7 Things to Do in Copenhagen in Autumn

Fall in Copenhagen.
Fall in Copenhagen. Kristopher Trolle/Flickr/Creative Commons  

While Copenhagen is a wonderful place to visit any time of the year, nothing can compare to the quaint coziness it delivers in fall. The air becomes crisp and cool. The leaves change to brilliant colors of red and orange. The entire city is yours for the exploring as tourist season is at a low. Why suffer the heat of summer when you can experience the thrill and wonder of this magnificent city, in perhaps the most exciting season of all?

1. Halloween at Tivoli Gardens

There is a reason this is number one on the list. Tivoli Gardens is a destination worth exploring any time of the year but in Autumn, particularly in mid to late October, it transforms into a Halloween Wonderland. This Halloween attraction is a recent institution in Copenhagen but it is one that rivals other celebrations, even on a worldwide scale. Activities include a zombie dance show, a haunted hotel and even a pantomime theater for the event's younger attendees. The activities at Tivoli Gardens run from October 10 to November 2, so if you happen to be visiting at that time take full advantage of this amazing opportunity to celebrate Halloween in true Copenhagen fashion.

2. Open Air Museum

Running from October 12 to October 19 is the Open Air Museum in North Copenhagen. Here you will find a historical market recreated to look like the centuries old markets of the 18th century.

There's so much to experience at this event which includes international circus performers, vintage treats and even authentic pickpockets. You can learn about old-fashioned cooking methods and even honey making as well as participate in a craft day.

3. Esrum Abbey

A wonderful cultural event is offered to us by way of Esrum Abbey, a beautiful stone structure that once was home to Cistercian monks who were renowned as sheepfarmers and producers of fine wool.

You can create woolen strings with your family using old-fashioned tools just as the monks did and even partake in medieval cuisine such as pancakes made with quince and apples. Located just a 50 minutes drive from north of Copenhagen, the Abbey sells tickets both on location and on their website.

4. The National Museum of Denmark

Should you happen to be in Copenhagen this October, you will have the rare opportunity of visiting the National Museum of Denmark which will be celebrating the 200th birthday of the Danish elementary school. What does that mean for you? The exhibit includes a replica classroom from the 1920s and even offers the chance to sit in on a typical day at school. This is offered from October 11 to October 12 while other activities such as workshops on fur and hunting range from October 11 to the 19th.

5. The Natural History Museum of Denmark

Anyone with a curious nature will no doubt enjoy a visit to the Zoological Museum in Copenhagen's "Precious Things" exhibit. Boasted as their biggest exhibition yet, you can expect to see attractions such as dinosaur skeletons, old treasures from around the globe and other fascinating objects. The museum also houses permanent exhibitions such as their mammoth installation.

The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday.

6. Copenhagen's The Night of Culture

This annual event is an absolute must for any visitors to Copenhagen. Over 250 institutions in the city representing art and culture keep their doors open all evening long. Even public transportation is free during this time with a culture pass, which is a badge that offers access to all the activities and can be purchased online.The event takes place on October 10 from 5:00 PM to 5:00 AM.

7. The Royal Danish Arsenal Museum in Copenhagen

Number seven on our list is yet another one of Copenhagen's extraordinary museums. This 2014 marks the 150th anniversary of the war in 1864 which lost Denmark several territories. At this event, running from Ovtober 12th to the 19th, you will witness and participate in a war recreation and experience the historic event just as the soldiers and relief workers of those days had.