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    Maeve Waite

    24 year old work psychologist, mental health advocate and future dachshund owner. occasional writer, baker and photo taker. posts have been featured on time to change and mental movement magazine, and I sometimes like to write all lower case.
    Copenhagen, Denmark

    Copenhagen at Christmas.


    Well I've now found my new favourite city!

    After aaaages of liking everyone's photos of Nyhavn, I knew Copenhagen was next on my list. My friend and I were talking about a Christmas market trip anyways for this month, and having done much research, we decided that Copenhagen had to be done.

    They do Christmas very well.

    It's one of those cities that has so much on (as it's a capital city) but not too much that you can't ever do it all. It's a nice size and not with a lot of hustle and bustle - which is great for an anxiety sufferer such as myself. We kept walking around saying how much we could live there, or how much we loved it...it just never got old!

    How to get there:

    We flew with Ryanair out from Luton Airport for about £75-80 return, which is pretty good for this time of year. However, we had a nightmare journey home due to snow back in the UK and no support from the airline and I got back to Oxford 2 days later than planned. Moral of the story = don't fly with Ryanair!
    From the airport, we got a train to Copenhagen Central for about 36 DKK - which is equivalent to about £4 or so one way. Apparently this is the cheapest way to get to the city, and it's probably the most convenient too!


    Where we stayed:

    We stayed at the Saga Hotel, literally a stone's throw from Copenhagen Central Station. Location wise, it could not have been better. We were so close to so much, so we walked everywhere and it was perfect for getting the train to Malmo and to the airport.
    Price wise it wasn't tooooo bad considering we booked about a month before, it was for a weekend 2 weeks before Christmas, and Copenhagen as a city is not cheap. 
    The room was comfy enough, the shared bathroom - we weren't massively keen beforehand - was perfect and so so clean and warm, and the staff were mostly really nice and even gave us a free breakfast when our heating didn't work.

    Must-dos in Copenhagen:

    • Go to Tivoli - I've got a separate post about this coming as it was just another level of Christmas, but the gardens are supposed to be beautiful either way (we only went when it was pitch black and at Christmas time!)
    • Get dinner at Torvehallerne Market - so much choice and a great place for presents
    • Visit Nyhavn - for all that beautiful Instagram goodness, obviously
    • Go see The Little Mermaid - she's a little underwhelming, I'll be honest, but I feel like it's something you should do once because it's there?
    • Take a jaunt up to Amaliensborg Slot to see the Royal family, if they're in
    • Go up the Rundetaarn for views over the entire city
    • Check out the Christmas display on the front of Hotel D'Angleterre - this year was an advent calendar!

    Where to go for food & drink:

    • Every Christmas market you come across. Just do it
    • Feel the joy of street food heaven at Papirøen island - but quick as this closes for good this month
    • Try some gløgg (spiced mulled wine) at Hotel D'Angleterre if you fancy feeling a bit classy and sampling something local
    • Hot chocolate at Hotel Chocolat - I know they have this in the UK, but I've never come across a cafe too, and the hot choc is amazing
    • All the Danish cinnamon rolls, but particularly at Lagkagehuset - branches all over the city!

    I can honestly say I would go back to Copenhagen every year for Christmas. Everyone was so friendly, and the atmosphere was amazing - so festive and cosy, and trees everywhere (!) . I really do think it's become one of my favourite cities I've ever been to now, even though I keep changing my selections...

    More photos below because I was very snap-happy as always, and it's such a photogenic city!


    If you enjoyed this post, don't forget to pin it :)





    M x

    Well I've now found my new favourite city!

    After aaaages of liking everyone's photos of Nyhavn, I knew Copenhagen was next on my list. My friend and I were talking about a Christmas market trip anyways for this month, and having done much research, we decided that Copenhagen had to be done.

    They do Christmas very well.

    It's one of those cities that has so much on (as it's a capital city) but not too much that you can't ever do it all. It's a nice size and not with a lot of hustle and bustle - which is great for an anxiety sufferer such as myself. We kept walking around saying how much we could live there, or how much we loved it...it just never got old!

    How to get there:

    We flew with Ryanair out from Luton Airport for about £75-80 return, which is pretty good for this time of year. However, we had a nightmare journey home due to snow back in the UK and no support from the airline and I got back to Oxford 2 days later than planned. Moral of the story = don't fly with Ryanair!
    From the airport, we got a train to Copenhagen Central for about 36 DKK - which is equivalent to about £4 or so one way. Apparently this is the cheapest way to get to the city, and it's probably the most convenient too!


    Where we stayed:

    We stayed at the Saga Hotel, literally a stone's throw from Copenhagen Central Station. Location wise, it could not have been better. We were so close to so much, so we walked everywhere and it was perfect for getting the train to Malmo and to the airport.
    Price wise it wasn't tooooo bad considering we booked about a month before, it was for a weekend 2 weeks before Christmas, and Copenhagen as a city is not cheap. 
    The room was comfy enough, the shared bathroom - we weren't massively keen beforehand - was perfect and so so clean and warm, and the staff were mostly really nice and even gave us a free breakfast when our heating didn't work.

    Must-dos in Copenhagen:

    • Go to Tivoli - I've got a separate post about this coming as it was just another level of Christmas, but the gardens are supposed to be beautiful either way (we only went when it was pitch black and at Christmas time!)
    • Get dinner at Torvehallerne Market - so much choice and a great place for presents
    • Visit Nyhavn - for all that beautiful Instagram goodness, obviously
    • Go see The Little Mermaid - she's a little underwhelming, I'll be honest, but I feel like it's something you should do once because it's there?
    • Take a jaunt up to Amaliensborg Slot to see the Royal family, if they're in
    • Go up the Rundetaarn for views over the entire city
    • Check out the Christmas display on the front of Hotel D'Angleterre - this year was an advent calendar!

    Where to go for food & drink:

    • Every Christmas market you come across. Just do it
    • Feel the joy of street food heaven at Papirøen island - but quick as this closes for good this month
    • Try some gløgg (spiced mulled wine) at Hotel D'Angleterre if you fancy feeling a bit classy and sampling something local
    • Hot chocolate at Hotel Chocolat - I know they have this in the UK, but I've never come across a cafe too, and the hot choc is amazing
    • All the Danish cinnamon rolls, but particularly at Lagkagehuset - branches all over the city!

    I can honestly say I would go back to Copenhagen every year for Christmas. Everyone was so friendly, and the atmosphere was amazing - so festive and cosy, and trees everywhere (!) . I really do think it's become one of my favourite cities I've ever been to now, even though I keep changing my selections...

    More photos below because I was very snap-happy as always, and it's such a photogenic city!


    If you enjoyed this post, don't forget to pin it :)





    M x
    . Monday, 18 December 2017 .

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