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Copenhagen in winter: fun things to do | Denmark
Are you looking for the perfect winter city trip, then Copenhagen is the place to be. In winter it’s very cold in Copenhagen, but there is so much to discover. Besides the impressive sights in Copenhagen, you will experience a unique urban feeling! You’ll find a lot of hip and trendy establishments but you’ll have the chance to learn more about the rich history of the city as well.
Below I list the best things to do for a pleasant winter city trip in Copenhagen. But that’s not all! We will be sharing our local culinary experiences and best place to stay as well.
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Copenhagen in winter
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 isn’t really a very big 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.Be sure to bring warm clothing. Don’t forget a warm coat, hat, scarf and gloves, because you will definitely need them.
Although there is well organized public transport, we prefered discovering the city by foot. This way we could absorb Copenhagen in all its splendor.
Best things to do in Copenhagen in 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.
The botanical garden contains about 13,000 plant species divided into different sections. There are 27 greenhouses, so if you want to discover everything, you can certainly spend a few hours there. The most beautiful greenhous is by far the old palm house because of the beautiful spiral iron stairs. A true paradise for photographers looking for beautiful and unique places.
2. Rosenborg Castle
If you are completely into history or just a fan of impressive architecture? Then visit the magnificent Rosenborg Castle, where you will be completely immersed in the Dutch Renaissance style. The Danish architect had roots in Antwerp and was educated in the Netherlands.
The castle is fully decorated with furniture that dates from that period and creates an image of how the aristocracy lived in that era.
During the 18th century, many treasures were collected in Rosenborg Castle. You can still admire some of these in the treasury. There the crown jewels are kept under lock and key.
3. Frederik’s Church
Admire another example of stunning architecture, the Frederiks church with the largest and most impressive dome in Scandinavia.This beautiful marble church was designed in 1740, but it took almost150 years for the church to be actually built. And fortunately, otherwise we would not be able to enjoy this enchanted building today.
Visit the picturesque harbor of Nyhavn and stroll along the colored houses with a beautiful view of the canal where authentic wooden ships float on the water.
The canal was dug in the 17th century as a road connecting with the sea. On one side of the canal impressive merchant houses were built and the other side became a typical area for sailors with the necessary entertainment consisting of bars and brothels.
Today it is a pleasant neighborhood with hip, trendy bars and cozy eateries. Since this is one of the most touristic places in Copenhagen, the prices are also significantly higher here.
From Nyhavn you can also book organized tours on the waterways through Copenhagen. View the best canal tours below.
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 gardens was high on our bucket list when visiting Copenhagen. Unfortunately the 2nd oldest attraction park in the world was closed during our stay. Nevertheless, definitely a must to visit.
You have different seasons the park opens: a summer season, Halloween season and Christmas season. So take a good look at the site before you plan a visit.
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.
Don’t forget to walk past Magstræde. This cobbled street is the most picturesque spot in Copenhagen. On both sides you will find beautiful, colored house dating from the 17th and 18th century. Moreover, it’s a beautiful location for a instagram worthy photo!
Below you can also discover the best deals from Getyourguide on entrance tickets to the best sights or original, organized tours and day trips in and around Copenhagen.
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.
Where to stay in 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.
Would I recommend traveling to Copenhagen in winter?
Copenhagen is the perfect destination for winter city trip. Don’t let the cold weather deter you from visiting Copenhagen in 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.
Would you like to travel to Copenhagen in winter? Let me know in the comments below.
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16 thoughts on “Copenhagen in winter: fun things to do | Denmark”
I have to admit, I prefer small towns or nature spots in Europe over the busy cities. But Copenhagen has always been on my list of cities I want to visit because it doesn’t seem so overwhelming. Your recommendations are great!
Yes Copenhagen is very different from other cities in a special way. It’s hard to explain, but just a feeling. It is overwhelming because of the impressive architecture, but it’s not crowded at all. And there is a very relaxed vibe. I think this is definitely a great city to explore. And I really hope you do one day.
Great post! I was just there. You hit to major spots. I loved that city. Cannot wait to return.
Oh Yes, Copenhagen is such a great city. I am glad you had a good time there!
I’d love to visit the Rosenborg Castle for all the history (and to see that crown in person)!
I love visiting old castles and this one was so stunning.
Great post! Your photos are amazing. That castle looks so beautiful!
Thank you dear. Copenhagen is such a great city to explore! 🙂
I haven’t visited Copenhagen during the wintertime but it looks like a lovely time of the year to visit and great weather!
It’s soooooo cold, but I love those winter vibes 🙂
What a cool post! That palace looks amazing! This makes me want to add Copenhagen to my long list of places I need to go now!
I hope you do because it’s a great city to explore 😉
Wow I had no idea how beautiful Copenhagen was in the winter. The food looks incredible and the churches look so beautiful!
Yes it’s an amazing city during every season but winter makes it extra magical 🙂
Copenhagen is so high on my list and hope that I can visit in 2021 if travel opens up again! I love hearing that its easy to explore by foot as that is my favourite thing to do 🙂 Thanks for this great guide!
Oh you would love Copenhagen. It’s such a vibrant city. I hope we can all travel soon again 🙂