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Wondering what to do with your free time in Copenhagen? The expat-friendly Danish capital has plenty to offer when it comes to leisure activities. Whether you have moved alone or with your family, there is no excuse for being bored in Copenhagen.

Outdoor activities

Danes love to get outside — no matter what the weather — and because of this, their capital city is very convenient for outdoor pursuits.

Nowhere is this more evident than in the city’s bike culture, which is really a lifestyle. Bikes are the most common, economical, and eco-friendly means of transport in Copenhagen, and with 350 km of dedicated bike paths crossing the city, biking is an obvious way to experience the outdoors.

Renting a small boat or kayak or taking a tour on one of the canal boats is also an interesting way to get outside and see Copenhagen.

Swimming halls and leisure centres

There are a number of indoor and outdoor swimming facilities in Copenhagen. The indoor sites are family friendly, often include saunas, and offer a variety of classes.

Outdoor facilities include a couple of open-air pools, two beaches, and three harbor swimming locations. These locations are open in the summer, but there are winter bathing options if you become a member of a winter bathing club.

If you want to do a sport other than swimming, you’ll want to check out one of the many leisure centres in Copenhagen. These centres will give you access to a variety of ball and racquet sports, and in some cases, a climbing wall or mini golf. Some centres are open to all, but some require membership.

Community centres and libraries

Local community centres, often called kulturhuse, can be great places to get involved with any number of activities. You might, for example, get a cup of coffee or something to eat, sign up for yoga classes, see a small theatre production, browse at a flea market, or attend a movie night.

In addition to the standard services, libraries are also good places to get homework or computer help, find out about local activities, join a language cafe, or hear a lecture.

Museums and performing arts

Copenhagen is host to a wealth of world-class museums, theatres, and concert halls. If you are into art and culture, you will not be disappointed. The wide range of theatre productions, concerts, exhibitions, dance shows, and festivals will keep you busy year round.

Activities with children

Copenhagen is a fantastic city for children. For instance, your children will be delighted to visit Tivoli Gardens or watch the changing of the Royal Guard, which takes place every day at noon in front of Amalienborg Palace. You can also visit Bakken, the Copenhagen Zoo, or the Experimentarium. The National Museum has a special Children’s Museum, and all national museums offer free admission to those under 18.

Nightlife in Copenhagen

Copenhagen has a vibrant night scene thanks to many beer bars, cocktail bars, nightclubs, pubs, and live music and DJs. Read this article in the Guardian for one reporter’s take on nightlife in Copenhagen.

Copenhagen Card

If you fancy being a tourist for a day or even a weekend, consider buying a Copenhagen Card. It will give you unlimited access to 79 museums and other places of interest, free access to public transportation, and discounts at some restaurants. You can choose from 24-hour, 48-hour, 72-hour, or 120-hour cards. One adult with a Copenhagen Card can bring up to two children under ten for free.

 Useful links:

Visit Copenhagen: Official tourist guide
Visit Denmark: Copenhagen
Copenhagen for Kids
Copenhagen Museums & Attractions

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