Copenhagen’s fairytale bridge between old and new

My boyfriend proposed to me earlier this year so I am planning on taking him away on a short winter break as an extra special Christmas gift. Neither of us has ever been to a Scandinavian country so I was thinking of taking him to Copenhagen. I want to surprise him with an action-packed few days. Could you please recommend some things to do and see and places to stay that will make our weekend really memorable?

My boyfriend proposed to me earlier this year so I am planning on taking him away on a short winter break as an extra special Christmas gift. Neither of us has ever been to a Scandinavian country so I was thinking of taking him to Copenhagen. I want to surprise him with an action-packed few days. Could you please recommend some things to do and see and places to stay that will make our weekend really memorable?

A surprise trip away for you and your fiancé is a fantastic Christmas present and one that will most certainly be memorable for both of you! The Danish capital likes to think of itself as the bridge between Scandinavia and continental Europe that oozes history and effortlessly combines old and new.

It is a city rich in culture, which welcomes visitors from all over the world, and English is widely spoken. The city is brilliantly compact making it easy for you to explore and get around in a short space of time. Travelling by bicycle is the most popular form of transport as the city is covered in 350 kilometers of cycle lanes. Bicycle rental is widely available and prices start from as little as 50DKK.

Work up an appetite for lunch or dinner with a short romantic bike ride to Langelinje Pier where you will find one of Copenhagen’s most famous tourist attractions, the sculpture of The Little Mermaid. The bronze beauty turned 100 this year and is inspired by the Danish fairytale about a mermaid who gives up everything to be united with a young, handsome prince on land.

After riding around the city and soaking up the atmosphere, you can relax and unwind at the famous Carlsberg Brewery. It is located in Valby, which is 15 minutes from the city centre. The admission price of 70DKK includes two beers or soft drinks. Bar 1847’s kooky interior displays the most iconic Carlsberg posters and advertisements. Wander around the world’s biggest beer bottle collection, which has over 22,000 bottles, organised in geographical order. Then head to the stables where you can admire the brewery horses. The Christmas brew arrives on the first Friday in November and its arrival is celebrated all over the country.

The festivities continue in November with the opening of the Christmas market in Tivoli Square. It’s the perfect place to pick up unique presents for loved ones back home. The spectacular Russian basilica is the focal point with its nine onion-shaped domes and impressive decorative Christmas tree. Surrounding the basilica are shops and food outlets. Guests are welcomed by a Nordic setting with Father Christmas residing in the Pantomime Theatre, which was built in 1874. The stalls and decorations take inspiration from Danish and Scandinavian tradition. Make sure you grab a carrot and feed the live reindeer for a memorable moment!

If getting out of the city is an option, then I would really recommend a romantic walk in the winter wonderlands of Jaegersborg Dyrehave. Here you will find 400-year-old trees and over 2,000 free range red and fallow deer. It is the ideal setting for a picnic or horse and carriage ride. Situated in the heart of the woods is the world’s oldest amusement park, called Bakken. It offers more rides than any other theme park in Scandinavia making it a top destination for thrill seekers. Bakkens’ thirty-four rollercoasters may leave you feeling exhausted so I recommend you grab a seat on the London bus that has been converted into a pub. Whilst you are here you can enjoy the old-fashioned cabaret and sway the evening away! Admission to Bakken is free.

For a unique dining experience, a trip to the quayside of Nyham is essential. The area was originally a busy commercial port where ships from all over the world would dock. Today Nyham is filled with people enjoying the relaxed atmosphere by the canal, jazz music and great food. Keep an eye out for Number 20 Nyham, which is the former house of Hans Christian Anderson. This is where he wrote the Princess and the Pea fairy tale.

Where to stay:

Copenhagen Island Hotel (****)

With lowest prices from €120 per room per night on Hotels.com

Located in the city centre and within walking distance to Nyham. This ultra-modern, stylish hotel is located on an artificial island in central Copenhagen. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, gym and sauna access.

Skovshoved Hotel Charlottenlund (***)

With lowest prices starting from €156 per room per night on Hotels.com

The hotel is a modern version of a former bath hotel, placed in historically beautiful surroundings. It offers a splendid view of the sea and one of the best restaurants in the area. It is situated within easy reach of Bellevue beach and Bakken amusement park.

Hotel Osterport (***)

With lowest prices from €84 per room per night on Hotels.com

Located in the heart of Copenhagen, Hotel Osterport is close to the Danish National Gallery and The Little Mermaid sculpture. Also nearby are Frederik’s Church and Rosenborg Castle. This Copenhagen hotel offers a bar lounge and a snack bar/deli.

Copenhagen Star Hotel (***)

With lowest prices starting from €66 per room per night on Hotels.com

Centrally located and within walking distance of Tivoli Gardens, Tivoli Concert Hall and the Carlsberg brewery. Rooms have city or courtyard views. Complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access is provided.

For more information and travel tips on planning your holiday visit www.hotels.com or call 1800 55 3338 to wake up happy on your holiday!