Forget everything you’ve ever heard about Copenhagen being expensive, and ditch along with it all those notions about budget travel being low-brow. Copenhagen’s latest facelift has brought all the great Danish qualities of smart design and functionalism to the masses. Copenhagen is now a city for all size pockets.
It used to be that Copenhagen’s hotels were all the same: over-priced and boring. Not anymore, though, and the designer rooms of DanHostel Copenhagen City are some of the coolest in the city. Not only that, but budget travel is now so popular that Copenhagen’s newest hotel, located right on the waterfront, is in this class. Opened in September 2009, Wakeup Copenhagen’s room prices increase the higher you go in the building: now that’s what we call a sliding scale.
Don’t lower the standard when it comes to dining, either; honestly, you really don’t have to eat luke-warm Mediterranean buffets every night. For cut-price gourmets, the set menu is where it’s at. Try any of the five restaurants in the local Cofoco chain for example, currently celebrating its fifth birthday this fall, for three or four-course menus from 250kr. With reservations recommended, expect fine dining at fine rates.
The National Museum and the National Gallery, Statens Museum for Kunst are always free for everyone (excluding temporary exhibitions) while other museums in the city offer free admission on Wednesdays – Thorvaldsens Museum, for example. The Glyptoteket, on the other hand, is free on Sundays, and a seat beneath the palm trees of the fantastic winter gardens is quite simply one of the treats of the Danish capital.
Whilst a trip to the theater here isn’t exactly cheap, neither is it exclusive to the wealthy. Dress up or dress down, it’s up to you, and turn up at the Royal Theatre’s box office at 4pm, to snatch up a last minute, half-price bargain on any unsold tickets – as long as you’re not too choosy about where you sit. You can also get tickets for the Opera here.
Forget the bars and the cafes: in the summertime, the harbor baths is the place to be seen; a safe, enclosed swimming area complete with lifeguard, right in the harbor. Best of all, this architecturally-designed gem – the talk of northern Europe – is completely free.
Finally, Copenhagen is simply a great city to relax in. You can spend hours lounging a stone’s throw from the crown jewels in the Kongens Have gardens, or sunbathing on the sculpted sand dunes of Amager Strandpark, without spending a dime.