aka The Ultimate Restroom Guide to Copenhagen. Haven’t we all tried to be tourist in a new city, and suddenly your body tells you it needs to get rid of something, and it needs it preferable within a radius of maximum10 yards? Here is a few ideas how to deal with this issue in Copenhagen. The public restrooms are not always easy to spot, I kind of think of the city as the city without public restrooms, but this is actually not the case, look out for the Toilet sign or memorise these spots:
Copenhagen City has 32 public restrooms and 10 stand alone urinals (pissoirs) besides the public restrooms in the parks.
6 of these are supervised and definitely worth a visit since they are quite old and still have the original interior. They charge you a 2 DKr fee for ordinary use, according to the sign last time I checked, not quite sure what the term ordinary covers in this case. Or how they’ll know. Or what the fee might be for extra ordinary conduct. Actually, when I came to think of it, not quite sure about the term ordinary in any case. Maybe you better go find out for yourself:
Amagertorv, in front of the Georg Jensen store. In the basement, no wheelchair or baby stroller access.
Israels Plads. This is a small place, and in the basement therefore not for wheelchairs nor for babies. But looks nice and clean. Ratings: 3 ladies:
Nyhavn. In the basement, at the Kgs. Nytorv end by the Canal boats. No wheelchair or baby stroller access.
Rådhuspladsen. In the basement, opposite of the town hall. No wheelchair or baby stroller access.
Trianglen. Inside the little round house at the middle of the roundabout.
An automated self cleaning unit opposite of Christiansborg Castle. Copenhagen has 6 of these, dressed out as an advertising pillar. Not for babies or wheelchair users. Haven’t been inside or even dared to look. Hopefully they are in a better state than the larger automated units that are not self cleaning.
You might also find 20 automated restrooms, not self cleaning, in the city. They cost 2 Dkr to use, and they do not take credit card. But if you happen to have a Danish cell phone, you can send a text message to the toilet, and voila be granted a visit inside. They are all disability accessible and has a baby changing station. I have always been quite suspicious of these things, and never ever even considered entering one. But for your sake, and for the quality of this blog, I decided to give it a try. The text message payment didn’t work, well I guess the payment worked but it didn’t open the door. So be glad if you’re a tourist and won’t be lured into the text message trap. I found a 2 kr coin and this time the door opened, but unfortunately only to confirm my prejudice. It was dirty and nasty. Not a place to recommend. I kept the door open while I took a quick look inside, didn’t want to get stuck inside and not being able to get out. it is spacious, and has a baby changing thing on the wall, without the soft mat, but I would never bring my baby inside or myself for the matter. This is a No Go. Definitely. What a shame, but they might be suitable for that part of the population who can manage in a standing position. The rating: none at all.
Ancient Pissoir at Nikolaj Kirke, free of charge, and no extra charge for the lack of hygiene or the uncomfortable stench on a hot summer day.
Kongens Have, The King’s Gardens, or The Rosenborg Castle Gardens.
A popular park, in the centre of Copenhagen, surrounded by Gothersgade, Øster Voldgade, Sølvgade and Kronprinsessegade, see map, has everything you need, when you have to get a break from the shopping and the crowded cafes. Lawns you can walk on, sit on, bring your lunch and dine, take a nap or just relax. Only thing, you’re not allowed to make a fire or bring a barbecue, but locals are using it to celebrate birthdays, to get together, to play and to just hang out. There is a playground, a restaurant, a coffee shop, a free puppet theatre in summertime and some fine restrooms. Accessible for wheelchair and baby on the go. Clean and comfortable, and looks nice on the outside too. At the far end next to the coffee shop at the Sølvgade end, see map. Recommendable restrooms, free of charge. Rating: 4 ladies:
Kongens Have restrooms.
Ooops, gotta go- follow up comin’ soon…