This full day of fun in Copenhagen highlights some of the best that Denmark’s capital city has to offer families. Copenhagen is a great city to experience with children. It satisfies both kid’s desire for fun and adventure and a parents desire to provide new experiences and chances to learn. Get the best of both worlds as you explore Copenhagen together!
The type of vacation we typically choose is luxury. For our activities, we like luxury and often stay at the finest hotels, but we are also adventurous and love off the beaten path types of experiences and always seek them out. We aren’t bothered by very “local” experiences anywhere and think these are very important to our vacation. We love adventure. We also like a mixture of regular, touristic and organized places. We enjoy hiking and outdoorsy activities. We enjoy museums, markets and other activities geared towards children. We like to maximize each day by seeing as much as possible. Our children at the time of this itinerary: 6 children- Boy age 15, Girl age 15, Girl age 15, Girl age 11, Boy age 8 and Girl age 3.
Address: Prins Jørgens Gård 1, 1218 København, Denmark
Phone: +45 33 92 64 92
Hours: Generally 10 AM – 5 PM with certain parts opening later or closing earlier.
Admission: Adults are DKK 50 for one exhibit, 75 for both (you will only have time for one if you really want to take it in. Children up to 18 are free, tours are included in admission. Also, it is included with a Copenhagen Card
Description: The Danish Jewish Museum is located on the grounds of Christiansborg Palace. Open from 10-5 (in the summer) and closed on Mondays. Adults are 50-75 Krone (approx $9-$14) depending on how much you want to see and children under 18 are free. Explore the rich history of Danish Jews in a building which itself won an award for architecture and was designed by the famous Daniel Libeskind. The main exhibition features the history of Danish Jews while the current special exhibition is entitled HOME and highlights the lives of survivors and their return after the Holocaust.
Our Experience: We spent an hour here and found it to be very worthwhile and interesting. Everyone got something out of it and would recommend it to families with school-aged children and teens. Very well done.
Description: Nyhavn is the name for the famed waterfront district in Copenhagen. Encircled by canals and home to a wealth of entertainment and dining options this is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Enjoy the famed and brightly colored townhouses that have been home to such famous inhabitants as Hans Christian Andersen. The “heritage harbor” is home to many historical wooden ships and a “memorial anchor” stands in tribute to Danish naval heroes.
Our Experience: We enjoyed this and found it to be a lovely place to simply walk around and explore at our own pace. From what we saw it was mostly restaurants, but certainly very pretty. It was filled with lots of people and activity. Enjoyed by all.
Address: Amagertorv 1160 København Denmark
Description: Strøget is a car free zone in Copenhagen renown for its mix of old and new. It
was created in 1962 as cars were beginning to take over the small central streets of the city. The creation of this pedestrian area led to a flourishing district for shopping, eating and enjoying. Grab a quick bite in a cafe for lunch, visit stores ranging from historic favorites
like the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Factory to modern luxuries like Louis Vuitton and Burberry. There are also a host of street performers and entertainers for family amusement.
Amagertorv is the city’s most central square. It dates back to the middle ages when it was a central marketplace and a venue for festivals and public gatherings. Today it boasts great shopping and some of the best examples of classic architecture in Copenhagen. The famous Stork Fountain sits in the square and the Illum department store dates back to the 1890’s.
Our Experience: Shopping- lots of it. This stop was enjoyed by all. There were plenty of stores and a great selection of different types of wares. There were a LOT of tourists. Worth spending an hour or possibly more depending on your thirst for shopping.
Address: Vesterbrogade 3, 1630 København, Denmark
Phone: +45 33 15 10 01
Hours: They open at 11AM and have extended hours in the summer which have them closing at 11PM Sunday-Thursday and Midnight on Friday and Saturday. If traveling after September 21st consult website for current hours.
Admission: 99 Krone for an adult, defined as 8 and up (approx $18). Children 7 and
under are free but must be accompanied by an adult. An adult may accompany up to four children. For every child over four per adult a supplemental 25 Krone are charged (based on conversion rates as of the date this article was written).
Description: Founded in 1843 and famous the world over Tivoli Gardens is the second oldest amusement park in existence. Come see a theme park in the country that invented them! It is also a melting pot as a destination popular with both tourists and locals. The world’s tallest carousel enjoys panoramic city views while one of the world’s oldest wooden roller coasters still in operation thrills visitors every day. The park is best appreciated at
night when more than 111,000 custom designed lights illuminate it, making this a fantastic place to end your day with some fun and renowned dining.
Copenhagen’s most revelled-in children’s attraction has to be the quaintly gorgeous Tivoli Gardens. Built in 1843, Tivoli is 15 magical city-centre acres of green gardens and lakes with pagodas, home to dragon boats, roller coasters and the Star Flyer – the world’s tallest carousel. There is also a pantomime theatre, frequent concerts and plenty of places to snack on cotton candy. At night, the park is lit gorgeously with millions of tiny coloured lights. It is said that this is the place that inspired Walt Disney.
Our Experience: This was a great experience. Everyone, from the youngest child up through the adults positively loved it. It really is a beautiful park, well maintained and decorated in a fun and inviting way. It puts everyone in the mood for a great time and doesn’t fail to deliver on that front. Admittedly the selection of rides wasn’t huge, but it was still plenty to keep everyone entertained and the lines were short or non-existent. What they may have lacked in selection they more than made up for in execution. This is a well run park that provides a great family experience. The gardens are beautiful and the sort of thing stateside parks simply don’t have. This stops comes very highly recommended.
Editor’s Note: The family received free park tickets for the purposes of reviewing. We offer this in the interest of full disclosure, though their opinions remain their own.