Copenhagen continues to be a popular destination for the UK market. Recent research by Danmarks Statistik showed that the UK was the number one international market in terms of overnight stays in Copenhagen. It has never been easier to reach this magical city and an increase in flights from across the UK means visitors can arrive from London (four airports), Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and Edinburgh and other cities. Spring is a beautiful time to explore this city.
Visit Copenhagen showcase a selection of outdoor activities to explore the city in its spring coat:
Discover Copenhagen from the water as captain of your own solar-powered picnic boat in Copenhagen's harbour and canals. Spring is where people once again migrate to the waters, and it's a cozy vibe not found anywhere else in the city.
Grab a bike and see Spring Copenhagen’s spring coat
1 Bispebjerg Cemetery In April, this place is packed with people trying to get just the right shot of the beautiful Sakura trees. If you’re really dedicated, you’ll get up before everyone else to have a moment alone in the pink wonderland. While you’re there, make sure to go by Grundtvig’s Church – its gothic architecture is just stunning.
2 Langelinie Park Another place to wander around the cherry blossoms is Langelinie Park. You probably know this place as the home of The Little Mermaid, but the park has plenty of other gems to offer, including the beautiful Gefion Fountain.
3 Vestre Cemetery Lots of people head to Copenhagen’s cemeteries during spring and summer. Just as you would in a park, people jog, bike and chill out in the flush, green gardens. Vestre Cemetery is one of the largest in Scandinavia and perfect for a good, long stroll.
4 Copenhagen's canals The Copenhagen canals are a sight for sore eyes in the spring. Take a walk along the water, jump in a kayak or go all in with a GoBoat, where you can enjoy a floating picnic. The canal in the old neighbourhood Christianshavn is especially charming.
5 King's Garden King’s Garden is a real oasis right in the middle of Copenhagen. Located next to Rosenborg Castle, this royal garden is very popular for outings and picnics. There’s also a playground to keep the kids amused while you rest your feet for a minute.
6 Islands Brygge As soon as the sun comes out, Islands Brygge comes alive and turns into one of the most popular public spaces in Copenhagen. Join the people sunbathing on the green spots, barbequing and jumping into the harbour bath.
7 Sønder Boulevard Sønder Boulevard is a vivid urban space in Vesterbro that stretches through the district. A walk down the strip will take you past gardens, playgrounds, ping pong tables and basketball courts that attract lots of people from the area. It’s a great place to just sit, relax and observe life around you.
8 Superkilen Superkilen is a modern urban space on Nørrebro consisting of three areas: The Red Square, The Black Market and The Green Park. These spaces are bustling with kids playing, kickflipping skaters and people enjoying the sun in the spring. Especially The Black Market is beautiful in spring, with the sakura trees contrasting the lines on the tarmac.
Copenhagen food markets
Spring is the time, where it's finally warm enough to dine outside in the city's many food markets. Good, sustainable, organic street food have been gaining ground the last couple of years in Copenhagen, so there's plenty of spots to choose from.
Tivoli is beautiful in spring, all covered in bright, colourful flowers and gleaming lights at night. This year, Tivoli invites you to enjoy illuminations of the Tivoli lake as well as parades with the Tivoli Guard. Tivoli is located less than a 5-minute walk from both The Andersen and The Absalon hotels.
The Deer Park
A short trip north from Copenhagen will take you to Dyrehaven, a wonderful woodland that seems far from city lights and traffic noise. Come spring, and the forest is almost neon green with all the new leaves.
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
The beautiful museum, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, is located 40 kilometres north of Copenhagen just by the sea. It has gained a reputation as a museum in touch with the zeitgeist of the contemporary art world.
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 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 Andersen Hotel has continued to win industry awards and in 2018 was awarded Denmark’s leading ‘Luxury Romantic Hotel’ at the World Luxury Hotel Awards, Trip Advisor in 2019 awarded the hotel a Top 10 for Romance entry and Top 10 for Service & Top 10 Denmark. At the HAUTE GRANDEUR GLOBAL HOTEL AWARDS 2018 The Andersen was: Country Winner - Best Boutique Hotel, Best Design Hotel & Best Romantic Hotel. This is all helped by the fact that people like working at the hotel and at the GREAT PLACE TO WORK awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018 the hotel was awarded Denmark’s Best Small Workplace no. 1 in 2018.
Always innovating, spring will see the start of an updated lounge area with new wallpapers and fabrics from Designers Guild and new furniture from Gubi furniture upholstered with Designers Guild fabrics.
The hotel operates 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.
The hotel also recently unveiled 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.
Vesterbro is also a hip location to both be based in and to explore. The former Meat Packing District has evolved beautifully making use of former vast spaces which today feature galleries, independent boutiques, bars and restaurants with plenty of outdoor space. The area is cosy and homely but welcomes visitors with its arms wide open.
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
Copenhagen airport is 20 minutes away (5 mins walk to central Station then a 15 mins train)
Main photo above for Visit Denmark by Thomas Rousing