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Things to do in Denmark

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Welcome to Denmark

Perched on the Jutland peninsula and an archipelago comprised of more than 400 islands, Denmark has a reputation for high-quality living and health-forward thinking. Copenhagen, the Scandinavian country's capital, is one of the world's most bike-friendly cities, so cycling tours are a natural way to take in the sights, from the elegant Amalienborg Palace and Kastellet Fortress to Rosenborg Castle and the famous Little Mermaid statue inspired by Hans Christian Andersen. Hop-on hop-off bus tours let you mix and match from the many attractions scattered across the city's varied neighborhoods, including the alternative neighborhood of Christiania, which essentially functions like an independent nation. Copenhagen isn't just about sightseeing, either; examples of the modern Danish aesthetic—clean, simple, and lovely to look at—are everywhere, from Copenhagen's architecture and interior design to local fashion and cuisine. Sample the best of the city's cutting-edge culinary scene on a food tour, or learn about the pursuit of hygge (a Danish concept meaning contentment, coziness, and camaraderie) on a tour of locals' favorite spots. Once you've exhausted Denmark's capital, consider taking a day trip to North Zealands and the UNESCO-listed Kronborg Castle, the setting for Shakespeare's Hamlet; a guided tour to Sweden's Malmö, just across the Öresund bridge; or a wine-tasting adventure on the shores of the Baltic sea at an organic vineyard.

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Copenhagen’s waterfront Nyhavn district is one of the city’s most picturesque destinations, featuring a canal lined with brightly painted townhouses and cozy bars, restaurants, and cafés. Cobbled streets, sailboats, and tidy houseboats create a feeling of old-world charm that attracts visitors year round.More

Little Mermaid (Lille Havfrue)

One of Denmark’s most beloved icons, the Little Mermaid first appeared in Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fairytale and achieved even wider recognition with Disney’s 1989 animated adaptation. A statue of the character by artist Edvard Eriksen looks out over Copenhagen’s harbor, and is among the city’s most popular tourist attractions.More

Amalienborg Palace

Amalienborg Palace is the official residence of the Danish royal family, the world’s oldest monarchy. One of Copenhagen’s most beautiful monuments and a popular visitor attraction, the Amalienborg complex contains four stately palaces: Christian VII’s Palace, Frederik VIII’s Palace, Christian IX’s Palace, and Christian VIII’s Palace.More

Tivoli Gardens

Opened in 1843 in Copenhagen, Tivoli Gardens is one of Europe’s most famous—and one of the world’s oldest operating—amusement parks, and served as a model for Disneyland in the United States. Tivoli offers a lively mix of attractions, gardens, and restaurants, and maintains a traditional feel and quaint charm.More

Rosenborg Castle (Rosenborg Slot)

Copenhagen’s Rosenborg Castle (Rosenborg Slot) is a Danish palace built in the early 17th century in the Dutch Renaissance style—typical of Danish buildings of the time—by architectural innovator King Christian IV. Originally the king’s summer home, today the castle contains a museum exhibiting the Royal Collections, impressive heirlooms representing the span of royal Danish culture from the late 16th to 19th centuries.More

Christiansborg Palace (Christiansborg Slot)

Once the principal residence of Danish monarchs, Christiansborg Palace is now the beating heart of Denmark’s government—home to the country’s parliament, prime minister’s office, and supreme court. Christiansborg is one of Copenhagen’s most iconic landmarks, holding over 800 years of Danish history.More

Copenhagen Opera House (Operaen)

With a futuristic roof canopy jutting out over the harbor, the glass and steel Copenhagen Opera House (Operaen) makes a striking impression. And the building is just as lovely on the inside, with a marble foyer and gold-plated ceiling. Catch a performance there, or simply admire the opera house’s award-winning design.More

Kronborg Castle (Kronborg Slot)

Immortalized as the setting of Shakespeare’sHamlet, Kronborg Castle is one of Denmark’s top attractions. The fortress casts an imposing silhouette on Øresund (“the Sound”), and its towering Renaissance facade holds more than 400 years of history. From lavish ballrooms to the darkest of dungeons, this castle has it all.More

Freetown Christiania

Christiania is Copenhagen’s most infamous district. A self-proclaimed state, it’s famous for its counter-culture atmosphere and legal cannabis trade. Located in a former military barracks, it draws curious visitors from all around the world.More

Round Tower (Rundetårn)

Built in the 17th century, Copenhagen’s Round Tower (Rundetårn is said to be the oldest functioning observatory in Europe. Although there’s no longer a staff of scientists here, the tower is visited by amateur astronomers at night and tourists looking for great city views during the day.More

Old Stock Exchange (Børsen)

Built in 1625, the Old Stock Exchange is one of Copenhagen’s oldest and most recognizable buildings. Characterized by a green copper roof, the landmark is one of Denmark’s finest examples of Dutch Renaissance architecture. Unfortunately, it’s not open to the public due to its role as the headquarters of the Danish Chamber of Commerce.More

National History Museum (Frederiksborg Slot)

Denmark’s National History Museum is housed within Frederiksborg Castle, the largest Renaissance castle in Scandinavia. Spread out over three small islets on Slotssøen (the castle lake), the palatial museum contains more than 500 years of Danish history, illustrated through a vast collection of paintings, furniture, and decorative art.More


Copenhagen’s pentagon-shaped Kastellet (Citadel) is one of the best-preserved fortresses in northern Europe. Built in 1662, the site, although still used for military activities occasionally, functions is now used as a public park. During a walk around the grassy grounds, you’ll find well-preserved barracks, a small chapel, a windmill, and a moat.More

Casino Copenhagen

Sharing its Modernist home with the four-star Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel on Amager Island on the Øresund, Casino Copenhagen is the city’s only casino and the largest in Denmark. Its interior is a mass of subdued lighting and it has an atmosphere of subdued concentration; there are nearly 30 gaming tables for roulette, blackjack, poker and Texas Hold‘em players and the casino also offers more than 140 high-return slot machines in floodlit arcades. Live sports including horse racing and football can also be viewed on big screens.There are several bars, restaurants and private members clubs on the premises, and unusually for informal Denmark, there is a smart-casual dress code that excludes sportswear, headgear, shorts and t-shirts for both sexes. A variety of casino packages are available to guests of the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel and other visitors but these must be ordered in advance.Copenhagen Casino is featured on sightseeing Copenhagen hop-on-and-off tours and shore excursions around Christiania.More

National Museum of Denmark (Nationalmuseet)

The National Museum of Denmark (Nationalmuseet) is the country's largest cultural and historical museum. Exhibits encompass 14,000 years of Danish history and include a prehistoric Sun Chariot, Egyptian mummies, and an original hash stall derived from Copenhagen’s infamous commune, Christiania.More
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When to visit

Denmark’s summers boast long days and mild temperatures, creating the perfect conditions for exploring the country’s cities, countryside, and coastline. The nation’s top outdoor festivals are also packed between June and September, including musical events (Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Smukfest, and Aarhus Festuge), costumed Viking fairs (Moesgård Viking Moot), and both Copenhagen and Aarhus Pride. If your goal is to spot the northern lights, however, you’ll have to brave the chilly winter months instead.

Getting around

Denmark’s DSB national rail network connects all major cities and most small towns. The system’s ticket machines are simple to use, and schedules are translated into English. (Download the DSB app to see timetables and purchase tickets.) You can also rent a car to explore the countryside and the coast, but note that car rentals in Denmark are heavily taxed, so check rates carefully. A few minor islands can only be reached by ferry, some of which allow vehicles on board.

Traveler tips

Cosmopolitan Copenhagen is known for its international dining scene, and you can find everything from gourmet tacos to fusion ramen. For a traditional Danish meal of smørrebrød and schnapps, however, book a table at Restaurant Palaegade. The elegant restaurant, located just around the corner from the picturesque Nyhavn (or "New Harbor"), features updated versions of Denmark’s classic open-faced sandwiches. You’ll be surrounded by Danes, but the staff is welcoming (and English-speaking).

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People Also Ask

What is Denmark famous for?

Denmark is famous for its attractive capital city, Copenhagen. It’s also known as the birthplace of fairytale maestro Hans Christian Andersen and for its royal family, excellent sweet pastries, and the cozy concept of hygge. Viking history, which can be seen in various places, is important to the country, too.

What is there to do in Denmark besides Copenhagen?

Beyond Copenhagen, there are many places to visit in Denmark, including Frederiksborg Castle in Hillerod, the gastronomic and cultural center of Aarhus, Kronborg Castle in Helsingor, Legoland in Billund, the dunes and heaths of Thy National Park in northern Jutland, and more.

How many days do you need to see Denmark?

Visitors can experience some of Denmark’s highlights in as few as two or three days. Denmark is a geographically small country, but there’s more to experience than just the capital, Copenhagen. To explore beyond Copenhagen, around one week would be ideal for most travelers.

What is the prettiest part of Denmark?

Some consider Copenhagen, the capital with colorful Renaissance townhouses lining its canals, to be the prettiest in Denmark. Others think the White Cliffs of Mon, the fishing village of Skagen, or Kronborg or Frederiksborg castles are the prettiest. Whether due to nature or culture, there are many pretty spots in Denmark.

What are three famous landmarks in Denmark?

Three famous landmarks in Denmark are the Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen, based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale; the 19th-century Tivoli Gardens amusement park in Copenhagen; and Kronborg Castle in Helsingor, which featured in Shakespeare’s famous play, Hamlet.

Do people in Denmark speak English?

Yes, many people in Denmark speak English, and they do it well. Although Danish is the first language of most Danish people, they learn English from a young age and are often conversational or fluent in English. Wherever you go, you will likely find people to communicate with in English.


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