With its many canals and bridges, Copenhagen can rival Venice for a romantic getaway destination. The narrow, cobbled medieval streets of the inner city are enclosed by pretty, colorful townhouses in the Dutch 17th-century style, and its atmospheric squares are alive with outdoor cafes and market stalls, especially in summertime. Yet the City is just as romantic even in the middle of winter.
With Christmas markets all over the city, Copenhagen is especially cozy in December — Photo courtesy of Juletorvet.dk
The cruise ports are both located just north of the downtown area, either at Langelinie - a little up from Store Kongensgade - or the newer Freeport Terminal near Nordhavn S-Toget Station. From here, it's just a short walk to the attractive parks of Kastellet and Churchillparken, and the world-famous Little Mermaid statue.
Create must-have memories with snapshot souvenirs of your loved one and the bronze cast of the most romantically tragic heroine in fairy tale history, The Little Mermaid. Making this a part of a Canal Tour will allow you to see many of Copenhagen's most attractive landmarks from the serene perspective of the water. And give yourself an hour or so in Christianshavn, one of Copenhagen's prettiest neighborhoods, built by Dutch laborers in the 1600s as a sort of Amsterdam in miniature.
Pack a picnic basket from Løgismose at Nordre Toldbod 16 or Aamanns on Østre Farimagsgade and enjoy it in the peaceful, green surroundings of Østre Anlæg or Kastellet parks, respectively. Those in a hurry to see the crown jewels in the basement of Rosenborg Slot could combine it with a gourmet Italian picnic basket, together with wine from Il Senso on Gothersgade (close to Kongens Have).
Walk up to the top of the renaissance Round Tower, completed in 1642, holding hands up the unique stair-less walkway - once traversed by Catherine the Great in a horse-drawn carriage - to enjoy the splendid views of red-roofed Copenhagen from the top. If you come after dark between mid-October and mid-March, Tuesday and Wednesday nights offer the rare opportunity for stargazing from the tower.
Dine al fresco in one of Copenhagen's trendsetting Nordic restaurants overlooking the newly regenerated waterfront, or in the atmospheric medieval vaults of a place like Gertruds Kælder on Hauser Plads, one of Copenhagen's oldest buildings.
Even on a cold day or in wintertime, Copenhagen can be romantic. Warm yourself around an open fire with a glass of mulled wine in winter while snow falls outside, in one of the cafes along Nyhavn, then potter around the many gingerbread-style houses of December's annual Christmas market.
While a funfair might seem more like something for families, Copenhagen's own Tivoli Gardens is both nostalgic and beautiful, and it's filled with romantic hideaways, thousands of flowers, a boating lake and the late-night illuminations.
The impressive central hall of Copenhagen's Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek art museum — Photo courtesy of Kim Nilsson / Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
Copenhagen also has a number of excellent art galleries and museums. The most beautiful is surely the Ny Carlsberg Glyptoteket, home to one of the biggest Gauguin collections in the world, thanks probably to Gauguin's marriage to a Dane. He hated the weather here, but did bring the bright tones of Tahiti in his many canvases. The Museum's winter garden cafe is always rich in color and vitality, whatever the season or the weather outside.