How to spend a cosy weekend in Copenhagen – and feel the Danish Hygge

A cosy weekend in Copenhagen

There’s been a lot of talk about Hygge recently, the Danish word for those feel-good moments when you are snuggled up in front of the fire with a glass of mulled wine, or meeting friends in a café with candles flickering. If you’re considering a cosy weekend getaway to feel the warmth of good food and friendship, there’s no better place than Copenhagen.

A cosy weekend in Copenhagen

Hygge – getting cosy in Copenhagen

When it’s cold and dark outside, you might like to curl up and read the bestselling book by Meik Wiking, The Little Book of Hygge, which is published by Penguin Books. It celebrates the small pleasures of life, from savouring a cinnamon bun fresh from the oven to having a relaxing meal with friends. In case you wonder Hygge is pronounced Huuu – ger with the hard g of gold.

The Little Book of Hygge

The Little Book of Hygge

Winter break ideas for Copenhagen

I’ve been to Copenhagen a few times in both summer and winter and there are plenty of fun things to do on a winter break to get that cosy Hygge feeling. Here are just a few of my recommendations;

Stop for a bite to eat at Torvehallerne

The two Torvehallerne market halls are a buzzing place to stop and buy fresh food and lunch-time dishes. Most of the food vendors inside have some seating space and you can try everything from smorrebrod, the Danish open sandwich, to Sushi, to Paleo dishes as well as cakes and coffee from the legendary Coffee Collective. There’s also plenty of fresh and deli produce if the weather is warm enough for a picnic, with outdoor seating around the glass sided halls. I always love to stock up on the moreish chocolate Lakrids or licorice balls.

Torverhallerne in Copenhagen

Torverhallerne in Copenhagen Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

See the crown jewels at Rosenborg Slot

Visit Rosenborg Castle, set in the Kongens Have or Kings Garden, a popular spot for locals to go for a walk with a romantic formal garden and moat. The castle was built in the 17th century as the summer palace of King Christian IV and later became the home of the Royal collections. The rooms are a delightful walk through Danish history and the treasury in the vaults below the castle house the impressive Crown Jewels, including crowns and gorgeous jewellery that are still worn by the Danish royal family on state occasions today.

Rosenborg Slot in Copenhagen

Rosenborg Slot in Copenhagen Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

The Winter garden at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

The art museum of Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek is a favourite place to visit at any time of year. Built to house the art collection of brewing magnate, Carl Jacobsen, you can wander through the spacious halls full of white marble statues from Danish neo-classical sculptors. I love the impressionist galleries with works from Renoir, Van Gough and Monet including the Degas “Little Ballerina” sculpture. At the centre of the building is a winter garden with glass roof and greenery with a cafe at one side that is a lovely place for lunch. The museum is free on Tuesdays or with a Copenhagen Card.

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Where to stay in Copenhagen

For a cosy place to stay for your winter break in Copenhagen, the Hotel Kong Arthur fits the bill perfectly. The hotel is set at the end of a cobbled courtyard, close to the Copenhagen lakes, in a historic building that was once an apprentice’s residence.

Hotel Kong Arthur in Copenhagen

As you step inside you’ll find a fire burning in winter, comfy sofas, cushions to sit in the window seat with a stack of books on the shelves. The 155 rooms are all different, but all have a sense of luxury combined with modern style. Here, the atmosphere is welcoming but informal and there’s even a Cosy Hour between 5 and 6pm when guests are served a little something in the lobby.

Hygge moments in Copenhagen

Hygge moments in Copenhagen

About Best Served Scandinavia

Best Served Scandinavia is an independent, tailor-made tour operator specialising in holidays to Scandinavia. Their travel consultants have walked the cobbled streets of Copenhagen and personally stayed in the hotels they recommend, enjoyed wintry excursions and plotted their own paths on self-drive and independent tours.

To give you an idea of the holidays you could book in Denmark and Copenhagen, visit the Best Served Scandinavia site. You could find yourself on a tailor made break to Copenhagen, visiting the castles and charming towns of Jutland while staying in luxury boutique hotels, or following Denmark’s Viking trail on a self-drive holiday.

For more information

You’ll find plenty of ideas on things to do in winter in Copenhagen on the Wonderful Copenhagen website

For more things to do in Denmark check out the Visit Denmark Website

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This article is brought to you in partnership with Best Served Scandinavia

Photos by Best Served Scandinavia except where noted by Heatheronhertravels.com

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  • Reply
    December 18, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    I have only been to Copenhagen for a week and that was in mid summer. I agree with you that the art museum of Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek is worth visiting, including the lovely halls full of white marble statues and the impressionist galleries.

    But if I say winter garden-cafe is my favourite spot, you will think I place food and white wine as the highest priorities. *cough* It was truly my favourite part of summer in Copenhagen 🙂
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    Krishnendu Kes
    December 22, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Thanks for all the details needed before visiting Copenhagen. I hope the places you mentioned would be worth visiting. I would like to visit there soon with my friends and family.
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    heba otat-travel
    March 2, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    Thank you for this interesting post with its beautiful pictures . the museum with its marble statues and the king garden are the most beautiful places I dream to visit it

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