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3/07/2017

Copenhagen with kids

What to see and do in Copenhagen on a sunny day

The route plan: Strøget, Lego shop, Nyhavn, boat trip, Mermaid Statue, Amalienborg, Vor Frelsers Kirke observation deck, Christiania



If the weather is fine, which is not that obvious in Denmark, we suggest walking down the Strøget, one of the Europe's longest pedestrian areas, towards Nyhavn. Nyhavn, the name meaning "new harbor," is one of the most popular and well-photographed tourist attractions in Copenhagen. It looks truly picturesque especially during the golden hour on a sunny afternoon. If you want bird's eye view of Copenhagen, climb to the top deck of Vor Frelsers Kirke (more details below) Don't forget to take your kids to a Lego flagship store. A stone's throw from Nyhavn, you'll find Amalienborg. We also recommend taking the kids on a boat trip to see the main sights and the Mermaid statue from a different perspective.




Vor Frelsers Kirke (Our Saviour's Church) observation point for the brave
address: Sankt Annæ Gade Street 29

One of the ways to see Copenhagen from bird's eye view is to climb to the top of the Tower in Vor Frelsers Kirke. Having a Copenhagen Card entitles you to a free entry for three (1 adult + 2 kids). We had to buy just one ticket extra (40DKK) for an adult.


Vor Frelsers Kirke Copenhagen
Vor Frelsers Kirke
Is it worth?

For the views, definitely YES, however, I wouldn't recommend going up the tower with small kids. Our 9-year old was fine with going up to the top, but our 5-year old daughter got to the first deck which was narrow, around 1-metre wide, with 120cm high railing and we decided that was enough for her.

Going up the tower might be challenging for a small child as the inner staircase is narrow and the steps are steep. We had to stop from time to time to let people go down the stairs as there was no fixed schedule for groups that go up, which resulted in occacional "jams" in the spiral staircase.

To go up to the very top of the tower you have to climb outside spiral stairs with a plain low railing, which may be too much for some kids. But if you're brave enough, at the top you'll be rewarded with wonderful views of Copenhagen.

TIP: Before going up the tower you have to consider whether you and your kids are physically able to do it. I wouldn't recommend going up the tower for both, those of you who feel claustrophobic and obviously for those of you with the fear of heights or health problems.

A stone's throw from the church, you'll find Christiania, one of the Copenhagen's tourist attractions. Freetown Christiania is a community within a city, with its own rules. Taking photographs is forbidden, cars are not allowed. We didn't see this part of Copenhagen, however, it's quite close to Vor Frelsers Kirke so you might decide to go there.

The view from the observation point in Vor Frelsers Kirke tower in Copenhagen.
Copenhagen - the view from Vor Frelsers Kirke observation deck

The view from the observation point in Vor Frelsers Kirke tower in Copenhagen.
Copenhagen - the view from Vor Frelsers Kirke observation deck
Practical info on ticket prices and opening hours

ticket prices

free with Copenhagen Card ( more info on Copenhagen Card here)
Mon - Thu
adults 40DKK kids (up to 14) free
Fri - Sun
adults 45DKK, kids 8-14 10DKK
 
opening hours 2017

Mon - Sat 10.00 – 16.00
Sunday and holidays 10.30 – 16.00
note: the tower might be closed due to bad weather so you need to check beforehand

YOU MAY ALSO CHECK

www.vorfrelserskirke.dk/tourist_information info about the church:
www.vorfrelserskirke.dk/taarnet info about the church tower (taarnet)

Walking down the Stroget and ... a break for brick building!


Not far from Vor Frelsers Kirke you'll find the Strøget, one of the longest pedestrian car free shopping areas in Europe. There are numerous designer shops, cafes, restaurants...and of course lots of tourists. Don't forget to stop by in a Lego flagship store located at Vimmelskaftet 37.  It could be an excellent way to motivate the kids to do a little bit more of sightseeing. Check opening hours beforehand.
 
Lego store in Copenhagen


Lego Store Copenhagen


I admit that the shop itself was ... a bit disappointing. I wouldn't call it a megastore - in 2016 it was just one floor. However, it's a good spot for a break for the kids. What we liked about the shop was that there were no crowds, as compared to shops in Legoland. The kids immediately started building Lego figures,  had a lot of fun looking for "unique" parts and finally they came up with 3 original figures, which we bought (of course). A set of three unique Lego figures built by your kids is could be a great "motivating" gift.
Playing with Lego bricks!
For younger kids there was a place with lots of Lego Duplo bricks where they could build whatever they wanted.

Copenhagen Lego Store
The best thing in the store  was a 2-metre high wall with lego bricks containers. A paradise for young lego fans! Your kids may choose whatever Lego bricks/parts they need putting them into a container. The price for a small plastic container was 80DKK and for a big one 150DKK (2016)
The idea of PickaBrick is that it's up to you to choose the bricks you want, which is great.

Copenhagen Lego Store

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