Official language: Danish is the official language with English, German and French being widely spoken
Currency: Danish krone
Welcome to a land personified by lush natural landscapes, Viking history, clean cities and obviously Danish Pastries!
Understandably rated as one of the most beautiful, clean and fascinating countries, out there, Denmark is a dime a dozen, and we’re not even talking about their kick-ass pastries! With a history that dates back to the period of the Vikings, Denmark’s cities have their own unique medieval charm that instantly takes you back to a land that time seems to have forgotten.
Denmark just wouldn’t be…well Denmark without the Danes. These fun loving people are warm and friendly and man do they love to have a good time! They’re very welcoming to tourists, but they can and will keep the spirit alive until well past midnight! The countryside is pristine and never fails to steal breaths from tourists and the cities are equally as impressive. It’s a winning recipe. Stunning landscapes, clean cities and a high quality of life in general makes Denmark one of Europe’s most rewarding experiences.
Must see places in Denmark
Since Copenhagen is Denmark’s capital city, it goes without saying that it’s one of the major draw points of the country. With the amazing architecture throughout the city, the charming canals, the entertaining night life and the friendly locals, there’s more than enough reason to want to linger here for a little longer.
What was Denmark’s capital from 960 to 1536, Roskilde is best known for being the country’s ancient city. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind city that perfectly depicts Denmark’s history through its various churches, old streets lined with brick buildings and the Viking-influenced museums. Don’t miss out on an opportunity for seeing the Roskilde Cathedral, which is one of the most famous in all of Denmark, and if you happen to visit during June it would be a great idea to check out the music festival held here annually.
Denmark’s oldest renaissance-style construction is stunning and a sight not to be missed. The Borreby Castle lies just outside of Zealand and has been a star in many films. It’s truly one of the most majestic castles in the country.
Aarhus is Denmark’s second largest city and draws a lot of tourists yearly, which definitely means that you’d be crazy not to see what the buzz is all about. Best known for its arts and culture, it’s not just about museums and galleries in Aarhus, but it’s also about the great amusement parks (just imagine Lego Land and Tivoli Friheden) and the electric nightlife on offer here.
If you’re looking for one of the best “off day” experiences in Denmark, Narsaq should definitely be on your itinerary. With waterfalls, hot springs and an abundance of wildlife in the area, it’s the best place to get off the beaten track and be rejuvenated by Mother Nature herself.
A short train ride away from the capital city, North Zealand resembles much of the idea of the namesake country, New Zealand. The area is beautifully decorated with pristine coastline, breathtaking landscapes and the Kronborh Castle with its Shakespearean setting.
Aalborg is located in Northern Jutland and has quite an extensive array of attractions on offer to the discerned traveler. The region is best known for its impressive historical sights and museums, but you’ll find that there’s a lot more to be explored than meets the eye.
Steynborg is located in this region, and it’s a town steeped in history. The town’s architecture could easily steal a good day your attention as you get lost in the detail, but do make sure that you take a trip down to Vlademars Slot. This palace was built by Kind Christian IV for his son and boasts 3 museums and a café that are all open to the public. One of the highlights of the region is Egeskov Castle. It is located in the south of the island of Funen, Denmark. The castle is Europe's best preserved Renaissance water castle.
Den Japanske Have
The name kind of gives it away, but the Japanske Have is a magical Japanes garden that boasts sophisticated features like its teahouse, a shop, the café, sub-gardens and a Japanese house. Summer and autumn is the best time to see the natural beauty in all its glory.
Pick the time right!
Tourists travel to Denmark from June to August
Danish summers extend from June to August, and this also happens to be the best time to visit the country. December through March marks winter in Denmark, and is marked by wet conditions, frost and little sunlight.
Did you know?
- Smørrebrød - is the traditional Danish lunchtime dish. It consists of a slice of dark rye bread with butter, sliced meat fish or cheese
- Koldt bord - is a buffet style lunchtime meal that boasts fish, meat, hot dishes, cheese and sweets on a self-service basis
- Morgen-complet - consists of an assortment of breads, rolls, jam and cheese, sliced meats, boiled eggs and delicious Danish pastries. It’s a delicious breakfast spread!
- Akvavit - is Danish schnapps which is served with cold foods and Christmas parties
- Smoking is banned on public transport and in public buildings, so keep it in mind and always adhere to the local laws.
- Save on transport costs by using the Danish Rail System and booking your fare through their website, Orange Tickets.
- If you’re a sightseer of note, getting yourself a City Tourism Card, which is a city pass, is a great idea because it’ll land you some great discounted rates and some of them even boast free transport!
- Nude bathing on Danish beach resorts is actually very common and the only two places where the act is prohibited is Henne Strand and Holmsland Klit