Colourful houses, beautiful castles and blue skies. We have bene to Copenhagen and it has been an amazing 3-days trip that I totally suggest you, especially if you travel with your kids. The city is stunning, it is super easy to get around and the main attraction are totally entertaining for the whole family.
We experienced different sides of the city: the historical one, the postcard one, the hipster one and the kids one. Here are the highlights of our trip!
You can’t visit the Danish capital without checking out Nyhavn. This 17th century canal is Copenhagen’s postcard picture. Have a walk, check out the historical ships, take tons of pictures, have a drink at one of the cafés. The atmosphere of Nyhavn is beautiful, especially on a sunny day.
There are a number of boat tours departing from Nyhavn. The boat goes all the way to the gulf up to the famous Mermaid statue, then goes back through the city’s main canals. You’ll have a beautiful view of the city’s skyline, passing in front of the Black Diamond and the Opera Theatre. Most boats are also covered and heated so no worries if the day is rainy: you can still enjoy your canal trip.
A few reasons why you’ll love Copenhagen’s round tower: without any step is super easy to climb and it has the most stunning 360 degrees view of the city.
Rosenborg Castle is near the city centre but it’ll feel like you’re miles away from its modernity. The castle is romantic and majestic, and its gardens and crown jewels will honestly leave you speechless.
Copenhagen Street Food project is still in its trial phase, but it’s such a success it will surely be confirmed. In this industrial space you’ll find an amazing market with different food stalls. Danish people come here to have lunch and chill by the canal. The range of food is wide and delicious, and the prices are reasonable.
Had lunch at Papiroeen? Perfect! Right next to it you’ll find the most incredible and family friendly place on earth (probably): Experimentarium. A crazy experience that will take the whole family into a fun journey of experiments, physical trials and discoveries.
Christiania is the hippy area of Copenhagen. It’s amazing, but I only suggest you to visit it if – like I did – you know some local that can take you around, as some areas can be quite dodgy. Avoid ‘Pusher Street and Nemoland (the opposite of kid friendly) and have a walk along the canal, where some incredible houses made by their owners, with a special ‘Hobbit-ville’ feel, are waiting to be discovered.
The Danish National Museum
This Museum has a special area for kids, and it’s one of the best in all European museums. Plus, there’s always something great going on: as we walked in we found ourselves in the middle of a 40s party.
Picture the perfect fairytale castle, rising from the water. This is Frederiksberg. A magnificent castle with amazing rooms and a beautiful garden and a special area for kids in the basement where they can dress up in a princess or prince costume and do themed crafts.
Norreport and its Food Market
There are many places to discover in the Norreport area. The Botanical Gardens are one of them, and the fantastic and super kid-friendly Israels Plads is another one. Torvehallerne is a great food market where you can taste some of the most famous Danish specialties, including the open face sandwiches.
A couple of cozy restaurants I suggest – especially if your kids aren’t too fussy about food are Paludan Bogcafé, inside a bookshop, and Kalaset, a gastropub with a lovely vintage style.
I hope these info will turn useful to you!
Some more tips: if you book in advance the low cost companies prices for a flight to Cph are usually very affordable.
If you go, consider buying the Copenhagen Card, as it covers all tube and buses and most attractions.
Tak Copenhagen! It has been amazing!
More info: Visit Copenhagen
All pictures shot with a Nikon 1 J5.