May half term, we took the kids to Legoland, Billund for a treat. Charlie is a huge lego fan, in fact I’ve never known him not to be in love with the plastic bricks. The logistics of it were pretty easy; flying from Bristol to Copenhagen with Easyjet. Hiring a car from the airport (booked online before hand to get a good deal) we drove across 3 islands to the largest of the Danish islands and to our little cottage, booked via Airbnb.
The car journey took 3 hours, and saw us drive over some impressive bridges (one of which for £25 toll each way!!!), into rural Denmark, with lupins lining the roadside, and red painted cabins dot the horizon. Our stay was short, just two nights, and one full day for the Legoland adventure. But so worth it.
We drove back to Copenhagen, and dropped the car off, before settling in to 3 nights exploring the city. So what did we do? With two boys, big city and 30 degree heat?
Our first stop was the Rundetaarn (round tower), iconic to photograph with it’s brick tiled floor and white arched windows. The view from the top is spectacular, and a great place to start the trip, with a birds eye view of the city.
Then we searched for somewhere cool to hangout, so headed towards the Botanical gardens and the palm houses. Walking through the shady canopy, we glimpsed the beautiful Victorian palm houses, only to be teased and really annoyed to discover it was closed for the month for maintenance! Darn it!
Tummies rumbling we headed to Aamanns deli for smorebrod (open sandwiches). OMG! The chicken one was utterly delicious, I could eat that every day.
After lunch we headed towards the river, wandering through the pretty streets and mews buildings, choosing which house we would live in. Roses around the door for me please.
Catching the ferry we headed across the water to Christianshavn, and a wander along the harbour walls, looking into art galleries and artists studios. Before stumbling across a street food place just by Inderhavesbroen bridge. Sitting there in the sunshine, eating a poke bowl and pizza… watching the locals cycle by.
The following morning we headed out to Torvehallerne (the food market) for coffee and Danish pastries from The Coffee Collective. Suitably fuelled (although I could have stayed there all day) we grabbed the train and headed out of the city to The Louisianna Museum. Just 45 mins on the train to the north of Copenhagen, we were in the Danish museum of modern art, home to great pieces of work by Alexander Calder, Joan Miro and Henry Moore.
We ate lunch in the buffet style museum cafe, it was delicious and a pleasant surprise at how fresh and tasty it was. Then we explored the sculpture park and gardens. Gazing wistfully at the people in the sea, gosh it was hot!
A short train ride back to central Copenhagen, we wandered around Hay and other design stores, picking out imaginary wish lists of things for our home. Soon the kids were hungry again, so we took the ferry over to the Reffen street food market, and to the Mikkeller beer garden.
The food market has just relocated to the north of the city, over the water from the Little Mermaid. A bit of a trek, but the ferry drops you off right outside, so there is no better way to arrive.
So much food to choose from, and such a party atmosphere. We sampled tacos, pizza, burgers and more… couldn’t stop trying different foods. All washed down with beer from Mikkeller.
Ferry back to the centre, and a slow walk along the water to our hotel. That was our Copenhagen adventure. I’ve come to realise that so long as we have plenty of food, drink and ice cream stops, the kids are happy. They must be able to run around in a park or garden for a while, to relax. If it’s too hot, take them to the water. And always remind them, that they’ve just been to Legoland if they moan! :)
Takeaway thoughts on Copenhagen, my kids loved it. Especially Charlie, who was extremely impressed by the cleanliness and the bike lanes, and how everyone cycled everywhere. Copenhagen has set the bar high for city breaks for him.
We stayed in Danhostel, Copenhagen. Basic, cheap, on a room only basis. As Copenhagen is very expensive, we wanted to save money on our accommodation and spend on eating well and site seeing.