Denmark is a remarkable country, boasting a long history, quaint and stunning scenery, and modern, cutting-edge sophistication.
The small country with a big heart
There are the famous areas of Denmark, such as Copenhagen, that attract the majority of tourists, and with good reason. Copenhagen is Denmark’s capital, a celebrated city with a history that stretches back for more than 900 years.
Here you can visit the National Museum, an 18th-century classical palace that is home to Denmark’s largest collection of native history, and the Danish National Gallery, which has a special focus on Danish painters from Scandinavia’s Golden Era. There are also plenty of opportunities to shop, walking along the city’s cobblestone streets and the iconic painted wharf districts. Eat in the world’s best restaurant, Noma, or fifteen other Michelin-star eateries, and enjoy the sophisticated nightlife.
Finding somewhere to stay in Copenhagen is easy too, as there are plenty of hotels to suit every budget. However, a better choice, especially if you are vacationing as a family, is renting one of the apartments in Copenhagen, some of which are usually centrally located, making them a good base from which to explore the city. But you would be wrong to think that Copenhagen is all Denmark has to offer the visitor.
To experience a slice of true Danish culture you may want to take the path less traveled, such as a vacation in Jutland, either the East or West. Jutland offers some of the most stunning scenery you are likely to find, with forests reaching as far as the eye can see, beautiful sandy beaches and of course, fjords, Denmark’s most recognizable sight. But Jutland is not only about the views; it has its big cities and visitor attractions too. You can take the family to LEGOLAND, educate them about Danish history with a trip to Viking ruins, and have fun at the Tivoli Friheden Amusement Park or at Givskud Zoo.
Take a trip to Denmark’s second largest island, Funen, situated between the mainland and the island of Zealand. Here you will find beautiful Danish countryside and plenty of Danish history. You can pay a visit to the Renaissance Egeskov Castle, which has the world’s biggest doll house created for the fairies Titania and Oberon, as well as beautifully kept gardens and the opportunity for the family to try Segway riding. For a bit of literary history, you can head to Odense, the birthplace of fairytale author Hans Christian Anderson.
And then there is Aalborg, a city that is almost a millennium old yet has a distinctly modern feel. Viking lovers can visit the Lindholm Hoje museum, take a historical walk through the city, or head for the Musikkens Hus music venue.
When you think about Denmark as a holiday destination, consider the less touristy areas as well as everyone’s favorite, Copenhagen. You will soon discover that Denmark offers a great deal more than cobbled streets and shopping.