7 Things to Do in Copenhagen in Autumn

While Copenhagen is a wonderful place to visit any time of the year, nothing can compare to the quaint coziness it delivers in fall when the air becomes crisp and cool and the leaves change to brilliant colors of red and orange.

As the capital and most populous city in Denmark, Copenhagen serves as the epicenter of culture and entertainment in the country. Each fall, the entire city is easily accessible to visitors because it's the low point in the tourist season when the lines at area attractions are at their shortest.

While rain may dampen some outdoor activities, there are plenty of events and things to do worth considering on your trip to Copenhagen this fall. From Halloween celebrations to tours of some of the best museums in the region, you're sure to find something you can add to your travel itinerary.

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Celebrate Halloween at Tivoli Gardens

Tivoli Gardens at Halloween


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Halloween at Tivoli Gardens is a magic time of year when the entire estate is transformed into a holiday wonderland complete with spooky decorations and costumed staff members roaming the grounds. Although Tivoli Gardens is a destination worth exploring any time of year, in autumn this recent tradition rivals other celebrations in the region. 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. 

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Explore the Open Air Museum

Only open three times a year (from August 14 to October 21 and November 30 to December 2, 2018)the Open Air Museum is located a little outside of Copenhagen. One of the largest and oldest open-air museums in the world, Frilandsmuseet, as it's known in Denmark, encompasses 86 acres and more than 50 farms, mills, and houses that were constructed between 1650 and 1940. Here you will find a historical market recreated to look like the markets of the 18th century. There's so much to experience at this event including international circus performers and vintage treats. You can also learn about old-fashioned cooking methods and honey making as well as participate in a craft day. 

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Venture Through Esrum Abbey

Wonderful cultural events are offered at the Esrum Abbey several times throughout the holiday season. The abbey itself is a beautiful stone structure that once was home to Cistercian monks who were renowned as sheep farmers and producers of fine wool. Now, you can create woolen strings with your family using old-fashioned tools just as the monks did and even partake in medieval cuisines such as pancakes made with quince and apples. Located just a 50-minute drive from north of Copenhagen, the Abbey sells tickets both on location and on their website. In 2018, you can sample wine in Klosterkælderen on September 28 or try meals under the monasteries on September 20, and on September 30, enjoy both at a medieval-inspired brunch buffet called Lazy Sundays. 

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Learn About Nature at the Natural History Museum of Denmark

You can spend an entire day exploring the Natural History Museum of Denmark, which features a variety of special exhibits each year. 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 and is open Tuesday through Sunday. Permanent exhibits in 2018 include the Nordic Beer Garden, the Butterfly House, the Natural History Laboratory, and the Geology of Denmark. 

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Relive History at the Museum of National History

Denmark, Zealand, Hillerod, Exterior

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Located north of Copenhagen in Frederiksborg Castle, the Museum of National History grants visitors a chronological look through the history of Denmark. The museum is open daily year-round, but hours vary slightly from November through March. A special exhibit called "Blessings in Stitches" will be on display from September 14 to October 31, 2018, which features traditional embroidery from Chinese history. Along with 500 years of Danish history, the museum also features a modern photo gallery and an extensive collection of modern art as well.

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Take Part in Local Culture at Kulturnatten

Known locally as Kulturnatten, The Night of Culture is an annual celebration in Copenhagen where over 250 institutions in the city representing art and culture keep their doors open all evening long. This annual event is an absolute must for any visitor to the city and takes place from 5 p.m. on October 12 to 5 a.m. on October 13, 2018. 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. 

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Discover the Royal Danish Arsenal Museum

Royal Danish Arsenal Museum

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Featuring everything from samurai swords to artifacts of the war in Afghanistan, this museum encompasses over 500 years of Danish history starting in the 1500s with a special focus on the history of war. Located inside King Christian IV's arsenal, which was completed in 1604, the Danish War Museum features an array of permanent and special exhibitions covering the arms and technology of wars fought by Danish soldiers throughout history. Permanent exhibits in 2018 include "Denmark at War," "Treasures of the Danish War Museum," "A Distant War" and the Artillery Hall where uniforms and weapons are displayed behind glass cases.

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