The largest and most innovative aquarium in northern Europe, the National Aquarium Denmark, or Den Blå Planet (blue planet), is home to more than 20,000 marine mammals and fish. Divided into five zones, its stars include hammerhead sharks, moray eels flitting over coral reefs, and crocodiles found lurking in the aquarium's tropical rain forest. In addition to being a paradise for nature-lovers of all ages, the aquarium is also a center for conservation. Visitors can see what goes into taking care of the aquatic residents with daily showings of sea otter training sessions and feeding sessions for rays and sharks (some shows are in Danish).
Highlights include the new Planet Shark exhibition, which features glass tunnels leading into the shark aquarium, as well as the facility's highly-acclaimed Eatery ØST, which serves up modern Danish food and spectacular views across the Øresund. Also of note, is the aquarium itself, designed in a striking swirling pattern by Danish architects 3XN in order to resemble a whirlpool.
Visit the aquarium for free with the Copenhagen Card, which includes admission to Denmark's famed Tivoli Gardens and unlimited access to public transportation.
The aquarium is located in the Kastrup neighborhood of Copenhagen, Denmark, and is accessible by metro, car, and train. Take metro line 5A to Den Blå Planet, or catch the train to Kastrup airport and walk. If driving, take the E20 and come off at junction 15 from the Øresund Bridge or junction 16 if you’re coming from the west. Free parking is available on site.
The aquarium is open daily from 10am to 5pm, and stays open until 9pm on Monday nights. Adult admission is 170 DKK, while admission for children aged 3–11 is 95 DKK. Entrance to the aquarium is free to visitors holding the Copenhagen Card.