Denmark is a destination that is a desirable "add-on" to vacations
focused on other European countries. While short on "world-class tourist
destinations", Denmark offers the traveler a welcome respite from the hustle
and bustle of Europe's more popular countries for tourism.
The Danes are a wonderful and warm people and we suspect that after your
visit, you will remember the country as a great place for good food, good
company and touring at an unhurried pace.
There are many places to visit in Denmark and so little vacation time
available to see them. Read our recommendations on the best places to visit
Names in Teal
are regions of the country.
Once a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has evolved to become a major
city, but one filled with history, interesting museums and exciting design.
Home of the world famous statue of the Little Mermaid (which returned from
China and the World Expo in late November of 2010), the Amalienborg
Palace (the Royal family's winter residence), Copenhagen offers numerous
museums, galleries, and the world famous Tivoli Gardens. Copenhagen is
the place to see in Denmark and is one of the liveliest cities in Europe.
Be sure to visit the National Gallery to see its collection of Danish and
European art, the Viking Ship Museum and
Kronborg Castle, the castle from Shakespeare's Hamlet (under renovation
until 2010 so check website for details).
Finally, head for the Strøget, a pedestrian only shopping area, to
sample its stores, restaurants, and laugh at the antics of its numerous
Rosenborg Castle (17th Century) a beautiful building and fascinating museum
is undergoing renovations until 2008. Only the treasury and temporary
exhibitions are open to the public.
For more details, see Copenhagen's official tourism
For those of you who admire Hans Christian Andersen, Odense is his
birthplace and its residents have built a cottage industry based on his
storytelling. Be sure to see the
Hans Christian Andersen Museum.
In addition, the city, which is an industrial center, has numerous
museums, trendy art galleries and good shopping.
Århus (Aarhus) is Jutland's largest and most vibrant city. Known
for its nightlife (it is a college town), Århus is a good place to
surface when you have had enough of the countryside. Be sure to visit
the Student Quarter (Latin Quarter), just behind the cathedral, it has a
great ambiance, cobbled lanes and a number of unique shops.
Århus has gained notoriety for its AROS Aarhus Kunstmuseum opened in
2004. The new art museum features Denmark's largest collection
outside of Copenhagen. The museum features over three hundred
years of Danish art and many works by modern masters.
Den Gamle By ("The Old Town"), in Århus is Denmark's National Open Air
Museum of Urban History and Culture. The park recreates a Danish Market
town from the time of Hans Christian Andersen and includes 75 historical
houses (27 decorated living rooms) from across Denmark, along with
workshops, trade areas, gardens and a toy museum.
Bornholm is an island chock full of interesting history, several unique
round churches and may have a connection to the Knights Templar and the
search for the Holy Grail. For the Dutch, however, Bornholm is
considered one of the best holiday havens for cycling and fishing.
Visit Denmark is the official tourism website of Denmark. It provides
additional information on the best places to visit that we recommend, as well as
information on attractions that did not make our list.
For country facts on
Denmark, as well as travel information related to visas, driving rules, safety,
medical conditions, visas and other travel-related information, see this page on
Denmark Travel from the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the U.S. State
Department. Regardless of your home country, we think you will find the
information provided to be useful when planning a trip to Denmark.
If you need
information about another travel destination, try Googling our site or the Web