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Copenhagen or Amsterdam

edited February 2009 in World Wide
We're planning a June cruise in Scandinavia. There's time for spending two days in Copenhagen before the cruise or two days in Amsterdam after the cruise. As this is our first time in this region I'm seeking suggestions as to which city offers the most in interesting attractions for a family? Are hotel costs equivalent?


  • I have been to Amsterdam on two occasions for a weekend break and I've spent one day walking around in Copenhagen.

    When you say a family, what age are your children?

    Amsterdam does have the excellent NEMO science museum which is great for adults and kids but is mostly art museums, restaurants and theatres. there is also the Anne Frank house which is a must. Oh and not forgetting bike hire, boat rides though the canals and of course the trams are a fun way of getting around. there is no getting away from the fact that Amsterdam does attract stag parties and can have a rather lively nightlife.

    Copenhagen is a beautiful city with many impressive historic areas and some very pleasant parks. I really enjoyed spending the day walking around the city. The harbour area is especially nice and of course there is the little mermaid connection.

    Normally I wouldn't recommend Amsterdam for families but as it's only for a couple of days either city would be more than suitable. I suppose it mostly comes down to what you want to do. I think the NEMO science musieum, Anne frank and Van Gogh would swing it for me.
  • edited 6:30AM
    I would go for Amsterdam, just for the wealth of art and architectural beauty. I also think Amsterdam is one of the world's great cities, whereas Copenhagen is a minor capital ultimateyl - although still very attractive. If you have very young kids then there are two attraction in Copenhagen that are nice: Tivoli gardens, and the so-called Dummy Tree where children go to leave their dummies (pacifiers) when they are ready to let them go! If the kids are older then Amsterdam is just way cooler!
  • edited 6:30AM
    Well... The Netherlands arent exactly in Scandinavia ;)

    As for Cobenhagen, take the family to Tivoli, find a good place to eat (I recommend "Gr
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