Countdown to Copenhagen

We are now on official countdown to Copenhagen!  I have been fortunate to visit the Danish capital on many occasions whilst working onboard P&O Cruises but this visit will be very different because I am travelling with my family…. and we just happen to know our pilot very well.


Image – Nyhavn a 17th-century waterfront, canal and entertainment district in Copenhagen. 

Past visits have left a lasting impression on me and I have been keen to return to Northern Europe’s cosiest capital.  I was therefore delighted when we received a phone call asking if we fancied flying with my lovely brother-in-law and sister-in-law for a weekend stay in Copenhagen.  I should point out here that my brother-in-law is not unfortunately the owner of a private jet but rather a pilot for Easy Jet which is still incredibly cool!

It will be baby Harry’s first flight and so particularly memorable with Uncle Chris as the pilot!  It is going to be a very proud moment when we hear Chris’s voice over the tannoy announcing our departure from Gatwick.   Charlie my eldest has been telling his school friends about it for weeks:)

Harry is now 18 months old and I feel bad that this will be his first flight, as his big brother had experienced 18 flights by his first birthday.  I do know however that this is completely irrational and ridiculous of me, as Harry clearly does not know the difference!

In preparation for our trip, I have researched family friendly attractions in Copenhagen and selected my favourite top three – Tivoli Gardens, a canal tour and a visit to the Little Mermaid Statue.

We have been kindly invited as guests to Tivoli Gardens amusement park which is a must see attraction for all visitors to the city, young and young at heart!  We are fortunate to be visiting during the Christmas season and thoroughly look forward to experiencing Tivoli’s Illuminations, their brand new Christmas light show, festive rides, browsing the stalls in the Christmas village and of course meeting Santa Claus!


Images – Tivoli Gardens decorated for Christmas

On day two of our city break we intend to explore and see as much of Copenhagen as possible.  From experience I know that Copenhagen is certainly a city you can discover on foot or bike.  Indeed you can cycle from one end of the city to the other in twenty minutes, however as we have our boys to consider we have gladly accepted an opportunity to review Stromma’s hop on and hop off bus and boat tour.  Our combination tour ticket will allow us to enjoy sightseeing at our own pace by land and sea!  We hope to view Copenhagen’s Palaces and museums by bus and then view the city like the Little Mermaid famous statue does from the water.


Image – Boat tour along canal, Copenhagen

Please check back soon to read our reviews of Tivoli Gardens and Stromma’s bus and boat tour! Until then farvel veneer, which translates from Danish, goodbye friends!

Copyright – Copenhagen images Copenhagen Media Centre


46 thoughts on “Countdown to Copenhagen

    1. Lisa Post author

      Thanks Allane! We got back last Monday after an incredible weekend:) Already starting to make more plans for our next city break. A return to Barcelona next I think!

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    1. Lisa Post author

      Elizabeth, I envy you:) We only returned last night and already I am considering booking return flights! After I have unpacked I will get stuck in with writing all about our weekend. If you have any questions in the meantime please do not hesitate to send me an email.

    1. Lisa Post author

      Thanks for stopping by Jess. I cannot recommend Copenhagen highly enough as a family friendly city destination. The locals love kids and the city and transportation networks are all pushchair friendly:) Please stop by again soon as I will be posting our reviews and recommendations for the best family attractions in the Danish capital.

    1. Lisa Post author

      Thanks Trish! We had an amazing time and I agree Tivoli Gardens is truly magical, especially with all the Christmas decorations! I have visited many times before when working on cruise ships as Shore Excursions Manager, it used to our most popular excursion, but it is definitely more magical when you visit as a parent with your children:) My boys absolutely loved it.

  2. Elizabeth

    We are hoping to get to Copenhagen in the spring. This is a great starting point for trip planning. I cannot wait to hear how your trip went. We will also be traveling with our two little ones so finding kid friendly activities is important.

    1. Lisa Post author

      Oh I envy you Elizabeth. We only returned last night but already I am considering a return visit! When I unpack our bags and sort out this disaster zone which used to be our home I will start writing up our reviews and recommendations for family friendly attractions in Copenhagen:)

  3. Hannah

    So excited for you! I have only been to Denmark once but absolutely loved it so much so that if we ever had the opportunity to live there I would completely jump at the chance!

    1. Lisa Post author

      I agree Hannah, I could also relocate and live in Denmark. Such friendly people and the capital, Copenhagen is stunning and very family friendly.

    1. Lisa Post author

      Oh no Lydia, you will have to return! I agree Copenhagen is beautiful but I cannot recommend Tivoli Gardens highly enough. We were lucky it opened Saturday and we visited Sunday. We spent an entire day there from 11am – 7pm and we still did not get to experience everything. Get booking your return flights!

    1. Lisa Post author

      We returned from Copenhagen late last night and I can honestly say I am well and truly in full festive spirit! Tivoli Gardens were absolutely magical, every inch of the park had been transformed into a stunning winter wonderland. I cannot recommend a visit at this time of year highly enough.

  4. Sarah

    Oh wow, that’s so cool your brother in law will be your pilot I bet Harry will be amazed! Don’t feel bad that it’s his first flight, like you said, he doesn’t know any different. Copenhagen looks AMAZING! That amusement park look and sounds fantastic. I hope you all have a wonderful time 🙂 xx
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    1. Lisa Post author

      Thanks Sarah, we had an incredible time. We arrived back late last night. I can definitely recommend Copenhagen as a family friendly city break destination. Only 1.5 hrs flight from Gatwick, friendly locals and a wide range of attractions for all ages. Tivoli Gardens was absolutely magical! Check back soon, I will be writing a full review when I have unpacked our suitcase!

    1. Lisa Post author

      Thanks for stopping by Zena. It certainly did make the experience very memorable for us all. The boys were so excited to sit with Uncle Chris in the cockpit after he landed the plane and delighted to hear their names announced over the PA system!

    1. Lisa Post author

      Thanks Alex! We returned late last night, I definitely recommend Copenhagen as a family city break destination. The locals are so friendly, the city is small enough to walk around and the train & metro are very pushchair friendly. Check back soon, I will be writing up my recommendations of all the family friendly places to visit!

    1. Lisa Post author

      Thanks Emma. It was a very memorable trip. My eldest has gone to school today very excited to tell all his friends about sitting in the cockpit with Uncle Chris!

    1. Lisa Post author

      Thanks for stopping by Ellen. Honestly these photos do not do it justice, we returned from Copenhagen last night, it is stunning in real life!

    1. Lisa Post author

      Yes it is pretty cool Cathy! We are incredibly proud of Chris as he followed his dreams of becoming a pilot and just didn’t let anything stand in his way:) An inspirational role model for my boys!

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