It’s one of my favourite cities and I’m so excited to be heading back for a few days of culture, arts, and hopefully some cycling – the Danish people’s favourite way to get around!
Yesterday afternoon I touched down in Copenhagen, Denmark, to spend a night at the Isben Hotel, readying myself for a week of exploring the cities coolest cultural finds and find out just what makes Feburary Copenhagen’s coolest cultural month!
Wondercool is Copenhagen’s major winter festival, running the entire length of February, with a focus on art, architecture, design, food, fashion, music and cultural experiences – it’s everything I love to discover when travelling!
From my base at Hotel Kong Arthur, I’ll be setting out each day to see a poetry reading, take in a gastronomic theatre experience, visiting to the Design Museum of Denmark and FROST at the National Gallery! I’m also hoping to discover more about The Copenhagen – the cities namesake cocktail launched back in 2010.
Fairytales and TV stories
Denmark is a land of fairytales and stories, none more famous than Hans Christian Andersen.
Though Andersen was born in Odense, Copenhagen was a city the man lived in and has their own stories of the man to share.
I’m hoping to discover more about these famous fairytales and about the man himself as I visit the Hans Christian Anderson FairyTale House, see the house in Nyven where he lived and wrote ‘The Princess & The Pea’, the famed Little Mermaid, who is back from her world travels, and maybe even see his final resting place in beautifully manicured Kulturcentret Assistens.
I’ll also be taking a guided walking tour following the Danish crime series’ “The Killing” and “The Bridge”.
I must be one of the few people who haven’t seen these award-winning tv-shows but I’m excited to learn about them and then hopefully get my hands on a copy when I’m back in London to understand what I saw!
Denmark by Design
Design doesn’t come just in fashion but through food, architecture, art and spoken word!
As part of the WonderCool festivities I’ll be learning about Danish fashion design, taking part in a Gastronomic Theatre experience (anyone know what this is? I’ve never heard of the concept before!), sitting in on a Dylan Thomas poetry reading and seeing some bite-sized live concerts as part of FROST at the National Gallery of Denmark.
The hotel I stayed at last night, Hotel Isbens and their sister hotel where I’ll be spending the week, Hotel Kong Arthur, are not only boutique and smartly designed spaces but are also part of the world’s first CO2 neural hotel group! Now who said that protecting the planet couldn’t be stylish?
Of course, there’s also art in food and beer so I’ll be visiting a Paleo restaurant, checking in to one of my favourite bars, Mikkeller, and making a stop at the famed Carlsberg Brewery!
That’s just a small taster of what I’m doing while in Copenhagen this week. I’m also hoping to learn more about vikings, the countries cycling culture, what makes Copenhagen one of the world’s most liveable cities (and why the people are constantly voted the happiest!) and what the heck ‘hygee‘ is!
On my trip to Copenhagen I’ll be meeting up with my gorgeous friend and fellow blogger Monica from The Travel Hack and we’ll be sharing our experiences through Instagram, or for all my updates you can follow what I’m up to through the Travel Tracker! If you’d like to see more from the festival on Twitter, check out the hashtag #Wondercool on your favourite social media platform!
Now it’s over to you:
What are your top tips in Copenhagen?
What part of a country’s culture do you like to explore when travelling?
My trip to Copenhagen was arranged by Visit Denmark.
All thoughts and opinions are, as always, my own.