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11/21/2017

A Day in Venice with kids

A Day in Venice with kids

In Venice part I , you could find out how to move around Venice and not spend a fortune on public transport tickets, how to make the best use of Venice Card and last but not least where to look for accomodation if you plan to go to Venice by car. In part two Venice with kids, I’ll tell you why getting up early pays off in peak tourist season and I’ll give you some hints on what to show your kids being in Venice in the summer. As usual, at the end there is a list of recommended websites/travel blogs to read before you set off.

Note: We were in Venice with our kids in the summer at the end of June 2017. Venice was our first stop on our way to Tuscany. We stopped by in Venice for just 24 hours so we had little time to see the city and had to make the most of our day in Venice.



In general, most Italian towns and cities have “that thing” which make them not only look great in the photos but also make you feel impressed strolling down their streets. Venice is not an exception – its  colours, textures, reflections in water and good sunlight, make it a wonderful photo set  with a never ending list of things to be photographed. It’s a really amazing place for those of you who enjoy photographing. Venice is also an ideal choice for a romantic city break for two. But is Venice ideal for a family on holiday? Let’s see…

How to survive sightseeing in Venice with kids
in peak tourist season

Let’s start with the obvious fact that “a walk” in the centre of Venice  means crossing countless little bridges, climbing stairs and maneuvering along narrow streets. Now, think of parents who have to carry a stroller with a toddler or an infant stroller with a baby inside over the tenth bridge running on a hot summer day. They would probably be as happy as the tourists with their huge suitcases heading towards their hotel and dragging the suitcases up and down these bridges. So if you’re planning to do some sightseeing in Venice with your toddler - take a ring sling, a baby carrier etc. and work out more to be in shape!

How about visiting Venice with older kids? Well, it’s a completely different cup of tea. If you plan to travel round Italy, Venice is a must-do. The city is so unique that your kids are sure to remember it well for long. There are lots of websites about what to do with kids in Venice all year round. I’m not going to write about events and activities for kids in Venice as these change frequently and are well described on other travel blogs, but I’ll tell you how to survive sightseeing in Venice with kids in peak tourist season.
Summer in Italy is wonderful, but it’s not the best part of the year for sightseeing with kids. Going to the beach, aqua parks, camping site’s pools  these are the top attractions to survive Italian summer heat with kids. So how to make sightseeing work?


Hint: First of all, answer these questions: do you really think that visiting museums, and church interiors in Venice is what your kids are interested in? Do you think they’ll remember the paintings they’ll see in Gallerie dell’ Accademia? How do your kids feel being surrounded by a crowd of other tourists? How would you fell being surrounded by lots of people twice your height? Well, in our view, in peak tourist season, museums and galleries are not the best choice for kids. So what do we recommend?


Early birds…


Sightseeing in Venice with kids means you have to plan your day well. What we now know is that at the end of June the time slot for sightseeing with kids is between 6.30-11.00 and then late in the evening because of two reasons: fewer people and lower temperatures.

On our first day we got to Venice at around 14.00 (sightseeing during the day) and the next day at 6.30  (sightseeing in the morning) The difference was huge so in the summer we do recommend visiting Venice with kids as early in the morning as possible.

On a 6.30 vaporetto most people travelling with us from Punta Sabbioni to Venice were the locals going to work. When we got off we saw Venice relatively free of other tourists, but the locals were up and running, tolling the waste containers to the port, transporting groceries to restaurants and opening up the stalls with masks and other gimcracks.



Venice by night

We also recommend sightseeing in Venice by night. After dusk Venice looks spectacular.  The musicians start their concerts outside restaurants in Piazza San Marco and create a unique atmosphere. Add to this the lights reflected in and multiplied by water and you’ll end up with a perfect setting for a romantic date. As for the kids,  having late family dinner in Venice and strolling down the streets is what they’ll remember much better than waiting in a line to see the works in one more gallery.






Venice : what to see in just one day
As you already know, we stopped by in Venice on our way to Tuskany at the end of June 2017. We had one day to show the city to our kids so we’d decided museums and galleries wouldn’t be our priority. Instead we wanted to walk down Venice’s streets and feel the atmosphere of the city. All you have to do is to choose the sights you want to see and take your kids for a walk.

Hint: Kids like stories about the sights you show them so it’s a good idea to do some research and find some interesting facts about the main sights in Venice

So what are the sights that you’re sure to see in every photo or a postcard from Venice? Here is our list:
No 1 Piazza San Marco (the best time: early in the morning, look for famous statues of Venetian lions with your kids)
No 2 Doge’s Palace (a stone’s throw from Piazza San Marco )




No 3 Ponte dei Sospiri built in 1614 (near the vaporetto terminal S.Zaccaria)



Intersting facts: Ponte dei Sospiri (the Bridge of Sighs) connects  the New Prison  (Prigioni Nuove) to the interrogation rooms in Doge’s Palace. It was built in 1614, it’s an enclosed bridge with two corridors running in opposite directions – one to Doge’s Palace and the other leading back to prison. You can see the inside of the bridge when you pay for the entrance do Doge’s Palace. Why is it called the Bridge of Sighs then? Well, it’s said that the name of the bridge comes from the „sighs” of the prisoners crossing it in the past.  What’s the fact? Well, according to Wikipedia little could be seen from inside the bridge as the windows were small and had bars in them.

No 4 Campanilla – (The Bell Tower) the best viewing point
We recommend watching the Venice panorama from Campanilla. Campanilla (the bell tower) is located near Piazza San Marco. Of course the best time to show up to start queuing (in peak tourist season) is early in the morning (8.00 opening time). While I was waiting for opening the ticket office, our kids were chasing the pigeons on Piazza San Marco being watched by my husband, so for the kids the overall waiting time was around 10 minutes. In the Campanilla there is an elevator which takes you up the tower, so even small kids can be taken up to see the panorama of Venice. If you’re lucky you may hear Venetian bells toll over your heads ! My kids had never before stood under tolling bells and could not believe the noise the bells made. (watch out: babies and toddlers might be terrified) The viewing deck of the Campanilla goes round the tower, it’s safe for the kids as there are bars all round.
hint: people on organized tours usually have breakfast at their hotels between 7.30-9.00. Be smarter and avoid the crowds by getting up early.



No 4 Ponte di Rialto



No 5 Canale Grande


A great attraction for the kids, and not only. It’s a must-do in Venice. You have a few options to see Venice from the water perspective.
1. Taking a tour of Canale Grande with one of the companies which offer such tours,
2. Gondola tour 80 euro a day tour, 100 euro a night tour (19.00-5.00)
Hint: Try to negotiate with a gondolier, especially late in the afternoon when they take their last tour they may lower the price, but make sure what route you’ll taken on
3. the most economical version: taking a water bus line number 1 (vaporetto no 1)

We followed someone’s advice and decided to see Canale Grande on a vaporetto, line 1. Having done that, now I think it’s not the best idea to take your kids on a vaporetto tour on a hot summer afternoon. First of all, it’s like taking a regular bus in a rush hour, it’s crowded, it’s slow and it’s really hot. On one of the blogs I’d read that there are seats in front of the vaporetto which make a Canale Grande tour on a vaporetto pleasant and cheap. It turned out there are seats, but a few , and you must be really lucky to get a seat or two. The heat in the summer is unbearable – sitting in front is a good idea for those of you who like sunbathing in full sun. I felt like a fish on a frying pan, if you know what I mean.



Venice was a surprise for me. Our kids, half a year later, still remember  Venice as one of the best things they saw during our holiday in Italy. Hope you and your kids will find Venice as fascynating as we did.

Recommended websites
Venice for tourists FAQ (English)
http://europeforvisitors.com/venice/faq/general-questions.htm

Advice on choosing accommodation in Venice (English)
http://europeforvisitors.com/venice/venice-warning.htm

lots of useful info, (Polish)
http://www.wenecja24.info/

info on history, the sights, lots of photos (Polish)
http://co-warto-zwiedzic-wenecja.blogspot.com/2014/05/plac-sw-marka-w-wenecji-piazza-san-marco.html

great photos, subjectively about a Canale Grande tour, (Polish)
http://www.dalekoniedaleko.pl/rejs-po-canal-grande-atrakcja-taka-sobie/

Last but not least, Canale Grande and Santa Maria della Salute, and the view from Ponte di Rialto




10/10/2017

Venice - practical info

Venice - practical info




Going to Venice with kids? In the first post in our Italian Series you’ll find out what we think of going to Venice with kids in the summer, why it’s good to know what ACTV is, and why getting on a water bus to see Canale Grande in the afternoon in the summer is a bad idea. A lot of hints and practical info plus websites about Venice worth visiting – everything tested by us and our kids (10 and 6 years old) at the end of June 2017.


Venice, (it. Venezia) – the icon, the city of canals and gondoliers, one of its kind, known all over the world. One thing about Venice which makes it unique is that most people recognize it just by looking at a photo of a gondolier paddling along the canal. At first I was very skeptical about going to Venice in the summer. I’d read in one of travel blogs that sightseeing with kids in Venice in peak tourist season is a real nightmare, because it’s too hot, too crowded, too …something. It's good that my husband had talked me into taking our kids to Venice because in the end it was Venice they remembered the best out of all the cities we visited during our last holidays.


9/19/2017

Egeskov Slot part II

Egeskov Slot part II
Old-growth trees and a hedge maze.




If you want to read more about our last year's visit to Egeskov check this link: Egeskov Slot In part II below you'll find out what a Garden of Life is and what to do in Egeskov if it suddenly starts to rain.

Egeskov Gardens are undergoing constant change, however, some plants and trees have been growing in the same spots for hundreds of years. Can you imagine that the hedge maze (the Old Maze) was created in the 19th century, and has been growing there ever since? As the Old Maze has the value of an “exhibit ” tourists are not allowed to walk into it. If you want to see what the maze looks like, you need to climb a hedge-high platform. Well, for the kids it won’t make a difference whether these hedges are one or three hundred years old. However, I suggest showing the original maze to the kids first and then taking them to check the bamboo hedge maze - this one has been especially designed for tourists visiting Egeskov. Believe me, it’s fun!



Tip: In the very center of the bamboo maze there is a Chinese  tower. You can use the tower to give directions to your family members lost in the maze. There is also a bridge leading to the exit from the maze. Don’t forget it’s very easy to get lost in the labirynth, so think twice before you let small kids run into the maze alone. The smaller the kids the easier they get through hidden holes in the hedge and you’ll be surprised to see that a kid that was 5 metres ahead of you suddenly disappears after one of the turnings, you start running along the path, you can hear your kid calling you, but you can’t find her/him, which is exactly what happened to us. Fortunately, her older brother got to the tower and I managed to find Gu following his directions.

Interesting fact: some of the hedges in Egeskov are 280! years old. 
If you want to see the bird’s eye view of the maze check this link https://www.egeskov.dk/en/old-maze

Musical improvisations

One of the most interesting ideas in Egesov are the instruments in the Garden of Life. Everyone can try their hand at playing these instruments, and believe me even if there are a few people playing improvised tunes, completely independently of one another, you won’t need earplugs. The sounds you’ll hear will remind the sound of wind chimes, very pleasing to the ear.

Downtown Abbey

Even if the weather changes and it starts to rain, you won’t be bored at Egeskov as there is a lot to see in its museums. 
In old stable buildings there is an amazing collection of exhibits in the spirit of the Downtown Abbey series. You can see horse-drawn carriages, cars, bikes, mopeds, agricultural implements, prams, sleighs which take us back in time to the period of 1860–1910. Even the clothes displayed on mannequins are of the period.

I’m not really into classic cars, but if you’re a fan you can’t miss another exhibition: the Classic Car exhibition where you can see an outstanding collection of aircraft and motor vehicles. While those of you who like classic cars explore the Classic Car exhibition, others may check on the display of an amazing collection of dolls. Next to 100 year old dolls with porcelain heads you’ll find Barbie dolls made in the 60s.

Tip: If you want to see the whole Toy Collection, not only the dolls, plus the Titania’s Palace (fairy queen’s dolls house) you have to pay extra. The Toy collection and the Titania’s Palace are located in the Egeskov Palace.

More info on exhibitions here:
http://egeskov.dk/en/museums-collections
photos of Titania’s Palace and other photos of the exhibitions you’ll find on the blog below. I just add that the photos were taken in 2014. In 2016 there were no dolls houses exhibition.
http://marzeniami-malowane.blogspot.com/2014/08/egeskov-slot-cz-ii.html

Titania’s Palace

Paying extra around 30 DKK adults and 20DKK kids while buying the entrance ticket you can visit the interiors of the Egeskov Slot. In one of the chambers there is a spectacular miniaturized palace for the faires built to fulfill the wish of Gwendolen, a daughter of one of the previous owners of Egeskov, Sir Neville Wilkinson’s. And now the official story: Gwendolyn supposedly met a fairy queen Titania and other fairies during one of the strolls round Egeskov Gardens and she decided she’d have a palace for fairies built in the Castle itself. We all know what a daddy’s girl’s wish means.( I want it and I want it now!) I know that the kids’ imagination has no limits, but the determination and imagination of Sir Nevile’s seems to be unbeatable. Completing the miniature palace
took 15 years, I suppose the costs must have been high. I doubt whether Gwendolyn ever played with the “Titania’s Palace” I guess, they just left the windows open letting the fairies come back to the palace for the night! Even Hans Christian Andersen dropped in to Egeskov to see the Titania’s Palace (twice) so maybe it’s worth it…

Practical info
Address: Egeskov Gade 18
5772 Kværndrup

website in English:  http://www.egeskov.dk/en

parking the car
There is a huge free parking lot just near the main entrance.

opening hours in 2017

01.09 - 22.10 10.00 - 17.00 (Castle 11.00 - 17.00)

ticket prices

adults >12lat 190DKK plus 30DKK if you want to see the interiors
children 4-12 lat 110DKK plus 20DKK if you want to see the interiors
children <4  free

accomodation

Check following links
http://www.egeskov.dk/en/rent-holiday-home-near-egeskov
Entrance ticket included in the price

http://www.egeskov.dk/en/links

Near Egeskov Slot there is also  a FREE camping site with no typical camping facilities except toilets and bathrooms for which you have to pay extra. There is a 2-day stay limit, and only tents are accepted so it’s really basic. More info here: http://www.egeskov.dk/en/camping

And finally an interesting fact for the most persevere:
HERE you’ll find out how to say Egeskov Slot in Dannish!

9/12/2017

Egeskov Slot

Egeskov Slot
Egeskov Slot water castle
Egeskov Slot water castle

How about a great day out with your kids in Denmark? Here is Egeskov Slot (read: jiskow slot) a place where you embrace the history. Egeskov is located near Kværndrup, 33 kilometres from Odense. Believe me, there are very few places like the one I’m going to tell you about. Places in which both parents and kids will have fun. Places that will come up to the expectations of gardeners, photographers, Downtown Abbey fans and vintage cars buffs. If you feel I'm a bit overenthusiastic,  maybe the statistics will help : more than 90 per cent of the people who have been to Egeskov Slot think it’s an “excellent” or “very good” place to visit.(Trip Advisor reviews September 2017)

Let's start with the basic info: Egeskov Slot is Europe's best preserved Renaissance water castle surrounded by parks and gardens. It belongs to a Dannish noble family, which have openned it to the public.  We stopped by in Egeskov (2016) after reading the reviews on Trip Advisor and it was one of the best decisions we made during our Dannish holidays. I suppose because of the fact that the weather on the day of our visit was great, we’ll always remember Egeskov as an amazing place for a day out. But Egeskov is not only the castle, gardens, and parks, it’s also kid-friendly playgrounds, bamboo labyrinth, walk in the tree tops, and a few interesting exhibitions.

Tip: to make most of your time in Egeskov pick a sunny day. Pay 20DKK extra and buy a ticket which allows you to visit the castle interiors, and the Fairy Queen “dolls’ house.”


Kids just wanna have fun ... 

Playgrounds at Egeskov Slot
Playgrounds at Egeskov Slot






Our day in Egeskov started with…playgrounds. Just after crossing the entrance gates our kids noticed a zip wire in the trees and a huge spider’s web and ran straight ahead to the playgrounds. After two hours spent in the car every kid would do the same!

The playgrounds are situated on the left to the entrance gate. For younger kids there are lower, and safer structures, older kids will have fun on structures for climbing, a zip wire and a spider’s web.  Even though our 9 year old usually thinks playgrounds are boring, he enjoyed the playgrounds in Egeskov.

Playgrounds at Egeskov Slot
Playgrounds at Egeskov Slot

Climbing for older kids at Egeskov Slot


The playgrounds are rather the average size, however, they’re well-planned and interesting for kids. We loved Egeskov also because there were NO crowds (mid July) I suppose there are so many things to do that the visitors were spread all over the park, gardens and museums.

a playground for small kids at Egeskov Slot
a playground for small kids at Egeskov Slot

a playground for small kids at Egeskov Slot
a playground for small kids at Egeskov Slot



Gardeners’ Paradise

Egeskov Gardens
Egeskov Gardens


The playgrounds are for kids and how about adults? On a warm, sunny day, walking round Egeskov gardens is a moving experience. Not only because blooming flowers and other plants are pleasing to the eye, but also because you feel these are the gardens with history. You could almost imagine duchesses and counts walking round these gardens and you wish you could put on a replica renaissance dress and stroll round the gardens yourself.

Egeskov Gardens
Egeskov Gardens




Egeskov Gardens have won numerous prizes with a prestigious Havens Dags Pris, the Most Beautiful Gardens of Denmark Prize. I do enjoy photographing such gardens. The only drawback, and I’m the picky one, were in my view incomplete fountains, but maybe that was the period of their renovation
About the gardens: although there are numerous gardens in Egeskov I especially recommend strolling round the Reneissance Garden, the Fuchsia Garden and the Garden of Life.

Old growth trees at Egeskov
Old growth trees at Egeskov



Fuchsia Garden 
Fuchsia Garden at Egeskov
Fuchsia Garden at Egeskov


One of Egeskov previous owners loved fuchsias and decided to create the Fuchsia Garden. Right now there are round 800 fuchsia varieties, many of which are 50-60 years old. The oldest plant is round 90! I’d never seen fuchsias with wooden stems.

An interesting fact: As you may know, fuchsias are difficult plants to grow, they need proper conditions to thrive, and they can’t tolerate low temperatures so in September all fuchsias are dug out and moved to glasshouses for the winter. They’re replanted again just as gardeners are absolutely sure there is no risk of ground frosts, which is around the end of May, the beginning of June.

To find out more about Egeskov go to Egeskov Slot pat II (info on prices, exhibitions and accomodation)

4/11/2017

Legoland Billund Denmark

Legoland Billund Denmark



Legoland Billund is, without a doubt,  a cult place for all Lego lovers. It's the second largest tourist attraction in Denmark, just after Copenhagen, and it's visited by around two milion people every year.

Are you wondering how to make the most of your day with kids in Legoland Billund? Have a look at  my Guide to Legoland Billund for families. I'll give you updated practical info and a bunch of tips on visiting Legoland!

The Guide is divided into three parts:
In part ONE, which is the part you're reading right now,  you will find the answers to following questions: 
- Is it a good idea to take teenagers to Legoland in Billund?
- How much are the tickets and
how to get a free ticket for a child?
- What are the opening hours of Legoland in the season 2018?
- On which days Legoland Billund is closed in 2018 ? 

- What is the Queue Barometer, and how long will you have to wait in queues for attractions.  

In two other entries,which could be automatically translated on www.tubylismyzdziecmi.pl,  you'll find more tips on the organization of a visit to Legoland Billund.

In part TWO you'll find:
- a description of attractions for older kids with a top list of attractions made by our son (then 9 years old)
- info on how to cut down the waiting time by using a q-bot
- info on how to get a driving license in Seat Traffic School 

Check the link: Legoland Billund Denmark: Part Two 

In part THREE you'll find the description of attractions for toddlers and preschoolers, you'll be updated on how to meet the Princess and, last but not least, you'll find out how to check whether your preschooler will be able to enjoy the attractions, for example, along with older brothers or sisters. In part THREE I've put a link to the table with age and height limits on the attractions. 

Check the link: Legoland Billund, Denmark: Part Three 


 

Is it worth and when is it worth? 

Kids love amusement parks and amusement parks and love kids. Your children will certainly be more than happy to visit Legoland.

But ... will Legoland appeal to children of all ages? Well, in my opinion, the best time to visit Legoland is before your child turns 13. And it's not just about a lower ticket price for kids under 13, but in my view Legoland can be simply unattractive and boring to put it bluntly, for an older teenager.  
Of course, you may have heard that everyone will find something interesting in Legoland. Sure, but at least in the Danish Legoland, there are fewer attractions for older children.

guideline for the child's age : Is a child who turns 13, for example, in January, will be entitled to a discount ticket half a year later - for example, in July / August?

The question is interesting because at a Legoland Billund website you'll see that a discount ticket (child) is valid for children aged 3-12 and the next age group: 13-64, pays full price. With such a division children, who have already had their 12th birthday, are still entitled to a discounted ticket until their 13th birthday.

Remember that when you buy tickets in advance you should give the child's age at the time of a planned visit to Legoland. As soon as your child turns 13 - they pay full price just like adults. Similarly, the discount works for seniors too. After 65th birthday, as a senior, you can also get a cheaper ticket. 

Tip: Kids over 13 pay full price, but what about kids over 12, but still under 13?Are they still entitled to a discount? In fact, in Legoland Billund, kids are entitled to a discount till the exact day of their 13th birthday.  SBy analogy you’re entitled to a discounted ticket starting from the day of your 65th birthday. So as you see it’s not the year of your, or your kid’s birthday, but the exact day that counts if we talk about discounts. Remember that by booking online in advance you’ll pay less for the tickets.
 

Pick the time wisely

Do you like waiting in lines? Me neither. We went to Legoland in July and spent one third of our time there waiting in lines. Well, nobody had told us July is not the best choice for a visit to Legoland. If you look at the Legoland queue barometer you’ll see why. You may check the Queue Barometer here. The QB shows in which months and on which days Legoland is most crowded.


If you still want to visit Legoland in the summer, the second half of August seems to be a better choice, as kids in Denmark go back to school. The drawback of going to Legoland in August is that all Legoland attractions close at 17.00, with the park itself closing at 18.00. Just to compare: in July it’s 20.00 an 21.00. And in August it’s a bit colder than in July.

Tip: To avoid crowds in Legoland try to pick two days during low season.






Waiting Time

Like all top tourist attractions, Legoland is flooded with people in the summer. The average waiting time for the most interesting rides in July was about 20-30 minutes, with the unbeaten record of a 45- minute line for Ninjago the Ride.(The ride itself lasted about 5-7 minutes!)
Tip: In Legoland, estimated waiting time for each ride is displayed on an electronic board placed in front of the entrance to each ride. Don’t forget to check it before you join the line. Obviously, waiting times change during the day depending on how many people are interested in taking each particular ride so if the display shows 45 minutes – I suggest a change of plans!

Ticket prices and opening hours

At Legoland Billund ticket office you may buy one and two-day tickets. If you plan to visit Legoland a few times during a year, there is also a season pass, which entitles you to lots of additional discounts. When it comes to buying tickets, the price depends on the age. Below you'll find regular prices for this season (2018):

kids 3-12 and seniors over 65 (discounted tickets) 
one day ticket 309DKK
2-day 468DKK
 

adults 13-64  
one day ticket 339 DKK
2-day 438DKK
 

children 0<3 free

Check all up-to-date info on ticket prices on the official Legoland Billund website HERE.


Opening hours

In 2018 Legoland Billund opens on the 24th of March. What has changed this season, compared to previous seasons, are the closing times which are different on different days. The opening time stays the same all over the season - it’s 10.00. However, the closing time depends not only on the month, but also on the day! For example in the second half of August, Legoland rides close at 17.00, on the 1st and 2nd of August the rides close at 20.00 (just like in July) on other days in August the rides close either at 18.00 or at 19.00. Anyway, check the closing times so as not to feel disappointed and remember that Legoland park itself closes one hour later than the rides.

Two-day tickets

If you’re planning a road trip to Denmark and want to drop in to Legoland, we recommend buying  2-day tickets with the option of Day 2 in Legoland within 6 days from Day 1. It’ll cost you 129 DKK extra but, in my view, the kids will enjoy their second day in Legoland more if there is a break between the first and the second day. It’s like going to Legoland twice, as opposed to spending in Legoland two days running, if you know what I mean. It’s a good solution also for those parents, for whom two days in a crowded, touristy places are too much. 

Tip: Be careful while choosing the date of your visit to Legoland. Legoland Billund in 2018 is closed on all Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays of September, on 24th and 25th of October. The last day in 2018 season on which Legoland Billund is open is the 28th of October.


How to cut costs?
 

Coupons

Every year Legoland launches special offers for families. Be it coupons on cereal boxes, promotional offers on the official Legoland website, or leaflets with coupons in Lego bricks catalogues. This season you’ll also have a chance to get a free ticket to Legoland for a child on condition you buy a full price ticket for an adult– all you need to do is find a coupon in a free Lego bricks catalogue available in stores. Two years ago we bought just 2 tickets for adults and got free tickets for our 2 kids. There were lots of families of different nationalities at the ticket office, holding pages torn out from Lego bricks catalogues so it was a widespread promotion.

I suppose if the promotion is launched in one European country, it goes global, so check if in the Lego catalogues available in your countries there is the same promotion as in Poland.
The catch is that the leaflet in the catalogue entitles you to just ONE ticket for a child aged 3-11. In Billund, kids aged 3-12 are entitled to a discounted ticket (in practice kids till the exact day of their 13th birthday)

Where to park your car – Legoland car parks


There are a few large open-air parking lots in the area, one of them is free and others charge a fee of 50DKK per day. It wasn’t easy to find a place to park our car, even though we arrived half an hour before opening time. Remember that you don’t have to pay the fee in advance so you don’t have to waste time and wait in a long line with other people to pay the fee just after ariving. (unless Legoland changes the parking rules)

some info on parking fees and the map of parking lots

https://www.legoland.dk/en/plan-visit/parking/



Safety first

On entering Legoland in the summer, you’ll be confronted with the crowd so it’s up to you to make sure your little kids stay safe and won’t get lost. At the ticket office you may ask for a wristband for a kid, or take your own wristband on which you’ll write down the phone numer you’re reached at. You may put in a slip of paper with the basic info (name, tel no) in one of your kid’s pockets. It’s not a bad idea to talk with small kids about what to do when they can’t find mummy or daddy – it’s not to scare your little ones, but rather to teach them how to behave and what to do in such situations. 

If you want to find out more about Legoland check my other blog posts and just use google translate.

In Legoland part II you’ll find out what attractions are worth your while, where to stop for lunch and why Seat Traffic School is fun.

In Legoland part III you may find more info on attractions for kids under 5 – tested by our daughter!

I admit automatically translated posts are fun to read. Well, for the time being two other posts about Legoland are just in Polish.



What we liked most was …

Well, the kids liked all attractions in Legoland. Pete (9 year old) enjoyed most driving the car at Traffic School, and loved Lego Star Wars displays. Gu (5 years old) loved Lego brick animals, the Aquarium, and, surprisingly, Ninjago the Ride as she hit a dragon with the power of water or something.. I wasn't knocked out by anything. Maybe it’s because I don’t like crowded places and the crowds in Legoland in the summer distorted my perception of the place…

Some links to websites about Legoland worth visiting  

Lots of pics, in some of them you can see what I meant by "waiting in a 45-minute line" just look at the length of rope barrier cordons!
https://eugene.kaspersky.com/2016/06/17/legoland-not-just-for-the-kids/































4/03/2017

Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen part II

Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen part II

Info about Tickets and Tivoli Attractions Part II

updated February 2018/ticket prices for  season 2018 (summer season 24 March- 23 September)

For those of you who are planning a visit to Tivoli Gardens, I've prepared a list of questions with some links to Tivoli Website.

Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen
Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen
How much is the ticket to Tivoli Gardens?


In Tivoli Gardens, unlike in some other amusement parks, the price you pay for the ticket is the price of the entrance fee (compulsory) and the price of the ticket for the rides or tokens for individual rides (your choice).


Remember that the entrance fee doesn't give access to any ride. You simply have to pay the fee to enter the park, which, by the way, might be like a budget version of a visit to Tivoli, if you don't want to go on rides.

The prices of tickets giving access to rides are following:

children 0- 3 pay JUST the price of unlimited ride tickets/ the price of tokens for individual rides. If you have more kids under 3 remember that one paying adult can enter Tivoli with up to 4 children without buying entrance tickets for the children.

children 3-7 the entrance fee 50DKK (winter and summer) plus the price of an unlimited ride ticket/unlimited ride plus tickets or the price of tokens.
There are some changes vs last year: for example kids under 8 didn't have to pay the entrance fee before. Now they pay 50DKK . If you buy a 2-day entrance fee, valid on 2 consecutive days, the price is 75DKK for two days.


children over 8 the entrance fee 100 DKK (in winter till 25th of February) and 110DKK in the summer season plus the price of an unlimited ride ticket/unlimited ride plus tickets or the price of tokens. This year there is a new ticket option: a 2-day entrance fee valid on 2 consecutive days. The price is 200DKK.

adults the same as children over 8

Please note that children under 3 pay no entrance fee if accompanied by a paying adult (one adult - maximum four children under 3) If you want to enter with more kids under 3, the 4th child, the 5th and so on pays full entrance fee.


with Copenhagen Card free (once in 24 hours)


Do I have to pay the entrance fee EVEN if I buy an unlimited ride ticket?

Yes, an unlimited ride ticket does not include the entrance fee.

3/30/2017

Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen

Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen


Mix of History and Modernity

updated February 2018

Tivoli Gardens - a must see in Copenhagen, even if you're not fond of amusement parks. Opened in 1843, it’s a place where an old-fashioned carousel with hand-painted horses and elephants adjoins an 86-meter high roller-coaster. It’s a place for both kindergarten kids and teenagers and last but not least a place where even you, as their parents, will have fun too! Sounds good? To find out more about tickets and Tivoli attractions check Tivoli Gardens part II
Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen.
Tivoli Gardens
Is it worth?

Definitely YES. We do recommend Tivoli Gardens as one of the best attractions for kids in Copenhagen. Tivoli Gardens, compared to other amusement parks we've been to, won't overwhelm you with the number of attractions, that's true. But there is something about Tivoli which will make your kids love it anyway.


Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen after dusk.
Tivoli Gardens after dusk.
icing on the cake

Check the time of the late evening show called Tivoli Illuminations. It is a laser light show at the Tivoli Lake. You won’t be disappointed. We watched the show from the bridge, so it’s a good idea to come earlier – the space on the bridge is limited. However, lots of people watched the show on the lake bank, too.

Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen.
Tivoli Gardens lake.
general information and our hints

address: Vesterbrogade 3 main entrance from Bernstorffsgade


The entrance fee to Tivoli is the fee for entering the Gardens only. To go on rides you have to either buy a multi-ride ticket or tokens for individual rides of your kids’ choice.

Height and Age Limits. Just as in other amusement parks there is a height and age limit for each ride. If your kids are small and will go on 2-3 rides maybe you should consider buying tokens. In other cases we recommend buying a multi-ride ticket.

You may check Tivoli rides height and age limits by clicking on the photos of the rides on Tivoli website here: https://www.tivoligardens.com/en/haven+og+forlystelser/forlystelser

Or check the other post: Tivoli Gardens part II where you'll find a photo of a leaflet with height and age limits. The photo was taken in 2016, so recently added rides are missing, however, most of the rides are listed.

Co-rider ticket
If younger or shorter kids want to go on rides they're not yet allowed, because of their height or age,
you have to buy a co-rider ticket for your kid and yourself (or a person at least 14 years old). The price of a co-rider ticket is the same as the price of two multi-ride tickets. So you won't save up anything on this deal.  Your kid will get an extra wristband to show before entering each ride for older kids. The advantage of buying a co-rider ticket is that your child has a wider choice of rides.

What we didn't like...

1. It’s pricey well…but it’s Denmark and everything is rather expensive there.

2. You have to pay an entrance fee even if you don’t want to go on any ride, but you just want to accompany your kids.

3. After buying the ticket you get a wristband... little, sticky strip of paper, a little hand of your kid and …only one chance to place a band round a little wrist, not too tight not too loose. Precision first!

4. Too much of everything squeezed in limited space results in…chaos and visual mishmash add to this golden decorations, lighting and music and you’ll come up with a kind of gimcrack look. But I assure you it DOESN’T matter for the kids – what matters are the rides! Aesthetes may shudder... However, Tivoli looks much much better after dusk.

5. Too many shops offering sweet snacks, lollies, carbonated drinks, sugar sugar sugar everywhere. Take some healthy snacks with you, otherwise your kids will get hyperactive and your day in Tivoli may be a disaster!

More practical info on Tivoli Gardens in part II.

It would be great if you shared your comments on your visit to Tivoli Gardens. We were in Tivoli in 2016 so some things might have changed. So don't hesitate and drop us a comment!



 
Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen after dusk.
Tivoli Gardens after dusk.


 
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