Another post from Tom today as he fills you in on some of the places we went to in Copenhagen. I say 'we' but for half of the holiday is was just Wilf and Tom whilst I was feeling ill. Obviously I wouldn't plan feeling so bad on another trip but the silver lining was the guys got to have a lot of quality one on one time. Tom will be posting about that soon I think but in the meantime if you planning a trip to this city and love parks then this is the post for you ;)
It can be windy in Copenhagen, which means that the weather can change very quickly. Fortunately (well a combination of excellent urban planning and not building on every available space) means that the centre of the city is surrounded by parks. Along with being very flat and relatively compact, it means that Copenhagen is a great city to visit with children. Here are the ones that we visited.
Wilf really enjoyed running around the paths of the rock gardens pointing out which trees and plants were his favourites, and we saw a red squirrel! There is a complex of several old glasshouses dating back to the late 1800s. This culminates in the fantastic tall, round glasshouse in with spiral staircases to a gantry. I remember visiting similar places with my mum when I was little and feeling like I was in a jungle, so I was glad to be able to take Wilf to this fine example.
This is a well-kept park containing the Rosenborg Castle, home of the Danish crown jewels. We enjoyed (although slightly damp) stroll through here to get from the botanical gardens to Nyhavn.
Wilf and I visited this park whilst Fritha was having one of her naps. The park is only a few minutes’ walk from the Stroget and has two playgrounds. One is a staffed one with really good play equipment and a lots of sand. The other is looking a bit run down and probably better for slightly older kids. However, it did have a little café next to it with ice cream and beer.
We visited this park on a sunny day after picking up some picnic items from the delis and bakeries in Fredriksberg. These are lovely picturesque gardens with bridges over meandering canals. You can take a guided rowing boat tour around the gardens. There are plenty of ducks, swans and geese, an island with white peacocks, and in one corner of the park you can see the elephants of Copenhagen Zoo. We ate are picnic on the lawn in front of the Fredriksberg Palace. There is also a soother/dummy tree where children hang their dummies when they have outgrown therm.
Not a park as such, but a fun fair with gardens and in my opinion must visit place in Copenhagen. We enjoyed strolling around looking at the different colourful rides and architecture. Wilf and I had a boat ride on the lake, and we all enjoyed a ride telling the stories of Hans Christian Anderson using mechanical puppets. There was also a great playground with a Moby Dick / Shipwreck theme. Is it a bit overpriced – Yes. Will it fill you full of wide-eyed joy and amazement whether a 3 year old boy or a 32 year old man – Definitely.