Again at the start of March this yr, I spent a weekend in Copenhagen for the primary time. As the ultimate instalment of a 3 weekend-long succession of metropolis breaks, the previous month had already seen me battling hail and gale pressure winds on the high of the Eiffel Tower and nipping out and in of cafés and museums to keep away from the chilly in Rotterdam, however nothing may have ready me for the biting temperatures of Copenhagen.
So, if you find yourself visiting Copenhagen within the winter months, listed below are my suggestions for some must-visit locations that can assist you thaw out throughout a yuletide journey to this chilly metropolis.
A weekend in Copenhagen within the winter
Right here’s the best way to hold heat in your winter weekend in Copenhagen.
Frederiks Kirke aka The Marble Church
With its nice dome rising excessive above town’s rooftops, this church is a well-known sight for lots of the metropolis’s guests, however that’s largely as a result of it’s located by the Amalienborg Palace the place many vacationers flood to see the altering of the guard; one thing that occurs every single day at midday.
Nevertheless, simply previous the palace lies ones of probably the most breathtakingly stunning church buildings in all of Europe. Simply as beautiful inside as it’s from the skin, it boasts the most important church dome in all of Scandinavia and is the right place to really feel impressed while you anticipate the sensation to return to your palms and toes.
As I’ve talked about above, many vacationers come to Amalienborg Palace to see the every day altering of the guards, but it surely’s not simply exterior of the Palace the place all of the motion occurs.
Fortunately, a lot of the royal residence is open to the general public and there are guided excursions of a number of interval rooms the place you possibly can heat your cockles in final luxurious earlier than nipping again exterior and making an attempt to make one of many guards smile (hand over now, it’s by no means going to occur).
Rundetaarn aka Spherical Tower
The Spherical Tower is among the metropolis’s most recognizable points of interest and it brings an entire new that means to the phrase; “it’s not the vacation spot, it’s the journey”. Certain, the unparalleled panoramic view that may be seen from the highest of this 115ft tower is sensational, however when there’s a lot enjoyable available inside, who cares?
From trying out the present exhibition to nosing round within the bell loft and even simply having fun with a warming refreshment within the café, it’s the right winter hideaway; so head to town’s Latin Quarter and, for a modest entrance cost (DKK 25), you can also get pleasure from discovering what’s across the spiral in considered one of Copenhagen’s oldest and most original points of interest.
The Latin Quarter
Cease and keep some time, the Latin Quarter has extra on supply than the Spherical Tower alone. Alongside the tiny streets of this historic neighborhood an entire treasure trove awaits. From musty outdated bookstores to quaint boutiques, music outlets and jazz golf equipment, there are many locations prepared and ready to welcome you into the nice and cozy. I promise you, it would really feel such as you’re within the opening scene of the Danish model of Magnificence and the Beast…properly form of.
Hop-on, Hop-off and The Little Mermaid
No journey to this nice metropolis could be full with out a go to to this well-known little mermaid, however she’s a lot additional away from town middle than the map would in any other case recommend. In my quest for a glimpse of Edvard Eriksen’s famend statue, I discovered myself nearly blown from the banks of the Citadel (Kastellet) as I clutched onto my hat in a determined try and keep away from winding up like Bridget Jones after that minibreak/headband mishap.
So how are you going to keep away from doubtlessly being blown into the harbor? For a reasonably affordable sum, you may get an all-day ticket to a hop-on hop-off boat (or bus) service. All of those providers will take you to Copenhagen’s hottest vacationer haunts, which implies no extra lengthy treks as much as the Little Mermaid’s rock or in between your sightseeing hotspots for a complete day. You’ll not solely save time, however you’ll be capable of heat your self on the boat in between cease offs. Music to anybody’s ears on a blustering, winter’s day.
Cosy up in considered one of Copenhagen’s cafés
There are a lot of great cafes and bars dotted round Copenhagen the place you possibly can recharge with a scorching cup of espresso or bask in a warming glass a glogg (mulled wine). Few locations are as magical or as wonderful worth for cash as Paludan’s e book café.
As a passionate advocate of each the written phrase and a cup of tea (sure, I’m simply as quintessentially English as Mary Poppins), few issues excite me greater than a literary café. Inside straightforward strolling distance of town middle, that is the kind of place the place you possibly can cosy up between the stacks with a scorching beverage (liquor espresso with cream, anybody?), seize a e book or a chess board and sit for hours, soaking within the environment.
In brief, Copenhagen isn’t the warmest metropolis you can go to in winter, however it’s an unbelievable one; so wrap up heat, take heed of my recommendation and do your finest to not get blown into the icy depths as you pucker up in your Little Mermaid selfie.
Visiting Denmark within the Summer season months? Right here’s a couple of ideas: