Ideally, a week’s required to feel the pulse of Copenhagen, Denmark. However, you can explore the best of Copenhagen in 3 days if you plan well! Here’s an ultimate city guide to spending 3 days in Copenhagen with family. Keep reading to discover delish, outdoorsy, and fun things to do in Copenhagen with kids.
FYI – This is a long and exhaustive post but helpful if you are planning a trip to Copenhagen so pour yourself a nice cup of coffee and read on.
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3 Days in Copenhagen – An Ultimate Copenhagen Itinerary
Have you ever found yourself inspired to travel to a place just because you saw it in a movie? It happens to me all the time!
Copenhagen is one such movie. The movie not only moved a piece of my heart in a way, I never thought anything could but also instilled in me the desire to visit the happy and beautiful capital of Denmark – Copenhagen <3
I mentally planned the trip before the movie was even over.?
It was in 2015. Three years later, one of my most cherished dreams of visiting Copenhagen finally came true.
Guide to Copenhagen for Families
One of the best places to visit in Europe with kids, Copenhagen has to be one of the most family-friendly destinations in Europe.
It’s charmingly compassionate and accommodating to families. They have child-friendly public transport that offers reserved seats to people traveling with kids.
Almost all the parks and museums are free for kids up to 17 years. Plus, most of the restaurants offer kids’ menus. Copenhagen is unquestionably a delight to visit with family.
I was surprised to discover that the capital of Denmark has something for each and every age group – from young kids to older kids, adults to the elderly.
This time when you plan your family vacation or a multigenerational fun trip, think Copenhagen, think our guide to Copenhagen for Families.
Read More: Best Day Trips from Copenhagen
Best Time to Visit Copenhagen
With the warmest weather, never-ending days (meaning more time to explore), and amazing events, summer (June to August) is the best time to visit Copenhagen. Though this is also the time when the huge tourist crowds throng the city.
If you’re looking for low prices, fewer crowds – Spring (March to May) is the good time to go. The weather is mild enough for you to enjoy the exploration. It’s also a great time to witness the parks bursting into bloom.
Autumn or fall (September and October) brings a mix of sunny days, rainy days, and cold days. It’s when days start to become shorter, and the air turns cool, and the pitter-patter of the rain fills the atomsophere. You’ll need a warm jacket and rain gear. The fall colors make the season extra-special.
Winter (November to February) is for those who want to enjoy a quieter time in Copenhagen. The temperatures sink below zero and the days start to get dark early like at about 4 pm. You can call it a season of hygge, a great time to enjoy the heartwarming winter activities. Plan during December to witness the gorgeous Christmas Markets. Tivoli Gardens Christmas Market is one of the best Christmas Markets in Europe.
Where to Stay in Copenhagen
For people who love the luxury and ease of hotels, we have a guide to the best hotels in Copenhagen.
Find the best deals and special offers on Copenhagen accommodations here.
How to Get to Copenhagen
Copenhagen Airport (CPH), one of the oldest Airports in Europe and the biggest Airport in Scandinavia, is well-connected with all major European cities and all the major cities across the world. We were happy to find a direct flight (Air India) from New Delhi to Copenhagen. We use Kiwi.com to find the best-value flights.
Many nationals need to get Schengen Visa before their arrival in Europe. Check here to know if you need a Schengen Visa or not.
Trains are widely available to Copenhagen from other Danish and European cities. The train network in Scandinavia isn’t as efficient as in Central Europe but is decent enough. We use Omio, RailEurope, Eurail to book trains in Europe.
You can reach Copenhagen by bus from Gothenburg, Malmo, Oslo, Stockholm, Munich, Hamburg, Berlin, Amsterdam, and London. We use Flixbus, one of Europe’s biggest bus companies, to book bus tickets around Europe.
Getting from Copenhagen Airport to the City: Copenhagen Airport Transfers
It’s easy to get to and from Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup (CPH) to the city using public transit.
The metro located above terminal 3 takes you to the Copenhagen city center (Kongens Nytorv). The metro lines M1, M2, and M3 Cityringen connect downtown Copenhagen to the rest of the city.
You can also catch the train from the station by terminal 3. The frequency of trains is every few minutes during the day and 1 to 4 times an hour at night. It takes you from Kastrup Airport (CPH) to Copenhagen Central Station in around 15 minutes.
Bus 5A takes you to Copenhagen Central Station. If you plan to buy the tickets on the bus make sure to keep the exact change in coins only.
The tickets for the bus, train, and metro can be purchased at the DSB ticket sales counter and ticket machines in terminal 3. Ticket machines accept credit cards and coins only.
Hiring a taxi is also an option to get to and from Copenhagen Airport but it’s expensive. Taxis pick up passengers outside terminal 1 and terminal 3.
Free shuttle bus services are available to travel from one terminal to another.
Metro and train remain the quickest options to reach the city center plus they run 24X7.
Anywhichways you travel, you’ll most likely arrive at Copenhagen Central Station, from where you can take a subway, bus, or taxi to commute to the rest of the city.
Getting Around Copenhagen during 3 Days in Copenhagen
Copenhagen on Foot
Copenhagen is compact that makes it quite a walking-friendly city. It can be explored on foot with ease. In fact, walking is one of the most beautiful ways to explore the Danish capital.
You can walk around the center of Copenhagen, in just one day. Ah! And you can do so much with this one day in the Copenhagen itinerary.
Join one of the Copenhagen free walking tours or private walking tours or else take a self-guided tour.
Here are some of our recommendations for the best Copenhagen walking tours:
Copenhagen by Bike
As I said, it’s absolutely practicable to explore Copenhagen on foot, but I strongly recommend renting a bike with kids.
One of the coolest and eco-friendly ways to explore Copenhagen is to hire a bicycle with GPS. The city is a haven for bikers.
Copenhagen has exclusive bike lanes and lovely bridges dedicated to bikers. Bike lanes are uniformly separated from the car lanes making cycling the city easy for everyone.
Let the kids explore the world’s biking city on the bike.
You’ll find a good deal of bike rentals throughout the city. Some of them even customize the bikes as per your requirements. The Bycyklen bikes offer electric bikes with a smart navigation system and they are widely available everywhere in Copenhagen.
You must cycle cautiously while following all the biking rules in Copenhagen. It takes some time to understand the way cycle lanes work there :)
Check out some of the best bike tours in Copenhagen!
Public Transportation in Copenhagen
Copenhagen is quite easy to navigate with extensive public transport options.
In fact, Copenhagen’s public transport system is one of the best in the world.
Use the Citymapper app or Rejseplanen to navigate the city better. Here’s a guide to efficiently use public transport in Copenhagen.
If you are planning to use public transport for most of your time in Copenhagen, it’s wise to invest in a City Pass or a Copenhagen Card.
City Pass gives access to unlimited travel on trains, metros, and buses in Copenhagen.
It can be purchased for 24, 48, 72, and 120 hours. With an adult City Pass, 2 children under 12 years of age can travel free of charge.
You can buy a City Pass from the ticket vending machines installed at stations or can get one from the DOT Tickets app.
Copenhagen Card not only allows you to free public transport but also free entrance to 86 tourist attractions and museums plus some tours.
Like City Pass, it can also be purchased for 1 to 4 days and can be ordered online in advance. Show the receipt at Copenhagen airport to get your card.
If you plan on visiting major attractions and museums, it’s probably fair investing in Copenhagen Card.
What is included with the Copenhagen Card? Check here.
You might be thinking if the Copenhagen Card is worth it for 3 days in Copenhagen?
Okay. You might find them expensive but believe me, they do save a lot of money, time, and hassle. The exploration becomes easy without having to run around to buy tickets every time and paying for them in DKK!
You might want to install the Copenhagen City Card app.
Buy the Copenhagen Card here
Taxi in Copenhagen
There are quite a few taxi companies in Copenhagen. You can flag a taxi on the road or hire one from one of the taxi ranks. You can also book a taxi over the phone. It takes just about 5 minutes for the taxi to arrive once booked.
The main taxi companies in Copenhagen are 4X27, DanTaxi, and Taxa 4X35.
Renting a Car and Parking in Copenhagen
Renting a car in the world’s best bike city is a crime (no, not really).
But, Danes will make you believe that.
On every street and every corner, you’ll find Danes on the bike – going to work, going shopping, going to school, and everywhere.
Anyway, we committed the crime of renting a car to travel in and around Copenhagen. It certainly saved us money because we shared expenses with another family traveling with us.
I’d not recommend you to rent a car in Copenhagen. Parking isn’t easy to find and if you find one, it costs you a lot.
The parking fee is charged per hour and complying with the time restrictions is pretty difficult.
I mean, imagine you parked your car in Frederiksberg and reached Vesterbro while exploring the city and bump, your parking time’s up.
You won’t imagine how inconvenient it is to run between neighborhoods to extend your parking for another hour. Been there, done that.
Rent a car only if you are planning to do day trips from Copenhagen or a road trip to Sweden across the Øresund.
We use and recommend Rentalcars.com for all your rental car needs. Trust me, they are the best of the lot!
If you are still planning to drive in Copenhagen, please buy a time interval card that is valid for 5 days (weekdays only) or download the Easypark app to save the trouble of finding parking and paying for it.
Click here to know all about Parking in Copenhagen.
Our 3 Day Copenhagen Itinerary: 3 Days in Copenhagen with Kids
The day I chalked out the Europe (Nordics) itinerary – I chose Copenhagen as my first European destination, for three major reasons.
First, the movie inspiration, of course, second, Denmark is the gateway to Scandinavia, and last but not the least, the family-friendly vibes of the city.
Planning our time and money efficiently to get the most out of our 72 hours in Copenhagen with kids was the goal while making the three days itinerary for Copenhagen.
We had our friends (family of 4) joining in for the Nordics trip and I was the person responsible for the trip itinerary.
Managing the flights, stay and itinerary for 7 people demands a hell of a lot of effort. Imagine the pressure that comes with it!
You are to blame if the trip doesn’t go as planned. And everyone knows travel plans fail all the time!
Anyways, our Copenhagen itinerary turned out to be a success luckily and well, I realized that pressure makes me work efficiently :)
You might want to read: Scandinavia Itinerary – Best of Nordic Countries in 3 Weeks
From the fairy-tale castles to stunning aquariums, open green spaces, the birthplace of Lego, well-planned and child-friendly public transportation, fairytale writer (The Little Mermaid and The Ugly Duckling) Hans Christian Anderson’s abode and home to the oldest amusement park in the world- no better place than Copenhagen to visit with kids!
Birth Land of Lego can’t disappoint kids, you know.
The capital of Denmark is jampacked with full of things for kids to do and many of them for free or on budget.
Copenhagen happens to be quite happening for kids. Here’s how we spent 3 days in Copenhagen with Kids.
Arrival in Copenhagen
We boarded the AirIndia flight at 2 pm and arrived in Copenhagen at around 6 pm.
Free shuttle from the airport dropped us at Europcar Kiosk located in Terminal 1 at the P1 parking area to pick the rented car which we had already booked online through Rentalcars.com.
We trust and recommend Rentalcars.com for all your car rental needs abroad.
Kids relieved their tiredness (of sitting continuously in an 8-hour long flight) by running around the kiosk while we were busy completing the paperwork.
As soon as we got our black Toyota Avensis, kids screamed with hunger.
We headed to Laundromat Cafe to grab a bite before we could drive to our Airbnb apartment in Kokkedal, about an hour outside of Copenhagen.
The setting and food at Laundromat resonated so well with the kids. They loved their Latin Avocado Sandwich and Veggie Burger. The kid’s portion is ample and can easily be shared by two young kids.
The drive to Kokkedal from Copenhagen was lovely. It was 10 at night but the sun was yet to set.
That’s the plus point of traveling to Scandinavia in summer – the long daylight hours make the whole experience pleasant and relaxed.
The Midnight Sun. It’s not only the beloved summer event but a feeling.
Denmark isn’t technically the land of the Midnight Sun. The places above the Arctic Circle enjoy this title. However, Denmark gets pretty close. The sun here sets at around 11 pm.
We experienced the Midnight Sun in the Land of the Midnight Sun, Finnish Lapland. The sun does not set at all during the Arctic summer.
Copenhagen Itinerary Day 1 – Explore the Indre By Neighbourhood (Copenhagen City Centre)
We woke up bright and early to beat the crowds to some of the most popular sights in Copenhagen. After having an early English breakfast at Airbnb, it was time to hit the exploration button.
PS: You can have a healthy and delectable breakfast at Bowl Market Copenhagen in Vesterbro. It’s famous for its diverse food options, decent portion sizes, chic interiors, and welcoming staff. A great place for breakfast or mid-day snacks!
Nyhavn was our first stop. It had to be. Nyhavn is to Copenhagen as the Taj Mahal is to Agra or Eiffel Tower is to Paris.
Visualize Copenhagen and the picture of colorful 17th-century Danish houses comes to your mind. We were excited to see live what we had seen in pictures till now.
Most of the attractions in Copenhagen are along its boundless waterfronts.
After walking along the colorful waterfront and taking photographs to our heart’s content, we boarded the Grand Canal Boat Tour to explore the Danish capital from the water.
Copenhagen Canal Tour – Best Introduction to the Danish Capital
One of the most classic ways to discover Copenhagen is from the boat sailing down its prepossessing water canals. We loved the traditional guided boat tour along the Copenhagen harbor. The tours depart from Nyhavn or Gammel Strand.
It takes you through Copenhagen’s famous attractions like The Copenhagen Opera House, Amalienborg Palace, Christiansborg Palace, Black Diamond Library, and the Little Mermaid.
We caught a brief look at Little Mermaid’s back from the boat tour and didn’t visit the statue actually.
The best part is the environmental-friendly boats that support Responsible and Sustainable Tourism.
The commentary in Danish, English, and another third language is quite informative and interesting.
drum roll, please!
We were told that Copenhagen burns the garbage for power. Interestingly, Copenhagen doesn’t have enough garbage to produce power, so it imports garbage from other countries. Being an Indian, it was natural for us to be gobsmacked by this fact.
No wonder Denmark is the leader when it comes to sustainability.
The tour ticket costs 85 DKK for an adult and 43 DKK for a child (6 to 15 years.) The family ticket (2 adults and 3 children) costs 250 DKK.
The tour that departs from Gammel Strand is free with the Copenhagen Card.
The tour duration is one hour.
Book your Canal Tour here
PS: We did a self-guided tour of the city. If you don’t want to take the hassle of doing it on your own, you can choose to join a free walking tour or guided walking tour of the city to explore the top sights.
The Marble Church (Frederik’s Kirke)
A 10-minute walk from the harbor took us to the gorgeous church at Frederiksgade street.
One of the most impressive churches in Copenhagen, The Marble Church is officially called Frederik’s Kirke. You’ll fall in love with the church’s copper green dome.
Entrance ticket: 35 DKK per adult and 20 DKK per child
Opening timings: 10 am to 5 pm on all days except Friday and Sunday when it opens from 12 pm to 5 pm because of the wedding ceremonies.
Right across the street from the Marble Church is the Amalienborg Palace, Danish Royal Family’s home.
We were just in time for the changing of the Royal Guard (Den Kongelige Livgarde) Ceremony. It takes place every day at 12:00 noon.
Visit the Amalienborg Palace to experience the royal history of Denmark. The royal family of Denmark still resides inside the palace. Amalienborg consists of a palace square with a statue of King Frederik V and four identical palaces – Christian VII’s Palace (Moltke’s Palace), Frederik VIII’s Palace (Brockdorff’s Palace), Christian IX’s Palace (Schack’s Palace), and Christian VIII’s Palace (Levetzau’ Palace).
While you can’t visit Frederik VIII’s Palace and Christian IX’s Palace as they are occupied by the royal family, you can visit Christian VII’s Palace and Christian VIII’s Palace (houses Amalienborg Museum).
Christian VII’s Palace can only be explored on a guided tour. A guided tour takes about 60 to 75 minutes and costs 95 DKK per adult. The tour runs from Thursday to Sunday from 1:10 pm to 2:40 pm.
Christian VIII’s Palace can be visited by purchasing an entrance ticket that costs 95 DKK per adult and is free for children under 18 years. It’s open from 11 am to 4 pm daily.
See, most of the attractions in Copenhagen are free for young as well as older children.
Hansens Is & Ice Cream Copenhagen
As planned while making the itinerary, we were off to taste the best ice cream in Copenhagen. You can’t leave Copenhagen without zesting organic Hansen’s Ice cream at Hansens Is.
Ultimate treat to the senses!
I wish I could put the picture of the ice cream here but as always I realized much later after we gobbled the whole ice cream that I needed to click the picture :(
Rosenborg Castle and the Kings Gardens
We strolled through the city over to the Rosenborg Castle. An integral part of Danish history, Rosenborg Castle is a Renaissance castle built by Christian IV.
The castle is enveloped by the King’s Garden also known as Copenhagen’s Central Park.
The oldest royal garden in Denmark, Kings Gardens is popular among Copenhageners as a relaxing place for grown-ups and a playing area for kids.
Opening Timings: Rosenborg Castle is open from 7 am to between 5 pm and 11 pm depending on the time of year.
Entrance Ticket: 110 DKK per adult and is free for children up to 17 years.
Parkmuseeme – Copenhagen’s Green Museum District
Our next stop was The Statens Naturhistoriske Museum located in the Botanical Gardens.
The museum houses a Zoological, Geological, and Botanic Museum and a Central Library. The butterfly house in the Botanical Gardens is a must-visit during the butterfly season.
There are six museums (The David Collection, The Hirschsprung Collection, The Cinematheque, Rosenborg Castle, SMK – National Gallery of Denmark, and The Natural History Museum of Denmark) located in and around three of the city’s beautiful parks – The King’s Garden, The Botanical Garden, and the Østre Anlæg park.
SMK – National Gallery of Denmark and The Natural History Museum of Denmark are worth visiting with kids. We couldn’t cover the SMK – National Gallery of Denmark.
If you and your kids are museum lovers and If you don’t have a Copenhagen card, I strongly recommend buying the Parkmuseeme ticket.
Just one Parkemuseeme ticket gives access to six museums in the area and saves a lot of money.
We spent some time relaxing in the green surroundings of the Botanical Garden.
The Botanical Garden with its vast variety of flowers, plants, and trees is a perfect place to relax when you are tired of all the sightseeing and walking. There are a series of lovely glasshouses and a lake too.
Lunch at Torvehallerne
It was time for lunch! We headed to Torvehallerne Street Food Market, a set of around 80 shops offering fresh fruits and vegetables plus restaurants.
We tried the Smørrebrød (traditional Danish open-faced sandwiches) at Hallernes and Oat Porridge at Grød, gourmet porridge outlet.
How could a coffee lover like me miss the world-class coffee experience at The Coffee Collective?
Apart from Torvehallerne, The Coffee Collective has outlets at Jægersborggade, Bernikow, Broens Gadekøkken and Gothåbsvej.
Round Tower – Latin Quarter
After lounging and lazing with a cup of coffee, we headed over to the Round Tower.
Rundetaarn, built in the 17th century by Christian IV is the oldest functioning observatory in Europe.
Wind up the spiral walkway to climb the tower and cherish the beautiful 360-degree views of Copenhagen.
There’s a floating glass floor in Round Tower where you can stand to see the core of the tower as you look down. Kids enjoyed but it scared the hell out of me.
Opening Timings: 10 am to 8 pm
Entrance Ticket: 25 DKK per adult and 5 DKK per child aged 5 to 15 years
Don’t forget to visit the beautiful Trinitatis Church which is a part of the Trinitatis Complex along with Round Tower. The entry is free.
The tourists normally overlook the cathedral because of the entry through a different side door.
Shop at Strøget
We ambled along the Strøget, a famous pedestrian shopping street in Indre By with tons of shopping opportunities.
Strøget is one of the world’s longest and oldest pedestrian streets. A shopper’s paradise is famous for Danish design.
Kids didn’t allow me to shop much but I somehow managed to buy a few fridge magnets. Obviously, kids don’t have much patience for shopping activity so we had to give up on that.
As we sidestepped most of it, kids stopped as they saw a street vendor roasting something.
The board read brændte mandler. As we neared, the smell of roasted almonds simply filled our senses.
We were told Brændte Mandler translates to roasted almonds. A bag cost us 30 DKK and they were Mmmmmh.
As we walked from one end of the Strøget to the other with a bag of Brændte Mandler, we explored many squares, fountains, and historic buildings.
At the rear end is Rådhuspladsen that joins Vestrobrogade and Strøget and houses the city’s iconic sights like Copenhagen’s City Hall, Jens Olsen’s World Clock, Dragon Fountain, the statue of Hans Christian Andersen, Vesterport (the West Gate), Stork Fountain (Storkespringvandet), and the Church of the holy spirit (Helligåndskirken).
We stopped by a lovely public square at the end of Strøget, King’s New Square (Kongens Nytorv) featuring quite a number of architecturally pretty and historically fascinating buildings along its main area covered by cobblestone. A lot of photo opportunities of course.
Coffee and Snacks at ILLUM Rooftop
Coffee with the view! A perfect cup of coffee at Original Coffee, exquisite rooftop views of Copenhagen, and the magical interior – they are sure to make you feel hygge.
Palaeo at ILLUM Rooftop serves delicious egg wrap and strawberry smoothie to kids’ tastes.
Christiansborg Palace was our last stop for the day.
Located on the Slotsholmen island, the palace houses the Supreme Court, the Ministry of State, and the Danish Parliament Folketinget. We could only visit the Parliament due to time constraints.
The parts of the palace can be closed due to official functions and thus, opening hours differ accordingly. Visit the official website of Christiansborg for tickets and timings details.
Dinner at Riz Raz
The kids were tired, hungry, and cranky by now. Luckily, we bumped upon this lovely Mediterranean restaurant, Riz Raz while searching for food outlets.
Just 5 minutes from Nørreport station, Riz Raz is charming and laid-back. A buffet of Mediterranean favorites is perfect for Vegans.
The children’s buffet costs just 49 DKK while the Mediterranean buffet costs 99 DKK – super value for money.
Plus point – It’s opened till midnight.
Kids slept in the car on our way back to Airbnb as we ended late
Copenhagen Itinerary Day 2 – Explore the Frederiksberg and Nørrebro neighborhoods
After a hearty Indian breakfast at our Airbnb made by yours truly, we jumped into our cars with crisp excitement.
Was it hygge? We were loving the heartland for hygge – Copenhagen.
PS: You can start your day with a scrumptious breakfast at Torvehallerne Market, an indoor market with more than 80 shops and stalls. It’s open from 10 am to 7 pm (Monday to Friday) and 10 am to 6 pm (Saturday and Sunday).
We began the day at the Copenhagen Zoo alongside Frederiksberg Gardens. It’s like any other zoo with a variety of animals like kangaroos, lions, giraffes, elephants, monkeys, and tigers.
I’m not a fan of zoos but this one’s not your typical zoo. You and the kids will be smiling all the way, believe me.
Kids loved the experience because of proximity to the animals I mean at some places they could actually go over the animal cages.
The polar bear exhibit stands out. Kids can easily spend their whole day here.
Entrance Ticket: 100 DKK per child and 180 DKK per adult.
Check the opening hours and other details here.
Frederiksberg Palace and Gardens (Frederiksberg Have)
Frederiksberg is a favorite picnic spot for Copenhageners.
If you are visiting in summer, take a boat tour operated by Svendsen’s Boat Service (Svendsens Bådfart) that takes you through Frederiksberg Palace atop the hill, beautiful bridges, and the Chinese pavilion.
We admired the palace from outside while kids ran around its extensive garden. If you want to visit the palace, join a guided tour at Frederiksberg Palace that takes place on the last Saturday of each month at 11 am and 1 pm, except in July and December.
The entrance fee is 100 DKK for an adult. Visit the Frederiksberg Palace’s official website for more details.
Just across the Frederiksberg Palace, The Cisterns is the former water reservoir under Søndermarken park. Once the source of drinking water to Copenhagen, it’s now a part of Frederiksberg Museums.
We walked in because the entry is free with the Copenhagen Card but came out as soon as the kids became restless. It can be easily skipped with kids.
A Quick-Bite at Saks Corner
A hot cup of coffee with croissants, cakes, and sandwiches was all we needed to carry the day. Saks Corner turned out to be one of the best places to chill with kids.
It was time to explore Nørrebro, one of the most famous neighborhoods in Copenhagen with ethnic diversity. It’s just across Queen Louise’s bridge from Indre By.
We drove to the Assistens Cemetry in Nørrebro. It’s the gravesite of Denmark’s beloved writer Hans Christian Andersen.
The area is lush green and you’ll find many locals taking a stroll. You can also see the writer’s works at Fairy-Tale House on Rådhuspladsen.
Located between Assistens cemetery and the Nørrebro Park is this small lovely street with specialty shops, studios, and cafes.
The street carries a quirky aura. You’ll find many potters, and artists selling their work of art here.
Light lunch (Brunch) at the Sixteen Twelve
As we already had sandwiches with coffee at Saks Corner, we planned on having light snacks for lunch at the Sixteen Twelve and the place turns out to be a hidden gem! The food is good for your health, excellent on your tastebuds, and amazing on your eyes (presentation matters). You must try their avocado smash.
If you want to see something out of the box, head to Superkilen Public Park in Nørrebro.
Kids can have fun at swings while you stroll through the park’s main areas – Green Park, the Black Square, and the Red Square.
Hands down, Experimentarium is the best thing to do in Copenhagen with kids.
One of the highly interactive science centers we have ever been to. As kids walked from one exhibit to the other, we realized the importance of learning through play for children.
And the place is perfect for kids of all age groups ranging from 1 year to 17 years. The entry is quite costly, so this is one must-visit place where having the Copenhagen card will feel like a blessing.
The entry ticket for Child (0-3) is free, Child (3-11) is 115 DKK, and for Adult is 195 DKK. It’s free with the Copenhagen Card.
Indian Food at our Airbnb
A quick shower helped us to pull out from the exhaustion. We cooked daal, jeera rice, and chapati. Cooking on your own while on a holiday is a refreshing change.
The best thing about staying at an Airbnb is having a kitchen where you can cook your own meals rather than eating out every time.
Being able to have breakfast and dinner at home saves a lot of time and money while traveling. Also, the comfort and ease of being able to eat in sometimes can make you feel relaxed on your vacation.
PS: You can head to the South Indian Frederiksberg for authentic South Indian food.
Copenhagen Itinerary Day 3 – Explore Free town of Christiania, Østerbro, and Vesterbro neighborhoods
After making a quick early morning visit to a supermarket near our Airbnb and devouring a superfast breakfast (bread, butter, and jam,) we drove to Copenhagen to make the most out of our last day in the city.
PS: Try Morgenstedet for breakfast.
On the way to Christiania, we briefly stopped by the Church of Our Saviour, Copenhagen Opera House, and the Christianshavn waterfront. If you can spare some time, the views from the Church of Our Saviour are breathtaking! The entrance ticket costs 65 DKK per adult and 20 DKK per child under 15 years. The opening hours differ with the season. Check the official website of the Church of Our Saviour for more information.
One can take a tour of the beautiful Christianshavn canals or maybe rent a boat or kayak to enjoy the clean waters enveloped by greens and the peaceful environ.
Christiana is a self-proclaimed autonomous zone within Copenhagen.
Colonists in 1971 created an alternative society in a dumped military base. The communal settlement has exempted itself from the law enforcement set by the city, the country, and the EU.
Thus, inappropriate graffiti and the selling of cannabis run wild here.
We had a creepy feeling as we walked along its streets with kids. The area especially Pusher Street is brimming with stunning street art. Photography is PROHIBITED.
We had heard a lot about the street art in the area but didn’t know about its infamous character so planned a visit here. I’d recommend skipping this place when traveling with kids.
Brunch at Reffen
Reffen is a Copenhagen Street Food at Refshaleøen neighborhood just behind Paper Island. This market replaces the Copenhagen Street Food Market at Papirøen.
It’s an awesome agglomeration of around 50 food stalls from all around the world. The market offers organic and sustainable food as well as services.
The food stalls are open from 12 pm to 8 pm while Reffen Coffee Bar timings are 10 am to 8 pm and the bars are open from 12 pm to 12 am (Sunday to Thursday) and 12 pm to 2 am (Friday and Saturday).
Kastellet (Copenhagen Citadel)
Kastellet is a star-shaped fortress near the Little Mermaid statue. Walking around the walled expanse with a chapel and windmill is beautiful and relaxing.
Just next to Kastellet is Gefion Fountain, a large fountain that depicts the pagan goddess Gefion, or Gejfun. They say that if you toss in a coin to make a wish – they come true.
The Workers Museum
The Workers Museum lets you sneak peek into the daily life of Copenhageners during the 1950s.
The museum has a separate section for kids specifically for 3 to 12-year-olds. It’s real learning with a fun experience for children.
Opening Hours: 10 am to 5 pm daily
Entrance Ticket: 100 DKK per adult and is free for children under 18
The Copenhagen Lakes
Undoubtedly, one of the most beautiful and striking areas in Copenhagen.
There’s a row of 3 narrow lakes – Sortedams Sø, Peblinge Sø, and Sankt Jørgens Sø in a gentle arc stretch from Østerbro to Nørrebro, Frederiksberg, and Vesterbro.
Sit at a cafe with outdoor seating along the promenade in the evening and enjoy the lakes shimmering in the city lights.
Tivoli is magical with a lot of amazing rides for kids of all ages. An absolute fairytale-like setting. Even adults are sure to revel in the old-world charm of the iconic amusement park of Copenhagen.
You wouldn’t have seen a playground as unique as Rumpus Klump.
Entrance Ticket: 135 DKK (Monday to Friday) and 145 DKK (Saturday and Sunday) for visitors above 8 years old and 60 DKK per child aged 3 to 7 years
*The entrance ticket does not give access to the rides at Tivoli. You can buy one of the Tivoli Packages that offers entrance and unlimited ride tickets.
Opening Timings: 11 am to 10 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Sundays and 11 am to 12 am on Fridays and Saturdays
Check Tivoli Gardens’ official website for more practical information.
PS: Don’t leave Tivoli before 12 am if you happen to visit on any Saturday from May to September. Fireworks Show at 23:45 is worth a wait!
Dinner at Tivoli Food Hall
We literally filled our mouths with the delicious and unique Smørrebrød (open-faced sandwiches) at Groften, a traditional restaurant in Tivoli. Must try!
Following the routine, we visited supermarket Rema 1000 on our way to Airbnb to buy eggs, bread, cakes, milk, and fruits for the next day’s breakfast.
Note: We skipped the visit to Carlsberg and Kalvebod Bølge in Vesterbro because somehow didn’t find it worth it for kids. If you love beer or want to see how it’s made, then plan a visit to Carlsberg Brewery.
What We Loved About Copenhagen
Our time in the happiest city in the world was extraordinarily magical. It’s a perfect place to be with kids.
Hubby and I loved visiting Copenhagen to the extent that we can live there for our whole life.
Despite being expensive, Copenhagen is insanely lovely, charismatically modish, fairly eco-friendly, and bike-friendly – all that make it an absolute charmer!
The so cool it hurts the city of Copenhagen made us love all things Danish. Be it – Danish Royal Palaces, Danish Museums, Danish Design and Architecture, Danish Towns, Danish People, and Culture, Danish Concept of Hygge, Danish Food, and Danish Biking Culture.
What we loved the most about the city is its bike culture.
Copenhageners love to bike so much so that the bicycle has muscled its way into their language.
Danish historian Finn Wodschow says that there are more references to the bicycle in Danish literature, music, and film than in any other country.
Copenhagenize quotes some bicycle-related expressions that have embedded themselves even deeper in the Danish linguistic culture viz. Kæden er hoppede af: The chain fell off is used when something goes wrong.
Copenhagen Travel Tips
- Explore the city at your own pace. Wander. Stroll down any street or attraction that pleases you. We divided the Copenhagen city in neighborhoods to be explored based on the number of days on hand and walked around the city ambling into shops, cafes, churches, museums, and streets. We entered only those attractions that pleased kids or just took a sneak peek of places that were free with the Copenhagen Card. It’s better not to buy tickets to places that fail to tickle children.
- I highly recommend buying a Copenhagen Card. You’ll save a lot of time, energy and money.
- Make sure to check the opening hours of the attractions you want to visit as they vary according to the season.
- Credit cards are accepted everywhere. Practically, you can do without cash. Though, I’d suggest having some Danish Kroner (DKK) ready in case you need it. Euros ain’t widely accepted.
- Carry the two-pin continental plugs to charge your camera and phone.
- When in Denmark, do as Danes do :) One must experience hygge (hoo-geh) when in Denmark! Slow down, get cozy and relish the moment.
We had an awesome time in Copenhagen. It’s one Scandinavian city that simply can’t be missed.
I sincerely hope this Copenhagen travel guide plus itinerary, with infinitesimal details of our trip to Copenhagen, will help you plan yours.
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- Schengen Visa for Europe
- How to Plan a Trip to Europe
- Cheap and Free Things to do in Copenhagen
- 13+ Incredible Day Trips from Copenhagen
- 8 Beautiful Airbnb in Copenhagen for Families
- Best Hotels in Copenhagen for Families
- Dragør in Denmark
- Scandinavia Itinerary
- Best Places to Visit in Denmark
- Cool Danish Words we need in English now
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