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Showing posts with label Denmark with kids. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Denmark with kids. Show all posts

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.

3/07/2017

Copenhagen with kids

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.



2/28/2017

Copenhagen Card - your guide to smart sightseeing

Why you might need Copenhagen Card


             Copenhagen Card (CC)
  •   CC entitles you to free public transport (bus, underground, train) within defined boundaries. W used it just in the center of Copenhagen, but it covers a larger area. 
  • Two kids 0 - 10 travel for free on condition you buy a CC for yourself. The kids age hasn’t been verified by any document, however, I had the passport of our 9-year old on me just in case. On the bus you show the driver the CC and here you go!
  • CC can be bought at any Tourist Information Center. With CC you'll get a booklet with a list of free and discounted tourist attractions. Show CC at the ticket office/ entrance and you’ll get in for free. Don’t forget to take a public transport map from the Tourist Information Center.
  • Downloading the Copenhagen Card application (electronic version of the booklet) on your mobile will make your life much easier. 
  • Make sure you plan the sightseeing well, so you’ll be able to make the best use of CC. To activate the card all you have to do is to write with a pen the date and time (full hour only) e.g. 15.00 (not 15.15) you want the card to be active. It’s really comfortable because by buying a 3-day CC you may get 4-day sightseeing if you start let’s say at 13.00 , the CC will be active for 72 hours.  
  • more info http://www.copenhagencard.com/

2/27/2017

Knuthenborg Safari Park - your kids will love it!

Knuthenborg Safari Park - your kids will love it!

If you're planning to take your kids to Denmark, we do recommend spending at least one day in Knuthenborg Safari park. What is unusual about this place is the feeling of being on a safari in Africa, without African heat and bugs swarming around you!





Is it worth?

If your kids love animals - they will be more than happy to visit Knuthenborg! It's the kind of place children under 10 will have fun all day round. I suppose teenagers may like the idea of being on a "safari" on condition the weather is fine. Things that are sure to be remembered by the kids are: driving round the tiger/wolf enclosure and feeding monkeys. For pony lovers - the pony meadow will be like a dream come true!

What we didn't like...

A pity there were no elephants...The talk about tigers in Dannish is ... a misunderstanding unless you speak Dannish.

Extra points for...

The end of June 3pm and...there is just one car ahead at the ticket office (That's what we like!)

Peace and quiet in the picnic area. One can't help but ask: where did all the people go ?

Although we lost track of time, we, and other visitors, were not "invited" to leave the park because of closing time. (wow)

The staff were invisible, I don't remember seeing any guard outside wolf/tiger/monkey enclosures.

Knuthenborg was our first stop on our way to Copenhagen. We got to the park quite late, around 3pm. Maybe because of that, there were fewer visitors than we'd expected, which was great.

In short, the idea is that you drive around the park in your own vehicle or on a motorbike on well prepared, mostly hard-surfaced roads. There are no cages, or enclosures that the kids may know from the zoos (except enclosures for monkeys, lemurs, tigers and wolves) so you get the feeling of being on a safari! We were in the park for just 4 hours, but I'm sure there's a lot more to see and do, so we think it may be a great one day attraction!



Knuthenborg Safari Park ups.. zebra crossing








Knuthenborg Safari Park - close encounters with...donkeys.

General information

www.knuthenborg.dk

children under 3 - free

child (3-11) 17.86 €

adult 30.71 €


You enter the park through Maglemer gate (Knuthenborg Allé 1) and you exit through Bandholm gate. At weekends and during peak season it's possible to enter through the Bandholm gate too (from 10.00 do 13.00).
 We got to the park at the end of June, around 3pm and there was just one more car ahead of us waiting at the ticket office. No crowds, no lines - great! The idea is that you are free to drive wherever you wish, there is no one-way track for visitors. Your only limitation is the closing time of the park.



Knuthenborg Safari Park map


Visiting the park seems to be as safe as going to the zoo, however, you're warned that you enter the safari park at your own risk and because Knuthenborg Safari Park pays a lot of attention to safety, there are a few rules you have to observe being in the park:

* you are allowed to get out of your car only in specially marked spots

* kids under 15 must be acompanied by an adult

* eating and drinking is allowed only outside animal areas , the picnic areas are marked on the map with the pictogram of a picnic table. In the picnic areas we came across, there were plain wooden picnic tables and benches. We didn't see any restaurant, but it doeasn't mean there isn't any.

* before entering the tiger enclosure, all racks for bicycles must be detached

* we didn't have to take off the racks before entering the wolf enclosure

*you are not allowed to open the windows being in tiger/wolf enclosures

* you have to leave the animals you're travelling with outside the tiger/wolf enclosures


I do recommend reading the feeding schedule (different on weekdays and weekends) and finding out what the closing time for the animals that are kept in enclosures is. (lions, wolves, lemurs, monkeys) You have to discuss the priorites with your kids to be sure you are in time to be let in.


Knuthenborg Safari Park feeding schedule 2016


The most interesting part is definitely Africa. On a hot summer day, with clear blue sky, you'll get the feeling of being on a real safari trip, the obvious asset being the lack of insects around. We saw zebras, antilopes, giraffes, rhinos and other African animals grazing very close to the side of the road or crossing the road just ahead of us, which is an amazing experience for the kids. A fantastic thing would be taking binoculars with you, which will allow the kids to get closer to animals grazing in the distance.


Monkey Enclosure


When we got to the monkey eclosure we saw around 12 people waiting in a line and a tractor with two carriages. It turned out we got there just in time for a "snack round." Each of us got a handful of colorful cereals (the ride and cereals included in the price) and we got in. The cariage windows were made of plactic, which happened to be VERY DIRTY plastic and we were to find out why just as the gate opened.


When the tractor drove into the monkey enclosure, most monkeys jumped straight onto the roof or window sills and started to pick the snacks making a lot of noise! We were putting the snacks into a sort of pipe and and the monkeys were taking the snacks out on the other side. Wow, they were quick believe me! The whole thing lasted about 5 minutes, nevertheless my kids said it was great and wanted to do a second round. I don't remember exactly, but the snack round takes place every hour or so...We decided there was no time to spare for waiting for another round and went to the tiger enclosure.





Knuthenborg Safari Park - let's feed the monkeys!








Knuthenborg Safari Park

Wild at heart - tigers!



Before entering the tiger enclosure you have to detach all bicycle racks and take off a car roof box, which may be a bit of a problem. We decided not to enter the enclosure as we had little time and 4 bikes plus a car roof box to take off and later put on again so we chose watching the tiger behind a glass wall.

After getting to the talk point, we saw a tiger sitting opposite the kids. The keeper started to talk about tigers and their habits, and the kids asked questions. I must say all the kids seemed to be interested except ...mine as unfortunately, the talk was all in Dannish, so we didn't understand a word. The talk is probably really fine on condition you speak Dannish.




Knuthenborg Safari Park - a talk about tigers


Wolves


Our next stop was the wolf enclosure surrounded by a very high net wall. The interesting part is entering the enclosure, as first, you get through gate number one, which is then closed and so you get stuck between the gates. It feels like entering a "danger zone."

Fortunately, you don't have to detach the racks for bikes.
Our kids liked wolf watching very much although they were not allowed to open the windows. One of the wolves walked very close to our car, so obviously opening the windows wouldn't be the wisest thing to do.

Pony Meadow


The last attraction for us in the Knuthenborg Safari Park was a huge Pony Meadow full of ponies, camels and lamas. Kids could get close to animals, stroke and hug a lama (if it's in a good mood) , feed a pony with grass or ...a carrot. For safety reasons, children must be accompanied by an adult.


The final tip: check your shoe soles before getting in your car! The meadow is full of surprises;) I bet you wouldn't like to be surprised by the smell back in your car!



Knuthenborg Safari Park the pony meadow









Knuthenborg Safari Park - the lama posed like a professional model!





address for GPS: Knuthenborg Allé 1, 4930 Maribo

www.knuthenborg.dk





If you wish to stay overnight you'll find information about accomodation on the Knuthenborg website.There are discounts on the tickets to the park if you stay overnight so if you want to spend more time in the area it might be a good idea e.g. for a weekend with kids.




I recommend visiting the website www.knuthenborg.dk for up to date info on openning hours.

For 2017 the openinning hours are as follows (acc to info from their website)

29.04 - 02.07 10.00 - 17.00

03.07 - 06.08 10.00 - 18.00

07.08 - 10.09 10.00 - 17.00

11.09 - 08.10 10.00 - 16.00 (open only on Saturdays and Sundays)

14.10 - 22.10 10.00 - 17.00




Info for dog owners

Dogs must stay in the car in animal areas, but outside animal areas you are allowed to walk the dog - always on a a leash. If you want to drive through the tiger and wolf enclosures you must leave your dog in a designated area near the enclosure entrances.





























































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