Kid-friendly Copenhagen



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The importance of the family in Denmark is illustrated by the huge number of kid-friendly attractions in Copenhagen. All forms of public transport allow prams on board and most restaurants will offer a kid’s portion for half price if a children’s menu is not listed. Many of the city’s museums have special children’s sections, while all the big tourist spots have baby changing facilities and high chairs in their cafes. Add to that children’s theater of the highest caliber and a slew of public parks and playgrounds, and Copenhagen really does measure up as one of the world’s most kid-friendly cities.
For this 4-day tour, we’ve suggested staying in a family room at the quiet Ibsen’s Hotel, located on the edge of the city center close to a number of parks and playgrounds as well as shops, cafes and museums. For those on a tighter budget however, family rooms in Danhostel Copenhagen City or Hotel Copenhagen are also good options. We also recommend a 3-day (72-hour) Copenhagen Card for Day 2-4 of the trip; children under 11 are included free on an adult pass, and with free travel on both bus and train combined with free entry into most of Copenhagen’s museums there are large savings to be made.

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Day 1 - Copenhagen, København


After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, walk over to nearby HC Ørsteds Park, an attractive park centered around a lake. There’s a pleasant playground on one side of the park, and lunch can be enjoyed in the park’s cheap, outside café Hacienda. Once appetites have been taken care of, spend the afternoon in the nearby National Gallery’s Museum for Children, either looking at the art on display or making your own in the workshops there (cost 30kr from the reception). If the kids aren’t too exhausted, top the day off with a street performance in Israels Plads, not far from the hotel, where international street theater group Dansk Rakkerpak will be performing a free, outdoors show ‘Rickshaw’ at 4pm every weekend until July 2nd (and at 7pm on weekdays). It’s not far to go for the evening’s meal: child-friendly Italian restaurant La Rocca is located in the same building as Ibsen’s Hotel. Let the kids dine in the children’s room while you enjoy some top notch Italian food in style.


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Ibsens Hotel

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Vendersgade 23
1363 Copenhagen, DK

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tel: 45 3313 1913
fax: 45 3313 1916
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Copenhagen Card

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Vesterbrogade 4A (seller)
Copenhagen, Denmark

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tel: +45 7022 2442
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H.C. Ørstedsparken

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Nørre Voldgade
1358 Copenhagen, Denmark

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tel: +45 3333 8533 (cafe)
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Statens Museum for Kunst

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Sølvgade 48-50
1307 København, Denmark

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tel: +45 3374 8494
fax: +45 3374 8404
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Statens Museum for Børn

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Sølvgade 48-50
1307 København, Denmark

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tel: +45 3374 8494
fax: +45 3374 8404
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La Rocca

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Vendersgade 23-25
1363 København, Denmark

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tel: 45 3314 6655
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Day 2 - Copenhagen, København


Start the day by heading over to busy Nørreport Station. Take the orange C-line of the S-Train up to the Charlottenlund stop, which takes about 12 minutes. From the station, follow the signs to ‘Danmarks Akvarium’- the national aquarium - a pleasant 15 minute walk through a grassy park area. It’s up to you whether to linger over the seahorses, giant crabs, squid or the sharks, or to try getting close to some marine life in the touching pools open at certain times of the day. Lunch can be enjoyed in the aquarium café.
While in Charlottenlund, don’t miss out on the opportunity to spend some time on the beach: Charlottenlund Strandpark is an attractive sandy beach with all public amenities catered for. If anyone’s got any energy left, Denmark’s national science museum the Experimentarium is located not far down the coast, in Hellerup: though the entrance ticket is high, this really is the place for children who can’t help touching the exhibits.


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Danmarks Akvarium

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Kavalergården 1
Strandvejen, in Charlottenlund Fort Park, Charlottenlund
2920 Copenhagen, Denmark

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tel: +45 3962 3283
fax: +45 3962 0416
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Charlottenlund Strandpark

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Strandvejen 144b
2920 København, Denmark


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Experimentarium

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Tuborg Havnevej 7
Hellerup
2900 Copenhagen, Denmark

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tel: +45 39 27 3333
fax: +45 39 27 3395
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Day 3 - Frederiksberg, Copenhagen


Take the Metro from Nørreport Station to Frederiksberg Station, a 4-minute journey on the city’s sleek, modern subway service, which prides itself on being one of the cleanest and safest in the world. As you head out of the station, try not to walk too quickly past the various sandwich shops around Falkoner Alle; instead, pick up some take away food for a packed lunch in Frederiksberg Have park, the entrance to which is a 10-15 minute walk from the station. There’s plenty to do here, from trying out the paddle boats on the lake to admiring the almost tame herons and playing in the Chinese pagoda. Last but not least, don’t forget the always popular playground.
After lunch, go through the park to Copenhagen Zoo, which is found on Roskildevej: look for the wooden tower with ‘Zoo’ written on a sign at the top. Give yourself enough time to take in everything, as the zoo covers a larger area than you might realize, with one half of it found beyond the tunnel on the other side of Roskildevej. Don’t be too despondent if the promise of seeing the lions doesn’t get the kids out of the play area – you’ll get them moving eventually. This playground is found within a larger Children’s Zoo, and also includes a petting zoo of small farm animals, pony rides (costs extra), seating for watching theater shows (check the notices for times) and face painting area. We recommend you eat at the zoo: the food offered in the cafeteria-style Provianten should have something for all tastes and is open until late. Bus no.6A takes you from right outside the zoo on the other side of Roskildevej all the way to Rådhuspladsen, from which it’s a 10-minute walk back to the hotel (alternatively, taxis are also easy to find around here).


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Frederiksberg Have

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Frederiksberg Runddel 1
2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark

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tel: +45 7022 2442 (Tourist Information)
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Frederiksberg Slot

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Roskildevej 28
2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark

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tel: +45 3613 2600
fax: +45 3644 0160


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Københavns Zoo

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Roskildevej 32
Frederiksberg
2000 Copenhagen, Denmark

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tel: +45 7220 0200
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Day 4 - København, København K


In the morning, take the kids up the Round Tower and enjoy the view of the city from the top, as well as the spiral walkway that takes you there. The kids might also be amused by the antiquated toilet on display halfway up the tower. If it feels like lunchtime, pick up a sandwich in one of the many cafes nearby before heading over to Tivoli, where there’s enough to amuse the entire family. Entrance is free with a Copenhagen Card but rides do cost extra, so if your children can’t get enough of the rollercoaster it pays to buy at least one or two multiride tickets on your way in. Restaurants in Tivoli are notoriously expensive, so leave the park a little earlier and treat everyone to spaghetti or pizza from spacious Italian restaurant Vesuvio on Rådhuspladsen – the friendly staff love to fuss over younger customers and will be happy to make anything on the menu into a child’s portion.


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Rundetårn

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Købmagergade 52A
1150 København, Denmark

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tel: +45 3373 0373
fax: +45 3373 0377
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Tivoli

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Vesterbrogade 3
Postboks 233
1630 København, Denmark

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tel: +45 (0)3315 1001
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Vesuvio

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Rådhuspladsen 4
1550 København K, Denmark

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tel: +45 3315 3315
fax: +45 3393 4447
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