Please note that this is not an itinerary submitted by an actual family. This day was planned by one of our travel experts as a recommendation for a family of children with ages 4 through late teens, based on knowledge of the city. Factors such as time, cost and distance have been considered to make this a great day to get a sense of the city and keep the children and teens interested and engaged.
Address: Kobmagergade 52A, Copenhagen 1150, Denmark (Indre By)
Phone: 33 73 03 73
Hours: Peak Season (May – September) Daily from 10AM – 8PM, closes at 6PM in off season.
Admission: Adults: DKK 25, Children (5 -15 years) DKK 5 (Approx $5 and $1 as of the time of this publication), Children under 5 are free.
With construction finished in 1642, the Rundetaarn (or “Round Tower”) is a distinctive and impressive fixture of the Copenhagen skyline. It is the oldest functioning observatory in Europe, though this primary purpose for its construction goes largely unused these days in favor of taller and more technologically advanced structures. Today it serves as a stellar (no pun intended) location to take in views of the city. You can identify most of Copenhagen’s major landmarks from the platform around the top. This will give you a nice lay of the land for the rest of your time touring the city. Partway up the tower are a library and a bell tower, both of which are home to exhibits including Christian IV‘s wax seal, a tin of medicine produced by Tycho Brahe and other locally important artifacts. Note that there is no elevator and the climb to the top must be done on foot. Strollers will not be permitted and if travelling with very small children this stop may be a difficult one.
Address: Kongens Have, 1350 København, Denmark
Phone: +45 33 95 42 00
Hours: Opens daily at 7AM, closes between 5PM and 11PM depending on time of visit.
Getting There: An easy, 5 minute walk from the last stop
Admission: The gardens are free of charge
The “King’s Garden” is a nickname given to the Rosenborg Castle grounds, the oldest royal garden in Denmark. It is a Renaissance style garden was established by King Christian IV in the 17th century. The beautifully maintained gardens are augmented by impressive sculptures. The highlight is Krumspringet (“The Caper”) – a restored, symmetrical Renaissance park with a pavilion, espaliers and rose gardens. There is also an “artistic adventure playground” to entertain children and in the summer months various art exhibits and concerts are held here.
Kastellet (The Citadel) is an impressive medieval earthworks fortress and one of the world’s oldest functioning military bases. Built in the shape of a pentagram, it has massive bastions on each of the five points. The buildings here are not accessible to the public as they still serve as offices and barracks for active duty military. The grounds are a great place for a walk however. The rolling green hills are a sight and it is possible to take a walk or bike ride along the water with views of the famous Little Mermaid Statue. Depending on the time of your visit, children may also enjoy the chance to see drilling soldiers.
Address: Gl Strandvej 13, 3050 Humlebæk, Denmark
Phone: +45 49 19 07 19
Hours: Tuesday – Friday from 11AM – 10PM, Saturday and Sunday 11AM – 6PM, Closed Mondays
Getting There: 30 minute train ride north from the city, use the Copenhagen Card for the fare.
Admission: Adults DKK 110, Students DKK 95 (Approx $20 and $17 as of the time of this publication) children up to 18 are free.
About a half hour north of the city of Copenhagen is one of the worlds most fascinating and family friendly modern art museums. Besides being Denmark’s most visited art museum, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is one of the most welcoming museums for children you will ever find. The children’s wing is three stories and features not only exhibits specific to certain artists and mediums, but every floor includes hands on art activities for children to engage in. Enjoy constructing an art project to leave a personal contribution to the museum. Allow your children to join the world of publicly displayed modern sculpture and painting in an experience they will never forget. Note that the museum is 20 or so minute walk from the train if taking that method of getting here. The museum itself is also large and somewhat confusing so consider all these factors when bringing small children who may tire easily before even getting to the activities.