Family holidays in DenmarkSeek and find adventure for the whole family
HomeAway travel expert
It’s no surprise that the country that gave the world some of the most cherished and well-known children’s stories ever put to paper is a popular choice amongst family holiday-goers. You can easily see where Hans Christian Andersen got the inspiration for some of his lauded fairytales, and the childlike majesty is upheld in many parts of Denmark almost 200 years since they were published. From enchanting old towns to more modern additions, Denmark is a real jewel in Scandinavia’s crown, keeping both adults and children entertained for the duration of a holiday.
One glance at a map will show you that Denmark is a relatively small country, so the beauty is that you’re not restricted to merely one destination during your stay. Make the most of your family holiday by exploring the various attractions the varied regions have to offer, using HomeAway every step of the way to provide your ideal rental accommodation. If you’re still not entirely convinced, perhaps our quick guide to some of the best, family-friendly enticements will help you to make up your mind.
Top five family attractions in Denmark
Family holidays to Copenhagen
This historic port lies on the easternmost point of the country, a capital city the Danes are rightly proud of. You can’t really go wrong taking the kids here, such is its wealth of attractions and all-round genial atmosphere. Amongst its armoury is Tivoli Gardens, the second oldest amusement park in the world. Aside from its traditional wooden roller coasters. the park has gone from strength to strength in its 170 years and now boasts dozens of varied rides. Copenhagen Zoo is another favourably acknowledged establishment of the city, with a vast array of animals and the iconic wooden tower offering splendid views across the area.
Family holidays to Legoland
Yes, there is a Legoland in Windsor. And indeed various other places around the globe. The original, however, can be found in Billund. Located next to the factory that first produced Denmark’s most famous export, the park is an absolute wonderland for anyone who has ever picked up a bucket of the tiny plastic bricks. The Mini Land area is a particular delight, featuring several world landmarks lovingly recreated entirely with Lego. Thankfully, the roller coasters are made using significantly sturdier materials, as are the water rides and observation tower that adorn this colourfully endearing escapist land.
Family holidays in Aarhus
The second largest city in Denmark behind Copenhagen, Aarhus is a hub of culture and history. The Viking heritage of Scandinavia is evident in the museum, which houses several artefacts from that era, whilst the cathedral is a shining example of medieval architecture. The most fascinating feature of Aarhus is Den Gamle By, an open-air museum home to 75 historic buildings from all round the country. The Old Town sees museum staff adopting the roles of various merchants in order to give the authentic feeling of a fully-functional ancient hamlet.
Family holidays in Hirtshals
Hirtshals is a pleasantly quaint little town located on the shores of the North Sea, most notable for the popular aquarium that attracts thousands of visitors each year. The Nordsoen Oceanarium’s main boast is its 4,500,000-litre tank, the largest of its kind in Northern Europe. The tank is designed to resemble the North Sea habitat that forms the basis for the attraction as a whole, providing a home to over 3,000 creatures of the deep. Children will also love the opportunity to get up close and personal with the native seals in the massive outdoor Sealarium exhibit, as well as the various different theme tanks scattered throughout the building.
Family holidays in Odense
The ultimate fairytale city, this was the home of the aforementioned Hans Christian Andersen. The charm remains, with colourful buildings and cobbled streets paying testament to the 19th-century world that Andersen knew. The museum dedicated to the man himself is a worthy venture that will please the entire family - not least because children go free - and so is the house where he was born and raised. Elsewhere, the zoo displays over 2,000 different animals and an impressive Oceanium, whilst the Funen Village open-air museum presents a fascinating insight into 18th and 19th-century life in the district.