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!
- 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)
- 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.