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Guide to Copenhagen for Families

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So what do you do if you are in Copenhagen with your family? Fear not, Copenhagen is a great city for kids. If you have a pram or pushchair, there are reserved places on buses and trains especially for you, and the majority of restaurants offer children's menus. And then, of course, there are the reduced prices for kids at museums and fun parks and attractions to make the most of...

Good for
  • Family
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Beach Goer

15 Places

13 City Tips

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15 Places

Tivoli Gardens

Gardens, Theme Parks

Den Bla Planet, National Aquarium Denmark

Aquariums

Copenhagen ZOO

Zoos

Cafe Hovedtelegrafen

Restaurants

National Gallery of Denmark

Art Museums, Gift & Speciality Shops, Coffee Shops

Experimentarium

Rides & Activities, Science Museums, Gift & Speciality Shops, Children's Museums, Educational sites

The Open Air Museum

Speciality Museums

The National Museum of Denmark

History Museums, Speciality Museums

Sporvejen

Restaurants

Zoologisk Museum

Speciality Museums

Restaurant SULT

Restaurants

Jaegerborg Dyrehave

Nature & Wildlife Areas, Parks

Amager Strandpark

Beaches

Islands Brygge

Piers & Boardwalks

BOB Biomio Organic Bistro

Restaurants

CarolineBond's City Tips

  • People in Denmark generally don't tip. You will always get a grateful smile if you do, but it is not necessary.
  • If you need a quick food-fix before the kids go crazy, get a Danish hot dog "med det hele" (with everything) from the nearest hot dog stand — they are everywhere and they are good.
  • The easiest way to get around Copenhagen is to rent a city bike with GPS. (If you're not used to biking, or have run-away kids to keep an eye on, stick to public transport.)
  • If you'd rather have a personal bike or if you need a baby seat, try Baisikeli, Københavns Cykelbørs or Bicycle Innovation Lab (they also do guided tours). They customize bicycles.
  • There is an efficient bus, metro and s-train (subway-system) network. Buy a "rejsekort" (travel card) for multiple people, using the machines at any station.
  • Note that prices in Denmark are high compared to almost anywhere else ... we all complain about it.
  • Saks Corner Copenhagen has quite a simple menu and plenty of room for children to play while you have a good cup of coffee.
  • You won't find a lot of restrictions on dress and etiquette in Copenhagen, as Danes are generally quite tolerant.
  • Whatever you do, keep to the line! Danes find it very rude if you jump the line — it is not accepted.
  • Try not to be too loud, Danes tend to shun screaming kids and loud people. Public space is thought of as a place where everyone needs to be; therefore, be considerate.
  • Denmark is a very egalitarian society, so try to remember that when you approach a Dane — they will be more than happy to help if asked politely.
  • If you want a little adventure on your own, Blågårdsgade in Nørrebro and Sønder Boulevard in Vesterbro are full of family-friendly offers.
  • Buy the "Save with Copenhagen" card for discounts on most of the activities mentioned below.
  • Tivoli Gardens
    Gardens, Theme Parks
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    CarolineBond Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Get a tour card if you want to try a couple of the attractions here — definitely the cheapest option.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 342 things to do in Copenhagen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • This is Halloween! 17/10/2018
    • Worth visiting with or without kids 16/10/2018
    • Tivoli Gardens
    Address:
    Vesterbrogade 3
    Copenhagen 1630
    Denmark
    Phone:
    +45 33 15 10 01
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    11:00 - 23:00
    Fri - Sat
    11:00 - 23:45
    Other:
  • Den Bla Planet, National Aquarium Denmark
    Aquariums
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    CarolineBond Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    Tips
    • There's an app for the Blue Planet that will help you figure out what's what in the aquarium ... and it's full of games you can play during your visit!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #43 of 342 things to do in Copenhagen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing talks 11/10/2018
    • Very good aquarium 09/10/2018
    • Den Bla Planet, National Aquarium Denmark
    Address:
    Jacob Fortlingsvej 1
    Copenhagen 2770
    Denmark
    Phone:
    +45 44 22 22 44
    Hours:
    Mon
    10:00 - 21:00
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Copenhagen ZOO
    Zoos
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    CarolineBond Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The best part for children is really the kids' zoo, where you can pet horses, cows, goats, and other animals. Walk under the tunnel (right next to the camels) to get there.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 15 things to do in Frederiksberg
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely day 11/10/2018
    • Suprised by the conditions 10/10/2018
    • Copenhagen ZOO
    Address:
    Roskildevej 32
    Frederiksberg, Copenhagen 2000
    Denmark
    Phone:
    +45 72 20 02 00
    Price range:
    US$4 - US$4
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    09:00 - 17:00
    Sat - Sun
    09:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Cafe Hovedtelegrafen
    Restaurants (Cafe, European, Danish)
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    CarolineBond Says:

    For gorgeous view over the rooftops of Copenhagen and to taste classic Dutch cuisine, check out Café Hovedtelegrafen.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • The cafe is right on the top of the House of Communication Museum, a fun place to check out with kids!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Best with this place is the view 13/12/2015
    • Nice meal 05/10/2015
    • Cafe Hovedtelegrafen
    Address:
    Koebmagergade 37/5
    Copenhagen 1150
    Denmark
    Phone:
    +45 33 41 09 86
    Price range:
    US$20 - US$25
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 16:00
  • National Gallery of Denmark
    Art Museums, Gift & Speciality Shops, Coffee Shops
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    CarolineBond Says:

    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)!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Check out their website to see what activities are in store for kids when you're in Copenhagen. They really try to engage kids in art and teach them more about it.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 161 Shopping in Copenhagen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Small collection, average impression 09/10/2018
    • Lots of art but not quite to the calibre of other European galleries 06/10/2018
    • National Gallery of Denmark
    Address:
    Soelvgade 48/50
    Copenhagen 1307
    Denmark
    Phone:
    +45 33 74 84 94
    Hours:
    Tue
    11:00 - 17:00
    Wed
    11:00 - 20:00
    Thu - Sun
    11:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Experimentarium
    Rides & Activities, Science Museums, Gift & Speciality Shops, Children's Museums, Educational sites
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    CarolineBond Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Check out the English version of the website to see what activities they are organizing while you're in Denmark.
    • You can get here by water bus (part of the public transport system). If you have a travel card, you're good to go.
    • Note that the Experimentarium is not in Hellerup, but on Christianshavn.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Hellerup
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Big Space. Fun for kids. 02/10/2018
    • Family fun! 02/10/2018
    • Experimentarium
    Address:
    Tuborg Havnevej 7
    Hellerup 2900
    Denmark
    Phone:
    +45 39 27 33 33
    Price range:
    US$195 - US$195
    Hours:
    Mon - Wed
    09:30 - 18:00
    Thu
    09:30 - 20:00
    Fri
    09:30 - 18:00
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • The Open Air Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    CarolineBond Says:

    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!

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can use Google Streetview for Frilandsmuseet — quite nice when you're trying to find your way around.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 342 things to do in Copenhagen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very nice place to spend 1/2 day 15/10/2018
    • Must go with children from spring 15/10/2018
    • The Open Air Museum
    Address:
    Kongevejen 100
    Kgs. Lyngby
    Copenhagen 2800
    Denmark
    Phone:
    +45 41 20 64 55
    Price range:
    US$2 - US$2
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 16:00
    Other:
  • The National Museum of Denmark
    History Museums, Speciality Museums
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    CarolineBond Says:

    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!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • They arrange many activities and guided tours — check the website for details.
    • The museum is free to enter.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 342 things to do in Copenhagen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • And visit in 3 years 13/10/2018
    • Quite a big collection 12/10/2018
    • The National Museum of Denmark
    Address:
    Prinsens Palais
    Copenhagen 1220
    Denmark
    Phone:
    +45 33 13 44 11
    Price range:
    US$2 - US$2
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Sporvejen
    Restaurants (European, Grill, Danish, American, Bar)
    CarolineBond Says:

    "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.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • This is a good stop for lunch before or after visiting the Nationalmuseet.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #58 of 2,322 restaurants in Copenhagen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best hamburgers in town 14/10/2018
    • Big portions and great value for money 07/10/2018
    • Sporvejen
    Address:
    Graabroedretorv 17
    Copenhagen 1154
    Denmark
    Phone:
    +45 33 13 31 01
    Price range:
    US$4 - US$15
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 - 22:00
    Mon - Sat
    11:00 - 22:00
    Other:
  • Zoologisk Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    CarolineBond Says:

    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!

    Good for
    • Family
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • There is an interactive part of the exhibition, where you can touch animal fur, explore skeletons or admire the macabre collection of animals preserved in formaldehyde.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #52 of 342 things to do in Copenhagen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Perfect for children (and Adults) 30/07/2018
    • Fantastic place for people of all ages 29/07/2018
    • Zoologisk Museum
    Address:
    Universitetsparken 15
    Copenhagen 2100
    Denmark
    Phone:
    +45 35 32 22 22
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 16:00
    Other:
  • Restaurant SULT
    Restaurants (European, Scandinavian, Danish, Healthy)
    CarolineBond Says:

    Located in The Danish Film Institute (Filmhuset), the Restaurant Sult (Hunger!) is great for a bite after (or before) a good movie.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • Service is not necessarily quick, so be sure to leave enough time if you're dining before a film.
    • The weekend brunch buffet is plentiful and diverse, sure to please even young picky eaters!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #435 of 2,322 restaurants in Copenhagen
    • Sunday brunch 23/09/2018
    • Would come again 24/08/2018
    • Restaurant SULT
    Address:
    Vognmagergade 8B
    Copenhagen 1120
    Denmark
    Phone:
    +45 33 74 34 17
    Hours:
    Sun
    09:30 - 21:00
    Tue - Fri
    11:30 - 22:00
    Sat
    09:30 - 22:00
    Other:
  • Jaegerborg Dyrehave
    Nature & Wildlife Areas, Parks
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    CarolineBond Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Check out the activities available on the Dyrehaven website — there are more than it is possible to list here!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Klampenborg
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Free outdoor park to see deer 15/10/2018
    • Dyrehaven is a great place to visit 22/08/2018
    • Jaegerborg Dyrehave
    Address:
    Dyrehaven
    Klampenborg 2930
    Denmark
    Phone:
    +45 20 21 90 92
    Other:
  • Amager Strandpark
    Beaches
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    CarolineBond Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Look for the blue flag: if the blue flag is up, you can go swimming; if it's not, you should ask whether or not it is safe to take a swim — currents can be strong.
    • There'll be an ice-cream vendor somewhere, you can be sure — and they are quite generous with their portions!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 342 things to do in Copenhagen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lond beach park. 18/09/2018
    • Nice beach outside the city center 14/09/2018
    • Amager Strandpark
    Address:
    Amager Strandvej
    Copenhagen 2300
    Denmark
  • Islands Brygge
    Piers & Boardwalks
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    CarolineBond Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • Along Islands Brygge you'll find shops covering all your needs, but go to Bryggen 11 for really good ice cream!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 342 things to do in Copenhagen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Scenic and quiet place to stay 05/10/2018
    • Nice place for a walk and to shop 22/09/2018
    • Islands Brygge
  • BOB Biomio Organic Bistro
    Restaurants (European, Scandinavian, Danish)
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    CarolineBond Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • If you are a vegan family, also check out vegan hotdogs at DØP (the organic hotdog vendor). They have stands in Købmagergade at Rundetårn and at Strøget close to Helligåndskirken.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #460 of 2,322 restaurants in Copenhagen
    • Disappointing Experience 01/10/2018
    • Beyond disappointed - inedible food 30/09/2018
    • BOB Biomio Organic Bistro
    Address:
    Halmtorvet 19
    The BOSCH building
    Copenhagen 1700
    Denmark
    Phone:
    +45 33 31 20 00
    Price range:
    US$16 - US$39
    Hours:
    Sun
    17:00 - 21:00
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 - 16:00
    Mon
    17:00 - 22:00
    Wed
    17:00 - 22:00
    Thu
    17:00 - 22:30
    Fri - Sat
    17:30 - 22:30
    Other:
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