Valentine’s Day in Denmark

People celebrate Valentine’s Day in Denmark on a very traditional way. Cards, flowers, and love notes are the three main components of the celebration. There are however some ways that are uniquely Danish in practice.

Valentine’s Day celebrations started rather late in Denmark. The Danes apparently only warmed up to the idea sometime during the early 1990s. They fashioned it from the American custom but made modifications. Thus the Danish Valentine resulted which is celebrated with much fanfare and activity.

Denmark has its lover’s card. This card traditionally was transparent and showed an image of a lover presenting a gift to his beloved. This image can be seen when the card is placed in front of a light.

The giving of white flowers called “snowdrops“is another Valentine’s Day tradition observed in the country. This tradition is observed with utmost care and love. The white flowers are not only given to lovers but to friends as well.

Still another popular tradition of love in Denmark is the writing of  gaekkebrev. This can be a romantic poem or a love note. What is interesting about this is the humorous aspect of its observance. The sender of the gaekkebrev signs the message with dots instead of his name. The recipient of the gaekkebrev must guess who the sender is. She will be rewarded with an Easter egg on that same year if she guesses right. It should be noted that Valentine’s Day in Denmark is celebrated a few weeks before Easter. This tradition of sending these teaser notes is actually considered part of the Danish Easter tradition. 

Hotel D’Angleterre – Where the Most Romantic Suite for Valentine’s day in Denmark is Found

hotel angleterre valentines day denmark
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If you are searching for a romantic destination in Denmark, Hotel D’ Angleterre comes highly recommended as the hotel which has the most romantic suite in the country. The original hotel was built in 1755 but it was gutted by fire. The present structure is a result of extensive refurbishing and extension done from 1872 to 1875. 

Located in the heart of Copenhagen, it occupies a prime location opposite the Royal Opera. It continues to hold on to its reputation as the most prestigious and elegant hotel in the city. This is especially so now after its most recent reopening in May 2013. The hotel now boasts of fully refurbished rooms and suites.

One of its suites- the Karen Blisen Suite, is considered the most romantic suite there is in Denmark. It can provide the perfect place to spend a romantic getaway in this side of the world. The hotel is especially known for its personalized service and extraordinary hospitality. That enough should give romantic travelers enough reason to take the effort to come and visit. The hotel offers more though through its exceptional dining offering.

There is something so romantic about structures that not only stand the test of time but also manage to come out above the more contemporary ones in spite of the passage of time. The effort done not only to restore the hotel but also to offer more in terms of facilities and service is commendable. Looking at Hotel D’Angleterre now is enough proof that it makes sense to preserve a country’s sense of history in physical structures.

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