Do you remember your first holiday abroad? We hadn’t managed to get away with the children abroad until last summer. My son had just turned 13 and my twin girls were 8. We were lucky enough to be invited over to Sweden to see my friend and her family after she had moved there the year before. The kids were so excited to be able to go on a plane and to see another country too.
So in August 2017 we headed off to Sweden, first stop was my friend’s house on a beautiful island on the south of Sweden.
It’s not often you stop off at service stations and there’s an area for the kids to play in with the goats!
As everyone back in England was having terrible weather we had lovely blue skies and warm weather to be able to explore her island. We had fun on the beach, splashing in the Baltic sea and hot dogs over the firepits that are dotted around for everyone to use.
We had a nice walk around the coastal path of their island. Sweden has a right to roam ( Allemansrätten) access so you are free to walk wherever you want as long as you are respectful of people and nature. You can tell that everyone around is. You never see litter, broken things and everyone is very friendly. What surprised me and Kev is that people don’t really have fences or boundaries! It’s all open and we were able to walk along the bottom of people’s gardens (large gardens!) and walk along the coast edge where they moor their boats.
Today we left my friend’s house and off to the busy city of Copenhagen! We had hired a AirBnB property and picked up our Copenhagen cards for travelling around on the transport. I highly recommend these as it made using the transport so easy and cheap.
We spent this day traveling, dropping the hire car back, picking up Copenhagen cards, finding the house, popping to the local beach (wasn’t so picturesque as Sweden!) making a trip to the local Lidl at the end of the road and settling in the house. Ready for some fun over the next few days.
With our Copenhagen cards there was places that you got ‘free’ entrance to and these weren’t small attractions. They were good ones, so we had planned our visits around these. First stop was Den Bla Planet National Aquarium Denmark.
Next stop was to fill our tummies! Copenhagen has some amazing food places so you won’t struggle for places to eat. I had heard about Copenhagen Street Food Market. An old industrial building that is filled up with various of traders selling food from all different places around the world. We could all pick something we wanted! See my full blog post on Copenhagen Street Food Market
The food market is right in Copenhagen so we took this opportunity to do one of the canal tours. This again is included in the Copenhagen card. It was brilliant, took you all around and the kids loved being on the boat. The tour guide was good fun and told some great stories.
We had to see the famous Nyhavan in Copenhagen as this is what all the pictures of Copenhagen are all of! It is very pretty with all of its colour houses.
This was the day that the kids had been waiting for! Tivoli Gardens and Amusement Park. It didn’t let us down, it was amazing. It is the 2nd oldest amusement park in the world but it’s just so beautiful too. Our parks could learn a thing or two from Tivoli. It has rides, gardens to relax in, shows, firework nights and restaurants (expensive!) The entrance into the gardens is included in the Copenhagen cards and we paid extra to go on the rides. People were turning up in the evening all dressed up for dinner and to watch a show. It was so pretty and I would love to go back. Take a look at my full blog post on Tivoli Gardens
Todays trip was to Copenhagen Zoo. This again was included in the Copenhagen cards, it was easy to find and get to on the transport. A good day out, we managed to fill the whole day exploring here. There are so many animals to see and activities to do. It even goes onto the other side of the road using a subway! Full blog post on Copenhagen Zoo
The one main attraction for me was to see the Polar Bears. I haven’t ever seen a Polar Bear before but I knew they would be pretty impressive.
Weekly Video Of Our Copenhagen Fun
Hope you enjoyed seeing what we got up to and maybe it has given you some ideas on what you could do when visiting Copenhagen.