Copenhagen Number 1 City in Lonely Planet ‘Best in Travel 2019’
From beautiful cobbled streets to cosy interiors, Copenhagen offers a unique contrast between the outdoors and indoors. After all, this is a city known for its environmental policies and for having one of the most distinguished design cultures anywhere in the world. ‘56% of Copenhageners who work or study in the city, commute by bike every day. Since 2009, Denmark has invested at least €373 million in cycle projects’.[i] Denmark is a pioneer in promoting sustainability. ‘Danish companies are among the global market leaders when it comes to making buildings efficient, particularly Rockwool (insulation), Velux (windows), Danfoss (heating applications), and Grundfos (careful use of water.)’[ii] Visitors to this city are guaranteed a wonderful warm experience with sprinkles of hygge throughout winter!
Ice Skating – the ice rink in front of Frederiksberg Garden is a local favourite and free to use
Christmas Markets – the picturesque old harbour Nyhavn is transformed into one of the cosiest Christmas markets in Copenhagen. Open 9 November – 23 December
Winter Wonderland – Tivoli Gardens in the heart of the city transforms into a white winter wonderland. Tivoli Gardens is a 3-minute walk from both the Absalon and Andersen hotels
Lights, lights, lights on Kronprinsensgade! This small romantic street in the city centre lights up every Christmas with a blanket of thousands of small lights resembling a roof
Vesterbro if full of vintage shops and boutique stores by Danish designers. Lonely Planet included Vesterbro in its list of 10 of the world's coolest neighbourhood
The Design Museum Danmark is home to one of the world's largest collections of Danish design including works by Arne Jacobsen. The museum is a national hub for research in design history with records dating back to 1890
Vesterbro, the meat packing and cool neighbourhood has an increasing number of art galleries and warehouses. The Butcher's Lab is a combined 'body conservatory and art gallery' fusing a physical workout while enjoying modern art at the same time. If that sounds too strenuous then visitors should head to the V1 Gallery home to visual art, installations and sculpture designed to challenge the norm. The Centre of Photography is located in a high ceiling gallery featuring fine art photography with equal emphasis on both classic and contemporary Danish artists
National Aquarium Denmark is northern Europe's largest aquarium and has water on all sides and the building has five "arms" from the centre
Royal Danish Library – The Black Diamond finished in 1999, is an extension to the Royal Library. The building is shiny, black facets mirror the sea and the sky at the harbour front
The Royal Danish Opera House - 41,000 square metres with five of the fourteen storeys subterranean. Clad with Jura Gelb limestone with marble in the lobby
Two leading independent hotels in Copenhagen are the boutique Andersen Hotel and larger sister hotel The Absalon Hotel. These are family-run by Karen Nedergaard. The Andersen is named after her grandmother Erna Andersen who founded the Absalon Hotel Group 80 years ago.
The award-winning Andersen Hotel is home to 69 bedrooms and suites in the heart of Vesterbro. The hotel has just been refurbished and completely updated. The hotel features a Vauni designed bio fireplace in the lounge. The decor throughout is vibrant and includes textiles and wallpapers from the award-winning Designers Guild in the UK. There are four categories of room and the hotel's exterior retains its original features. The hotel features a daily 'Wine Hour' in the Lobby Lounge between 5pm and 6pm where guests can enjoy complimentary wine, meet fellow travellers and plan where they wish to dine in the evening. Guests can rent a “Jopo” Andersen bicycle from reception.
The hotel is a keen supporter of local art. The walls of the Lobby Lounge are filled with installations by local artists who can showcase and sell their works here. The hotel hosts art events every two months to introduce the works and the artist and to sell pieces over a 'Meet the artist' evening. Then, The Andersen Hotel welcomes a new artist to this superb background to display work. Also, in the lobby, guests will find knitting needles and fabric to knit scarves which are donated to the homeless throughout the winter.
The Absalon Hotel is home to 161 suites and bedrooms and plays a large role in bringing local Copenhageners together with visitors to this city. The bold designs including wallpapers and fabrics at the hotel are by the UK's Designers Guild. The Absalon Hotel is home to a bar and courtyard and offers guests "Velorbis" bikes to rent to further explore.
The hotels both operate a CONCEPT24 package which allows a late departure at no extra cost meaning the guest keeps the room for 24 hours, no matter what the time of arrival.
Winter 2018 also saw both hotels unveil Concept Green. For guests staying for more than one night an option to decline housekeeping and opt for one of four experiences instead is available. The objective is to help further reduce the impact on the environment by declining the daily housekeeping. A door hanging form is placed on each door and asks the guest to use the form if they are declining housekeeping and instead want a gift. The options are – a bar voucher (worth DKK 100), a bike voucher (worth DKK 150), 10% saving on a guided bike tour (worth DKK 68) or a selection of almonds (worth DKK 50). The form is to then be handed to the front desk before 11am.
Lonely Planet have selected Copenhagen as the number 1 city to visit in 2019 in their annual ‘Best in Travel’ guide.
www.andersen-hotel.dk Helgolandsgade 12, DK-1653 Copenhagen +45 33 31 43 44
B&B is priced from 1145 DKK (around £135) to 1925 DKK per room, per night
www.absalon-hotel.dk Helgolandsgade 15, DK-1653 Copenhagen +45 33 24 22 11
B&B is priced from 1125 DKK to 3240 DKK per room, per night
Copenhagen airport is 20 minutes away (5 mins walk to central Station then a 15 mins train)
[i] Cycling Embassy of Denmark / Images of Copenhagen from Visit Denmark
Nyhavn in winter – Photo credit: Malthe Zimakoff for Visit Copenhagen