Denmark is made up of a number of islands including Sealand on which the capital is located, and Jutland, a peninsular north of Germany. Predominantly flat, the highest natural point is only 171 metres above sea level. With a vast coastline, Denmark offers beaches, as well as inland forest areas and vast lakes. Like its flat cousin, The Netherlands, to the south, it is served by an extensive bicycle network and biking the country is an excellent way to see it and get some exercise!
Denmark holds a rich history with one of the oldest monarchies in the world, dating back to the time those dastardly Vikings pestered the rest of Europe with their constant raids. The country of Shakespeare’s Hamlet has more to offer than royal subterfuge. Palaces, manor houses and traditional villages dot the countryside, and the cities hold cobbled streets, modern architecture and an exciting nightlife.
With every child’s favourite fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen, and every child’s favourite toy, Lego, Denmark will bring you back to those unencumbered youth days you thought had vanished forever. Whether it be the Little Mermaid, Tivoli or LEGOLAND let your inner child come out. And when you have finished playing around it is time for some fine dining. Copenhagen boats some of the best restaurants in the world, with fifteen Michelin-starred eating establishments, and is the birthplace of the oh-so-fashionable New Nordic Cuisine. Simple, fresh and tasty!
‘To be or not to be, that is the question’ as Hamlet put it, and Denmark certainly is… To be!
Highlights from Denmark
- Eat your way through Copenhagen's (aka København) many good restaurants as you stroll through its cobbled streets, fawn at its cool bars and try to imitate its sense of fashion, then let it all go and ride in the Rutschebanen (one of the oldest wooden rollercoasters in the world) in Tivoli Gardens
- Relive your childhood in Legoland near Billund
- Dance and revel at the Roskilde Festival, while you are there you can also visit its Viking Ship Museum and Cathedral where the Danish Royals are buried and which is also a World Heritage Site
- Cycle around Skagen on the northern tip of Jutland with it beaches and bohemian atmosphere
- See where Hans Christian Andersen was born in Odense, and after that take a bike ride out to Egeskov Castle
- Wander around Aarhus (aka Århus) , Denmark’s second largest city, don’t miss its old town and the striking Moesgard Museum of Prehistory
- Party during Aalborg’s Carnival, the biggest in Scandinavia
- Learn about the Vikings and where Denmark was born as a nation at Jelling near Velje
- Rub shoulders with the Danish jet-set on the Danish Riviera, with Frederiksborg Castle and none other than Hamlet’s fictional home, Kronborg Castle, as toppings
Hints and Tips for Denmark
- With its superb bicycle network it would be a pity not to make use of it, so cycle around whenever you can!
- Denmark is a great country for children.
- Eat! You won’t find this many good restaurants in many other countries, even the smallest village restaurant are up there with the best of them.