A few years ago Denmark got a new national aquarium called Den Blå Planet, an almost overwhelming building by the coat of Øresund, located in Copenhagen. Yesterday the kids and I visited this beautiful place.
The wind greeted us at our arrival, and so did the beautiful, gigantic building by the sea, which almost lit up the entire area with its presence. The inside stood in sharp contrast to the outside with its dark and cave-like feeling. It felled like we had stepped into a new world – and in someway we had.
The inside is divided into 4 areas, each with its own theme with all from the far North to the Rainforest and back to the ocean. We were lucky to experience feeding at the humongous ocean tank. Here the sweet and enthusiastic guides explained about the huge tank, that contains 4 million liters of water, and its many and large residents like hammerhead sharks, stingrays and the scary green moray eels that we all know from Disney’s The little Mermaid.
We also experienced animals with a lot more cuteness factor like the two sea otters from Alaska, called Mojo and Agnes. They were so damn cute, but not to be underestimated, as we learned from the guide. To see them play around in the water and working to get the food out of a big ice cube resulted in a lot of happiness from the audience!
In general, the Aquarium, by the way the biggest in Northern Europe, is well organized with lots of learning opportunities and fun. There is a beautiful Eatery with great food and great coffee from Meyers Køkken and with a view to die for over the ocean. Additionally, there is an area where you can eat food from home. There are guided tours and events, where you can experience the animals up close, but if you just like to look around by yourself, like we did, there is a free app that can guide you any time you want to learn even more about life under water. For the record, it’s in Danish only.
The kids wanted me to tell you all, that there is a photo booth as well, where you can take your picture with the cute otters and send them by email. Yup, the kids had lots of fun there being silly, so in the end I had to ask them to take a nice picture - resulting in an even worse one.
As you can hear, we only have good thing to say about the National Aquarium. Maybe a place to visit next weekend for those of you who live nearby, or on a visit to Denmark this summer for those of you who live abroad?
xo Céline // www.celinehallas.com
www: www.denblaaplanet.dk // ADDRESS: Jacob Fortlingsvej 1, 2770 Kastrup //
OPEN: monday: 10 – 21, tues-sunday: 10 – 18 // PRICE: Adult: 160 ddk Child: 95 ddk