Forår and Sommer in Copenhagen staying in Vesterbro at The Andersen Hotel & The Absalon Hotel

After the word hygge suddenly appeared, almost everywhere in the UK last year, it’s time for two new Danish words, that like hygge, are close to Danish hearts – Forår and Sommer, that is Spring and Summer! Copenhagen comes alive throughout both seasons and the streets fill with newfound energy. Vesterbro is on the way up, Copenhagen’s meatpacking district is now an art and foodie hub with plenty to explore on foot and two wheels. The leading hotels in the area are the boutique Andersen Hotel and larger sister hotel The Absalon Hotel. These are family-run by Karen Nedergaard. The Andersen is named after her grandmother Erna Andersen who founded the Absalon Hotel Group over 75 years ago. This family has seen Vesterbro transform into one of Copenhagen’s coolest areas and most sought after destinations.

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Forår and Sommer offer many opportunities in Copenhagen, easily explored by bike from both hotels. Visit Copenhagen suggest some of the city’s finest gardens and parks including:

King’s Garden – The huge flowerbeds are is a spectacular sight during the summer months. The gardens are the country’s oldest royal gardens and were established in the Renaissance style by Christian IV in the early 1600’s. Today the gardens are a popular retreat in the centre of Copenhagen, and are visited by an estimated 2.5 million people per year.

9 minutes from both hotels

Vestre CemeteryWith its almost 54 hectares, Vestre Kirkegård in Copenhagen is one of the largest cemeteries in Scandinavia. Many locals use the cemetery for walks and relaxation.

9 minutes from both hotels

Botanical Gardens – The Botanical Garden is located in the centre of Copenhagen. The garden covers an area of 10 hectares and is particularly noted for its extensive complex of historical glasshouses dating from 1874. The garden is open to the public.

10 minutes from both hotels

Frederiksberg GardensAt the main entrance, visitors are officially received by Frederik VI, a former king much beloved by his people, so one is fully aware of entering his garden. In the waters of the beautiful garden he used to be rowed about on the canals saluting the people. The statue’s pedestal has the following inscription: ‘Here he felt happy in the midst of loyal people’.

15 minutes from both hotels

DyrehavenA short trip north from Copenhagen will take you to Dyrehaven, a wonderful woodland that seems far from city lights and traffic noise. Want to enjoy a peaceful walk in beautiful surroundings and fill your lungs with the fresh, Nordic air? Then Dyrehaven in North Sealand is just the right place for you. Dyrehaven, which literally means “the deer park”, is a natural resort filled with lush forests, small lakes and wide, open landscapes.

55 minutes from both hotels

Cycling is pure paradise in Copenhagen compared to other European cities. Cyclists can head to Islands Brygge in a comfortable and cool way on the Cykelslangen (The Bike Snake) which connects the city. This is a wonderful way to start any bike ride in the city.

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Since its launch in 1979, the Copenhagen Jazz Festival has continued to attract big names for the yearly, summer event, which has turned Copenhagen into Europe’s jazz capital. Jazz events take place across the city; on the streets, in concert halls, clubs and at the Absalon Hotel. Between 6 – 15 July, hundreds of jazz events will take place across Copenhagen, some by day and some in the evening, many free to attend and others with pre-bookable tickets and some with tickets available on the day. For jazz fans, this is heaven. Highlights this year include The Roots and Seu Jorge. At the Absalon Hotel, 9 concerts will take place this festival, all with free admission. This is another wonderful way the hotel engages with the local community.

Guests who visit in April can join the Japanese celebration of the beautiful Sakura trees right by Langelinie Park. For fans of cherry blossom, Bispebjerg Cemetery is a must visit and features a tunnel of Japanese trees planted in 1992.

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The award-winning Andersen Hotel is home to 69 bedrooms and suites in the heart of Vesterbro. The hotel was refurbished in 2017 and completely updated. The award-winning Absalon Hotel opposite was completely refurbished in 2015 and is home to 161 suites and bedrooms. Both hotels operate a CONCEPT24 package which allows a late departure at no extra cost, when booked directly and in advance, meaning the guest keeps the room for 24 hours, no matter what the time of arrival.

Head to Copenhagen this Forår and Sommer, served by five airlines from across the UK.

Helgolandsgade 12, DK-1653 Copenhagen +45 33 31 43 44

B&B is priced from 1145 DKK (around £135) to 1925 DKK per room, per night

Helgolandsgade 15, DK-1653 Copenhagen +45 33 24 22 11

B&B is priced from 1125 DKK to 3240 DKK per room, per night

Copenhagen airport is 20 minutes away (5 mins walk to central Station then a 15 mins train)