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Copenhagen with Kids

A guide to family-friendly sights in Denmark's fun-packed capital
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 3.1 miles
Duration: Full day
Family Friendly

Overview :  With free entry to most sights, places reserved for pushchairs on most public transport and children's menus in just about every... more »

Tips:  The sun can be surprisingly fierce in summer so take plenty of sunscreen and hats - especially for the little ones.

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Points of Interest

The ideal place to start a tour of the city which was home to fable - and fabled! - author Hans Christian Andersen, is Tivoli Gardens.

Open since 1843, this is the world's second oldest amusement park (the world's oldest park is in Denmark too).

Traditional rides include the world's oldest roller coaster, built in 1914, which has wooden... More

Better known as The Fairytale House, this fun museum is part of Copenhagen's Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum. It offers a fascinating peek into the life and times of the man who wrote classic fables like "The Emperor's New Clothes," "The Ugly Duckling" and, of course, "The Little Mermaid."

Notorious for his bad moods and his chronic... More

Step next door from the Hans Christian Andersen Museum and you'll find two other museums that are part of a small Ripley's museum whose bizarre exhibits include a copy of the Taj Mahal made out of 300,000 matches.
Museum number one is The Guinness Museum.

Packed with information about some of the world's most wonderful and wacky record-breaking... More

You can spend the rest of the day pottering about on the canals aboard one of the city's hop-on hop-off water buses. They cross the harbour in a figure eight from Isketorvet in the south to the Trekroner in the north.

Among the stops worth hopping off:

1. Nyhavn. Buy an ice cream and look at all the museum ships, including Mari the smugglers... More

Copenhagen is world renowned for its eco-aware policies, so it's no surprise to hear that during the summer months you can even swim in the harbour of this green and friendly city.

First created in 2002, the Islands Brygge basin has five different harbour pools, including two shallow and safe pools that are only for young children. For older kids... More