What is the best antidote to cold weather? Bright colours, blindingly good cuisine and a dash of magic, of course.
Luckily, we’ve found a city that offers all three. From fairytales to fine dining, Copenhagen is a city that blends storybook charm with Scandinavian stylishness, making it perfect for a winter getaway.
If all this sounds appealing, then bag today’s Big Deal for a three night, 3* hotel stay in central Copenhagen with return flights from Edinburgh included.
And if you head out in December, you could even do a spot of shopping at the city’s many Christmas markets (just a thought).
Walking in a Danish wonderland
Whether you are craving a hip trip or a picturesque escape, Copenhagen offers plenty of both. From canal walks to Carlsberg to more Michelin starred restaurants than anywhere else in Europe, this has all the makings of a chic winter treat.
This Big Deal for three nights in Copenhagen from myholidaysnow is exclusive to 5pm customers.
It includes return flights with Ryanair from Edinburgh Airport, plus room only accommodation in a standard double or twin room at the 3* Copenhagen Star Hotel. The price is per person based on two sharing.
Choice of dates
This deal is very flexible and offers you a choice of flight dates between December and February (including the option of flying out on Valentine’s Day, for the romantic among you):
2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd December
6th, 10th, 13th, 17th, 20th, 24th, 27th, 31st January
3rd, 7th, 10th, 14th, 17th, 21st, 24th February
Flight times will vary depending on the date and are subject to change.
3* Central hotel
The Copenhagen Star Hotel combines a classic stone exterior with a contemporary interior. It is close to the central train station in the vibrant Vesterbro quarter and also the beach. The famous Tivoli Gardens, Amalienborg Palace and the main Stroget shopping avenue are also nearby, making this a great base for exploring the city.
A breakfast buffet is served in the lounge each morning and the hotel’s restaurant, Starburger, is across the street. There is also a lobby bar.
All twin and double rooms include a private bathroom, 32-inch LED TV with international channels, desk, kettle, hairdryer, radio alarm clock, safe and free high-speed WiFi. Some rooms have views of Tivoli Gardens.
From canal walks to art galleries to excellent dining, there is plenty to see and do in this pretty Scandinavian city.
Visitor highlights include The Little Mermaid statue on the Langelinie promenade and the Hans Christian Anderson statue at City Hall Square. Or you could travel back in time at Tivoli Gardens, a 19th century amusement park with wooden rollercoasters and glittering carousels.
It goes without saying that canals are a huge feature of Copenhagen and you could drink in the sight of the colourful houseboats by foot, hire bike or even boat tour. For dining and entertainment, head to the Nyhavn harbour, which is filled with restaurants, bars and a rainbow assortment of 17th-century houses overlooking the water.
For a quirkier experience, drop by Freetown, a mini-city within the city which is home to an alternative society with creative houses, galleries, music venues and eating spots.
Visit the Christmas markets
Copenhagen is very much a Christmas city, with many enchanting festive markets lining the streets in December. So depending on when you fly out, you could even fit in some gift shopping too.
Choices include the magical Tivoli Gardens market, the quirky oriental bazaar-style Freetown Christiania market, and the Nyhavn Harbour market, where many picturesque stalls decorate the waterfront.
Or why not head to the market at the breathtaking Castle Kronborg, where you can wander around the renaissance courtyard and ballrooms?
The family-friendly Hans Christian Anderson market is also worth visiting to see the Christmas caravan, nostalgia carousel and even Santa himself.
The Star Hotel has picked up appreciative feedback from guests on TripAdvisor, including the following reviews, edited for length:
‘Rooms were basic but clean. Reception staff were very helpful. Very central to the centre of the city, train station, Tivoli Gardens, shopping. Breakfast is included and was surprisingly fresh and plentiful.’
‘The location was exceptional. It was clean, breakfast was good, and the staff were very helpful. It has just what you need.’
‘Staff were all excellent and determined to give best possible service.
Breakfast huge, really good coffee. Rooms clean, with generously sized bathroom.’
Three nights of Nordic delights
Copenhagen is one of Europe’s most beautiful capitals, with the culture, cuisine and style to match. So why not break up the drudgery of winter and soak up some Scandi charm instead?
Available until February (including Valentine’s Day), it is safe to say that this would make an excellent surprise Christmas gift for someone special.