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2 Weeks in Denmark-Next July (Itinerary Help)

I am thinking of spending 2 weeks next July in Denmark with my 6 yr old daughter. We will fly in and out of Copenhagen. Aside from a few nights in Copenhagen I am not sure where else to go. I would like to maybe spend 5 days here (https://skallerup.dk/) but other than that I am open to suggestions. The only thing I am not that interested in is Legoland as we live right near the one in California.

Also we won't have a car but will be using trains--are they easy enough to have that be our main mode of transportation? Do they have a train pass like the Britrail pass?

Lastly, in Norway they have a chain of hotels that does free breakfast and dinner--any chains in Denmark like that? Do most hotel prices usually include breakfast like in Norway?

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Denmark is very easy to get around in by public transportation. You can plan all your trips using www.rejseplanen.dk
I don’t know about breakfast, but there are a string of holiday centers like the Skallerup one called Danland (they might have different names, but a google search for Danland should find them).
Without knowing what you and the 6-year old is interested in, it is hard to recommend places. What are your interests?

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It's easy enough to travel around Denmark by public transport - especially if you stay in cities. If you want to experience smaller towns you may have to wait for buses, which are less frequent - on the other hand July is the main tourist season, so they will be more frequent than at shoulder season.

Use https://www.rejseplanen.dk/webapp/index.html?language=en_EN to plan your travel around Denmark.

I just spent a weekend on Samsø and can recommend it. I especially enjoyed the labyrinth.

Other places:

Odense

Århus

I'm sure others will add other ideas. I hope you will enjoy your trip.

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Bike riding!! boat, canal tours, include other stops, Denmark is a small country -two weeks is a long time! but so close to others-especially by train -check out various playgrounds too

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We just spent 10 days in Denmark with our two young kids. Stayed 8 days in Tisvilde and 2 days in Copenhagen. Didn’t run out of things to do. Rented a beach house on Airbnb and rented a car, which was cheap and time efficient.

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Thank you all--I have seen a lot of bike riding ideas. I am going to have to get my 6yr old to up her riding skills!

Do any of you know of hotel chains that offer a breakfast buffet included in the room price? I am thinking of doing Airbnb a bit but Norway had a chain of hotels (Clarion Collection) that offered a free breakfast and dinner--which would be ideal!

The train travel distances seem much shorter in Denmark as compared to Norway (the other country I was thinking of visiting) which is better for us.

I love those open air museums-that's perfect for my daughter at this age.

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I am also looking for some advice and rather than start a new thread, I thought I'd try here. My husband is working in Kalundborg for three months and I am going to visit him in October. We are trying to schedule some trips for a weekend. What would you recommend? I will have lots of time during the days he's working to explore Denmark and some friends that live there that I'm hoping to connect with during the weeks. So we're thinking about traveling somewhere we can get to for a three-day weekend. What are your thoughts? I don't want to spend a ton of money for this trip. But I am not a world traveler (yet!) so even just using Airbnb is overwhelming for me right now. Any advice you can give would be great!! Thanks!

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Heather please start a thread of your own instead of hijacking an existing thread. Since i assume neither you or your husband is a 6 year old girl, this thread is hardly relevant for you :-)

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I would highly recommend plan to head over to Billund to see Legoland. It is where LEGO started back in about the 1950's from what I recall. We've been there many times and always enjoy it. I have family that live there so I must admit that I am somewhat biased in that respect. They also have the new place called LEGO house which opened in the last year or two. Haven't been there just yet but am planning to check it out next July.

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Southern Sweden (the City of Malmo) is a short train ride from Copenhagen and a great visit for a night or two (or for a day trip). It felt much more cosmopolitan than Copenhagen did. Almhult (home of IKEA) is also within a day's train ride of Copenhagen/Malmo. They have a full museum about the history of the region and the store as well as plenty of fun stuff for kids. Not for everyone but just an option to add to your list of possible side-trips.

I don't know about any chains that consistantly offer free breakfast however if you search on expedia, there is an icon for "breakfast included" so you can see about offerings even if you don't buy from them. I stayed at the AC Bella Sky Copenhagen which is quickly becoming an architectural landmark, is right off a metro stop, and (usually) is cheaper than staying in the city center if there isn't a big convention scheduled during your dates. Some rates at the property include breakfast but others do not.

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Just wanted to add that the experience at Legoland in Billund, Denmark is a very different experience from the location in Carlsbad, California. We've been to both - Denmark is much cleaner overall and while we liked California, we Love Legoland in Denmark better. As you have a daughter, definitely Hans Christian Andersen Hus in Odense, there is an interactive Viking Museum in Ribe. It really depends on how far out of Copenhagen that you want to go. The harbour tour in Copenhagen [Nyhavn] is another must experience. Madsby Park in Fredericia is another worthwhile attraction.

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I suggest you look into the cost of renting a car. Might be cheaper than you think and gives you flexibility. My husband, a friend and I spent five weeks in Denmark last year. We stayed at airb&bs and they were very reasonable and varied. Having a car allows you more options of staying just outside cities and many are on farms which your daughter would love. An advantage to airb&bs is having a kitchen which cuts way down on costs and it is fun to grocery shop. Since kids like what they like it is nice to have the option of cooking simple meals. But Denmark also has plenty of great and varied places to eat. I recommend going to Roskilde, easy train ride from Copenhagen . They have hands on Viking center and spectacular cathedral where all kings and queens buried. We took our kids to Denmark twice when they were under ten and they loved it. Another good place is Helsingør and “Hamlet’s castle “, also easily reached by train from Copenhagen. The town is very nice for exploring, too. If you go to Fyn I recommend Egoskov Castle. You can easily spend a day there. In addition to the castle there are several playgrounds, gardens, etc..It is about a half hour south of Odense. Odense has a great zoo and your daughter would love The Funen Village. Aarhus also has an amazing open air museum, Den Gamble By, where you could spend a day. Kids like the rainbow on top of the art museum there, too and they have an unbelievable prehistoric and (also more recent history) presented in such a way that a curious child would live it, Denmark is filled with beaches and July is a great time. Skallerup looks lovely, have a wonderful trip.

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Aarhus, on the Jutland peninsula, and surrounding areas, are amazing. From Aarhus is a University town with an old town worth seeing (Den Gamle By), historical buildings, shopping center, good restaurants, etc. From there are your base you can take a walk through the woods to a "tall hill"-- or what they call tall in a flat land (100 cm high), along a water way, keep walking through to one town, and then back on a loop to Mosegard, where you can see the Tolund Man and other ancient curiosities. Continue your walk along the shore back to Aarhus. North of the city are other wonderful sites. The Danish are famous, as my cousin says, for being in denial of the weather, in summer wearing almost nothing at the beach despite the freezing cold. She has lived there for decades with her Danish husband (she is from Southern California, my first cousin.) I have visited them, and each time they come up with different interesting activities involving walking reasonable distances and seeing a lot. I'm excited for you to experience beyond Copenhagen. Most people don't see much more. There is an English bookstore in Aarhus run by my cousin's friend, another American who has lived there for decades. Let me know if you have any questions.

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Come on Laurel, I know we don’t have any real mountains in Denmark, but we would never consider 100cm (or just one meter) a tall hil! :-)
Also the Old Town in Aarhus is not strictly speaking the old town of Aarhus. It’s an open air museum and most of the buildings have been moved there from somewhere else to create an example of what an old town might have looked like. It’s still nice though!

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I agree with most of the places you suggest but you haven't been suggesting a wonderful place just 20 kilometers north from Copenhagen. I suggest you should take the s-train to Klampenborg and visit Dyrehavsbakken. This is actually worlds oldest tivoli. The entrance is free, you are able to get a lot of affordable food on the restaurants and you are also permitted bringing your own food and soda here.
Another thing you have to try in Copenhagen is alle those cosy smorrebrodscafes. You are able to get a nice smorrebrod(sandwich), a beer and coffe for a couple of quids.