Denmark holidays : what do I have to know
A travel to Denmark has everything to please nature lovers. From the Jutland peninsula to its more than 400 islands, the country combines all the Nordic charm you would expect from a Scandinavian state. Its capital, Copenhagen, invites you to immerse yourself in its regal atmosphere on the edge of a river, its islands connected by roads and bridges reveal their secrets, and its inhabitants offer a welcome so warm that you will forget the climate of the most Scandinavian nation.
What are the must-see places in Denmark?
Denmark has over 400 islands, some of which are not even inhabited. So it can be difficult to know which ones are absolutely essential. To help you out, check out our selection of three must-see places.
The Møn island
The Møn island is a Danish île of secrets. It attracts both for its nature and its history. Its classification as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in June 2017 gives a glimpse of the natural wonders that await you. Indeed, its landscapes are simply breathtakingly beautiful. White sandy beaches, dunes, wild cliffs, woodland and the wildlife that nestles here and the Møns Klint. These chalk cliffs are one of the most beautiful sites in the country and are surrounded by a huge forest ready for your walks. For the historical background, visit Stege, the capital of the island. You can also visit the church in Fanefjord. The latter is considered one of the most beautiful churches in Denmark thanks to its frescoes.
The 18 main islands making up the Feroe Islands seem to be lost halfway between Iceland, Scotland and Norway. Still little known (all the more reason to take advantage of it), they represent the ideal place to get a breath of fresh air. Between the wilderness and the incredibly rich flora and fauna, there is plenty to discover. Go for unforgettable hikes along the rugged trails, between fjords, cliffs and peaks. All of this is accompanied by more than 300 known bird species and a rich aquatic fauna. And if you are also a city dweller, don't worry. The archipelago also has something for you. You can browse through the shops, stop off at a cafe, or sample Scandinavian cuisine in a typical restaurant. Take the opportunity to admire the royal palaces and the many other places of cultural interest.
The Ærø siland
The Ærø island belongs to the îles of the Fionie archipelago. Although second in size, it is certainly the most beautiful of them. From the moment you arrive by boat (which is the only way to get to the island), visit one of the best-prepared villages in the country: Ærøskøbing. The bright colours of its 17th and 18th century houses will take you on a journey through time and will enhance the landscape. From here you can travel by car to the beautiful countryside. This is undoubtedly the best way to soak up the peace and quiet and to see the small villages, half-timbered farms and windmills here and there. Finally, don't be surprised if during your walks you come across several couples. The city is nicknamed the "wedding island" because its atmosphere attracts so many young brides and grooms.
What cities are not to be missed in Denmark?
In Denmark, the cities complement the beautiful landscape. From the capital to even more historic places, check out our selection of must-see cities when visiting the country.
Ribe in Denmark is a town founded around the year 700 and is considered the oldest town in Denmark. Located in the south of the country, in the Jutland peninsula, it is the best preserved of all the medieval cities. The city is home to hundreds of listed buildings and the country's oldest cathedral. The latter was built in 948 on the orders of the Voldemar dynasty. It is located in the centre of the old town, where you will also find one of the oldest town halls in Denmark, dating from 1496. In the main square, called Torvet, you can see a 17th century inn called Weis Stue. Finally, don't forget to get lost in the narrow streets and stop off at one of the museums dedicated to the Vikings who inhabited the area.
The country's former capital, Roskilde in Denmark is a city that has retained its prestige. It is situated at the bottom of a narrow fjord, one of the most important in the country. The calm waters of the fjord are nestled between rolling hills where it is pleasant to walk. Otherwise, in the heart of the city you will find one of the main attractions: the cathedral. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been the burial place for 38 Danish rulers since Marghrete 1. Its Roman and early Gothic style, red brick and fortress-like appearance will certainly charm you. The same goes for its whitewashed vaults. Then take a trip back in time to the Viking Ship Museum. You will learn more about the history of construction techniques from the early days to the present day. Finally, don't miss the Roskilde railway station and its beautiful architecture.
Odense in Denmark is the third largest city in the country. It is famous for being the birthplace of the country's proud storyteller, Hans Christian Andersen. You will see many sculptures of him and his most famous characters. Odense has an atmosphere of past and present. For a tour of its history, head for the museums. At Møntergården, for example, you can walk through a superb 17th century red half-timbered building behind which is an exhibition tracing the history of the town. Also in Münsterland, you can visit a museum about the history of Flanders, housed in a modern building. After soaking up the atmosphere of its student quarter, set off at last to discover Fiona, the green island of which it is the capital.
Copenhagen is a royal capital with many assets. The first of these is the ferocious atmosphere that pervades the city. The influence of Hans Christian Andersen can be found throughout. Whether it is in front of the statue of the Little Sir on the Langelinje quay, inspired by his fairy tale, in the Tivoli Gardens amusement park, which allows you to fall back into childhood, or in his old neighbourhood of Nyhavn, the author is never far away. The second of his assets is his royal style. From Christiansborg Castle to Rosenborg Castle to Amalienborg Palace, their coverage will make you feel as close to Danish royalty as possible. Finally, if we were to retain only one of its assets, it would be the diversity of its neighbourhoods. From Nyhavn to Christiania, you will certainly find one that fits your image.
What other visits are a must in Denmark?
To finish our selection of must-sees on a day trip to Denmark, check out these three visits that are worth a visit.
Legoland in Denmark is the country’s best-known theme park. It was opened in 1968 by the famous Danish company Billund, near the first historical factory. Whether you are a Lego brick lover or not, this place is sure to entertain you with its nearly 60 million bricks. For those who are more interested in a visit than in thrills, head to Miniland. This historical part of the park allows you to walk between the miniature copies of landscapes, monuments and districts made from more than 20 million Lego cubes. For the others, about fifty attractions grouped in the form of thematic villages await you. Suitable for all tastes, they will fascinate young and old alike. You can also attend shows, browse in the shops, or take a gourmet break in one of the restaurants.
The Kronborg Castle
The Kronborg Castle is a magnificent Renaissance castle built in the 15th century by Frederik II of Helsing. It was also used as a military fortress because of its strategic location near Copenhagen and the entrance to the Oslash River. It has been the victim of several destructions, including a bombardment in 1658, but has always been restored. It is now a Unesco World Heritage Site. The castle is best known for having been chosen by Shakespeare as the setting for his famous play Hamlet. Even if you doubt that the writer actually went there, you will feel the atmosphere of the place that Shakespeare renamed Elsinore Castle. Take a guided tour and discover its history and don't miss the basement where the stone statue of the legendary Ogier of Danemarche is located.
The castle of Egeskov
The Egeskov Castle (its name means the « forênes ») was built on oak piles in 1554. It is situated on a lake in the middle of a lake. It is not only considered to be one of the most beautiful castle in Denmark, but also one of the most magnificent Renaissance castles in Europe. You can admire the banqueting hall, where a quarterly portrait of Christian IV is proudly displayed. Then take a stroll through the sumptuous 15-hectare historic park, which was opened in the 18th century. Finish by visiting the various exhibitions and museums in the park. You will see a collection of vintage vehicles including classic cars, planes and motorbikes. Beyond the castle itself, a complete visit awaits you. Perfect for a family outing!
What to do on your trip to Denmark?
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