Distances between experiences in Denmark are short and it’s easy to get public transport, organise car hire and access sites. This means that it’s possible to terrify your children with a tour of the dungeons of Kronborg Castle in the morning, sail in a Viking ship on Roskilde Fjord in the afternoon and finish with an exhilarating evening in Tivoli Gardens in the evening.
There are fantastic attractions and outdoor adventures all across the country, so a holiday on Funen or in the north of Jutland is as easy as a break in the capital. Even Denmark’s bridges are amazing, so a car journey can be broken up with the thrill of driving over Europe’s longest suspension bridge, The Great Belt Bridge.
It’s even easy to bring the very young to Denmark, as many attractions, restaurants, hotels, major stores and regional trains offer you quiet spots, changing rooms and child seats.
Kids on public transport
You can enjoy big discounts for your children on public transport in Denmark. On Denmark’s national train network, a paying adult can bring up to two children under 12 years old with them for free. The same applies on Copenhagen’s S-trains, buses and metro.
Children under 16 years of age, travelling alone on public transport, pay half the adult price. On most ferries, children between the ages of 0 and 3 years old travel free, while those over 3 pay half price. Ask at the information desk before buying your ticket for more info.
Restaurants and cafes with kids
Danes are informal and relaxed and children are normally welcomed everywhere, including places that serve alcohol, during the daytime. It’s not uncommon to see pushchairs left outside cafes and restaurants with sleeping children inside. This is a safe and common practice in Denmark and Danes are happy to let their little ones sleep in peace outside whilst keeping a close eye on them from inside. Breastfeeding is also acceptable in public places.
Danish restaurants are normally equipped with high-chairs for children, so just ask for one when you enter. Many also offer special children’s meals or allow you to order a smaller portion at a reduced price for your little ones.
Free accommodation for children
You may be surprised to hear that many hotels in Denmark offer free accommodation for children under 12 years old, when they sleep in their parents’ bed. Check with your hotel at time of booking to find out about discounts, rules and pricing.