This year we traveled to Denmark to spend Christmas with my half of the family. I love Christmas! so naturally I was very excited about spending it with all the family and following all the traditions I know and love. Even a 4am start to the day plus a poorly baby (Elliot had a flu) wasn’t going to put a damper on things. Besides as long as Elliot can have plenty of sling cuddles all is well. Now the flight to Denmark is a manageable 1,5 hour, It’s the journey on the other side that’s the long haul. Not because we have that far to go, but because there is only one ferry going to the isle where my parents live – and it only sails twice a day. This means that We’ve had a good 6 hours to kill on either side of our Holiday, and what better way to do so than go exploring Copenhagen.
Previously when we’ve found ourselves with time to spare in the Capital we’ve just found a nice cafe and sat there enjoying coffee, cake and a good book. Those days are over! Elliot will not tolerate just being stationary for that long let alone for us to open a book that’s not full of colour and made of cardboard! So this time around we needed to find entertainment suitable for all of us. Despite the little guy being under the weather he was surprisingly energetic! Now on the return journey I already knew what to do, we would spend half the time in Copenhagen and then go out to the Airport early enough to allow Elliot to play in their family Area, I’ve praised it before in this post about travelling with a baby, where it came as an absolute God send!
Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen
Now back to our day of adventures in the Capital! If you only have time to do one thing when you’re in Copenhagen, visiting the Tivoli Gardens should be it! It’s absolutely magical, especially during the holidays, they know how to take Christmas Decorations to the next level!
And I’ve heard that their Halloween Decorations are even better! We just bought the entry to the park, and then J bought one of those single ride tickets to try one of the oldest Rollercoasters still running! It’s a proper oldie made of wood! I’m not a big fan of rollercoasters I just really wanted to walk around in the park and enjoy all the decorations, sit down at one of the many cafes and enjoy a cup of hot Chocolate whilst having a Hygge time! Plus there is not much point buying a tour pass with a baby in tow, however I should add there is a lovely playground inside the park, free of charge, Elliot really enjoyed being let loose and exploring. When Elliot is older, we are definitely going to have to come back and go all out on tour passes to get the full experience! Even if mummy is too scared to try half of the Amusements there!
A stroll around Copenhagen!
There is so much to see and do in Copenhagen, you simply can’t fit it all in one day. There are lots of parks and playgrounds in and around the centre of Copenhagen (and there is always the Metro if you don’t fancy the walking) the parks are a lovely break from the busyness of the City, and on a summer day I imagine it would be a lovely spot to enjoy a packed lunch and let the kids loose. As its winter, I googled accessible indoor playgrounds before going, there are quite a few and most of them free. We didn’t end up going this time, but will definitely pay them a visit next time we go, I found the guides on minicph.com very helpful – coincidentally written by a British mum who emigrated to Copenhagen with her Danish Hubby. The website/blog focuses on things to do in the city with kids, definitely worth a look if you’re planning a trip over the pond. After the Tivoli experience we decided to just have a nice walk around the centre as well, with Elliot in the wrap he was happy napping as we walked around. Nyhavn is so picture-worthy!
Next time we’re in Copenhagen I definitely want to visit the National Museum. Entrance to the main part is free and I’ve been told they have a kids section, that you pay for, but in there the kids are allowed to touch, explore and play with everything! Which sounds pretty great and definitely something I think Elliot will enjoy when he is older. I’ve also heard great things about the “Paper Island” which is an area filled with street food vendors and packed with atmosphere. J and I definitely want to take an actual Holiday in Copenhagen, one day when Elliot is older so that we can fully enjoy all the fun the city has to offer!
La Glacé – Best Cake in Copenhagen
Before heading out to the Airport to catch our flight home we spent some time at the patisserie La Glace, famous for their delicious layered cakes. Anyone that knows me well, knows that I can’t possibly pass on the chance to have cake. It didn’t let us down! Delicious cakes in a really Hygge atmosphere, I can definitely recommend a visit. Just be aware that the prices are quite steep, we made it our lunch though. as there wouldn’t be room for anything else after a slice of their cakes. Just check out their mouthwatering window displays!
All in all I’d say we had a lovely half day in Copenhagen, even if Elliot wasn’t on his A game, bless him he was battling the flu all through Christmas. Now that we are back on UK soil I’m already planning our next trip over the pond! Plus J and I are dreaming of just taking 6 months off and travelling the world, with the little guy of course, who knows maybe one day it’ll be more than just a dream!