Love locks and fairytale castles – a romantic weekend in Copenhagen

Whether you’re just-getting-to-know-you or celebrating many years of happiness together, you’ll want your romantic weekend away to be just perfect. Copenhagen, with its delightful parks, sparkling canals and delicious cuisine could  fit the bill perfectly. From the Tivoli pleasure gardens to fairytale turrets of the Rosenborg Palace, here are my suggestions for ways to spend your romantic weekend in Copenhagen, whatever your budget;

Christianshaven in Copenhagen Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Christianshaven in Copenhagen

When to visit Copenhagen?

The best time to visit Copenhagen is from the spring through to the early autumn when the Copenhageners are out enjoying the green spaces, harbour walks and pavement cafes after the chilly Nordic winter. That’s not to say that you won’t find romance in a cosy cafe with flickering candles in the winter months up to Christmas or in February when the city puts on the Wondercool festival encompassing a jazz festival, the Copenhagen Cooking festival and many design events.

The fairytale Rosenborg Palace and the Kings Garden

You’ll find parks and green spaces all over Copenhagen, but the most romantic is considered to be the Kongens Have or Kings Garden in front of the fairytale turrets of the Rosenborg Palace, with a rose garden, formal hedged enclosures and the moat around the palace. Eat nearby at one of the inexpensive food stalls at the Torvehallerne Food Market or pick up something to eat from one of the deli stalls and relax on the grass under the trees with a picnic. For a delighfully romantic restaurant on the edge of the King’s garden, try Orangariet which is set in the old orangery of the palace and serves smorrebrod at lunchtime and a set menu in the evening. While you’re there take a look around the palace where all the rooms are furnished from the period of different kings of Denmark and see the crown jewels in the Treasury in the basement of the castle. The botanical garden with a lake and palm houses is right behind the Rosenborg Palace and is another pretty place to have a picnic or go for a walk.

Rosenborg Slot and the Kings Garden in Copenhagen Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Rosenborg Slot and the Kings Garden in Copenhagen

The Tivoli Pleasure Gardens

Tivoli is one of the treasures that Copenhageners of all ages hold dear to their heart, with landscaped gardens and lakes, the Moorish palace that houses the Nimb Hotel, roller-coasters and rides for the more daring and plenty of great restaurants. The parks has a slightly old-fashioned, fairy tale atmosphere with bandstands where you can sit to listen to the music and a pantomime theatre where mime shows are performed. Visit in the afternoon to listen to the musical entertainments and stroll under the magical Chinese lanterns as dusk falls, then enjoy a meal in one of the many restaurants where you’ll find everything from hot dogs and pizza, to traditional Danish and Nordic cuisine. In summer I recommend a romantic meal at the Brasserie in the Nimb Hotel where you can dine al fresco on the terrace overlooking Tivoli pleasure grounds.

Lake in the Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Lake in the Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen

Around the harbour

Copenhagen is a city that’s founded on the water and you’re never far from one of the canals or the harbourside. A good way to get your bearings and see all the sights around the harbour is to take a harbour tour with DFDS or Netto boats, from the quays near Gammel Strand. If you want something more intimite, you can hire a rowing boat in Christianshaven and use it to explore the canals with all the houseboats on your own.

In summer join the Copenhageners sitting along the harboursides and canal sides, dangling their legs or sitting on the steps outside the Royal Library, also known as the Black Diamond. Nyhaven is also a favourite spot for a stroll, with pretty coloured merchant  houses and plenty of cafes to sit outside and enjoy the atmosphere while the small bridge that crosses it has a collection of love locks similar to those found in Rome and Paris.

Love locks on the bridge at Nyhaven Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Love locks on the bridge at Nyhaven

Artworks and sculptures at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

The art museum of Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek is full of classical sculptures and French impressionist artworks is a romantic place to visit at any time of year, and it’s free on Sundays or with a Copenhagen Card. Wander through the spacious halls filled with white marble statues from Danish neo-classical sculptors and see the impressionist collection that includes paintings by 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 romantic place for lunch.

Statue in the Winter Garden in Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Statue in the Winter Garden in Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

Climb the Round Tower

The Round Tower, in the Latin quarter is a fun place to visit for couples, as it’s an easy climb up the internal ramp (no steps so the carriages were able to ride to the top) to get great views over Copenhagen from the top of the tower. Look out for the Kissing Bench near the top where you can sit with your loved one by the window with a view. Half way up there’s also a large  art space in the former library with a small cafe, and modern artworks and installations, where they also hold concerts and musical events.

The Rundertaarn or Round Tower in Copenhagen Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

The Rundertaarn or Round Tower in Copenhagen

Romantic places to eat in Copenhagen

For that special celebration we recommend the top end Alberto K in the landmark Royal Hotel (Now SAS Radisson Blu) designed by Arne Jacobson. Although this is a blow-the-budget experience, you’ll be dining in an intimite candle-lit restaurant on the top floor where every table has views over the city. For a similarly high end gastronomic experience, try the Mielcke og Hurtigkarl in the Frederiksberg Gardens with sparkling crystals dangling from the ceiling and views over the gardens. If you’re looking for a romantic place to eat on a more moderate budget, try the colourful but cosy dining room with a fireplace at Cap Horn in Nyhaven or Orangariet in the Kings Garden. If you enjoy jazz then check out The Standard, where the old Customs House near Nyhaven has been converted into three different restaurants and you can have dinner and then follow with the jazz performance in the club upstairs. If you’re on a tight budget, we recommend the Tollerhallerne food halls at lunchtime, where you can squeeze in at one of the many stalls selling inexpensive lunchtime dishes or take them to eat on the benches outside in fine weather.

Restaurant Orangariet in Copenhagen Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Restaurant Orangariet in Copenhagen

Romantic places to stay in Copenhagen

If money is no object for a luxurious romantic break then consider the Nimb Hotel at the Tivoli Gardens, with 17 individually furnished rooms filled with antiques or the classic and elegant Hotel d’Angleterre where you’ll feel like a princess. For those of us who have to live on a more realistic budget, try the Avenue Hotel in the affluent neighbourhood of Friederiksberg where we love the cosy atmosphere of their salon with Moroccan lanterns and flea market finds or the Axel Guldsmeden Hotel in trendy Vesterbro where contemporary design meets Balinese styling. If you and your loved one want to be truly alone then try the Central Hotel in Frederiksberg “the smallest hotel in the world” with just one room where breakfast is served in the retro neighbourhood cafe. To breathe some sea air, travel to the northern edge of Copenhagen for the Skovshoved Hotel with rooms decorated in light and romantic Scandinavian style and sea views.

Avenue Hotel in Copenhagen Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Avenue Hotel in Copenhagen

For more information about visiting Copenhagen, see the Visit Copenhagen official Tourism website. Thanks to Wonderful Copenhagen who sponsored our weekend visit to Copenhagen.

Heather Cowper shares her travel stories, videos and podcasts at Heatheronhertravels.com and you can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.

This article by Heather Cowper is originally published at Heatheronhertravels.com – Read the original article here

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  • Reply
    March 13, 2014 at 7:36 am

    I haven’t been to Copenhagen in years…and romantic or not, you have a good listof things to do. I will probably head up there this summer…thanks.
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      Heather Cowper
      March 13, 2014 at 10:52 am

      @Corinne there really is plenty to do – check out some of my other articles for more ideas

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    March 13, 2014 at 8:27 am

    I love Copenhagen, it is my favorite city in Scandinavia (I live right outside Oslo). The spring or summer is definitely the best time (like all Scandinavian countries). Restaurant Noma is worth a visit, best restaurant in the world!
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      Heather Cowper
      March 13, 2014 at 10:51 am

      @MSTraveltip yes agree about going in summer – I’m hoping to be back there this summer with my family

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    Samantha Angell
    March 13, 2014 at 11:08 am

    I’ve only spent time in Copenhagen in the winter, but both New Years Eve there and Tivoli Christmas Markets are not to be missed! I absolutely loved Tivoli at Christmas time. My husband and I had a great time walking around and enjoying the Christmas markets. We look forward to heading there sometime in the warmer months!
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      Heather Cowper
      March 13, 2014 at 3:38 pm

      @Samantha I hadn’t thought of Copenhagen for the Christmas markets but of course Tivoli is great for this

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    Anna Parker
    March 14, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Not somewhere I have considered before but it does sound like a lovely city break location. I imagine the parks are full of bright bulbs in the spring, that would be a lovely time to visit!!!
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    Jackie De Burca
    March 14, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Your articles about Copenhagen really do inspire me to visit. I love the title of this one, and the many great ideas of what to do and where to go. I especially like the look of the Tivoli Gardens.
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      Heather Cowper
      March 14, 2014 at 3:39 pm

      @Jackie Tivolu Gardens was closed when we visited in Feb but I’ll definitely be going back if I visit again in Summer

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    Paul (@luxury__travel)
    March 17, 2014 at 12:28 am

    My trips to Copenhagen have always been very fleeting – usually just one night whilst passing through, so I haven’t seen a great deal. Looks like a lovely city to spend a long weekend. Was aware of Hotel d’Angleterre but not the Nimb Hotel… looks lovely!
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      Heather Cowper
      March 17, 2014 at 8:37 am

      @Paul Yes Nimb is something special especially in summer when Tivoli is wonderful – even if you’re not staying there, a magical place to have dinner or a cocktail.

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    March 17, 2014 at 1:09 am

    Tivoli Gardens is one of the worlds oldest amusement parks. There are beautiful flowers and gardens. The lights are very beautiful at night. There are places to eat and great places to get a sweet treat.

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    Chris Boothman
    March 19, 2014 at 2:02 am

    I would love to visit Denmark, in particular Copenhagen! The lock bridge reminds me of the one in Paris we visited in December 2013. We purchased a lock from one of the local stalls on the market and sealed our love on the bridge before tossing the keys into the River Seine. I know that it’s technically not everlasting as they periodically replace the sections of the bridge due to the weight constraints but it’s a nice touch right.

    The picture of the Avenue Hotel looks really impressive. We have started doing hotel reviews and you can certainly tell that hotel is part of an affluent neighborhood. But the intricate details are what captures my imagination with most hotels and the way the Danish culture is incorporated into these rooms is clearly visible.

    A really great review on a beautiful city!

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      Heather Cowper
      March 19, 2014 at 8:29 am

      @Chris We’ve enjoyed 3 visits to Copenhagen now and plan to go back again this summer

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    Mark H
    March 20, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    It struck me on my two visits as one of the most liveable cities anywhere in the world. Lovely writeup of a dynamic and elegant city.
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      Heather Cowper
      March 20, 2014 at 11:03 pm

      @Mark Exactly – so liveable and enjoyable that we seem to keep going back to Copenhagen

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    Lee Briggs
    March 25, 2014 at 1:07 am

    I was puzzled at first by the title of this post, but then when I was the photo of the locks on the bridge I remembered that I had heard about this before. Great information here, thanks.
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      Heather Cowper
      March 25, 2014 at 9:04 am

      @Lee yes, it seems that every European city these days has a bridge where the romantics come to leave their padlocks and throw away the key – a bit of a headache for the local authorities

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    Hamish Healys
    April 4, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Never been to Copenhagen. Your great photos though do come across as the place for romance. ..especially if you’re based somewhere in Europe. Coming from Asia, it has got to be more than just a week-end.

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      Heather Cowper
      April 7, 2014 at 3:47 pm

      @Hamish There’s really so much to do in and around Copenhagen I really don’t think t would be a problem for a longer stay, I’d also probably like to see some of the other places in Denmark

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