Choose Denmark as your next destination for a truly magical winter break!
The perfect winter destination
Feeling those winter blues? Denmark might be able to help! From its magical Christmas markets and spectacular New Year's fireworks displays, to days spent on the slopes or exploring fairytale Danish castles, here are 10 reasons why Denmark would be the perfect destination for your next winter break.
It's hygge season!
As winter rolls around and the days grow shorter, hygge is at its best in Denmark. Even harder to explain than it is to properly pronounce, Danish hygge can literally be translated as 'cosiness'. Yet the word means so much more than just a warm and cosy aesthetic. Whether it's snuggling down with a steaming mug of hot chocolate in front of the fireplace, or braving the cold with your family and friends armed with oversized scarves and blankets, hygge at its heart is about making the most out of life, even the small things, whilst surrounded by loved ones. Get your hygge on in Denmark's capital by sipping on a cup of coffee and tucking into a fastelavnsboller - a deliciously doughy bun topped with chocolate and filled with thick custard eaten during Denmark's carnival season - at Conditori La Glace, the oldest (and arguably the best) confectionary in the whole of Denmark.
Shelter from the cold at Denmark's amazing museums and art galleries
Art lovers and frequent museum-goers will feel right at home in Denmark. In the capital, pay a visit to the The National Gallery of Denmark and learn more about Danish history and culture or head to the city of Aarhus on the Jutland peninsula's east coast and discover the multistory ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, known for its fun rainbow art installation that wraps itself around the building fittingly named 'Your rainbow panorama'.
What's more, only a short 40 minute train ride from the centre of Copenhagen is the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, one of the world's leading international art museums. Considered an architectural gem, the museum boasts over 3500 individual works of art from multiple Danish and international artists. Even though it's chillier in the winter months, it's well worth taking the time to explore the museum's Sculpture Park as among the sculptures, visitors can catch glimpses of the Sweden coast.
Experience a winter wonderland at Copenhagen's Tivoli
Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen is transformed into a magical winter wonderland in the lead up to Christmas. The famous amusement park has sat in the heart of the capital since 1843, making it the second oldest park of its type in the whole world. Hop onto one of their 27 rides (the Ferris wheel and roller coaster in particular are real crowd-pleasers) and whizz past the park's trees and buildings draped in twinkling Christmas lights. More than half a million lights in total are strung up throughout the park every year for a truly magical Christmas light show. There's even a quaint Christmas Village that's set up every year with wooden shacks selling everything from handmade gifts to delicious winter drinks and snacks.
Explore Denmark's fairytale castles
A visit to Denmark wouldn't be complete without exploring its many castles that look like they have stepped right out of the pages of a fairytale. Better-known as Hamlet's castle, Kronborg castle in Helsingor, only an hour out from Copenhagen, is a must visit, and is believed to be the inspiration behind Shakespeare's Elsinore. This Renaissance fortress was built in the 1400s but it has been burnt to the ground and rebuilt since. Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, the first two weekends of December sees the castle's courtyard and rooms transformed into a Christmas market with small stands selling traditional Christmas treats and gifts. Inside the grand ballroom there is a towering Christmas tree under which children can meet Santa Claus himself!
Another gorgeous Danish castle is Frederiksborg Castle. Situated across three small islets in the Castle Lake in Hillerod, the Renaissance palatial complex of Frederiksborg has been repurposed as Denmark's Museum of National History. Brave the chill and stroll through its perfectly manicured gardens or learn more about Danish history inside thanks to the museum's large collection of portraits, history paintings, furniture and applied art.