Capital cities aren’t always the obvious choice for a family vacation, but laid back, walkable, cycle-friendly Copenhagen certainly fits the bill. Green spaces are plentiful, the harbour is so clean you can swim in it – the Harbour Baths at Islands Brygge has no less than two dedicated kids’ pools – and there’s even a beach on the doorstep.
Beyond the city, there’s the fun of exploring Denmark’s patchwork of orchards, woods, meadows and beaches, watching birds and deer. You can island-hop by ferry, train or bike – kids are sure to be intrigued at how many of Denmark’s islands are linked by bridges. Finally, those with a taste for tales of adventure will be gripped by the family-friendly Viking museums at Roskilde and Ribe.