I am back! From Denmark that is. Copenhagen, Denmark is the place I grew up and the place that my parents live and therefore that is a place I try to visit as much as possible. I always travel with the kids because otherwise my parents wouldn’t forgive me (;-)) and it is safe to say that they love to go.
Denmark is not a very warm country weather-wise and therefore nicest to visit in summer. Coming from Israel in August it is just perfect and gives you the opportunity to breathe normally for a while…
Since I come with the kids, the holidays we have there are obvious very children orientated. This is some of the things we did this time:
Bakken (“The Hill)
Bakken is located north of Copenhagen and is supposedly the oldest amusement park in the world. Less popular than Tivoli (which is also definitely worth a visit) and less stylish but has a certain charm of its own. Bonus points is its beautiful location in the woods as well as free entrance.
I had actually never heard of this place before but got introduced to it by a friend and it is safe to say that this was not the last time we visit. It is basically kind of a playground in the treetops. Very cool! You get all the needed equipment and an instruction and then you are free to climb the ropes for 3 hours – different levels of height and difficulty according to age, height and level of fear (that would be me :-)).
DKK 100 per kid and the same for an accompanying adult.
Langelinie is where the Little Mermaid sits. Yes, the very famous girl from the fairy tale. She is very pretty and disappointingly small according to most American tourists (she is actually the exact size of the ballet dancer she was modeled after). I haven’t been there for years so it was nice to be back. Apart from the very nice harbor promenade we also made a stop at the Royal Palace Amalienborg and at the old Military fortress Kastellet (The Citadel). Oh yes, and had ice cream of course.
The Harbor Bus
Actually not a tourist attraction per se but very fun none the less. The harbor bus functions as a normal public transport bus – but on the water! It has several stops along its route through the Copenhagen harbor and you can hop on and off…. All for the cost of a normal bus ticket. My kids love it!
Copenhagen has lots of really nice playgrounds, all with free entrance. One of our favorite is on Christianshavn. During “office” hours it has lots of bikes, go-carts and other stuff that the kids can play with. We go there almost every time, because it is fun and because one of my best friends lives really close 🙂 Oh, and while you are there, Christianshavn itself is one of the nicest places in Copenhagen.