Lives in Copenhagen, Denmark
Since Sep 2014
25-34 year old
“Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off - then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.” The passage is from Herman Melville's Moby Dick, and I haven't actually ever run of to sea to hunt whales (and not likely to do so), but I'm definitely acquainted with the feeling of 'having to leave'. My last longer stay abroad was in New Delhi in India, where I lived and worked for half a year. Now, I'm back in Copenhagen finishing my Modern Culture and Communication studies, but I like to stay connected to other travelers, and so, I hope the guides written here can help you on your adventure.
Gardens, Theme Parks
Art Museums, Gift & Speciality Shops, Coffee Shops
Rides & Activities, Science Museums, Gift & Speciality Shops, Children's Museums, Educational sites
History Museums, Speciality Museums
Nature & Wildlife Areas, Parks
Piers & Boardwalks
This is a fairytale-like place for kids, especially in the evenings, when the lights come on — in winter and around Christmas, it is particularly enchanting. You will find lots and lots of things for kids of all ages here. The gardens are old (the wooden roller coaster turned 100 years in 2014), so the park has a lot of history to explore, and Danes love it, too. Tivoli is located just a few minutes walk from City Hall, and the Copenhagen Central Station is its nearest neighbor, making it quite easy to get to.
The Blue Planet is Northern Europe's largest aquarium and a truly amazing area to explore. It has mammoth tanks lit with stunning blue lighting and water on all sides, giving visitors a feeling of being completely submerged. You'll really feel like you're part of the deep blue sea here.
While I am not generally a great fan of zoos, the guys at Copenhagen Zoo have done a lot for their animals over the last couple of years, and it is always a favorite with kids. The Arctic Ring lets you get quite close to the polar bears, while the Elephant House allows you stand right next to the elephants. Smiles guaranteed.
For gorgeous view over the rooftops of Copenhagen and to taste classic Dutch cuisine, check out Café Hovedtelegrafen.
The National Gallery of Denmark (Statens Museum for Kunst) is Denmark’s largest art museum, but the whole family can enjoy their time here. Every weekend, the museum organizes kids' activities from 10:30am to 4:30pm. Part of the museum is a dedicated U.L.K Art Lab where you can create your own art (and take it home)!
The Experimentarium City science center in Christianshavn is Copenhagen's popular 3,000-square-meter attraction where children and adults can see, touch and experience science in all its forms. It has a beautiful view over to Nyhavn and the Royal Danish Playhouse, and it's right next to the Opera House, making a trip here even more worth it.
Frilandsmuseet is extremely awesome. It's one the oldest open air museums in the world, and home to more than 50 farms, mills and houses from the period 1650-1940. The experience itself is like a leisurely stroll through the history of Denmark, but you can travel the length and breadth of the country in a single afternoon. They also run many activities for children, plus guided tours. It's enchanting, and perhaps best of all, it's free!
The Children's Museum at the National Museum in Copenhagen has special offerings for children ages 4 to 10, making the history of Denmark an interactive experience. And as an adult, you sometimes get to dress up and play yourself!
"Sporvejen" is a burger restaurant in central Copenhagen, fitted out like an old fashioned tram. It's quite small, but worth it all when the bell rings and the tram rolls ... It's a fun spot for all, and the kids are bound to love it.
This was one of my favorite places as a kid. My Grandma would take me and my brother here, and we loved simply standing in the entrance hall and watching the huge polar bear looking down at us. I also couldn't get enough of watching all the animals in their different settings and pushing the buttons to hear their noises. The museum has been upgraded since then, and I still love it!
Located in The Danish Film Institute (Filmhuset), the Restaurant Sult (Hunger!) is great for a bite after (or before) a good movie.
If you want to get out of the city for a while, take the s-train, line C, and get off at Klampenborg Station. There you'll find 10 square kilometers of nature where you can simply walk around and enjoy yourself. Dyrehaven (Animal Garden) is full of natural play areas and there are even permanent places for bonfires that are perfect for sitting around and grilling sausages or bread (they are free and you do not need to reserve them). If you love horses and want to go riding, there are also several places around Dyrehaven that offer this activity.
This is a great place to visit in summer if you want to go to lounge on the beach, or try water-based activities like kite surfing. Amager Strandpark's proximity to the city makes it an easy option for those traveling with children.
If you don't want to go far for your salt water, this is the place for you. It is right next to Langebro (one of the bridges) and in summer you'll find a lot of different people enjoying the area, from students to families. Especially great are the harbor baths, which feature a kids' pool as well as a diving tower and swimming pool.
For a substantial meal, try Bio Mio in The Meatpacking District, in Vesterbro. The eatery is 100% organic and a designated CLIMATE+ restaurant and green café. Keep in mind that it gets crowded, and you may be sharing a communal table with other visitors.