As a travel destination Denmark is a dream come true for lovers of nature and design. With its idyllic rural countryside, beautiful Mediterranean-like beaches and dense eerie forests Denmark will make you feel like a character in a fairy tale or perhaps a Norse myth. While the medieval churches, renaissance castles and lively towns will satisfy everyone from history buff to night owl. It is no wonder that Denmark is considered as having one of the happiest citizens in the world.
Here is a fun fact: the country of Denmark actually consists of more than 400 islands, 72 of which are currently populated. If the prospect of exploring all 72 seems a bit daunting don't worry, for your first trip to this Nordic country focus on the six main ones: Jutland, Funen, Zealand, Lolland Falster and Bornholm. Zealand is perhaps the most famous among travellers, as it houses the country's capital - Copenhagen. Bornholm is the largest island of the Danish archipelago, and is known by many as "the pearl of the Baltic". With its rugged forests and Mediterranean-like beaches, Bornholm is one of the most naturally beautiful islands. The island of Funen, easily accessible by highway, is the home of Odense, Denmark's third largest city and one definitely worth your time (but more about that later).Odense
Odense, which is considered the "capital" of Funen, is a cheerful city with a rich history stretching back over a thousand years. The city's claim to fame is the fact that it was the birthplace of renowned children's author Hans Christian Anderson In fact it is difficult to go anywhere in Odense without being reminded of its most famous son, Anderson museums, children centres and sculptures can be found on almost every street. However, while the Anderson museum is without a doubt worth visiting it is by far not the only thing that the city has on offer. In Odense you will Denmark's most spectacular zoo, the key attraction of which is its Kiwara area, an open space that imitates the African savannah. Also in Odense you will find Brandts, a former textile mill which has been converted into an impressive art centre.Legoland
Take a second to think of the toys you had when you were little, chances are one of them was Lego, the little coloured bricks which were and always will be the perfect creative outlet for a growing imagination. And as its birthplace, it is no wonder that Denmark wished to celebrate what Fortune magazine once called the "toy of the century", so in 1968 the world's first Legoland was open in Billund, a city some 260km from Copenhagen. Visitors to the theme park will be treated to a 60million brick strong Lego heaven. If you the park's rides no longer appeal to you be sure to visit Miniland, built from some 20million bricks here you will find perfect replicas of some of the world's most famous sights, including Mount Rushmore, Amsterdam's canals and the Kennedy space station as well as many more. While seemingly located on the outskirts, Legoland is actually very well connected to the rest of the country, for example the tiny airport that was built just outside the park in the 1960s has evolved in to the second biggest in the entire country.Vikings
Vikings-one of history's greatest sailors and explorers who in a lot of ways have shaped the Europe we know today, or ruthless savages that terrorised and concurred half of Europe? Whichever definition you find closest to your own, few people would disagree that Vikings were perhaps some of the most iconic players in Europe's history. The Viking age is brought forward through time thanks to Denmark's numerous burial sites, rune stones, settlements and museums which celebrate the famous seafaring worriers. The first stop for any Viking enthusiast should be the National Museum in Copenhagen where you will find an astounding collection of Viking weaponry, plundered loot as well as rune stones. 25 minutes from the capital lays the city of Roskilde where five Viking ships were excavated from the bottom of Roskilde Fjord in 1962 and are today displayed at the Viking Ship Museum.
Due to the country's at times harsh climate unfortunately Denmark is not a year round destination. It is best to avoid visiting the country in April and May, because the weather is very rainy. While July and August, which are the warmest months, provide ideal weather for a visit it is unfortunately also very crowded. It is not until the second half of August that the number of tourists actually begins to decrease.
Denmark has exceptional public transport, the best example of which is its bus and train system. So if traveling within the country it is more practical to take the train than hire a car for example. If you would rather avoid the trains, there are a numerous domestic flight connections.
Denmark has one of the most advanced urban cycling cultures in the world, so it would be a shame not to take advantage of that. Most train station offer bike rentals, which would set you back anywhere between 65 and 120 DK for a day. Copenhagen has over 350km of bike lanes within the city limits, so it is no wonder that the majority of locals not only commutes to work on bikes but also recommends them as the best way to see the city. Renting a bike for a day on average would cost around 75DK, however if you do not fancy spending the entire day pedalling, you can rent a City Bike for an hour for just 25DK and as an added bonus it is equipped with a GPS!
Denmark is considered the shopping paradise for designer household objects. Although do not let yourself be overwhelmed by the unparalleled beauty and craftsmanship, be sure to always convert the price in to your own currency to make sure you are not overspending. If you are converting foreign currency in to Danish crowns be aware that the commission is fixed in banks and exchange offices, so it is more economical to convert large sums from the get go rather than visiting the bank several times.
Accommodation in Denmark, especially in Copenhagen, can be very expensive, so do not shy away from staying at a hostel or a Bed & Breakfast. Just as the hotels, the country's hostels can be a designer's paradise, visions of style to the smallest details. B&B, while perhaps not as hip as the aforementioned hostels and hotels are significantly cheaper, unfortunately sometimes they are not as impeccably clean. You can also opt for camping, though we obviously recommend choosing this option only in the summer months. There are many well-kept campgrounds all over the country. Otherwise you can stay in private homes. A list of rooms is usually available at tourist offices.
Danes are some of the most relaxed people of Scandinavia, however they still have certain social rules which are best to follow if you wish to really fit in and feel at one with both the people and the country. When greeting one another Danes seldom embrace and never kiss on the cheek, even among best friends this is rare, so when greeting people don't accidently lean in for a kiss. The country's population has a very developed sense of civic responsibility, it is very rare to see someone jumping a red light, skipping a queue, being late or littering on the street, so unless you wish to have people quietly shake their heads whilst observing you try and do as the locals. Denmark is renowned for its great social tolerance and openness. In 1989, he was the first European country to allow marriage between same sex couples as well as give them the same rights as heterosexual couples. The concept of "hygge" is not only a prominent characteristic the country it is also one of its national treasures. The closest translation in English is "cosy" however "hygge" is so much more. It is not only physical comfort as for example sitting in front of the fire on a cold winter's day, it is also social comfort one might feel while being in the company of the people they like. If you ever find yourself at a loss for words while speaking with someone from Denmark just ask them to explain to you the concept of "hygge" not only will they be more than happy to oblige, but they will be touched by your interest I none of their key characteristics.
While going out for a meal in Denmark can be a rather pricy endeavour it is almost always worth it! If your travel mantra is "When in Rome" you will not be disappointed with Danish cuisine. Firstly the fish, a particular favourite among the locals is smocked herring and marinated salmon. However if you are more of a meat lover do not despair, there are many heart meat dishes to satisfy you. Perhaps the two most famous dishes are Frikadeller (pork meat balls, which can also contain veal, topped by a brown sauce) and Stegt Flæsk og Persillesovs (thick pork bacon slices topped by a parsley cream sauce). You should not leave Denmark without having at least one smorrebrod sandwich, a traditional dish they are made using rye bread and a variety of toppings. Alcoholic drinks are common accompaniment to meals in Denmark, as it is said that they enhance the flavour of the food, and at the same time the food enhances the taste of the drink. The country's two national beers are Carlsberg and Tuborg, if you are in the mood for something stronger be sure to try Akvavit.
The last decade saw Denmark, and especially its capital, emerge as a key destination for anyone who enjoys high-dining. The two Michelin Star world-renowned Noma restaurant deserves a particular mention.
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