Traveling Copenhagen during winter? Here’s the best winter city guide for Copenhagen with fun activities, local food experiences and the best hotel to stay.
To brave the cold in Copenhagen during winter
First things first, the most important tip. If you are traveling to Copenhagen during the winter months, be sure to bring warm clothing. Don’t forget a warm coat, hat, scarf and gloves, because you will definitely need them.
Copenhagen is a fantastic city where the old and the new merge harmoniously. The beautiful and colorful architectural styles from different historical eras meet the contemporary minimalist Danish Design. This combination makes Copenhagen so unique and interesting.
Copenhagen is not really a large city, so you can explore everything perfectly by foot. That is why it’s so important that you’re aware of how cold it can be during the winter.
Although there is well organized public transport, we prefered discovering the city by walking. This way we could absorb Copenhagen in all its splendor.
Must do’s in Copenhagen during winter
1. Botanical gardens
Imagine yourself in a tropical destination and warm up in the high temperatures of the botanical garden. Besides the pleasant temperatures, the botanical garden is certainly worth a visit because of its impressive greenhouses.
2. Rosenborg Castle
If you are completely into history or just a fan of impressive architecture, then certainly visit the magnificent Rosenborg Castle, where you will be completely immersed in the era of the Renaissance. The castle is fully decorated with furniture that dates from that period and creates an image of how the aristocracy lived in that era.
You can also take a look in the treasure room where the crown jewels are kept under lock and key. Don’t forget to discover the beautiful gardens around the castle as well.
3. Frederik’s Church
Admire another example of stunning architecture, the Frederiks church with the largest and most impressive dome in Scandinavia.
Visit the picturesque harbor of Nyhavn and stroll along the colored houses with a beautiful view of the canal where wooden ships float on the water.
5. Black diamond
This building houses the royal library of Copenhagen as well as the photography museum. From the outside, it looks like a black, ultramodern building with lots of windows. From the inside you will be suprised by a beautiful panoramic view over the water. Besides this modern design you can also find authentic elements in the library, which makes this place a good example that old and new can go hand in hand.
6. Christiansborg palace
This palace is the place where the royal family and parliament still operate from, today. Certain parts of the palace are open to the public. We have only visited the royal reception rooms and were overwhelmed by the decadence of these lavishly decorated rooms.
Each room had a new and different theme that made you fall from one surprise into the other. Each time you entered a new room you were impressed by new colors and artworks. It’s certainly worthwhile to visit the palace if you want to immerse yourself in the wealth of the royal family.
7. The little mermaid
A must see during a city trip in Copenhagen is the iconic statue of the little mermaid. Unfortunately, this is the most famous tourist attraction. So if you like an individual photo with this beauty you have to be very patient. There are still a lot of gems to discover in the nearby area. So take your time to explore this neighborhood.
Christianshavn is the lesser-known brother of Nyhaven and therefore a little more quiet to wander around and, in my opinion, more pleasant. Get lost in the streets around the harbor and discover the most cute colored houses.
Make sure to visit ‘Church Of Our Savior’, known for its spiral-shaped golden tower from which you have a beautiful panoramic view of Copenhagen.
Unfortunately we were unable to acces the tower due to the stormy weather. Instead we glimpsed inside the church where we could admire an impressive organ.
10. Freetown Christiana
Stroll along the water in Freetown Christiana. The name explains it all – Christiana freetown is a free state within the city of Copenhagen. It’s a more alternative neighborhood where you can find many home-made houses, workshops, art galleries, eateries, … next to the beautiful nature. It is very impressive to explore this community.
If you want to experience the real urban vibes, head to Superkilen. This is a hip public city park with a childerens playground. The idea for this park was to create a place where people encourage cultural integration. The park is decorated in a unique but trendy way with street art and is therefore a popular attraction for people who want to take an artistic photo.
The amusement park Tivoli was high on our bucket list when visiting Copenhagen. Unfortunately, the 2nd oldest attraction park in the world was closed during our stay. Nevertheless, we definitely recommend to visit it.
13. City centre
Wander through the centre of Copenhagen and enjoy all that this city has to offer. Only in this way you will discover the most stunning hidden gems.
Local food experiences in Copenhagen?
During our stay in Copenhagen, I fell in love with Nordic cuisine. This trend consists of a few basic principles such as small portions with fresh, local seasonal products. This was one of the best culinary experiences that I have tasted in a long time.
My favorite neighborhood for dining was Ravnsborgrade. This is a lively area with many trendy eateries and bars. It is also a very pleasant area to stroll through in the evening. Here you can certainly find some restaurants that offer Nordic cuisine. I can recommend the following 2, where you can dine in a cozy and trendy interior.
There are of course many other places where you can have a tasty lunch or dinner that offer other dishes than Nordic cuisine. In the centre, Riz Raz is an excellent place for a vegetarian lunch. Join in at the welcoming buffet and taste the most delicious salad combos with falafel.
In the neighborhood of the Nørrebro station you will find Torvehallerne. This is a food market that houses many multicultural food stalls. This is the place to be, if you want to discover the wonderful flavors of world cuisine. We enjoyed some delicious Spanish tapas at Tapas del Torre.
The best hotel to stay Copenhagen?
We stayed 3 nights in the 4 star hotel Kong Arthur. This hotel is situated in a quiet area of Copenhagen, within walking distance of the Nørrebro station and the Ravnsborgrade area. Hotel Kong Arthur is hidden in a narrow, cobbled side street, away from the busy city.
A peaceful place where you can relax after a busy day of city tripping in every sense of the word. This hotel houses one of the most beautiful spas in Copenhagen where you can relax in an oriental-inspired water temple.
The Kong Arthur hotel has a modern style where rustic and chic elements are combined and create a unique atmosphere. This style is also extended into the rooms.
In the cozy lobby you can enjoy “cozy hour” where you will be treated to a complimentairy drink and if you are lucky, with live jazz music.
Breakfast takes place in a stunning room and is in buffet-style. Here too, breakfast is served according to the principles of Nordic cuisine. You will find small dishes made from local and organic seasonal products. The best thing about this is that you can taste every dish and get acquainted with the local Danish cuisine.
We really enjoyed our stay at the Kong Arthur hotel.
Copenhagen is the perfect place for a 3 day city trip. Don’t let the cold weather deter you from visiting Copenhagen during the winter months. If you take my advice and take the time for the necessary preparation during packing, you won’t be cold at all.
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