Almost any guidebook will tell you that to beat the crowds, traveling in shoulder season is a must. For Copenhagen, visiting in November adds romance and charm you won’t find during any other month of the year.
Not too cold
With a latitude of 55.67ºN, Copenhagen is definitely in the north. While not quite as close to the Arctic Circle as its Scandinavian neighbors, Norway and Sweden, it still gets bitterly cold in the heart of winter, making the shoulder season a great time to travel. November—though still requiring a heavy coat, hat, and gloves—has weather that allows you to stay outdoors for the majority of the day.
Not too dark
Because of its position, Denmark experiences the long nights and short days of other northerly spots (like Canada, Alaska, and Russia). In November, you’ll have slightly longer daylight hours (and subsequent warmth) than in December and January, whose darkness spans 15 to 18 hours a day from about 3:30 pm to 8:30 am.
The high season lasts until late September in Copenhagen, with the influx of tourists waning into October. By traveling in mid-to-late November, you arrive after these tourists dwindle but before the Christmas season rush begins.
Decorated for Christmas
While ahead of the Christmas madness, you still get to bask in the charm of the holidays in Copenhagen. Evergreen garland drapes across the already-delightful streets, sparkling lights twinkle from building fronts and around light posts.
If you time it right, you’ll see Tivoli—the oldest amusement park in Europe—opened as a massive Christmas market complete with snow-covered huts, a huge Christmas tree, and a visit from Santa. Plus, countless markets set up across the city in the squares selling warm furs, wool socks, and gløgg (Denmark’s version of mulled wine).
Visiting Copenhagen in November makes you feel like you have the city to yourself. Without the crowds, you can truly feel like you’re a local and the corners of the city are yours to explore.