Often travellers plan a vacation to Copenhagen in the summer months. But having spent an incredible time in Copenhagen in the month of November, I thought I would do a blogpost on all that Copenhagen has to offer, especially in the month of November. The highlight of the trip were the numerous Christmas markets and the all-time favourite tourist spot, Tivoli, ready for Christmas, as captured in the picture below.
The Christmas season in Copenhagen begins in mid-November, so in case you plan a winter trip make sure your dates are such that you witness this stunning spectacle. The good thing about November is that you get to experience the Christmas markets on the onset of winters (as opposed to nail biting cold in December).
I travelled with my husband and 3 year old toddler and the best part about Copenhagen is that it’s one of the most family friendly places that I have come across. We stayed there for about 5 nights and even those seemed less.
The best way to see Copenhagen is to buy a Copenhagen card. This allows you access to the city’s transportation network and includes the entrance fees of a number of attractions.
Tivoli Food Hall was one of the best places to eat as it offered different cuisines under one roof. Coffee and hot chocolate at Espresso House, yummy churros and small pancakes at the Christmas markets, rooftop restaurants at the Illum are few food recommendations that won’t disappoint you at all. Let me quickly take you through on all that we did in Copenhagen –
Copenhagen Zoo – This is a must visit in case you are travelling with your young ones. It was super fun with a number of feeding sessions to witness. Also, it was done up beautifully for Christmas, with all the lights up in the evening. We spent the entire day here.
This was mostly a sightseeing day; clicking pictures outside some attractions, strolling by few and visiting few of them. We went to Amalienborg (Change of guard ceremony), Frederik's Church (picture below), Canal tour, Little Mermaid & Christiansborg.
Tivoli – The amusement park had so much to offer for my toddler along with some thrilling rides for adults as well. This was all coupled with beautiful Christmas decorations and shops. The entrance to the park is included in the Copenhagen card, though you need to buy tickets for the rides (We took the unlimited rides pass). Also, we just spent a day here (as we wanted to do more sightseeing) but you could even buy a 2-day pass and spend more time because kids love this place. (Keep in mind that Tivoli isn’t open all year round. Do check that its open whenever you plan your trip.)
Frederiksborg Castle – This was a fairy tale castle with a backdrop of stunning gardens and lakes. It is about an hour from Central Copenhagen via train. It took us about 2-3 hours to see the whole place.
Freetown Christiana & Shopping – A rather short visit to the Freetown Christiana because it didn’t feel too safe to visit along with kids. But one must go there to experience the hippie way of living. Don’t miss the mesmerising structure of Church of our Saviour (picture below),which is very close the Freetown. (You can even climb on top for some spectacular views of Copenhagen)
Stroget is the main shopping street which has quite a lot to offer from high end brands like Prada, Gucci, YSL to everyday brands like H&M, Zara and the cute accessory & toy shop Flying Tiger. Illum shopping mall houses most of the luxury brands.
(A small note about the currency – Denmark’s currency is Danish Krone or DKK. The best rate for currency exchange is at the Central Station. Do compare across different vendors to find the best rate.)
I hope the information is useful to anyone planning a trip to Copenhagen. Happy travelling!