• Denmark

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    All About Denmark

    Denmark experiences 4 seasons. Summers, June to late August, are typically mild and comfortable. Winters are cold, snowy, and windy. Temperature ranges annually average 29F – 75F, but is variable. Layering clothing and being prepared for many types of weather all year is the best way to plan for your trip.

    Capital of Denmark:

    Copenhagen

    Languages:

    Danish - most Danes speak a good level of English.

    Major Airports:

    Copenhagen, Billund, Aalborg, Aarhus

    Time Zone:

    +6 Ahead of U.S. Eastern Time Zone​

    Currency in Denmark:

    Danish Krone (DKK)

    Entry Requirements:

    Valid Passport

    Voltage:

    230-volt (Type F plug, also works with plug C and E)

    VAT:

    25%, and prices are always inclusive of VAT. Tourists can receive a VAT refund upon departure for purchases to be taken out of the country based on certain criteria.

    Denmark Hygge, Castles & Fairytales
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    Regions & Areas

    Denmark is an archipelago of over 400 islands! Approximately 72 are inhabited.

    Zealand

    In this region you can find Denmark’s hip capital, Copenhagen, and the “Danish Riviera” of beaches. Choose from a number of castles and museums to visit, including Kronborg Castle, Frederiksborg Castle, The Museum of National History, and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. Explore Møns Klint, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and Scandinavia’s first Dark Sky Park, with 70 million-year-old chalk cliffs. Add the city of Roskilde to your list, with its UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cathedral and Viking Ship Museum.

    Bornholm Island

    Located off the southeast coast of Denmark, Bornholm has dramatic scenery, lovely fishing villages, medieval fortress ruins, and a Michelin-starred restaurant.

    Frederiksborg Castle
  • Quiet side street in city Odense Denmark

    Regions & Areas

    Fyn

    Visit Odense, birthplace and home of Han Christian Andersen, with a museum featuring his work, and a park with statues from his fairy tales. Egeskov Castle is seemingly right out of a fairy tale, complete with a moat and hedge maze. The Danish Railway Museum in Odense offers many exhibitions and hands-on experiences such as the Children’s Railway Station. Uncover a Viking burial site from 925 A.D. at Kerteminde (near Odense), with museum, exhibitions and experiences for the whole family. Fyn’s archipelago includes many small islands, so it’s possible to island-hop via a network of ferries (most require advance booking). The charming island of Ærø should be on your list! Fyn has many small, idyllic towns that are great to explore, and miles of marked bike trails through the rolling countryside. Rent a bike and hit the trails!

    North Jutland

    The city of Aalborg and the Limfjord, where Vikings once sailed, now features a harbor fjord park with swimming, kayaking, and picnic and activity areas. Stop into Lindholm Høje archeological museum with Iron Age and Viking Age burial sites. Skagen is located at the very tip of the European continent, the “hook” at Grenen seen on maps and from the air, where two seas meet. Skagen offers an art museum, charming harbor, excellent restaurants, and a relaxed atmosphere. Thy National Park, with sand dunes and bird cliffs, nearby fishing villages and the fascinating sea make this a wild wonderland to explore. Discover the St. Laurence church, buried by centuries of shifting sand, with only its tower visible. The Rubjerg Knude lighthouse was moved further inland in 2019 due to the shifting sand. As the sand shifted, the lighthouse was buried and became too close to the cliff. After relocating, it continues to be a popular tourist attraction. Råbjerg Mile sand dune, a fascinating phenomenon, where the sand dune is continuously shifting east approximately 49 feet each year.

    Beautiful Streets of the Old City. Odense, Denmark.
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    Regions & Areas

    Jutland

    The Lego is a Danish product, so of course, you’ll find Legoland in Denmark. Located in Billund, it features displays made of Legos, rides, and opportunities to build your structures from Legos.
    Wadden Sea National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site on Denmark’s west coast is an important bird and wildlife area, where visitors can walk on the sandy beaches, explore nearby towns, visit museums, and hunt for oysters. The Vikings had a lot of influence in Denmark over 1,000 years ago, and the Jelling Rune Stones (UNESCO-listed) tell stories from that time. In addition to the rune stones, the experience center at Kongernes Jelling provides insight to the Viking era and interactive exhibits. The town of Ribe is Denmark’s oldest, over 1,300 years! Cobblestone streets, the Cathedral from 1200, well-preserved buildings, and museums, all tell the centuries-long story of this historic town. The UNESCO-listed town of Christiansfeld takes you back to 1773. You can stroll along the beautiful sandy beaches that line Denmark’s west coast.

    Aarhus Region

    The Lake District, an outdoor playground of forests and lakes offering activities such as fishing, hiking, biking, paddling, swimming, and relaxing. Aarhus is a modern, vibrant city, featuring a quaint Old Town open-air museum. Explore Mols Bjerge National Park on the Djursland peninsula, with hiking trails through the varied landscape, historical monuments, and Kalø Castle ruins. The Infinite Bridge allows you to walk, with no end. It’s a work of art and a source of activity & appreciation of the nature surrounding it. Family-friendly options in the Aarhus region include theme parks, a wildlife park, and an aquarium. Visit the historic town of Ebeltoft, with charming streets and buildings, gardens, shops, and restaurants.

    Beautiful houses by a river in Aarhus, Denmark - Den Gamle By - Danish architecture - Scandinavian
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      Accommodations

      Unique Stays

      Denmark offers a variety of accommodations including farm stays, manor homes and castles, and guesthouses (kro).

      Hotels

      In Denmark, you’ll find hotels of every standard, from independent to global brands, boutique to luxury. Breakfast and taxes are always included in the room rate. Rooms are often smaller than what is found in the US, which is typical in Europe. Denmark hotels do not use the star rating, and even the best hotels in the country may not offer amenities such as room service and porterage.

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      Food & Drink

      Traditional Danish Fare – Open-faced sandwiches (smørrebrød), delicious pastries (especially wienerbrød), meatballs, and hot dogs. Hot dog vendors can be found all over and are worth a try!

      Sustainable – Many restaurants in Denmark focus on using organic and local ingredients.

      Michelin Stars – Copenhagen is home to Noma (3 Michelin Stars), voted The World’s Best Restaurant in 2021 (for the 5th time). Geranium (3 Michelin Stars) was voted The World’s Second Best Restaurant in 2021. There are a total of 26 Michelin-starred restaurants in Denmark! Reservations are required often months in advance.

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      Food & Drink

      Global Flavors – You’ll find a large assortment of ethnic restaurants throughout the country.

      Beer – Denmark’s better-known beers are Carlsberg and Tuborg, but many microbreweries have been established all over the country and are making names for themselves.

      Wine – Denmark has been producing wine since 2000, and has several vineyards in Jutland, Funen, Zealand and Bornholm. Whisky distilleries are also popping up!

      Aquavit – Also called snaps, has a centuries-long history in Denmark (as well as in Norway and Sweden). It is often flavored with herbs and spices, and paired with herring and other dishes.

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      Attractions & Points of Interest

      Outdoors

      • Stunning coastline and sandy beaches.
      • Miles of paved bike trails.
      • Maritime culture
      • Five national parks and three UNESCO Global Geoparks
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      Attractions & Points of Interest

      Arts & Culture

      • Home to Hans Christen Anderson, writer of fairy tales.
      • Variety of art museums & cultural centers throughout the country.
      • Robust food culture, focusing on sustainability.
      • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Art & Sculpture Museum, Copenhagen
    • Front facade of the historic Moravian church in Christiansfeld, Denmark
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      Attractions & Points of Interest

      UNESCO World Heritage Sites

      • Christiansfeld Moravian Church Settlement
      • The Par Force Hunting Landscape
      • Wadden Sea National Park
      • The Viking rune stones at Jelling
      • Roskilde Cathedral
      • Stevns Klint White Cliffs
      • Kronborg Castle
    • Oresund Bridge
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      Attractions & Points of Interest

      Architecture

      • Oresund Bridge, connecting Denmark and Sweden
      • Moesgaard Museum, in Aarhus
      • Numerous castles, including Kronborg and Fredriksborg
      • Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk
      • Copenhagen Opera House
      • The Royal Danish Playhouse, Copenhagen
      • The Iceberg, Aarhus
      • ARoS Art Museum, Aarhus
      • House of Music, Aalborg
    • National gallery of Denmark
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      Attractions & Points of Interest

      History & Museums

      • National Museum, Copenhagen
      • Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle
      • Lyngby Open-Air Museum
      • Hans Christian Andersen Museum, Odense
      • Viking Ship Museum, Roskilde
      • Den Gamle By – The Old Town, Aarhus
      • National Gallery
      • Maritime Museum, Helsingør
      • Danish Design Museum, Copenhagen
      • Skagen’s Museum, Skagen
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      Attractions & Points of Interest

      Castles & Palaces

      • Christiansborg Palace
      • Kronborg Castle
      • Amalienborg Palace
      • Frederiksborg Castle
      • Egeskov Castle
  • Festivals, Special Events and Holidays

    You may wish to plan to visit to participate in any of these events! Please be aware that accommodation availability may be affected during these events:

    • Fashion Week, Copenhagen – February
    • Winter Jazz, around the country – February
    • Copenhagen Light Festival – February
    • International Viking Market, Ribe – May
    • Copenhagen Marathon – May
    • Aalborg Carnival – May
    • Copenhagen Beer Week – May
    • Music & Cultural Festivals, around the country – June through September
    • Aarhus Food Festival, Aarhus – September
    • Copenhagen Pride Week – August
    • Hans Christian Andersen Festival, Odense – August
    • European Medieval Festival, Horsens – August
    • Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival – August
    • Night of Culture, Copenhagen – October
    • Christmas Markets, around the country – November & December
    • National Holidays: New Year’s Day, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday, Ascension Day, Whit Sunday, Whit Monday, Constitution Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, 2nd Day of Christmas.
    HDR image of Copenhagen cityscape with contemporary office buildings and residental flats at the up class oceanfront, Nordhavn, shot with drone. Dramatic cloudscape and lens flare in background.
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    Insider Tips

    • Best Time To Visit

      Best Time To Visit

      Denmark weather is milder than other Scandinavian countries, with four distinct seasons. While June–August are the warmest they are also busiest. Most travelers agree the ideal time to visit is April–October, aiming for just before or after peak months.

    • What To Pack

      What To Pack

      Be prepared for a variety of weather whenever you go. It’s mild, but it could rain at any time so pack a waterproof jacket and comfy shoes for exploring. Dressing in layers is always smart.

    • Language

      Language

      Denmark’s official language is Danish.

    • Travel

      Travel

      A valid passport is required to travel to Denmark.

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    Getting Around

    You’ll have a few transportation options to choose from when traveling around Denmark.

    • Car Rentals

      Car Rentals

      Driving yourself around Denmark brings the convenience of personal transport and allows you to control what you see and how long you spend at each location. They drive on the right side of the road in Denmark. Most rental companies have a minimum age of 25, and some have a maximum age.

    • Train

      Train

      DSB is the Danish rail service connecting major towns/cities, and Denmark has an excellent bus network. Ferry boats connect islands, most do require reservations. There are an assortment of international destinations throughout mainland Europe accessible by rail to/from Denmark.

    • Ferry

      Ferry

      International ferry service is available to and from Germany, Sweden, Norway, the UK, and Poland.

    • Private Driver

      Private Driver

      Unlike our other countries, private tours in Denmark require both a driver and a guide. Chauffeur tours offer another way of getting around without the hassle of maneuvering the roads. It also adds an extra element of personal service to your vacation.

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