Scandinavia’s most popular destination, Denmark boasts a history dating back to the early Vikings. Denmark offers visitors a laid-back atmosphere, Renaissance castles, pre-historic sites and the world-famous Legoland. The capital, Copenhagen, attracts many visitors but there is a lot more to see and do here.
Copenhagen is packed with sightseeing and entertainment choices, with most concentrated around Radhuspladsen, the central square. A short walk from here will take you to Stroget, a pedestrianised shopping mall, and Rundetarn, a 17th century observatory tower. Museums worth a visit are Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek and Nationalmuseet while notable churches Vor Frue Kirke and Baroque Vor Frelsers Kirke are also interesting. Of course, no trip would be complete without a visit to the Tivoli Gardens.
Jutland is the home of Legoland, which provides a great family day out. Den Gamle By (Old Town) is a superb open-air museum. Majestic Vor Frue Kirke and the 12th century chapel of Arhus Domkirke are the main attractions. Ribe, on the west coast, is an old town full of medieval and Viking history. On Jutland’s northern tip is Skagen, a popular town in the summer months when locals visit its beaches. The tiny island of Møn has striking forests, a relaxed atmosphere and the chalk cliffs of Møns Klint. Ærø is a rustic island containing thatched houses, old windmills, farms and dolmens.
The capital of Denmark is host to a fine selection of international standard hotels that offer rooms at typically European prices. There are cheaper options but a 25 per cent rate of VAT tends to make visiting the country fairly expensive. Elsewhere, prices are lower and the quality and cleanliness of most hotels is excellent.
Visitors can get to Denmark by air via Copenhagen International Airport, located in Kastrup, which is about nine kilometres from central Copenhagen. Ferries operate from Norway, Germany, the UK, Poland, Sweden, Iceland and the Faroe Islands. You can also get here by train, with links to several European cities.