Denmark has gradually been reopening since May, and will welcome its first international tourists in mid-June. But what can they expect from a post-corona Denmark?
The good news is that Denmark’s creative and entrepreneurial streak has been firmly put to work over the last few months. Along with a series of planned openings, we’ve seen Michelin-starred restaurants start selling burgers and fried chicken, new cafes open up with a casual dining theme and a series of family-focused outdoor attractions that bring new reasons to play in the countryside.
Many of Copenhagen’s culinary frontrunners have developed new concepts that make their world-class cooking more accessible. Read about it here.
For the first time, you can eat at noma without a reservation, just for starters. The world’s second-best restaurant is currently running a whole new concept – an outdoor wine and burger bar in the restaurant’s lakeview garden. Guests can choose between a cheeseburger and a veggie burger, both made with freshly baked buns from popular Copenhagen burger bar, Gasoline Grill. The wine and burger bar is temporary, while the staff get ready to reopen the noma restaurant.
Renowned sustainable restaurant Amass is also selling world-class fast food with a fried chicken shop, Amass Fried Chicken (AFC) as a new permanent addition to the bar and garden area of the restaurant.
Denmark’s only three-starred Michelin restaurant, Geranium, will open its new lunch restaurant Angelika on 4 June, with a fully plant-based menu and an informal celebration of the wonderful world of plants.
Meanwhile, Danish chef Claus Meyer has taken over the old palace Fasangården in the beautiful Copenhagen park Frederiksberg Have. His restaurant Fasangården will open in stages through 2020.
The Meyers cafés are also involved in the opening of Copenhagen’s new greenhouse restaurants. The restaurants will open by Meyers at Gammel Kongevej and at the Royal Danish Playhouse. The Gammel Kongevej café will serve casual deli food while the Playhouse will offer a fine dining menu.
The restaurant Møntergade opened on 8 June. Møntergade is opened by some of the team behind the popular lunch restaurant Palægade, and has a focus on traditional Danish food, especially smørrebrød.
The new design museum Holmegaard Værk, opened in the historic Holmegaard glassworks south of Copenhagen on 30 May. The museum showcases more than 42,000 pieces of Holmegaard glassware and guests can also take part in the art of glassmaking themselves.
In Copenhagen, the new Museum of Danish Resistance 1940-1945 is due to open this year, with a mainly underground exhibition space combined with innovative exhibitions telling stories of the Danish resistance movement. The opening was postponed due to lockdown.
In the North Jutland woods, Løvtag has opened two new luxurious tree top built around a large tree that goes straight through the living room.
Camp Adventure Forest Tower in the South Zealand forests has added accommodation into the mix with a selection of new glamping tents that opened on 1 June.
For another stay close to nature, the new surf shacks in the North Zealand surf colony of Lynæs are ideal. Guests here wake up with a panorama view of the Lynæs Beach, just 100 metres from the water with sauna, spa and other outdoor activities nearby.
The new, five-starred Villa Copenhagen right by Copenhagen Central Station opens on 1 July. The former Post and Telegraph Head Office has been beautifully renovated to have 390 rooms as well as a restaurant, bar and spa.
In the western part of Denmark, Jørgensens Hotel in the water-side town of Horsens is another luxury option. Over the last two years, the 300-year old Lichtenbergske Palace has undergone a major renovation making it a great base for exploring the area. Jørgensens Hotel opened 18 May.
There are still restrictions on travel in Denmark (see here for the most up-to-date information) and while in the country, health precautions are in evidence, including social distancing in shops, bars and restaurants, antibacterial hand gel in public spaces and limits on the number of people who can gather in one place. A good number of hotels have also committed to a ‘Safe to Visit’ programme, (link in Danish only) that follows guidelines from the Danish authorities.
For full information on behaviour in Denmark post-corona, please visit our healthy travel information page.