Denmark, by virtue of its proximity and affordability is arguably the easiest of the Scandinavian countries to visit. A harmonious mix of old and new, ancient castles and Viking forts sit cheek-by-jowl with contemporary cities and slick design.
Made up of Jutland, the peninsula pushing north from Germany, and the two islands Zealand and Funen, the country comprises green, flat farmland in the main.
Most visitors head to Copenhagen, an exciting, atmospheric, atypical Danish destination. It has a beautiful historic centre, a good range of cultural offerings and a number of museums. The island on which Copenhagen sits, Zealand has fine beaches, lakes and forests to uncover.
Elsewhere a smattering of charming villages and clean sandy beaches provide the main attraction, although Jutland has a more varied landscape, with a windswept shore, wild heath and rolling hills; it also boasts the liveliest city after Copenhagen, Arhus.
The Practical information displayed here is taken from The Traveller's Handbook, published by WEXAS (2009). While all possible care was taken to ensure accuracy at the time of publication, we are aware that situations change, so for the latest information and up-to-date visa requirements, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0618.
Summer from June-August, winter from December-March and very wet with long periods of frost. February is the coldest month, spring and autumn are mild.
The Copenhagen Jazz Festival is the capital's biggest event, held over ten days in early July. The Roskilde Festival, northern Europe's largest music festival, rocks in late June/early July, attracting top acts like U2, Radiohead, the Chemical Brothers and Bob Dylan. A European Medieval Festival is takes place in Horsens each August, with up to 2,500 people in costume.
Smørrebrød - slices of bread topped, often smothered, with a variety of fish, cheese, meat and garnishes - is the most popular Danish dish. Seafood plays a large part in the diet and a variety of international dishes are widely available. Fantastic coffee and many famous beers are made here, the national drink though is akvavit, or snaps as its more commonly known - ice cold and served with cold food and a beer chaser.
Normal courtesies apply, but be sure to only drink once the host has made a toast to your health. Denmark's seaside resorts often allow nude bathing.
Copenhagen (CPH) 8 km from the city, Århus (AAR) 44 km from the city, Billund Airport (BLL) 2 km from Legoland, Aalborg (AAL) 6 km from the city, Esbjerg (EBJ) 9 km from the city.
Frequent ferry services between all populated islands. The efficient rail network which means air travel is fairly limited, although there are flights between Copenhagen and distant corners of the country.
The itinerary ideas listed below are designed to give you a flavour of the things to do in Denmark. We can adjust any element and tailor-make your trip though, to suit your individual needs and available time. To start planning your trip, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0618.
The places to stay listed below only represent a handful of the accommodation options available in Denmark. We can also recommend and arrange accommodation to suit your personal tastes and budget. To start planning where to stay in Denmark, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0618.
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