were sold openly until 2004. Visitors
of all ages are most welcome and the residents are friendly. All they ask is for visitors to not point their cameras at the people who live there, or at the shops and stalls, to avoid conflict. Christiania is sure to be an experience! (christiania.org)
Delve into a wealth of cultural history at the National Museum of Denmark (Nationalmuseet), which holds artefacts of both national importance and from around the world, spanning more than 14,000 years, from the Stone
Age and the Viking Age, through the Middle Ages to the present day. Housed in the Prince’s Palace, the museum building dates back to 1744, originally built as a residence for Crown Prince Frederik V. The National Museum caters for all ages and is free of charge. There’s even a special themed children’s museum on site, where children can dress up and play.
Hop on a boat and see the city from the waterfront. By far the cheapest harbour cruise, compared to their pricier counterparts, are the bright blue Netto-boats providing guided 60-minute boat tours of the waterways, harbour basins and canals of Copenhagen. Departure from Holmen's Church or Nyhavn at Heibergsgade, two to five times per hour all day.
Adults: 40 DKK / Children (under 15): 15 DKK.