As the birthplace of “hygge”, Danes might know a thing or two about having fun and making the most of their spare time.
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Greater Copenhagen provides many opportunities to live a social and active life that balances cultural and leisure activities with modern city life or a quieter life on the countryside. And as the birthplace of “hygge”, Danes might know a thing or two about having fun and making the most of their spare time. Make sure to explore the rich and diverse cultural scene. This short guide will give you a quick overview of the culture and leisure activities available in Copenhagen. 

Culture houses  

Most cities in Greater Copenhagen have their own culture houses or community centers for local activities, social and cultural events. Copenhagen is no exception. Scattered all over the city, each neighbourhood has its own. The opportunities are countless, and many activities are in English. You can participate and engage in existing activities or create your own. There are professional staff to help you get started or you can be part of one of the user-driven activities – an excellent way to make new friends. Do you know your local culture house? FabLab, Kraftwerket, Union, Dansekapellet or perhaps Osramhuset?


Copenhagen is packed with museums that host activities and events in addition to exhibitions. Guided tours, happenings, and debates – mixing genres like food and art, sculptures and electronic music. Join one and have a feast while exploring new interests. Most museums are open until late evening at least once a week and some are free of charge all days or once a week. You can find both opening hours and prices at Copenhagen Visitor Guide. Copenhagen’s green museums district Parkmuseerne and The Copenhagen Cultural District cover most museums in Copenhagen.


Libraries are your free access to knowledge, literature, music, games, and films. In addition to books, you find a wide range of free newspapers and magazines, access to a world of databases and e-materials and much more.  Copenhagen has 20+ libraries. It’s easy to register as a user, when you have a CPR number. You can even visit the libraries outside of regular opening hours. Libraries also bring entertainment directly to you. Filmstriben is a service, where you can watch films for free each month.

Events and festivals   

You can find countless festivals and cultural events in Denmark. In Greater Copenhagen, there is truly something for all tastes and likes, all year round with the summer being the busiest season. See this overview of events and festivals in and around CopenhagenBrugbyen.nu is also a good online event calender and make sure to check out Copenhagen Visitor Service’s seasonal guides too. Another useful digital event guide is Kultunaut, which covers all of Denmark. So why not have fun, while making new friends and getting to know your new city?

Courses in English

As the country’s largest evening school, FOF København offers a wide variety of leisure activities: ranging from language classes, family activities, cooking and fitness courses, music and singing lessons, creative courses and many more.

Whether you have just moved to the city or lived here for a while, FOF København welcomes all. Although most of our activities and classes are taught in Danish, they also have many courses and workshops in English.