If you’ve ever dreamed of sipping hot cocoa while cosying up in a centuries-old castle or cycling through a region where the number of windmills outnumber that of people, Denmark is calling.
Don’t let the nation’s small size fool you; Denmark is brimming with treasures whether that’s uber-cool Copenhagen, the historic streets of Aarhus or the broad plains of the Danish Riviera – you’ll be ready to tackle it all with this guide.
I’m here to give you the lowdown on all things Denmark – the best time to travel, top things to do and insider tips to make your trip a breeze. Let’s go.
Copenhagen is where Danish culture and modern life converge, with landmarks and architecture accompanying the concept of “hygge”. I recommend a stay at the WIDE Hotel.
Skagen is a city renowned for its beauty. Its unique location results in a remarkable quality of light in the sky, and it’s also home to Grenen, where two seas meet. Choose Skagen Hotel as your base for exploring the city.
Funen Island is popular for its rolling hills and charming countryside. It’s also a perfect base for island hopping across Denmark, with a recommended stay at Cromwell HC Andersen Dolce.
The nation’s second-largest city also happens to be one of its best, thanks to its multicultural makeup and proximity to nature. Stay at the Hotel Atlantic.
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Denmark Visitor Guide: What to Do During Your Denmark Trip
Top Things to Do
Standing as a radiant beacon of Scandinavian cool, Copenhagen is a must for your time in Denmark.
Kick off your Copenhagen itinerary with the iconic Little Mermaid statue – then delve deeper into the city’s myriad treasures. There are 15 Michelin-starred restaurants serving up all kinds of culinary magic for starters.
Move on to the open-air market Torvehallerne – or one of the city’s many other food markets for that matter – then the architectural wonder that is the Frederiksborg Palace. Round it all off with a leisurely bike ride through the historic Nyhavn district and a beer.
Aarhus, Denmark’s second-largest city, puts up a worthy battle with Copenhagen for the title of Denmark’s coolest spot. What’s not contested is that it’s a city truly on the rise as we see an increasing amount of interesting architecture cropping up.
Venture there to find amazing restaurants, bars and boutiques. The ARoS Aarhus Art Museum is a must-see, crowned by a panoramic rainbow walkway that offers stunning city views.
The city’s Old Town, or “Den Gamle By,” is a living museum that transports you back in time, complete with authentic buildings and period-dressed guides. Don’t overlook the trendy cafés at the Latin Quarter or the serene beauty of Marselisborg Palace Gardens either.
If you’re wanting more than city life, then Zealand is your answer; think lovely beaches and ornate castles, topped off with verdant forests that are perfect for long hikes.
The astonishing cliffs of Møns Klint should be high on your list, providing a perfect vantage point for breathtaking vistas over the Baltic Sea. Then there’s the majesty of Kronborg Castle in Helsingør (more on that below).
That’s not where you finish though. Check out some art at Louisiana, a contemporary art gallery, the Viking Ship Museum or the archaeology site, Sagnlandet Lejre.
Bornholm is that one rebellious cousin who arrives in a Hawaiian shirt and plays the ukulele while everyone else is in suits, but everyone still loves him.
The island gets more sunshine than any other part of Denmark and is primarily famous for its smoked fish, including the beloved herring. It’s also home to four medieval and curiously round churches.
Day Trip to Hamlet’s Castle
Helsingør’s Kronborg Castle, also known as Hamlet’s Castle, might be most famous for its connection to Shakespeare, but it has a charm of its own.
Few castles can rival its picturesque views of the Øresund Strait and the Swedish coastline. Add it to your list of palaces and castles to visit during your trip.
Aalborg is Denmark’s theatre, symphony, and opera capital, which makes it perfect for travellers with creative souls. But it also hosts the Aalborg Carnival, Scandinavia’s largest carnival festival, for kids at heart.
You also can’t miss out on seeing the Aalborghus Castle and the Budolfi Church.
The Danish Riviera
The Danish Riviera may lack the Mediterranean climate of some of its more southerly counterparts, but what it lacks in warmth, it more than makes up for with unique Nordic charm.
Stretching along the North Zealand coast, it’s the epitome of a laid-back escape – think golden beaches, regal summer palaces and lush forests to top it all. Head to the coastal towns of Hornbæk and Gilleleje for a delightful mix of maritime culture and fresh seafood.
Thy National Park
Thy National Park was the first of its kind in Denmark and has remained its best. Picture a rugged landscape with vast pine forests and epic dunes home to some of the country’s best wildlife — sounds like a dream, right?