One of the few cities I’ve actually come back to is up next on our Toddler Friendly Cities series. Judith from Mini Travel Tribe visited Copenhagen with toddlers and she agrees that the capital of Denmark is probably one of the most family friendly cities in the world.
We are a family of five based in Yorkshire in the UK. We visited Copenhagen last year when the children were 20 months, 3 and 6 years old and had an amazing time there. A flat city with big wide pavements means that getting around with a stroller is pretty easy, we even took the stroller on and off the buses easily if the distance was too far to walk. Hiring bikes is another popular way to get around and we saw lots of bikes with carts for toddlers attached
Must-dos in Copenhagen with toddlers
One of the most famous places in Copenhagen and a must-see with kids is Tivoli gardens. There are lots of big rides for older kids (and adults) but there were also quite a few rides that were suitable for all three of our children. Our toddler’s favourite though was the fantastic playground, which as a bonus was also free (after paying the entry fee).
Other must-sees in Copenhagen with kids are a boat trip on the canals, it’a great way to get a feel for the city and our toddler loved being on the boat. Most of the boat tours start from Nyhavn, which is the Copenhagen that I always thought of with the pretty coloured buildings by the canal. It’s a lovely little area for a wander (keep wandering toddlers close by so they don’t end up in the canal!) and an ice cream or drink.
Our other highlights included watching the changing of the guard at the Amalienborg Castle. We also really enjoyed a visit to the King’s gardens (Kongen’s Have) and the neighbouring Rosenborg Castle. The gardens were a great place for a picnic and we found a fab small play area there. We enjoyed the Rosenborg castle too and our children particularly loved seeing the Danish crown jewels in the basement.
Toddler friendly activities
The national museum of Denmark has a dedicated children’s section which is great for toddlers as they can touch and play with whatever they want.The Lego shop is also always great entertainment for children of all ages.
Eating with toddlers in Copenhagen
Our favourite place for lunch was the Torvehallerne KBH in Nørreport. This is a fantastic covered food hall full of all sorts of amazing food. It meant that everyone in the family could choose exactly what they wanted and then sit at the picnic benches just outside to enjoy it together. Just over the inner harbour bridge from Nyhavn is Copenhagen Street Food, which is another amazing place to eat.
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We opted for an airbnb apartment in Copenhagen as it allowed us more freedom and space than a hotel room.Also Copenhagen can be quite pricey so an apartment was more reasonably priced. After lots of research we stayed in the Nørrebro area. This was reasonably close to all the city attractions, we could walk if wanted, but was also well connected with bus routes. There were also a fair few cafes and restaurants close by for meals in the evening. Another area of Copenhagen that would be suitable to stay with a toddler might be close to the train station- there are lots of hotels in this area and it is easy to access many of the city landmarks from near here.
Day trips from Copenhagen with toddlers
A great day trip from Copenhagen with toddlers is to get on a train and go over the bridge to Sweden. Our children loved the excitement of the train ride over the bridge and the fact that we were in another country. We went to the University town of Lund which was small and quiet but had some beautiful areas to wander around.
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