Tours & Activities in Copenhagen

Free Tour of Copenhagen

Book the original Copenhagen free walking tour and visit many of the city's highlights with a local guide


Due to the unusual tourism situation currently developing, we have temporarily suspended this tour.

ABOUT THE Free Tour of Copenhagen

This 2.5-hour tips-based free walking tour through central Copenhagen will show you all the top attractions in the city. Local experts will take you to must-see spots such as the picture-perfect Nyhavn Harbor, as well as showing you the city that was home to the great Hans Christian Andersen. Explore the picturesque streets and colorful harbors while journeying through 6,000 years of Danish history on this Copenhagen city tour.


Your tips-based Copenhagen Free Tour meets in the center of the city next to the Dragon Fountain on City Hall Square (Rådhuspladsen) and finishes by Amalienborg Palace. Journey back in time with a local expert to discover how the capital of Denmark became known for its rich cultural legacy, and for being the happiest city in the world.


Denmark's Golden Age of arts and culture

As the days of conquest passed, Danish power was replaced with a rich cultural legacy of writers, artists and philosophers. The Danish Golden Age saw Copenhagen become one of the most stylish and creative cities in Europe. You will see some great examples of Danish architecture and also hear about great minds of that era. Most notably, author Hans Christian Andersen moved to Copenhagen and penned some of his most famous fairy tales such as 'The Little Mermaid', 'Little Match Girl' and the 'The Ugly Duckling'.

Danish Nazi resistance and rebuilding Copenhagen

Listen to the brave stories of the Danish Resistance movement during the second World War, which was effective in saving thousands of Jewish lives, sabotaging Nazi plans and restoring national pride. After the devastation of the war, Copenhagen embarked on a project to rebuild the city and create new houses and business for its people. These efforts have allowed the city to grow into the culturally rich and hip destination that many know and love!

Tips-based Free Tour concept

The tips-based model of the Free Tour allows guests to support and reward only the highest quality tours, and to ensure that the tour fits within their expectations, and within their budget.

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The tips-based Copenhagen Free Tour meets in the center of the city next to the Dragon Fountain on City Hall Square (Rådhuspladsen)

  • See the grand Amalienborg Palace, the royal family’s winter home
  • Walk past the colorful houses and wooden boats lining the picturesque Nyhavn waterfront
  • Marvel at the Marble Church and its formidable 31m dome
  • Listen to the life and fairytales of Hans Christian Andersen
  • Look at the Carlsberg Lur Blowers statue



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Inclusions & exclusions
What’s included
  • Local English-speaking guide
What’s not included
  • Gratuities for the guide (optional)
Additional Information
  • Our business is connecting great guides and smart travelers, and we're proud that so many local guides employ us to welcome travelers like you on their journey through some of the world's best cities. No two tours are alike, and the sites, stories, and length of the tour will vary depending on what your freelance guide decides is best. That's why the tours we promote never get stale or feel scripted, and why both independent guides and savvy travelers prefer SANDEMANs
  • Wheelchair accessible
The Free Tour starts by the Dragon Fountain, City Hall Square (Rådhuspladsen) Open in Google Maps
Amalienborg Palace
Amalienborg Palace
Nyhavn Harbor
Nyhavn Harbor
Frederik's Church (Marble Church)
Frederik's Church (Marble Church)
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What is a tips-based Free Tour?


The tips-based Free Tour is the best introduction to Copenhagen! A general overview tour including many of the highlights of the city, the tips-based Free Tour usually lasts around 2.5 hours and is provided by a local freelance guide in partnership with SANDEMANs NEW Europe, so tour content can vary depending on your guide’s particular area of interest and expertise.

The tips-based Free Tour is a walking tour with no need for public transport and is designed for independent travellers, not groups. You can book your spot in advance online or simply show up at the start point on the day. There is no payment necessary at the start of the tour but you are welcome to tip your guide at the end!

We believe in supporting local communities and are committed to giving a voice to some of Copenhagen's best local freelance tour guides, who passionately share the city's history and culture with their own unique and always-entertaining style. They'll never pressure you to tip; we believe that, if money is given, it should be voluntary and in direct proportion to the quality of the tour and the budget of the traveller.

Why join the SANDEMANs FREE Tour?

  • The route covers many of Copenhagen's major landmarks
  • The meeting point is centrally located in the City Hall Square (Rådhuspladsen)
  • The Free Tour is guaranteed to fit within your budget
  • The guides performing tips-based Free Tours are incentivized to perform every time


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CVR Number: 33868626. Participation in tours promoted by SANDEMANs NEW Europe is strictly on a voluntary basis. Neither SANDEMANs NEW Europe, nor the self-employed freelance guides who are the providers of the tours promoted by SANDEMANs NEW Europe, will be held responsible in any way for injuries to body or property incurred during tours. The tour guides reserve the right to deny participation in any tour, to any person, for any reason. Thank you for your understanding.

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