Premiere city break destination Copenhagen sees large crowds and extended business vacations during high season; instead, how about experiencing the self-proclaimed Scandinavian capital of cool during wintertime?
Cosy hotels. Opt for designer cool at Hotel 27 (serving seriously chilled vodka in downstairs Ice Bar Copenhagen) or an old hotel with historic charm and be sure of a warm winter welcome wherever you stay. Downtown Hotel Kong Frederik, recently refurbished by First Hotels, offers both sharp design and historic atmosphere. Alternatively, why not pamper yourself with spa treatments at sports & leisure hotel DGI Byen?
Experience great art, rocking concerts and festivals. With just a few hours of daylight, winter is geared to nightlife, with regular concerts by both big names and local unknowns; check out the English website of club/ venue Vega.
Copenhageners are no different to anyone else, taking long vacations in the summer— so winter can be an ideal time to experience culture. February 2012 sees the second edition of the annual Wondercool Festival—throwing together smaller versions of summer events like Copenhagen Jazz Festival and Copenhagen Cooking with chilled-out rock festival Frost. Find out more from organizer Wonderful Copenhagen.
Winter activities. There may not be skiing in Denmark, but the chances of snow in January/ February are good; ideal conditions for sledging in Søndermarken Park. The city’s artificial, open-air ice rinks in Toftegårds Plads in Valby, Blågårds Plads in Nørrebro, at the Runddel in Frederiksberg and Scandinavia’s largest, Genforeningspladsens rink in the North-West district, are all open until the end of February; you’ll only be charged for skate hire.
With sub-zero temperatures and icy winds a common occurrence, just remember to wrap up warm. As the Danes say, “There’s no bad weather – just bad clothing.”
Image of Little Mermaid and friends by VickyWJ/ Creative Commons.