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Things to do in Denmark

Things to do in  Denmark

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.

Top 10 attractions in Denmark

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Amalienborg Palace

Amalienborg Palace

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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
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Tivoli Gardens

Tivoli Gardens

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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
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Little Mermaid (Lille Havfrue)

Little Mermaid (Lille Havfrue)

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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
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Nyhavn

Nyhavn

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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
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Karen Blixen Museum (Karen Blixen Museet)

Karen Blixen Museum (Karen Blixen Museet)

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The Karen Blixen Museum (Karen Blixen Museet) at Rungstedlund honors the memory of the Danish author who may be best known for her book, Out of Africa. Blixen was born at Rungstedlund in 1885 and returned to live there after she returned from years in Kenya. The oldest part of the house dates to 1680 and its sits on 40 acres of land on the shores of the Oresund Strait. The rooms of the main building remain almost exactly as they were when Blixen died in 1962 and provide a look into her daily life. A small gallery room displays her paintings, several African portraits and charcoal drawings and the west wing includes a documentary exhibition, museum shop and café.The land behind the museum has been designated as a bird sanctuary and is open to the public. From the museum’s main entrance, a pleasant walk will take you along a path past a pond and through an orchard until you arrive at the foot of a hill where Blixen is buried.More
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Christiansborg Palace (Christiansborg Slot)

Christiansborg Palace (Christiansborg Slot)

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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
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Circus Museum (Cirkusmuseet)

Circus Museum (Cirkusmuseet)

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Tucked away in the town of Hvidovre south-west of Copenhagen, Denmark’s Circus Museum (Cirkusmuseet) is housed at Avedørelejren, a red-brick former barracks now given a new lease on life as an entertainment complex.This cute, colorful little museum — even the souvenir store has a cheery, red-and-yellow circus theme — presents the history of the circus in Denmark and has Europe’s biggest display of wonderful faux-furry, feathery and sparkly costumes, lots of circus posters from across the ages, old photographs of animal trainers and rare movie footage of magicians and acrobats.Best of all, much of the museum is thoroughly interactive and visitors can try out circus tricks for themselves; in the fall and winter seasons there are circus performances at the museum, when visitors can watch clowns, conjurers and acrobats. There’s a packed year-around schedule of events and workshops, at which visitors can try their luck on trapezes, ropes, juggling, uni-cycling, plate-spinning or conjuring — and all instructors are professionals so safety is paramount.More
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Copenhagen Opera House (Operaen)

Copenhagen Opera House (Operaen)

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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
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Technical Museum of Denmark (Danmarks Tekniske Museet)

Technical Museum of Denmark (Danmarks Tekniske Museet)

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The Technical Museum of Denmark(Danmarks Tekniske Museet) in Elsinore has an impressive collection of steam engines, inventions, electric appliances, bicycles, cars, and airplanes. Located in a former iron foundry from the 1960s, the museum has since been extended to 26,000 square feet (8,000 square meters). The big halls, which take about 2-3 hours to explore, are filled with the development of technology, science, and industry. The museum has a complete pewter workshop built inside of it, and the extensive aviation department has complete, former military aircraft.All forms of transport are documented at the Technical Museum of Denmark, so if you even remotely like old cars, airplanes, trains, or buses, this museum is a must-visit! There are a wide variety of exhibits, many of which are interactive — you can even walk through and sit inside of a number of the aircraft.More
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Old Stock Exchange (Børsen)

Old Stock Exchange (Børsen)

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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

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