This is our second time visiting Copenhagen and we would definitely recommend anyone wanting to get away for the festive period or New year to come and celebrate here. The Danish government have a ban on all private firework use throughout the year apart from the period between 27th December until the 1st Jan. In this 5 day window, it’s an explosion of colour due to the firework frenzy, but we will show and tell more about this after the upcoming celebrations.
In this post we will be giving our top tips to having the best experience in Copenhagen possible. As with all Scandinavian countries, prices are a bit higher than other areas of Europe, however, we find the surroundings, pastries and people, make it all the more worth it. Even in cold temperatures!
Where to stay?
Now, we aren’t trying to be biased, and we’re definitely not sponsored (yet!) but we have found CitizenM Radhuspladsen is thee place to stay. It has rooms that overlook the Radhuspladsen (the main places for the NYE fireworks) and has a great offering overall. With a 2 minute walk to Tivoli, a Metro across the road, a train station around the corner, and the main ‘Strøget’ high street a stone’s throw away, what more could you want?! This and the quick check-in and out service with the fact we can change the light in the shower to any colour possible, means it gets our vote!
Where to eat?
If you do venture to Copenhagen be sure to visit the Lagkagehuset bakery. There are a few dotted around, one is down the start of Strøget from Radhuspladsen and there is also one opposite Tivoli in the Tourist information centre. The pastries are to die for and you’ll need to get yourself a ‘Kanelsnegl’ aka a Cinnamon Roll/Whirl as there’s no skimping on the icing!
In Copenhagen you also have a wide array of restaurants, from Italian, Syrian, Indian to Chinese and Fast-Food chains. We are huge Hard Rock Cafe fans, meaning both of our visits have involved a few outings to Hard Rock. The music and the memorabilia adds to the atmosphere of the restaurant. Who doesn’t want to eat Steak and Fries whilst looking at a wall made out of amps?
What to do?
Before we start, we must say the Copenhagen Card is a must buy. Like most other city cards it covers you for a number of attractions and tours, all for one price. It also allows you to get discounts on food and travel around the city for a fraction of the cost.
At this time of year Tivoli Gardens transforms into a winter wonderland. Tivoli is a theme-park that is good for all ages and is a must-see for everyone visiting Copenhagen, whether it be for a day, or a week. With numerous food and game stalls, fairground and roller coaster rides, it is hours of fun. All this with the amazing lights throughout the park really adds to the festive feeling.
Nyhavn is an instagrammers paradise. With a canal running through its rows of colourful houses, you are sure to fill up your iPhone’s storage after half-an-hour. Our pictures do not do it justice of how cool these buildings look at different times of day. With bars and restaurants dotted around too, you can make a day of getting the perfect pic whilst filling up on waffle cones!
Big mentions also have to go to Christiansborg Slot (the Danish Royal Palace) and the 35 minute train ride to Malmo (Sweden’s 3rd largest city) from the Central station. If you decide to do this, remember your passport, or you may have a very short visit!
Keep an eye out for our next blog post coming in the next couple of days all about the NYE celebrations in Copenhagen.
J & A