WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL COPENHAGEN, DENMARK

A walkable, family-friendly destination with a well run transportation system, more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other Scandinavian city, beautiful green spaces, fabulous museums and a prime location, Copenhagen has it all!

Starting out:

  • Visit Rundetaarn, the Round Lookout Tower and Europe’s oldest functioning observatory for great views of the city. (No elevator, though; built in1637.)
  • The National Museum, in an 18th century mansion, gives free guided tours in English daily at 11 am (June till Sept.; Tues., Thur., Sun.).
  • Take a canal tour and see the city from the water.
  • Borrow a bike (for free) and travel around the city like the Danes do.

Learn some history:

  • Frilandsmuseet is an open-air museum of more than 100 historic Scandinavian buildings, all restored.
  • History Tours offers numerous walking tours with different historical themes.
  • Visit Fredriksborg Palace, on three islets surrounded by a beautiful Baroque garden. (Open daily; the Museum of National History here shows the history of Denmark.)
  • Venture out of the city to Kronborg Castle in Elsinore, one of Europe’s best Renaissance palaces and where “Hamlet” is set. (In summer, the play is staged here outdoors.)

Try the cuisine:

  • Smoked ham or pork
  • Herring (smoked, marinated or pickled)
  • Cheese
  • Beer
  • Rye bread
  • “Smorrebrod” = open faced sandwiches normally served with beer

Time for a break:

  • Tivoli Gardens has more than two dozen rides and 30 places to eat in all price ranges.
  • Rent a bike and cycle through Amager Strandpark.
  • Gardeners will love Havelselskabs Have and the Botanical Gardens.
  • Islands Brygge Havnebadet is an outdoor pool complex (with skateboarding, basketball, eateries) in the middle of the main canal.
  • Try Nyhavns Faergekro, an atmospheric café on the canal with an all-you-can-eat buffet.

Travelling with children?

  • Experimentarium has 300 interactive exhibits (5 km. north of the city).
  • Copenhagen Zoo has a special kids’ section where they can handle the animals.
  • The Worker’s Museum has a section where kids play in a 1950’s apartment and shop in an old grocery store.
  • The Children’s Museum lets kids dress up like Vikings, play on a ship, learn in a 1920’s classroom. (Aimed at children under 12.)
  • And don’t forget the Little Mermaid Statue at Langelinje Pier.

3 comments

  • First thing: buy the Copenhagen Card which gives you free admission to 74 museums, free transportation on buses, trains and ferries, and discounts in many restaurants. You can also take along 2 kids under 10 for free. Buy it on line, at the Copenhagen Visitors Centre, or at numerous hotels. Prices seem steep (an adult pays 67 euros for 48 hours) but relative to the admission tickets, it’s a bargain. Prepare yourself for VERY HIGH prices on everything in Scandinavia.

  • Charlotte et Pierre

    Everyone goes by bike around Copenhagen, even people going to work. There are no hills and it’s pretty safe. Bikes are available FOR FREE in 110 + bike stations around the city. Put a Danish 20 coin in the slot and take the bike. The coin is returned to you when you park the bike again anywhere in the city. EASY! Bikes are readily available all over but hard to find at the ferry terminal.

  • Charlotte et Pierre

    The King’s Garden in Rosenburg Castle is a great place for little ones to run around. Plan a scavenger hunt for the statue of Hans Christian Anderson. (And read some of his famous stories before you go.) In summer there are puppet shows for kids. Admission to the gardens is free but it gets crowded on weekends when everyone is taking the sun on the huge lawns.

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