During the autumn months, Copenhagen is a little less crowded and it is peak season for hygge, which makes it the perfect time to visit. The popularity of hygge exploded around the world a few years ago but what does it really mean? While it's often translated as "cosiness," it embodies a complex array of emotions and sensations.
Hygge is an atmosphere, a feeling, a sense of warmth and contentment. It's that moment when you're enveloped in happiness, surrounded by your closest friends, or the soft, flickering glow of candlelight that fills a room. Hygge is about relishing life's simple pleasures—laughter, the comforting embrace of warmth, the gentle play of light, and the delightful flavors of seasonal cuisine.
As you embark on your autumn journey through Copenhagen, let us guide you through experiences that encapsulate the very essence of hygge:
While Tivoli Gardens remains a beloved destination year-round, it takes on an extra layer of charm in autumn. Tivoli Gardens is home to a lot of great eateries, at the heart of the theme park you’ll find Gemyse, an organic vegetable restaurant. In front of the restaurant there is a greenhouse and a kitchen garden where you can enjoy a nice cup of coffee with a pastry or some soup, while you enjoy the view around you. With the arrival of October, Tivoli Gardens transforms into a Halloween wonderland, offering special events that cater to both the young and the young at heart, accompanied by a tantalizing array of spooky treats.
Locally known as the Statens Museum for Kunst or SMK, the National Gallery can be found in the Østre Anlæg Park. It is Denmark’s largest art museum with Danish and international art collections spanning the past seven centuries. The SMK is known for its collection of Danish Golden Age art and houses one of the world’s best Matisse collections. The entire collection spans from grand masters of art history to cutting-edge contemporary artists and rising stars of the art scene, and is sure to inspire you.
If you are looking for something a little more adventurous, the Mystery Makers have something for you, rain or shine. Either try an escape room or go on a treasure hunt through the city or one of its beautiful sights. The Mystery Makers try to pique your curiosity and challenge your intelligence. Their mysteries place players at the centre, making you the hero.
The Botanical Garden puts on a stunning autumnal display of colours with golden leaves and low lighting. Perfect for a sunny fall day. The garden has more than 13.000 species and is arranged in different sections, such as Danish plants, perennial plants, annual plants, rock gardens with plants from mountainous locations such as Central and Southern Europe, and Conifer Hill which has coniferous trees as far as you can see. If you need to shelter from a spot of rain, head into the extensive complex of historical glasshouses, dating back to 1874.
Like the Botanical Gardens, the Zoological Museum is part of the Natural History Museum of Denmark. There you can travel through time and experience Danish animal life from the past to the present. The Precious Things exhibition includes Misty who was a 17 meter long Diplodocus longus, a herbivorous giant who lived 150 million years ago. Alongside Misty the museum is host to creatures from across the millennia, some who lived on land others below the surface of the water.
As you explore these enchanting autumn activities in Copenhagen, you'll not only encounter the essence of hygge but also craft cherished memories that will warm your heart for years to come. Embrace the cozy spirit of Copenhagen and let the magic of autumn unfold before you—an extraordinary season where warmth, connection, and life's simple joys come together in perfect harmony.