Spend the New Year in Copenhagen. What a great way to bring in the New Year!

This year I met friends in Copenhagen to explore and celebrate the New Year. Before this trip, I had only spent the New Year in the States. Now, I don’t want to spend New Year any other way except in another country! If you choose Copenhagen as your New Year destination here are some things to know.

Book Early!

If you choose to head to Copenhagen know that rooms will book up fast and you’ll find the best rates, the earlier you book. Also, many of the restaurants, especially in and around Tivoli are closed for special New Year Eve dinners which you can make reservations for in advance. Book this at least two months ahead because they all sell out!

Do one of the fixed price menus at Tivoli!

We had the best time! When we decided to book the trip, one of my friends brought up the suggestion of having dinner at one of the restaurants in Tivoli which offered a fixed price New Year celebration. There are six or so restaurants offering a range of meals from fish to vegetables, which will cost you anywhere from $150 to $300 per person for apps, dinner, dessert and all you can drink.

We decided to do the Biergarten. It was a perfect choice for us. You are sat at a long wooden communal table and served an assortment of Bavarian foods while drinking and chatting the night away. This is also a great option for a solo traveler because if you are lucky enough to be sat at a table with amazing people like we were you will make fast friends from all over Europe. I had so much fun, I would recommend it to anyone looking for something different to do on New Year Eve.

Get the Copenhagen Card

It may seem like a touristy thing to do but get the Copenhagen Card. Your best value will be for 48 or 72 hours. Not only will it get you into a ton of attractions for free, including places like Tivoli and the Round Tower, but it includes transportation on buses, trains, and trams for the duration of the card. So when you need to hop the train to get back to your hotel, just flash the card and you’re on your way. Look at it this way, if you take the train to and from the airport and go to two attractions, it’s paid for itself!

Fireworks are everywhere

No matter where you look you will be able to see fireworks going off all of New Year Eve. Mainly along the many canals and rivers surrounding Copenhagen but Tivoli Gardens has a pretty great fireworks display within the park. I don’t think I’ve ever been that close to a fireworks display unless it wasn’t being shot off in a friend’s back yard.

Pay attention to closing times and plan accordingly

Because it’s the off season many of the attractions and historical sites close at 3 pm. Make sure to check closing times so that you’re not trying to get to an attraction at 3:30 when it’s closed at 3. If you plan on using the Hop on Hop off bus to get around check the last run on those as well.

Check out one of the food markets

Copenhagen has some great food markets one of which is Torvehallerne. With over 60 stalls of butchers, fresh fishmongers and everything in between you’re bound to find something that interests you. It’s definitely a local supermarket and it gets packed so keep that in mind when visiting.

If you’re looking for more of prepared foods head to Tivoli Food Hall, adjacent to Tivoli gardens. Here you can find everything from pizza and sushi to hot dogs and pasta. It reminded me a lot of Chelsea Market in New York City, except a bit more cramped. Don’t worry if you can’t find somewhere to sit, head outside where there are plenty of tables and chair with heat lamps overlooking Tivoli Gardens.

Find somewhere to stay near all the action

Luckily there is a wide range of hotel offerings around the Kobenhavn (Tivoli) area of Copenhagen. I stayed at WakeUp Copenhagen Bernstorffsgade, which sat three blocks from Tivoli Gardens. The hotel has been open for 3 months and was clean, comfortable, and cozy. An average night at this hotel was around $90 per night. I found a deal and got the hotel for $80!

Spend a couple of days there

Make sure that when you go you give yourself at least three days to see the city. New Year celebrations are great but don’t miss out on all of the fun that Copenhagen has to offer. What are some of your suggestions on how to spend the New Year? Let me know in the comments! Until next time!

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