Today’s *Mini Moon* inspiration post is festive themed featuring a *Christmassy Copenhagen*
We enjoyed a lovely December weekend in Copenhagen staying at *The Admiral Hotel*, just off Nyhavn. Copenhagen is perfect for a city break and there is plenty to do for a weekend away.
The Admiral Hotel in Copenhagen is an historic building that was previously a maritime hub. It is beautifully designed and hosts the fabulous SALT restaurant that specialises in modern Nordic cuisine.
Copenhagen is a wonderful spot to enjoy a Christmas themed weekend away:
This is the world’s second oldest theme park having been open for 100 years and is brimming with fun!
The gardens undergo a wonderful Christmas fairytale transformation, Nordic style.
The park features an ‘Alpine Wonderland’ in the style of a typical Scandinavian Christmas with wooden chalets offering festive treats, snow covered trees and a Santa’s grotto.
Tivoli Gardens also hosts the most wonderful illuminations – Tivoli becomes a haven for twinkle, glitter and sparkle.
*Nyhavn Christmas Market*
Wooden huts decorated with garlands and offering an array of sweet treats, Christmas foods and mulled wines line the harbour with festive cheer.
All of the cafes and restaurants have outdoor seating and provide blankets to keep you warm. The perfect stop for a hot chocolate and a Danish pastry.
*Hojbro Plads Deutsch Christmas Market*
In the centre of Copenhagen, this traditional German Christmas market is filled with Christmas trees, baubles and fairy lights. The wooden chalets offer a range of traditional Danish Christmas foods, gifts, decorations and warming mulled wines and flavoured cocoas.
As well as the festive delights that Copenhagen has to offer in December, we also were able to see the city and enjoy some of the main attractions:
This colourful historic port is now lined with colourful numbered houses. The oldest house in the area is No 9 and No 20 was where Hans Christian Anderson wrote ‘The Princess and the Pea’. Now the houses are restaurants offering riverside dining and a plethora of beers.
We took a river cruise from Nyhavn and this took us around the harbour and along the small canals. We saw The Little Mermaid, The Round Tower and other beautiful buildings.
This is one of Europe’s longest streets stretching to 1.1km and is Copenhagen’s main shopping area. It is a bustling area with street performers, outdoor cafe’s, hundreds of bicycles and a whole array of shops. The famous Royal Copenhagen and its iconic Christmas displays.
We even saw a lego version of Stroget in the lego shop!
This spectacular palace is absolutely beautiful to look round and is in pristine condition, so much so that you are asked to put special covers on your shoes, so not to cause any damage.
The Magnificent Tapestries – these were up to 15 feet tall and just added to the grandeur of the palace
The Stables – the carriages and coaches that the royal family have used.
This beautiful historic castle exhibits the exquisite crown jewels comprised of four sets: diamonds, rubies, pearls and emeralds. It is set in the King’s Garden, which is a lovely view that the castle overlooks. The castle also features many lavish royal possessions, including ornaments, china, portraits and other jewels.
*Den Bla Planet*
This is Denmark’s national aquarium and the largest in Northern Europe with its quirky modern architecture and is surrounded by water on all sides.
The Ocean Tank features hammerhead sharks, rays and eels whilst the Coral Reef – a long stretch of fish tanks includes vibrant and colourful coral life. The Amazonas experience is multi-sensory with birds and butterflies flying around and features four tanks that can be viewed from above.
*Ny Carlsberg Glypotek*
This art museum featuring both ancient and modern art has a wonderful winter garden. This large open space is brimming with lush green plants and palm trees and beams with sunlight from the glass roof. It is the perfect spot to stop for tea and cake at the Cafe Glyptoteket.
This ten hectare space is just beautiful even in winter time with the gleaming lake and lovely trellis’. There are twenty-seven glasshouses including the famous Palm House positioned throughout the garden.
*Guinness World Records Museum*
The museum is full of stories about people that have done crazy things and interesting facts about the world, such as the world’s tallest buildings.
My personal favourites were the world’s largest pearl…
And the world’s most expensive perfume…
We had a wonderful time in Copenhagen – a lovely European city break and perfect for some festive fun too.
Next week | A Festive Stay in Edinburgh