For Christmas I bought Dan 2 tickets to see his favorite band, Metallica, performing in Copenhagen. The tickets were sold out for all 4 shows but I was lucky enough to get a couple of tickets for the show on Sunday, February 5th when a few extra tickets were released. Once I gave the tickets to Dan for Christmas, the planning began for our weekend in Copenhagen.
Dan flew from Abu Dhabi via Frankfurt on Friday, February 3rd. I took the 5:00 pm flight after work and we met at the Copenhagen airport at 7:00 pm. We took the train into town, checked into the Hotel Kong Arthur and then headed out to find a bite to eat. I had done a bit of foodie research beforehand so we made our way to Fætter Fætter across the Sortedams sø Pond to Nørrebro for some Toasts, aka grilled cheese. We went for the “toast experience” including The F’ing and the Cheesus Christ served with a dressed up avocado on the side. Delicious.
On Saturday morning, we enjoyed our full Danish breakfast buffet and set out on foot not sure of where the day would lead us. It was a cold and misty sort of morning. We wandered upon the Rosenborg Castle so we stopped in for a tour and a warm up from the cold. We also made our way to the Gernersgade district, through the Kastellet, or Citadel grounds, and over to the infamous Little Mermaid. By this time we were freezing and in need of some lunch so we had a bowl of soup and the Smørrebrød Danish open faced sandwiches in the Nyhavn habour. We finished the afternoon with some shopping on the world’s longest pedestrian street, Strøget, and then grabbed a cup of java from the Coffee Collective at the indoor food market, Torvelhallerne. We made it back just in time for cozy hour at the hotel before our booking at the ‘water temple’ hotel spa which included hot tub, sauna, steam, and cold water bucket. A great way to warm up from the cold. That evening, I had made an 8:30 pm dinner reservation at Höst, a Nordic cuisine restaurant, and we enjoyed a long, leisurely 3 course meal with wine pairings. After dinner we got back to the hotel to find out some bad news … the Metallica concert had been cancelled due to the lead singers throat. Quite the news to end our night with!
On Sunday morning we hit the cold and damp streets of Copenhagen once again. Our first stop was the Amalienborg Palace. Our visit there just finished as the changing of the guard was starting. We then made our way over to Vinterbad Bryggen with our swimsuits and towels in hand. We had learned about this exclusive members only club that opens their doors to the public on the first Sunday of every month for winter swimming. We arrived a little unsure of what to expect but we found some helpful staff willing to explain the process of getting into the freezing water and then hopping into one of the sauna on wheels to warm up. We got changed into our suits and Dan was brave enough to hop in straight away. We warmed up in the dry sauna and then Dan went for another dip before we hit up the other sauna for the “Aufguss” ritual. This method pours water, enriched with natural essential oils, on the heated stones and then the Aufguss master uses a large towel to agitate the air. Near the end of our visit and after watching so many people hop in the water I decided I would at least be brave enough for one quick dip. I hung onto the rail and dipped in as quick as I could up to my neck and jumped right out. The sensation is hard to describe – my feet were in the longest and they had a strong tingly sensation almost to the point of pain. However, I quickly warmed up as my internal body temperature from the sauna was still very high. We got changed back into our clothes and said goodbye to vinterbad. This was our first experience with winter swimming but it wouldn’t be our last.
We grabbed a late lunch at a brewery near the closed Tivoli gardens and then wandered back to our hotel for cozy hour. We were pretty upset about the cancelled concert and it seems so were some of the other patrons in the hotel. To drown our sorrows we headed back to Nørrebro to a local cocktail pub I had researched called the Barking Dog. Dan went for the Mexican 8 ball and I went for the Aviation. We were really enjoying the atmosphere and the delicious cocktails so we decided to stay for one more. I do not remember what Dan ordered but I went for the Hipster and have been dreaming about it ever since. We both flew out bright and early the next morning – I was heading straight to work in Berlin and Dan was off to Switzerland for some skiing.