Ideally, a week’s required to feel the pulse of Copenhagen. 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.
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.
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
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’ menu. 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 elderly. This time when you plan your family vacation or a multigenerational fun trip, think Copenhagen, think our guide to Copenhagen for Families.
HOW TO GET TO COPENHAGEN
There are numerous budget flights from Delhi to Copenhagen. Most of them take anywhere between 10 to 14 hours with a layover.
I’d suggest booking Aeroflot or Air India flight. You save the money plus time on both. Aeroflot takes 10 hours 45 minutes with a short layover (2 hours 20 minutes) in Khimki, Russia. Air India flies direct to Copenhagen from Delhi and takes 8 hours 20 minutes.
I recommend Skyscanner for the best flight deals.
Many nationals need to get Schengen Visa before their arrival in Europe. Check here to know if you need a Schengen Visa or not.
COPENHAGEN AIRPORT TRANSFERS
It’s easy to get to and from Copenhagen’s Kastrup Airport (CPH) to Copenhagen city using Public transit.
The metro located above terminal 3 takes you to the Copenhagen city center.
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 the 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 the another.
GETTING AROUND COPENHAGEN
Copenhagen on Foot
Copenhagen is quite a walking-friendly city and can be explored on foot with ease. You can walk around the center of Copenhagen, in just one day. Join one of the Copenhagen free walking tours or else take a self-guided tour.
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.
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 at Copenhagen, it’s wise to invest in a City Pass or a Copenhagen Card.
City Pass gives access to the 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.
Copenhagen Card not only allows you free public transport but also free entrance to 86 touristic 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 all is included with the Copenhagen Card? Check here.
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.
Rent a Car
Renting a car in 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 a crime of renting a Europcar 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. If you are still planning to drive in Copenhagen, please buy a time interval card which is valid for 5 days (weekdays only) or download the Easypark app to save the trouble of finding a parking and paying for it. Click here to know all about Parking in Copenhagen.
WHERE TO STAY IN COPENHAGEN
Nørrebro, Vesterbro, and City Center are the best neighborhoods to stay in Copenhagen. Choosing the right neighborhood is a key to making the most out of your stay.
We had a rented car and had no thoughts about how to commute. So, we chose to stay in an Airbnb in quaint Kokkedal. It’s 35 km away from the city of Copenhagen, a beautiful countryside which gave us a chance to explore the local Danish life. The self-catering house is beautifully designed, spacious and perfect for families. It accommodates 7 guests. My most favorite area in the house was the living room. Our host, Marzena was welcoming and helped us with the Copenhagen itinerary.
Airbnb is a great option if you are traveling in a group or on a budget. It provides you with an option to cook on your own rather than eating out in expensive restaurants. Kids get more space to play and run around.
You can choose from many cheap yet lovely options to stay on Airbnb. Click here to get a discount on your first Airbnb booking.
Copenhagen has a great choice of family-friendly hotels and hostels to suit every kind of budget.
Find the best deals and special offers on Copenhagen accommodations here.
WHERE TO EAT IN COPENHAGEN
Whatever your budget, there are traditional and delicious meals waiting for you to be feasted on in Copenhagen. They have Noma, the world’s most expensive and exclusive restaurant and they have food markets that serve delish food at cheap prices.
Torvehallerne Food Market
A huge closed market where one finds every food item you can imagine. You name it, they have it!
Reffen – Copenhagen Street Food Market, Refshaleøen
Reffen is a market that houses more than 50 stalls that work on the sustainable belief of “reduce and reuse.” It’s a blend of the food market and creative workshops. The fresh creative entrepreneurs who are looking for a startup can create and sell their products here.
Low-Cost Resturants and Cafes in Nørrebro and Vesterbro
Obviously, you get tired of eating street food or cooking on your own all the time. Hunt for some good-value restaurants to eat out without blasting your travel budget.
Avoid Nyhavn – food costs a fortune. We tried Cafe Klods Hans – It was good but way expensive.
I’d recommend the restaurants and cafes in Nørrebro and Vesterbro neighborhoods as they serve quality food for the money.
John’s Hotdog Deli in Vesterbro is a gourmet hot dog stand where you can create your own hot dog or can try their monthly specials.
Hit the Supermarkets
The ridiculously cheapest way to eat in Copenhagen is to hit one of the city’s supermarkets and hoard on food that you can cook back at your Airbnb rental. I found Netto and Rema 1000 the best of the lot.
Tivoli Food Hall
You don’t need to pay for the Tivoli Gardens entrance ticket to visit Tivoli Food Hall. There are about 16 stalls offering a range of foods from Danish to International cuisines.
Steff-Houlberg hot dog cart or stand (pølsevogn) is everywhere in Copenhagen. I mean you are never more than a minute or two away from the next hot dog cart when in Copenhagen. A best quick meal-fix at cheap prices. They serve famous veg/non-veg Danish hot dogs, pølse in Danish. It’s the favored street food in Denmark.
Meatpacking Weekend Food Market
Kødbyens Mad & Marked is the most wallet-friendly food market in Copenhagen. You get everything from traditional Danish food like smørrebrød, bøfsandwich to fresh produce.
COPENHAGEN ON BUDGET
Copenhagen is expensive if you make it be. Copenhagen is reasonable if you make it be.
No matter how low your budget is, Copenhagen welcomes you with open arms. Staying at Airbnb and self-catering save tons of money. Use Netto, Rima 1000, Aldi and Fakta discount supermarkets to buy groceries.
The city can be explored easily by foot, on boat and bicycle. Boat tours cost just 24 DKK for adults and 12 DKK for children and renting a bike is worth 30 DKK for an hour. Bycyklen has docking stations all around the city for you to pick and drop the bikes.
Dreaming of Europe trip on budget? Here’s a detailed guide on how you can plan your Europe trip on a budget.
Copenhagen has no shortage of free and cheap attractions. There are a hell lot of free and budget things to do in Copenhagen with kids.
Free Things to do in Copenhagen with Kids
Most of Copenhagen’s famous attractions are open all year round and for the most part free of charge. The beautiful statues, gorgeous churches, ancient monuments, historical ruins, almost all the gardens, and parks offer free entry. Some of the free things to do are –
- Explore The Little Mermaid, Christiania, Nyhavn, Black Diamond Library, Six Wooden Giants, Kastellet fortress, Gefion Fountain, Statue of Andersen, St Alban’s Church, and all the parks and gardens in Copenhagen like Frederiksberg Gardens, The Botanical Garden and King’s Gardens at Rosenborg Castle on foot.
- Copenhagen Free Walking Tours give you a perfect introduction to the city.
- Watch the changing of Guards at Amalienborg Palace.
- Experience Copenhagen from above by climbing the Christiansborg Tårnet Tower.
- Swim at Islands Brygge Harbour Bath – a harbor with a wooden deck.
- Chill at Amager Beach.
- All the national museums in Copenhagen are free for kids up to 17-year-olds and have free admission days for adults.
Cheap/Budget things to do in Copenhagen with Kids
- Entry to the world’s oldest amusement park, Bakken Amusement Park is absolutely free. You just have to pay 270.00 DKK for the multi-ride wristband. If you happen to visit on Wednesdays, you get a straight 50% off with a condition to pay in cash.
- Hop on one of the blue Netto Boats to experience the city from the waterfront. It only costs 50 DKK for an adult and 20 DKK for a child. The cheap alternative to boat tours are the harbor buses.
- Climb the Round Tower to experience the city from the top with a meager entry ticket of 25 DKK (adult) and 5 DKK (child.)
- The Workers Museum has a free entry for kids up to 17-year-old and costs 75 DKK for an adult.
- National Museum is free for kids (0-17 year) and costs 95 DKK for an adult.
- Make your way up to the Christiansborg Kirke’s gorgeous dome for just 20 DKK for kids and 35 DKK for adults.
- Parkmuseerne ticket and Copenhagen Card are a great way to travel Copenhagen on budget.
SHOPPING IN COPENHAGEN
People love to shop at one of the longest pedestrian shopping streets in Europe, Strøget with the profusion of shops on both sides selling everything ranging from expensive brands like Parada, Louis Vuitton to budget brands like Zara, and Vero Moda. There are lot many cafes and restaurants for you to take your weight off your feet and grab a bite.
Don’t miss visiting magical Karrusella, a charming children’s shop in the Jorcks Passage on Strøget street. They have a little door for their cute tiny customers besides the regular door 🙂
Just parallel to Strøget is Strædet street with design shops selling ceramics and antique.
I loved Jægersborggade street for its little and cute artisanal shops. A perfect place for an artist is you!
Local flea markets in Copenhagen are a great place for bargains. You get everything from children’s clothes, toys to all things vintage and antique at reasonable prices. The key is to get there early. I particularly liked the Frederiksberg Loppetorv which takes place on Saturdays. Check the flea market days if you happen to be in Copenhagen anytime between spring to autumn. Head to Thorvaldsens Plads in Gammel Strand on Fridays and Saturdays if antiques and collectibles entice you.
DAY TRIPS FROM COPENHAGEN
If you want to know any country well, walk outside of its capital to its little old towns. They hide a lot of history, beauty and much more. You can day date another country from Copenhagen in less than an hour. How cool is that!
Explore beyond Copenhagen if you have time. Just Öresund away from Copenhagen, Malmö is a Sweden’s third largest city that cradles about 150 nationalities in its bosom. We drove a little further from Malmö to Lund, the second oldest city in Sweden better known for its university. Lund University is one of the oldest, largest and renowned institutions in Northern Europe.
Hven is a little Swedish island in the strait of Öresund between Sweden and Denmark that offers awesome views of Swedish and Danish coasts. Famous for Kronborg Castle where Shakespeare’s Hamlet was set in, Helsingør or Elsinore is located at the narrowest point of Øresund (the sound) that separates Denmark from Sweden. Catch a ferry from Ystad in Sweden to get to the pretty Danish Island in the Baltic Sea, Bornholm.
Home to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, one of the best museums in Denmark – Humlebaek is just 35 minutes away from Copenhagen. Humlebaek and Helsingør can be explored together in a day because of the proximity to each other. A delightful historic fishing village of Dragør makes for a perfect day trip from Copenhagen.
Hillerød, another lovely Danish town is worth a day trip. It’s best known for the Frederiksborg Castle and the Par Force Forests of Gribskov and Store Dyrehave.
The Danish island of Møn and its boundless magical white cliffs definitely deserve a day date if and when you are in Copenhagen. It’s a crime to miss Den Blå Planet (National Aquarium Denmark) if you are traveling with kids. It’s famed as Northern Europe’s largest aquarium. We visited the aquarium on our way to Dragør.
I’d write about the day trips we took from Copenhagen in the next few posts.
OUR COPENHAGEN ITINERARY
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 🙂
3 DAYS IN COPENHAGEN WITH KIDS
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! Birthland of Lego can’t disappoint kids, you know.
The capital of Denmark is packed 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 72 Hours in Copenhagen with Kids.
Arrival in Copenhagen
We boarded the AirIndia flight at 2 pm and arrived at 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. Kids relieved their tiredness (of sitting continuously in 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.
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 sets at around 11 p.m. here.
Day 1 in Copenhagen – 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.
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 of 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 the 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.) Family ticket (2 adults and 3 children) costs 250 DKK.
The tour that departs from Gammel Strand is free with Copenhagen Card.
The tour duration is one hour.
Book your Canal Tour here.
The Marble Church (Frederik’s Church)
10 minutes 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. The entrance ticket for an adult is 35 DKK and for a child is 20 DKK.
Opening timings are 10 to 5 on all days except Friday and Sunday when it opens from 12 to 5 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. The ticket costs 95 DKK for an adult and is free for children up to 17 years.
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 I 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 playing area for kids.
Rosenborg Castle is open from 7 a.m. to between 5 pm and 11 pm depending on the time of year. It costs 110 DKK for adults and 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 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 a museum lover 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 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 on to see the core of the tower as you look down. Kids enjoyed but it scared a hell out of me.
Don’t forget to visit the beautiful Trinitatis Church which is a part of the Trinitatis Complex along with Round Tower. 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 opportunity. 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 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’ taste.
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 the 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 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.
Day 2 in Copenhagen – 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.
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 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. Polar bear exhibit stands out. Kids can easily spend their whole day here. It costs 100 DKK for a child and 180 DKK for an 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 the guided tours at Frederiksberg Palace that takes place on 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 castle’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 was free with Copenhagen Card but came out as soon as 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 grave site 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.
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.
Day 3 in Copenhagen – Explore Free town of Christiania, Østerbro and Vesterbro neighborhoods
After making a quick early morning visit to a supermarket near to 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.
On the way to Christiania, we briefly stopped by at the Church of Our Saviour, Copenhagen Opera House and Christianshavn waterfront.
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 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 the 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.
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 in 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 a real learning with fun experience for children.
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. Don’t leave Tivoli before 12 a.m. if you happen to visit on any Saturday during 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 next day breakfast.
NOT TO BE MISSED THINGS MISSED BY US IN COPENHAGEN
We skipped the visit to Carlsberg and Kalvebod Bølge in Vesterbro because somehow didn’t find it worth for kids. If you love beer or want to see how its made, then plan a visit to Carlsberg Brewery.
Legoland must be ticked off the list of things to do in Copenhagen. Woefully, we missed it.
Frilandsmuseet is an open-air museum with farms, old houses, and mills from the 17th century. It’s free and a great place for families.
We chose Tivoli over Bakken Amusement Park. You can visit Bakken too if you have more time on your hands.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Jægersborg Dyrehave (The Deer Park) is a vast expanse with forests, lakes and amazing varieties of deer. The Hermitage Hunting Lodge in the center of the park is a great photography spot.
WHAT WE LOVED ABOUT COPENHAGEN
Everything. 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 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 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. 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.
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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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