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 Copenhagen and keep the children and teens interested and engaged.
Address: Gammel Strand | Nyhavn, Copenhagen 1051, Denmark
Phone: +45 32 66 00 00
Hours: Consult schedule on website as the schedule varies based on season. Tours start at 9:30 or 10 in the morning and run at a rate of 1-6 an hour until anywhere from 5-9 PM depending on time of year. Summer (late June-August) are peak times with the longest hours and most tours.
Website: http://www.stromma.dk/kobenhavn/ (You’ll want to make use of the translation)
Getting There: The Copenhagen City Pass gives you unlimited access to buses, trains, metro and harbour buses. You can buy a 24 hour pass and an adult can bring up to 2 children under 12 on for free. Children under 16 are cheaper. This pass will get you around all day.
Admission: 75 Danish Krone per person, or about $13.72 for the 1 hour grand tour. Longer and specialty tours are available at a higher cost (based on conversion rates as of the date this article was written).
Description: A great way to start your day by getting an overview of the city from a very different angle. The architecture of the old city center is a sight to behold, and you’ll be able to spot most major attractions and orient yourself for the day. Guided tours will provide a good dose of culture and history as you take in the sights. While weather can be a factor some of the fleet are covered and heated for inclement days. The boats are roomy enough to allow for some great photo taking opportunities.
Address: Amagertorv 1160 København Denmark
Getting There: Once again the Copenhagen City Pass will help you get there by bus or metro.
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.
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. October-April the entire palace is closed Mondays. As with any royal/government building
still in use it may be closed on a given day for an official function, consult the website before your trip for up to date information about particular days.
Getting There: Use Copenhagen City Pass or it is walkable from Amagertorv with a quick stroll along the water.
Admission: Depends on what you want to see. The combination ticket gains you entrance to most areas and will run 110 Krone for an adult, 95 for a student or 55 for a child age 4-17 (about $20, $17 and $10). Under 4 are free. Group rates start at 10 people (based on conversion rates as of the date this article was written).
Description: Of the three major palaces in the city this is the one which currently plays host to state functions. It is the seat of Danish Parliament, their Supreme Court and the office of the Prime Minister; in addition to uses by Danish Royals.
The Danish Jewish Museum is also located on the grounds. Similarly 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.
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.
Getting There: Use Copenhagen City Pass or it is walkable from the palace in about 10 minutes.
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: Tivoli Gardens 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.
A Special Note: The Museum of Danish Resistance was originally intended as a planned stop on this itinerary, however it is currently closed due to a fire. It’s archives are open however solely for researchers (and they require speaking Danish) and while the exhibits are intact they are currently not on display to the public. This fascinating destination chronicles the Danish resistance to Nazi occupation during the Second World War and offers a very different slice of history. Hopes are to reopen the site in 2017-18.