Magical mermaids, Lego, colourful buildings and chicken curry sandwiches: all included in our family city break!
We were very lucky this year as the boys had two weeks off for their half term break at school. This gave us a perfect excuse to book a city break. After our Florida road trip this summer, we were keen to find a short break which was easily accessible from our home town (Nottingham, UK). We decided on Copenhagen the Danish capital. A short flight from London, Luton with Ryan Air and plenty to see and do for a family or couple! We had the most amazing time here but it will leave you riddled with envy as the Danish lifestyle (including the bike culture) is one to aspire to.
We were very fortunate with the weather as it was dry for our whole three days. Our hotel for our trip was theTivoli hotelin the heart of Copenhagen. On our first day we arrived late so we enjoyed some delicious dinner in the Tivoli Hotel Brasserie restaurant. You will love the cuisine in Denmark, both myself and my husband (pre kids) would love eating out frequently and we really enjoyed tantalising our tastebuds with the Danish food offerings. Kids are well catered for too with a satisfying hotel buffet including your classic Danish pastries, hot cooked breakfast, salmon etc. The hotel as well as being a conference destination, also boasts a gym, indoor childrens play area, outside play area, 2 restaurants, a bar and of course swimming pool which was headed to on our first evening.
For our first full day, we headed to Tivoli Gardens it wasn’t until recently when we did some research we discovered that Tivoli Gardens was actually visited by Walt Disney himself and was part of his inspiration for the first Disneyland park! So this made an even better reason to visit as it was a nice continuation of our Florida road trip. If you have been following our blog (especially on instagram) you will know that we are big fans of Halloween and like to decorate our house etc. Although in recent years it is becoming more popular in the UK, we were amazed at how well the Danish celebrate Halloween. At Tivoli Gardens the decorations were just amazing. If you follow us on You Tube you will see us documenting this and talking about just how truly beautiful they were. You can do multiple day passes at Tivoli Gardens but we opted for the one day. We found we were able to fit most of what wanted to in this time. We stayed here for the full day. In the evening they stamp your hands if you want to leave and eat in the Tivoli food hall which is what we chose to do. The Tivoli Food hall offers a wide selection of food options including traditional Danish, Mexican and Italian food.
The next day we decided to head out and explore Copenhagen. The city offers a large menu of museums. To maximise our time we decided to use the Copenhagen city sightseeing bus. This worked well for us especially as we were travelling with two young boys who can sometimes struggle if a lot of walking is involved. The tickets for the bus allowed us to hop on and off all day and covered many of Copenhagens top attractions.
The first museum we visited was the Rosenborg Castle.The castle was built in 1606 by one of the most famous Scandinavian kings Christian IV. It is located in the heart of Copenhagen and also has beautiful gardens and a maze which the boys loved to explore. We paid for tickets on the day, however you can purchase the Copenhagen Card which covers this museum and many more in the Danish capital.
Next on the list was the National Gallery of Denmark This is the country’s largest art gallery. The boys loved it here especially the cafe which had a collection of Danish children books. It was fun watching the boys read Elmer in Danish!
Magical mermaids were next on our trip! We have always loved sharing stories from Hans Christian Anderson with the boys, so it was lovely to go and see the Little Mermaid statue. It is located in Langelinie Promenade and is displayed on a rock by the waterside. It is a great photo opportunity, but it is very busy with tourists.
For our final day we hired some bikes which is something we love to do as a family. We also went to the Lego store and the Fisketorvet mall which even had a cycle park! Last but not least, we visited Nyhaven and its beautiful colourful waterfront. We loved exploring the colourful townhouses, bars and restaurants. We did love experimenting with the Danish food especially the chicken curry sandwiches! Boat tours are available here too, another great activity if you are travelling with kids.
Overall we had such a lovely time here and could have easily explored more if we had more time. Will we return to Denmark? Absolutely!
Rosenborg Castle and the National Gallery of Denmark
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