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MummyTravels’ guide to Copenhagen with kids

When you’re planning a family-friendly city break, Copenhagen might not be the first place you think of. But Scandinavia is perfect for travel with children.

Expect well-organised attractions, buggy-friendly entrances, decent changing facilities and an egalitarian attitude which means kids are usually as welcome as adults in this child-friendly city.

A view of the bright buildings in the harbour of Nyhavn - my guide to Copenhagen with kids

With more detail in my linked posts, my guide to Copenhagen with kids includes both my tips and experiences. Mostly aimed at travel with a toddler or young child, there’s plenty for older kids as well – do add your own suggestions in the comments.

Plan your visit
Grab a guidebook – we went armed with several including some from Lonely Planet along with some thoughts on where else to find tips

Check out the Copenhagen card – city passes vary wildly from one place to another, so ask yourself is it worth the money?

Getting around
Navigating the metro – my top 10 tips for using Copenhagen’s metro system. A breeze if you’ve ever tried to take a buggy around London or Paris, it’s efficient, has lifts and makes it very straightforward to and from the airport as well as some of the attractions outside the centre.

Copenhagen itself is very walkable or it’s perfect for bikes, if you fancy cycling with your kids. And you shouldn’t miss the chance to get around by water, with some great canal tours.

Where to stay
We stayed out in Islands Brygge, another family-friendly are that has its own metro stop and isn’t too far from the centre our AirBNB apartment was ideal for self-catering for a tired toddler, and for having some space after she’d fallen asleep. Not to mention a room full of toys for her to discover. Sign up to AirBNB using my link, and we’ll both get some credit to put towards a trip.

Otherwise, check out my pick of the best child-friendly apartments and hotels while Expedia has a great range of family-friendly hotels, if you prefer.

The chair ride at Tivoli Gardens - my guide to Copenhagen with kids

What to see
Plan your trip with a look at some of Copenhagen’s child-friendly places to visit and things to do – these are my top 10 family attractions.

And while she’s smaller than you might expect, no walk is complete without a walk to the Little Mermaid

At the other end of the scale, the Tivoli Gardens are equally popular with rides, shops, food and open space to wander around, in the heart of the city – while you’re there, discover another Copenhagen icon nearby, at the Hans Christian Andersen museum – along with the dark side of the fairy tales

As recognisable as the Little Mermaid, are the colourful houses of Nyhavn – also the starting point for a canal tour and the chance to see Copenhagen from the water.

And if you’re brave – and your kids are older than my toddler – you can get into the water itself with some canal swimming at Havnebadet

The little mermaid, sitting on her lonely rock in the harbour - my guide to Copenhagen with kids

An easier way to see beneath the waves is at the fantastic Blue Planet aquarium – or discover the Vikings who ruled them at The National Museum and Blue Planet – as family travel doesn’t run smoothly, our experience at both was slightly fraught but I recommend them both.

Where to eat
Best known for world famous restaurants like Noma, there’s a family-friendly to foodie Copenhagen too – check out some of my top places to eat with kids.

And don’t miss Torvehallerne food market, to buy, to browse and to snack on smorrebrod in the sun


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