From the Little Mermaid to Hans Christian Anderson; fairy tale castles to the Vikings; beautiful cities to rolling hills in the countryside; Denmark is a must visit for your Scandanavian holiday.
It is home to the oldest fairground in the world, the original LEGOLAND, fantastic Danish food and New Nordic Cuisine, and many great attractions, cities, islands and villages.
If you’re a nature lover you will find an abundance of opportunities to take a walk through the farmland or forests, visit the aquarium or the zoo, enjoy bird watching or take a trip to some of the many islands that surround the country.
With its beautiful cities, intriguing history and exciting culture – the museums, amusement parks and historical sites, it’s easy to see why millions of tourists visit Denmark each year.
Things to see and do
Zealand is Denmark’s largest island and is home to the capital city of Copenhagen.
North of the city, you will find a region that has long been favoured by the royal family and tourists with quaint fishing villages and beautiful beaches.
To the West, Zealand is filled with history, including Roskilde which is home to the UNESCO-listed Gothic cathedral which is now home to 39 tombs of the Danish monarchs and the Viking Ship Museum – an experience you won’t want to miss. The west is also home to the Trelleborg Viking ring fortress which dates back to 981 AD.
In the south, visit the World Heritage-listed Stevns Klint coastline, Danmarks Borgcenter at Vordingborg and Koge.
Copenhagen is located on the island of Zealand and is a charming city that is fantastic to visit year round. It is modern, yet the history of the city stands tall amongst the conveniences. In Copenhagen you will find some of the best restaurants and retail stores in all of Scandinavia, along with a variety of striking buildings and attractions.
Some of the highlights in and around the city include Langelinje Pier where you will find the sculpture of The Little Mermaid; the world-famous UNESCO world heritage site, Kronborg Castle; the 1000 hectare Deer Park; Frederiksborg Palace in the castle lake in Hillerod; UNESCO world heritage site Roskilde Cathedral; the elegant Baroque castle, Fredensborg Castle; and the National Aquarium Denmark, Den Bla Planet.
If you want to learn more about the city and country’s history and heritage, visit the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, The Viking Ship Museum and the Museum Island, ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Karen Blixen Museum and the M/S Maritime Museum of Denmark.
For a fantastic day out, visit Tivoli Gardens, a famous amusement park and pleasure garden which is the second oldest amusement park in the world, opening in the mid 1800s. It includes a classic roller coaster that was built in 1914.
Funen is the second largest island in Denmark and is located between Zealand (where you will find Copenhagen) and the beautiful Jutland (which is connected to Germany). It is not typically as popular as the other two Denmark regions, but it is certainly a great place to holiday.
It’s easily accessible – with bridges connecting it to both Zealand and Jutland; and you can explore the beautiful South Funen Archipelago in the Baltic Sea, by driving over small bridges or taking a short ferry ride.
Called Denmark’s “garden island”, you will find a land of orchards, thatched farmhouses and rolling green hills in Funen. The largest city is Odense, which was also the birthplace of Hans Christian Anderson.
While in Funen, be sure to take time out to visit the Odense Zoo, Egeskov Castle, Funen Village, Hans Christian Andersen House and Denmark’s Railway Museum.
Jutland is the western part of Denmark and includes three provinces, North Jutland, West Jutland and South Jutland which borders Germany.
In North Jutland you will find a region that is rich in Viking heritage, where windswept white beaches, shifting sands, cliffs and islands are prominent. It is windy and wild, but it is certainly beautiful.
North Jutland is actually an island which is separated from mainland Jutland by the Limfjord. The Limfjord is enormous and is a shallow part of the sea that has inlets from the North Sea and Kattegat. It is around 180 kilometres long and includes a number of islands and bays. It is a sight not to be missed.
One of the strangest things to see in North Jutland is the bending trees – bending as a result of the heavy winds in the region; and the picturesque towns of Skagen and Aalborg are filled with interesting galleries and museums, as well as restaurants.
West Jutland is great if you’re looking for a beach holiday or to enjoy the heathlands. The region is filled with small fishing villages and small harbour towns, including the port town of Esbjerg.
Esbjerg was not founded until the late 1800s, making it is Denmark’s youngest. The old fjord town of Ringkobing is also popular with travellers, along with the old towns of Lemvig, Struer and Skive.
Visit the region’s best attractions, including the Fisheries and Maritime Museum, Jyllands Park Zoo, Lemvig Museum, Fisheries House, Museum and Aquarium, and Spottrup Castle.
South Jutland is known for its intriguing history and unique culture and is bordered by the UNESCO World Heritage site, Wadden Sea National Park, to the west and Little Belt to the east.
Interestingly, South Jutland is home to Denmark’s oldest town – Ribe – where you can explore the well-preserved houses, streets and monasteries which date back to medieval times. Here you will also find a Viking museum, which is well worth the visit. Kolding is another great city to explore with its restored Koldinghus Castle ruins, while Christiansfeld is the best preserved old Moravian town in Northern Europe.
In South Jutland you will also find the towns of Sonderborg, Aabenraa, Haderslev and Tonder, while the Wadden Sea National Park is an ideal destination for nature lovers, and includes plenty of walking, watersports and birdwatching opportunities.
Must do activities
Experience the Black Sun at Tondermarsken in the Wadden Sea National Park, South Jutland
See the seal colonies on rocks and small islands around the coast
Take a walk through the woods at Troldeskoven
Visit some of the abandoned mine networks and natural caves
Go fossil hunting at Fur island in Limfjord and the Mon and Stevn cliffs in the south
Sleep in the wild
Have a great day out at the Lalandia Amusement Park, Denmark’s largest swimming area