Denmark

Travel Guide
Nyhavn showing a marina, night scenes and a city

Fashion and haute cuisine intersect with Viking heritage and the oldest monarchy in Europe in this trendy, yet ancient Scandinavian country.

Fairytale author, Hans Christian Andersen, was from Denmark. The country feels legendary, with Viking heritage, grand castles from Europe’s oldest monarchy and a rich landscape of dark forests and mysterious islands. Add a cosmopolitan modern culture centered on gourmet cuisine, innovative design and high fashion, and you have the varied experience of today’s Denmark.

Think of Denmark as three main sections: Jutland, the mainland part near Germany; Funen, the central island; and Zealand, the eastern island including Copenhagen.

Spend a few days in Copenhagen enjoying world-class food and fashion. Shop along Strøget, the city’s pedestrian-only main boulevard and high-fashion center. Make a reservation to eat at one of Copenhagen’s highly regarded restaurants. Try Noma, often called the world’s best restaurant.

Copenhagen is the heart of Denmark’s monarchy, which survives to this day. With roots from 10th-century Viking Kings, Denmark’s royal family is considered to be the oldest in Europe. Visit many castles and palaces from early days of the monarchy. Today, the Danish Queen spends winters in Copenhagen’s Amalienborg Palace, an 18th-century complex featuring a massive plaza where you can watch the daily changing of the guard. Head north of Zealand to see Fredensborg Palace, the Queen’s residence in spring and fall, and Kronborg Slot, a military barracks that served as the setting for Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Branch out of Zealand to see Denmark’s incredible natural landscape. Visit Møns Klint, towering chalk cliffs on an island south of Zealand. Head into Jutland, where beaches and sand dunes run up the entire western coast along the North Sea. Søndervig is a popular beach here, and the Wadden Sea is a vast area of coast exposed at low tide and inhabited by millions of birds. Drive up to Skagen, Denmark’s northernmost point.

Fly into the international airport outside Copenhagen. Once in Denmark, rely on the extensive train, bus and ferry network to get around. Come in summer to enjoy the beaches or visit in winter to see the royal castles frosted in heavy snow.

Popular cities in Denmark

Copenhagen which includes a bay or harbor
Copenhagen
Known for Biking, Museums and Theaters
Making a visit to the capital of Denmark is like stepping into a fairy tale, as this picturesque Scandinavian city by the sea embodies Old World charm.

Reasons to visit

  • Copenhagen Opera House
  • Nyhavn
  • Amalienborg Palace
Aarhus featuring street scenes, outdoor art and a city
Aarhus
Known for Poolside bars, Cathedrals and Entertainment
Founded by Vikings and fueled by creativity of its young population, Denmark’s second largest city is perfect for experiencing Jutland’s rich history and culture.

Reasons to visit

  • Aarhus City Hall
  • Aarhus Cathedral
  • Church of Our Lady
Aalborg which includes sailing, a bay or harbor and a coastal town
Aalborg
Known for Monuments, Museums and Live music
This historic Danish port city in northern Jutland has one of Scandinavia’s best-preserved Viking burial sites, remarkable architecture and family-friendly attractions.

Reasons to visit

  • Jomfru Ane Gade
  • Aalborg Harbour
  • Defence and Garrison Museum
Horsens
Horsens
Known for Historical, Museums and Natural parks
Meander down narrow lanes, see 15th-century abbeys, travel on a vintage train through the countryside and explore Danish history from the Middle Ages to the present.
Svendborg
Svendborg
Known for Islands, Tours and Museums
Wander through the medieval streets, discover maritime history and enjoy a day of sports activities in this historic waterfront town.
Odense
Odense
Known for Museums, Art and Monuments
Discover castles, cathedrals, art galleries, cafés, one of Europe's best zoos and the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen.

Denmark