A city break with the kids in the Danish capital
With the school summer holidays fast approaching, you might be feeing somewhat panicked if you haven’t yet organised your annual summer family holiday. And whilst most people might be considering a week or fortnight of relaxing by the pool or on the beach in the sun (although that might be wishful thinking if you’re planning to stay in the UK!), there’s a lot to be said for a European city break en famille. It doesn’t all have to be about culture and architecture, many of Europe’s city have a wide variety of attractions that lend themselves perfectly to those travelling with children. Here’s a look at some of Copenhagen’s top attractions for children…
Set in the heart of the city, Tivoli is perhaps Copenhagen’s most famous and popular attraction and an absolute must if you’re visiting with children. This is an amusement park consisting of thrilling rides (256 in all), arcades, open-air stages, theatres and restaurants, all set amidst beautiful lakeside gardens. Illuminated by fireworks and fairy lights, Tivoli takes on a particularly magical air as evening falls and, come December, you’ll also find the city’s Christmas market here.
A fabulous place if you’ve got the kids in tow in Copenhagen is Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Odditorium, showcasing a wealth of bizarre and almost unbelievable eclectic exhibits including a model of the Taj Mahal made out of 300,000 matches, a human trophy skull, a mummy hand, a robot made out of car parts or a 19th-century vampire killing kit. A totally unique attraction that lends itself perfectly to inquiring young minds. Open daily and well worth the visit.
The World of Hans Christian Andersen
One of the world’s most beloved creator of fairy tales, this delightful museum brings to life his many stories with colourful displays and exciting light and sound effects. You’ll get to learn about Andersen’s life from his childhood in Denmark to his travels around the globe. Open daily, the Hans Christian Andersen museum is located alongside the Odditorium.
Guinness World of Records Museum
Where else can you encounter over 500 of the world’s oddest world records but in a Guinness World Records Museum? Fabulously interactive, you’ll get to measure up alongside the world’s tallest man (measuring 272cm), watch 1,382,101 dominoes topple, drive at speeds of up to 500 miles per hour or test your levels of speed and endurance against a professional racing cyclist. With large sections devoted to the world of sport and toys, this is guaranteed to be a hit with children! Whilst you’re here, encounter a world of strange phenomena at The Mystic Exploratorie, where, amongst other things, you can control the weather and experience the eerie atmosphere of a graveyard.
Northern Europe’s largest aquarium, the stunning architectural design of the Blue Planet is as impressive as the aquatic exhibits within. Constructed in the shape of a whirlpool, the Blue Planet’s façade is clad in shimmering aluminium shingles, giving the appearance of fish scales. Inside, the Blue Planet boasts 53 aquariums and displays including the Ocean Tank containing hammerhead sharks, moray eels and rays, the Coral Reef, and Amazonas, home to piranhas and anacondas, butterflies and birds.
Öresund Bridge to Malmö
For children, there’s nothing more exciting than the prospect of travelling to a different country so why not consider a day trip into Sweden via Europe’s longest combined road and rail bridge and tunnel stretching nearly 8km between Malmö and Copenhagen. With a journey time of just 34 minutes by train, you could reach Sweden’s third largest city and once there, why not visit the Malmö Chokladfabrik, watching the fascinating process of turning the cocoa bean into a delicious chocolate delicacy, or perhaps the Toy Museum, situated across from the city’s castle, Malmöhus. Or simply relax amidst the cobbled surroundings of Lilla Torg, one of Malmö’s most picturesque squares.