Beautiful architecture, cutting edge research, and aquatic animals from all over the world create unforgettable experiences for young and old that are sure to fill you with excitement for the wonderful world of the deep sea. Visit the aquarium for free with Copenhagen City Pass.
Thousands of fish and sea creatures, more than seven million liters of waters, and award-winning architecture: the National Aquarium Denmark – Den Blå Planet (The Blue Planet) offers a fascinating glimpse into all aspects of marine life from all over the globe that is enchanting, endearing, and educational all at once.
Opened in 2013 in the suburb of Kastrup to replace the old National Aquarium, this new and much larger location immediately drew international attention. Built to resemble a naturally occurring whirlpool with its swooping lines and elegant turns, the immediately striking architecture earned the aquarium a number of prestigious prizes.
And even on the inside, the aquarium offers an experience beyond the ordinary. Once they step inside, visitors may choose between a total 53 aquariums and installations, divided into three central sections: Northern lakes and seas, Tropical lakes and rivers, and The ocean. Each of these holds its own subsections and is home to thousands of marine creatures from across the globe and in all conceivable – and sometimes inconceivable – colors, shapes, and forms.
The most popular of these, the aquarium has dubbed The Big Five, consisting of the sea otters with their voracious appetite, the hammerhead shark with its distinctly shaped head, the elegantly gliding stingrays, the highly intelligent giant Pacific octopus, and the arapaima, a direct link to the world of the dinosaurs. Only a thin sheet of glass divides you from these and thousands of creatures more. But if you feel like you want to get even closer to them, you can book a variety of experiences, ranging from a look behind the scenes to feeding the sea otters and even swimming with the sharks!
Should visitors ever need a break or a snack, they couldn’t have come to a better place! The aquarium is also home to the TANG (Danish for seaweed) Bistro & Café. With a spectacular view of the sound, TANG offers a broad range of exquisitely prepared for all tastes – adventurous eaters will be delighted to find seaweed even included in the menu!
And what’s more, your trip to the aquarium directly supports its mission to contribute to oceanic conservation and education. The aquarium facilitates and drives world-class research and communicates the results to the public in order to educate about the environment, the oceans, and preservation efforts. This unique combination makes the aquarium a place of marine delight and learning in a truly spectacular setting.