What to see in Denmark

The other day someone asked me “What should I see if I’m in Denmark, but don’t want to spend all my time in Copenhagen?”
And that got me thinking because there are actually a lot of things worth seeing in Denmark – outside of Copenhagen too. So this post doesn’t include anything inside of Copenhagen if you are looking for what to see and do in Copenhagen, click here.

Firstly Denmark is a pretty small country you can drive from one end to the other in like 7 hours – depending on how fast you are going of course 😉
Btw speeding tickets in Denmark are really expensive so try to avoid those!!

Denmark consists of many, many islands and there are things to do and see on each of them. For me there are 3 “main” islands where most of the Danish people live and so I’ll make 3 sections in this post based on what is easiest accessed from the 3 main islands. Keep in mind though that the driving distances aren’t that big so you can mix and match as you please!

Sjælland (Zealand):

This is the island on which Copenhagen is located so if you’re in Copenhagen, these are the things closest to you 🙂

  • Kronborg:
    • This is the castle about which Shakespeare wrote Hamlet. It’s located north of Copenhagen in a town called Helsingør. This is a really neat castle with a pretty interesting history and you can walk through rooms that look exactly like they would have back in the days of Shakespeare. In the basement, there are casemates which are quite cool to explore!
      On top of this the castle is in a really beautiful area and if you’re visiting on a clear day you can see the Swedish coastline.
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The land you see in the horizon is Helsingborg in Sweden
  • Helsingborg:
    • Technically this is Sweden, but if you’re already at Kronborg in Helsingør then Helsingborg is just a short, and cheap, ferry ride away, you can walk or drive on to the ferry but I suggest walking so that you don’t have to look for parking in Helsingborg. it’s a cute old city, and if you don’t need a second visa I’d recommend making an afternoon trip to this beautiful city. There is an old church, a tower with a beautiful view and great little cafes and restaurants. 
  • Møns klint (The cliffs of Møn):
    • Denmark is a flat country! The tallest point in Denmark is the top of a bridge, but this is one of only a couple of places in Denmark where you can actually see cliffs. These are chalk cliffs and so they are completely white, the area is lovely and you can take some beautiful walks around the cliffs. If you actually want to go down on the beach there are some 400 steps on a wooden staircase, it’s no problem for most people, but if you know you have trouble walking maybe just don’t go down – going up will be hard.
      At the top of the cliffs, there is a Geo Center, telling the history of the area, in here there is also a cafe where you can get something to eat and drink after climbing the stairs. 
  • Stevns Klint (The cliffs of Stevns):
    • These cliffs are very similar to the ones of Møn, they are chalk as well, but the steps to get to the beach are fewer and so more accessible. At the top of the cliffs there is an old church, half of which has fallen into the ocean, you can still get into the church and walk around the graveyard, which is kind of cool – And don’t worry, they’ve done a lot to ensure that no more of the church will fall.
      At the top of the cliffs, right across from the parking lot, there is an old cafe, where you can get lovely cakes, coffee, tea or hot chocolate. 

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  • Roskilde vikingeskibs museum (Roskilde Viking ship museum):
    • If you are interested in history or maybe you are traveling with kids, this is a great place to visit. As you may know, Vikings came from Scandinavia (Denmark, Sweden, and Norway) and so this museum tells the story of the Vikings, how they build their ships and how they sailed them, in a fun and interactive way which is also perfect for giving kids a little dose of history.
      You can also take a short trip on a real Viking ship on the fjord which Roskilde is located next too.
      And if you’re in Roskilde already, you should definitely go to the church which you can also see in the picture below. A lot of the kings and queens from throughout history is buried here – it’s also where our current queen will someday be buried.
      Want to read more about the kings and queens of Denmark? Click here.

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  • Knuthenborg safari park:
    • If you like going to the zoo you like this even more, because the animals are roaming around almost freely which means no little cages, just a lot of animals actually looking happy – which you can also tell by the fact that every spring the park is full of little baby animals!
      You can see giraffes, rhinos, camels, monkeys of all types, tigers, wolfs (the last two you can’t walk amongst there is plenty of security don’t worry 😉 ), and much more!
      There is also a huge playground with a lot more than just a set of swings and a slide, plus a water park.
       

 

 

Fyn (Funen):

If you are on Sjælland and you are driving to Fyn you will cross Storebælt (The big bay) and Storebæltsbroen (The big bay’s bridge, the top of this bridge is the tallest point in Denmark so I’ve you’ve crossed it, you’ve seen it. You can actually get to the very top of the pillars, there is an elevator inside of both of them. Unfortunately, this isn’t something that is available to everyone. But I got to go back when I was still in High school with my science class, and the view is absolutely breathtaking, however, it was also incredibly windy so taking pictures without losing your phone was not easy…  

  • H.C. Andersens Hus (The house of Hans Christian Andersen):
    • Even if this name doesn’t ring a bell there is a good chance you know some of his works. He is a very famous writer, and some of his stories are known worldwide, such as: The Ugly Duckling, The Little Mermaid, and The Snow Queen (You might not realize that you know this one, but the movie Frozen is built on it, so you probably do 😀 ).
      The house in which he was born is in the city of Odense, which is also the largest city on Fyn.
      The house itself doesn’t look like much, but he also grew up very poor the fame didn’t come until much later in his life after having failed at his big dream of becoming a ballet dancer. 

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  • Egeskov slot:
    • This is another beautiful Danish castle, people do however still live here, but the family has opened up part of their home to the public so you can see what the castle has looked like through 460 years of history.
      The area around the castle is just stunning and there are 2 mazes around the castle as well.
      I definitely think it’s worth a visit!

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  • Odense zoo:
    • I’m not going to say much about this zoo, only that it has been named the best in all of Europe and that the animals actually seem pretty happy here.

Jylland (Jutland):

This actually isn’t really an island seeing as how it is connected to Germany in one end, but it is a part of Denmark so it get’s it’s own little section as well! 

  • Skagen / Grenen:
    • Skagen is the furthest North city in Denmark and Grenen is the narrow stripe of land going into the Northern sea. If you walk the short distance to the end you can stand in 2 different oceans at the same time, something you can actually see, because the waves from 2 different streams will crash together right in front of you
      The city of Skagen is also beautiful and cozy, there are great cafes and restaurants, with amazing seafood! So it’s definitely worth the visit.  

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  • Legoland:
    • You may or may not know that Lego is Danish, but it is, and so the first Legoland is actually located in Denmark, more specifically Billund. There are rides and lots of fun things built out of Lego.
      Like the mini version of Copenhagen that you can see below.

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  • Råbjerg Mile:
    • This is the closest you’ll get to a dessert in Denmark. It’s not as hot, and walking for 20-30 minutes will take you to the ocean, so it’s not really like a dessert at all. But there is a lot of sand and a half-buried church.

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  • Den Gamle By (The old city):
    • The old city is a living museum, it has traditional Danish houses from all the way back to the Viking days up till present times. In every part of the city, you can also eat foods from the time period and try different activities that people at the time would have enjoyed or worked with. 
  • Kolding:
    • In the mood for a castle? Well, you are in luck, because Jylland is full of them! This is, in my opinion, one of the best ones to visit.
      There is lots to see and do and the surroundings are beautiful!! 

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So there you have it, some of my favorite places to visit in Denmark! If you want to know more, don’t hesitate to ask 🙂
Want to learn some Danish while you’re at it? Clik here. 

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