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Denmark Travel Guide

Last Updated: March 13, 2024

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Denmark is one of my favorite countries in the world. With its beautiful landscape, charming medieval-like towns, clean air, bike-friendly cities, and locals who love to have a good time (Danes frequently stay out until dawn), I can never visit Denmark enough.

The Danes have a very ordered but happy lifestyle. To them, life is meant to be lived — not spent in an office. Most tourists only spend a few days in Copenhagen before the high costs of the country make them move on.

However, those people miss out on what the country has to offer. Besides, there are plenty of ways to save money here too!

So, don’t just go to Copenhagen! Be sure to explore the coastlines, tiny cities, and beautiful parks that fill this small but wonderful place. There is a lot to see and do and very few tourists take the time to travel beyond the capital. That means you’ll have much of the country to yourself as you explore.

This travel guide to Denmark can help you plan your trip, save money, and make the most of your time in this charming country!

Table of Contents

  • Things to See and Do
  • Typical Costs
  • Suggested Budget
  • Money-Saving Tips
  • Where to Stay
  • How to Get Around
  • How to Stay Safe
  • Best Places to Book Your Trip
  • Related Blogs on Denmark

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Top 5 things to see and do in denmark.

Colorful homes on a quiet street in Aarhus, Denmark

1. Visit Copenhagen

One of my favorite cities in the world is Copenhagen , the capital of Denmark. It’s beautiful, the architecture is amazing, the nightlife is pretty wild, there’s a robust foodie scene, and the locals are friendly. Visit the stunning Rosenborg Castle, which dates back to 1606. Christiansborg Palace and Amalienborg Palace offer a deeper look into the lives and history of Demark’s royalty. Check out unique museums like Cisternerne, a venue and exhibition space located in an underground cistern, or the Experimentarium, an interactive science museum perfect for families. Be sure to cruise the colorful 17th-century Nyhavn harbor, and take a walk to the iconic Little Mermaid sculpture. Be sure to also visit Tivoli Gardens, a fun little amusement park in the heart of the city.

2. Explore Aarhus

Denmark’s second largest city is known for its art and culture. Enjoy plenty of fascinating museums like Den Gamle By, which features 75 historic buildings and offers a glimpse into daily life from the 18th to 20th century. AroS is one of the biggest art museums in Europe and has an incredible rooftop platform that offers the best panoramic views in the city. Beyond the many museums and galleries are unique amusement parks, such as Legoland and the Tivoli Friheden. This is a major college town so you can find a lot of cheap bars and good budget restaurants. Plus, less than an hour outside the city is Mols Bjerg National Park, where you can go hiking and also see burial mounds from the Bronze Age.

3. See Roskilde

Roskilde was Denmark’s capital from 960 to 1536. is an amazing city to view the country’s history, whether it be at the various churches, brick building-lined streets, or the Viking-influenced museums. At the Viking Ship Museum, you can see five 1,000-year-old original ships from the Viking age. The Roskilde Museum displays more of the city’s past and is set in two historic buildings that are part of the city’s Culture District. This area includes the 17th century Roskilde Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and other important historical buildings. RAGNAROCK museum is a great place to get a look into modern Danish culture through rock and pop music. In January, the city hosts Lysfest, a festival of lights, and in June, one of Europe’s largest music festivals, the Roskilde Festival, happens. If you want outdoor activities, Skjoldungernes National Park is also nearby with hiking trails, forests, and water activities.

4. Go hiking

Like their Scandinavian counterparts, Danes love the outdoors. Whether you want a short-day hike from the city or something more challenging, Denmark has it all. Some beautiful trails to hike are the Camønoen Trial (174km/108mi) and the Gendarmstien Trial (84km/52mi). The area around Mons Klint is a UNESCO biosphere reserve with opportunities for hiking along white chalk cliffs. Thy National Park, on the west coast, and has 49 marked hiking trails to enjoy. Hærvejen, The Ancient Road, is a hiking route along the edge of Jutland with more than a hundred miles worth of trails to explore. You can find more trails at alltrails.com .

5. Hit the beach

With 7,400 kilometers (4,600 miles) of coastline, Denmark has its fair share of beaches. While the weather can be tricky, a sunny day on the beach in Denmark is a wonderful way to unwind. Many of the beaches on the west coast are beautiful stretches of white sand with surrounding dunes. Check out Blokhus beach and Saltum beach (near Blokus in the north), and Hornbæk beach (in the north near Hornbæk), Bøgebjerg beach (near Odense in the center of the country) is a draw for windsurfers and Rømø is an island a short drive away with wide sandy beaches and activities like horseback riding. The coastline of West Jutland has a number of sandy beaches and resort towns to explore and, for swimming in Copenhagen, check out Amager Beach Park and Svanemølle beach.

Other Things to See and Do in Denmark

1. visit kronborg castle.

Located along the coast in Helsingør and built between 1220-1230, the castle was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. It is also the castle where Shakespeare set his play, Hamlet, in 1609. It’s a great place to wander and explore, and it’s only an hour from Copenhagen. You can tour the castle and see the royal apartments (which date to 1576) as well as the dining hall (home to 40 tapestries depicting 100 different Danish kings) and the chapel (which was inaugurated in 1582). Tickets are 125 DKK.

2. Explore Dyrehaven

Known commonly as The Deer Park, this park was built in 1669 as hunting grounds for Danish royalty and is only a 20-minute train ride from Copenhagen. Spanning over 11 kilometers (7 miles), you can cycle, picnic, hike, and horseback ride in this UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are over 2,000 deer that live in the park. Be sure to visit The Hermitage at the center of the park, which was the royal hunting lodge built in the 1730s where King Christian VI could rest and entertain guests after a hunt. You can take a guided tour of the interior for 125 DKK. Bakken Amusement Park, also within the park, has all kinds of rides, carnival games, and slot machines. It’s the world’s oldest amusement park founded in 1583. Admission to both the park and amusement park is free.

3. Explore the Skagens Museum

This museum is located at the very tip of Jutland and features an extensive collection of works by the Skagen Painters, a group of artists who lived in Skagen in the late 19th and early 20th centuries when the town became a place for young artists from around Denmark to gather. The museum was founded in 1908 and merged with two other historic house museums in 2014. Now, the museum has nearly 11,000 works of art. Most paintings show scenes from the beaches, homes, and daily lives of those who lived in Skagen at the time. You can also see the studios in which a few of the artists worked. Admission is 125 DKK for the main museum. Two of the Skagen artist’s homes have been turned into exhibitions. You can visit all three for 200 DKK.

4. Visit Randers

A small town located on the Jutland peninsula, this is a nice place to base yourself if you want to hike, bird watch, or cycle. The city sits at the edge of the Gudena River, and its history goes back to the 11th century. You can walk along Denmark’s first pedestrian street and enjoy the historic architecture along the medieval alleyways. The city’s Clausholm Castle is one of the country’s last remaining castles. It was built in the 1690s and is one of the oldest Baroque estates in Denmark. Many of the rooms remain in their original condition. The surrounding grounds are home to 1,000 linden trees and it’s the perfect place for a picnic on a warm sunny day after exploring the castle. Admission to just the grounds is 50 DKK, while access to the park and the castle is 150 DKK. You can also see Randers Rainforest Zoo (the largest artificial rainforest in Northern Europe). Admission to the zoo is 215 DKK. For something out of the ordinary, check out the Memphis Mansion, a tribute to Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. The museum was started by an enthusiastic collector of Elvis memorabilia. There’s even a diner with food inspired by the American South. Admission is 145 DKK.

5. Visit Svendborg

Located on the island of Funen in southern Denmark, Svendborg is a town entrenched in history Don’t miss Naturama, a wildlife museum with tons of interactive exhibits (admission is 175 DKK), as well as the Forsorgs museum, a ‘welfare’ museum in the city’s former poorhouse. It highlights the horrific working conditions of the city’s poor prior to Denmark becoming the equitable welfare state it is today. Be sure to also spend some time wandering around Svendborg and taking in the historical architecture. There are all kinds of charming narrow lanes and historic houses and shops in town. If you want to get outside, you can catch a ferry from Svendborg and go island hopping around the South Fyn Archipelago. There are also lots of places for hiking, cycling, kayaking, and other outdoor activities.

6. Meander through Tivoli

Just adjacent to Copenhagen Central Station, Tivoli is the city’s famous amusement park. Complete with a Ferris wheel, games, roller coasters, and a concert hall, this is an awesome place to spend an afternoon. It’s not cheap but it’s certainly fun There are rides for kids of all ages and plenty of places to grab a souvenir or a bite to eat. You may catch a live performance at one of the venues inside the park or enjoy the gardens of The Orangery. There’s even an aquarium and a bamboo forest inside the park. Depending on the time of year, you may see the park decked out for various holidays like Easter and Halloween. Avoid the weekend and school holidays when the place is overflowing with families. Weekday admission is 140 DKK during the off-season, 160 DKK during summer weekdays and summer weekends cost 180 DKK.

7. Head over to North Zealand

Just a train ride away from Copenhagen, North Zealand features an idyllic coastline, beautiful landscapes, and the Shakespearean setting of Kronborg Castle. The region is often called “The Danish Riviera” due to its plentiful sandy beaches and numerous cultural icons. Don’t miss Tisvildeleje, Dronningmølle, and Gudmindrup beach if you’re looking to lounge and enjoy the sunshine. If you are looking to get away from the city for a day or maybe more, this is an awesome place and one not often visited by tourists. Visit the 17th-century Frederiksborg Castle in Hillerød, which is considered Denmark’s Versailles (admission is 90 DKK). The Maritime Museum of Denmark (135 DKK) and the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (145 DKK) can be found in North Zealand as well. Helsingør and Hillerød make for good bases in the region if you plan on exploring.

8. Visit the Jelling stones

The Jelling stones are massive runestones (raised stones with runic inscriptions), dating all the way back to the 10th century, that show the accomplishments of Kind Harald Bluetooth. The large stone is the first known place the name Denmark appears on record. The stones were declared a UNESCO Heritage Site in 1994 and are worth checking out if you are in the area (they are located in Jelling, which is just 25 minutes by car from Legoland). The oldest runestone was raised by King Gorm the Old in memory of his wife and the largest stone was left by Harald Bluetooth to celebrate his conquest of Denmark and Norway (wireless Bluetooth is named after Harald). You can reach Jelling by train from Aarhus. The ride takes just over an hour. Admission is free.

9. Watch the Hans Christian Andersen Parade

Famous for his fairy tales, this parade is a performance featuring over 30 characters from Hans C. Andersen’s literary works. Held every day during the summer behind the H. C. Andersen Museum in Odense (Andersen’s hometown) on the southwestern island of Funen, this is a neat event to check out, especially for children. The parade begins at the H.C. Andersen childhood home that’s now a museum and ends in the city center. Live performances act out the stories and there’s even a Fairy Tale Garden with a castle behind the museum.

10. Attend a music festival

Roskilde is the Danish music festival with the biggest international reputation (80,000 people take part), but it only offers a taste of the music scene in Denmark. The summer months are packed with festivals around the country. Distortion happens at the end of May and is a street party and electronic music festival in the heart of Copenhagen. NorthSide festival in June is three days of many stars in the indie and rock world. The Copenhagen Jazz Festival in July fills the city with music with stages in clubs, parks, museums, and other temporary stages. Smukfest in August happens in the forests of Dyrehave and is called “Denmark’s Most Beautiful Festival”. Tønder Festival at the end of August is focused on bringing people together around original music and connection. The list goes on. Danes love a good festival!

11. See Den Japanske Have (Japanese Gardens)

Located in the town of Aarhus, this beautiful and sophisticated Japanese garden includes a tea house, shop, café, several sub-gardens, and a Japanese house. The garden took two years to construct and is designed in the “kaiyu” style, with circular walking paths to take in the scenery of waterfalls, native Japanese trees and flowers, koi ponds, and miniature mountains. The garden is free and there are plenty of places to sit and enjoy a picnic lunch!

12. Visit Camp Adventure

This nature-focused park is surrounded by a beech forest with activities for all ages. It’s located on South Zealand, about an hour southwest of Copenhagen by car. You can also get there by train. Camp Adventure is the largest climbing park in Denmark with eleven courses covering all skill levels. The Forest Tower is an hourglass-shaped observation tower with a 3.2-kilometer walking path that takes you 45 meters high, giving you a view of the forest from above the trees. On a clear day, you can see all the way to Copenhagen. It’s the highest observation tower in Scandinavia and has won multiple architecture awards. Northern Europe’s largest flower farm is also part of the park. You can walk through the fields for free or pick your own bouquet for 50 DKK. Entrance to the climbing park is 375 DKK and the tower is 175 DKK. If you want to visit the both, the price is 475 DKK.

13. Go Hunting for Giants and Trolls

If you want to get off the beaten path, go looking for the Six Forgotten Giants and other large-scale artworks by Danish artist, Thomas Dambo. Back in 2011, Thomas set out to reduce waste and began turning discarded items into unique figures of giants and trolls. The Forgotten Giants are located in the suburbs around Copenhagen. One is even in the Freetown of Christiania and a few others are scattered around the city. There are more than thirty of these trolls and giants on display throughout Denmark. A few of them are near major cities like Odese, but most are in natural settings and scenic places. Finding them is an opportunity to go on a treasure hunt and get away from the tourist areas. Plus they’re all free to visit!

  For more information on specific cities in Denmark, check out these guides:

  • Aarhus Travel Guide
  • Copenhagen Travel Guide

Denmark Travel Costs

The famous colorful row houses along the canals of Copenhagen, Denmark in the summer

Accommodation – Rates vary a lot depending on what city you’re staying in (prices are higher in Copenhagen). On average, you’ll wind up paying about 330 DKK for a dorm room at a hostel with 6-8 beds. For a private room, prices start around 755 DKK per night. Free Wi-Fi is standard and most hostels also have self-catering facilities. Free breakfast isn’t that common here though.

For a budget hotel room, expect to pay around 750 DKK per night for a two-star hotel. Free Wi-Fi, TV, and a coffee/tea maker are usually included.

Airbnb is pretty expensive when not booked early, especially in Copenhagen. Expect to pay an average of 500 DKK per night for a private room (though if you book early you can find them for 300 DKK), while entire homes/apartments cost around 700 DKK. Airbnb options are prolific throughout the country.

If camping is your thing, you’ll have plenty of options all across the country. Wild camping is illegal, but you can look for “free-tenting” zones in public forests and pitch a tent there! The only catch is that you can only stay one night per camp spot. For paid campsites, expect to pay between 60-100 DKK for a basic plot without electricity. Many of the major campgrounds sell out early so be sure to book in advance during the peak season (June-August).

Food – Danish cuisine leans heavily on meat and seafood. Cod, herring, and pork are never far from any meal. Dark bread and open-faced sandwiches known as smørrebrød are a staple for both breakfast and lunch. Liverpaste is a local favorite, as is shrimp on bread. Most traditional dinner meals revolve around meat and potatoes.

Eating out — like everything in Denmark — is pricey. A meal out at a restaurant serving traditional cuisine costs around 500 DKK. Cheap takeaway sandwich shops cost 150 DKK while a fast-food combo (think McDonald’s) costs around 90 DKK.

For a three-course meal and a drink, expect to pay at least 500 DKK. Chinese food and Thai food can be found for as little as 85-80 DKK. Expect to pay around 60-80 DKK for a pizza.

Food trucks and food halls are popular in the country’s larger cities. Don’t miss Torvehallerne and Tivoli Food Hall in Copenhagen, which offers everything from tapas and drinks to fresh produce and local cheeses. Expect to spend at least 150 DKK for a meal. In Aarhus, head to Aarhus Street Food, where a collection of food trucks offer everything from Turkish and Korean food to fish and chips to sweet treats.

Beer is 50 DKK while a cappuccino/latte is around 40 DKK. Bottled water is around 20 DKK.

If you are going to cook your own food, expect to pay around 400 DKK per week for basic staples like vegetables, pasta, rice, and some meat or fish.

Backpacking Denmark Suggested Budgets

On a backpacker budget of 585 DKK per day, you can stay in a hostel dorm, cook all your meals, use public transportation, limit your drinking, and do free activities like free walking tours and hiking. If you want to eat out or drink more often, you’ll need to add at least another 100-200 DKK per day.

On a mid-range budget of about 1,275 DKK, you’ll be able to stay in a hotel, eat out, enjoy a couple of drinks here and there, do more paid activities like museums and castles as well as walking tours.

On a “luxury” budget of 2,300 DKK or more per day, you can stay in a hotel, eat out for all your meals, take the train between cities, drink more, do as many activities as you’d like, and take taxis (or rent a car) to get around when you need to. This is just the ground floor for luxury though. The sky is the limit after that!

You can use the chart below to get some idea of how much you need to budget daily, depending on your travel style. Keep in mind these are daily averages — some days you’ll spend more, some days you’ll spend less (you might spend less every day). We just want to give you a general idea of how to make your budget. Prices are in DKK.

Denmark Travel Guide: Money-Saving Tips

Denmark can be an expensive country to visit. The cost of living here is just really high. If you aren’t careful, you’ll blow through your entire budget in no time. There’s no way to make this country a “cheap” place to visit but here are some ways to save money when you’re here:

  • Go orange – The Danish rail system offers cheap tickets via their website called “Orange tickets.” They are only available online, and you have to print out the ticket before you board the train. These tickets are up to 60% cheaper than what you can buy at the railway station. If you travel outside of the rush hour times, you can save even more!
  • Get a city tourism card – If you plan to do a lot of sightseeing and visit a lot of attractions then I highly recommend you get one of the city passes that offer discounts and free admission to museums and attractions. They also come with free transportation. If you plan on seeing a lot, these can save you money. Most of the major cities in the country offer a tourism card so be sure to look into them.
  • Refill your water bottle – The water in Denmark is safe to drink and is held to very high standards. Skip buying bottled water here and refill your bottle instead. LifeStraw makes a reusable bottle with a built-in filter so you can always be sure your water is clean and safe. The city of Copenhagen has also installed a number of drinking fountains around the city so you can easily fill up while you’re out for the day.
  • Eat on the street – Street stalls selling hot dogs and sausages are cheap and plentiful. Fill up on them if you’re on a budget as they only cost a few dollars each. There are also a number of food halls around in Copenhagen where you can get good food for less than you’d pay in a restaurant. If it’s a nice day, you can get groceries at the local market and picnic in the park with the locals.
  • Get a Hostelling International card – Danhostel.dk is the national accredited Hostelling International network. They operate 60+ hotels throughout the country so you’ll want to get an HI card if you plan on staying at their hostels during your stay as you get 10% off your stay. If purchased in Denmark, HI cards are 160 DKK.
  • Stay with a local – Accommodation in Denmark is pricey. If you plan ahead, you can usually find Couchsurfing hosts throughout the country. This way, you not only have a place to stay but you’ll have a local host that can share their insider tips and advice. You may be able to find work exchanges where you can stay at a local hostel or B&B in exchange for helping out.
  • Cook your food – Eating out in Denmark is not cheap. If you’re on a budget, cook your own meals. It won’t be glamorous but it will save you money! It’s pretty easy to find a food markets around the country. Look for open-air markets in the warmer months for local, seasonal food that’s much cheaper than eating out.
  • Eat out for breakfast or lunch – If you must eat out, do so during lunch when specials and buffet deals make restaurants reasonably priced. The lunch menus are often similar to dinner but the prices are lower. You can also pick up a pastry or sandwich in a café for much less than going out for dinner.
  • Book in advance – Booking train and bus tickets a month in advance can save you up to 50%. Also, booking your accommodations in advance can help you save money over last-minute prices. Some sites, like Booking.com, even have rewards programs that help you save extra the more you book through them.

Where to Stay in Denmark

Denmark has lots of fun, affordable, and social hostels. Here are some of my suggested places to stay in Denmark:

  • Danhostel Aarhus City (Aarhus)
  • Generator Copenhagen (Copenhagen)
  • Woodah-Boutique-Hostel (Copenhagen)
  • Copenhagen Downtown Hostel (Copenhagen)
  • Danhostel Ishoj Strand (Ishoj)

How to Get Around Denmark

A small, white church on the rugged, wind-blown shores of Jutland in Denmark

Public transportation – Public transportation in Denmark is clean, reliable, and safe. Tickets for public transportation cost around 24 DKK for a single fare. Unlimited tickets are also available and usually costing around 90 DKK for 24 hours. There are options for up to 72 hours.

The train from the airport to downtown Copenhagen is 36 DKK each way.

Bus – Flixbus is the most common way to travel around Denmark on a budget. A bus ride from Copenhagen to Aarhus starts at 70 DKK and takes 4 hours. A ride from Copenhagen to Odense starts around 70 DKK and takes just a little under two hours. A bus ride from Copenhagen to Hamburg, Germany starts at 150 DKK and takes between 5 and 7 hours, depending on the number of stops. Book early to secure a seat — especially in the summer.

Train – The train is a bit more expensive than the bus but will take less time. A train ride from Copenhagen to Aarhus starts at 169 DKK and takes 2 hours and 45 minutes, while the ride from Aarhus to Aalborg starts at 94 DKK and takes about 1 and a half hours. From Copenhagen to Berlin, the 7-hour ride starts at around 675DKK.

Flying – Denmark is a small country so domestic flights are unnecessary. You can travel by train from Copenhagen to Aarhus in 3 hours. A flight will be just 35 minutes, however, once you add on getting to and from the airport it doesn’t save any time (and a flight will cost you over 1,200 DKK — four times more expensive than the train!).

Car rental – If you’re staying a while in Denmark and doing a lot of city-hopping, a car is likely a cheaper alternative to buses and trains. You can find rentals for as little as 250 DKK per day. To rent a car in Denmark, you need to be 19 and have had your license for at least one year. For the best car rental prices, use Discover Cars .

Bicycle – Cycling is huge in Denmark. Bikes can be rented for around 125 DKK per day. Helmets are not included and cost 40 DKK extra. In Copenhagen, Donkey Republic (the city’s bike-share program) lets you rent bikes for as little as 15 minutes or for multiple days. One hour costs 36 DKK. Use the app to find bike locations near you. Every city has bike lanes and is cyclist-friendly.

When to Go to Denmark

Since Denmark is a peninsula and also has a few islands, the temperature is heavily influenced by the sea. Summers are mild and winters are cold. As with the rest of Scandinavia, expect long days in the summer and extra darkness in winter.

The best time to visit is in the shoulder season. The late spring and early autumn both offer decent weather with fewer crowds. It might rain a little, but you’ll find prices to be cheaper. While summer is when most tourists visit, there’s plenty to do all year. The weather can still be chilly with average highs between 6°C (43°F) in March and 16°C (61°F) in May so packing layers is a good idea.

Denmark has a lot of forests and fall is a great time to see the leaves changing colors on one of the many hiking trails around the country. Temperatures do start to drop and the average highs are between 17°C (63°F) in September and 7°C (46°F) in November so pack layers.

July and August are the most popular times to visit. High temperatures sit around 22°C (72°F) so the weather is perfect for outdoor activities and urban exploring. Book in advance if you visit during this time (especially in Copenhagen) as things can sell out. Expect prices to be a little higher during the summer as well.

Winters hover around 0°C (32°F), so dress warmly. Sunset is around 3pm so pack in as many outdoor activities as you can during the day if you plan on going then. While not the best time to visit for weather, there is still plenty to do and prices will be cheap. If you want to go for the holidays, booking in advance will help you save money.

How to Stay Safe in Denmark

Denmark is a safe place to backpack and travel — even if you’re traveling solo. Denmark is the second safest country in the world so violent incidents are rare. Your only real concern is petty theft – and that is also really uncommon. Keep your valuables secure and out of reach just to be safe though (it’s good to do that anywhere).

Solo female travelers should feel safe here for all those reasons. However, the standard precautions you take anywhere apply here too (never leave your drink unattended at the bar, never walk home alone intoxicated, etc.). There are numerous solo female travel blogs that can provide more specific tips.

While cannabis used to be openly sold in Freetown Christiania, an intentional community in Copenhagen, since a shooting in 2016, the trade has been more or less forced out of sight. Avoid buying drugs here and make sure you do not take photos of anyone using or selling drugs either. You’ll get your camera broken by angry locals if you do.

Scams here are rare, however, if you’re worried about getting ripped off you can read about common travel scams to avoid here .

If you experience an emergency, dial 112 for assistance.

Remember to always trust your gut instinct. Avoid isolated areas at night, and be aware of your surroundings at all times. Make copies of your personal documents, including your passport and ID. Don’t leave your personal items unattended. You can always loop a strap of your bag around the leg of your chair for an extra level of security so no one can walk away it.

The most important piece of advice I can offer is to purchase good travel insurance. Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. It’s comprehensive protection in case anything goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it as I’ve had to use it many times in the past. You can use the widget below to find the policy right for you:

Denmark Travel Guide: The Best Booking Resources

These are my favorite companies to use when I travel. They consistently have the best deals, offer world-class customer service and great value, and overall, are better than their competitors. They are the companies I use the most and are always the starting point in my search for travel deals.

  • Skyscanner – Skyscanner is my favorite flight search engine. They search small websites and budget airlines that larger search sites tend to miss. They are hands down the number one place to start.
  • Hostelworld – This is the best hostel accommodation site out there with the largest inventory, best search interface, and widest availability.
  • Booking.com – The best all around booking site that constantly provides the cheapest and lowest rates. They have the widest selection of budget accommodation. In all my tests, they’ve always had the cheapest rates out of all the booking websites.
  • HostelPass – This new card gives you up to 20% off hostels throughout Europe. It’s a great way to save money. They’re constantly adding new hostels too. I’ve always wanted something like this and glad it finallt exists.
  • Get Your Guide – Get Your Guide is a huge online marketplace for tours and excursions. They have tons of tour options available in cities all around the world, including everything from cooking classes, walking tours, street art lessons, and more!
  • The Man in Seat 61 – This website is the ultimate guide to train travel anywhere in the world. They have the most comprehensive information on routes, times, prices, and train conditions. If you are planning a long train journey or some epic train trip, consult this site.
  • Rome2Rio – This website allows you to see how to get from point A to point B the best and cheapest way possible. It will give you all the bus, train, plane, or boat routes that can get you there as well as how much they cost.
  • FlixBus – Flixbus has routes between 20 European countries with prices starting as low 5 EUR! Their buses include WiFi, electrical outlets, a free checked bag.
  • SafetyWing – Safety Wing offers convenient and affordable plans tailored to digital nomads and long-term travelers. They have cheap monthly plans, great customer service, and an easy-to-use claims process that makes it perfect for those on the road.
  • LifeStraw – My go-to company for reusable water bottles with built-in filters so you can ensure your drinking water is always clean and safe.
  • Unbound Merino – They make lightweight, durable, easy-to-clean travel clothing.
  • Top Travel Credit Cards – Points are the best way to cut down travel expenses. Here’s my favorite point earning credit cards so you can get free travel!

Denmark Travel Guide: Related Articles

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The Perfect 5 to 7 Days in Denmark Itinerary

Last Updated on February 13, 2024

by Emily Marty

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travel tips for denmark

Denmark is a very popular tourist destination, and the perfect visit to this stunning Nordic nation wouldn’t be complete without a proper Denmark itinerary. If you’re planning on spending 5 to 7 days in Denmark, then read on! This trip outline covers the country’s highlights, as well as some lesser-known attractions that are well worth a visit in their own right. 

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How Many Days in Denmark?

A key part of planning any holiday is figuring out how many days to spend at your destination. If you’re putting together an itinerary for a trip to Denmark, you’re probably wondering what the minimum length of time you’ll want to spend there to get a feel for the place is. 

Naturally, this varies somewhat from person to person, and will largely depend on what you like to do on your holidays, as well as what appeals to you about visiting Denmark in the first place.

With that in mind, trying to spend at least 5 days in Denmark is advisable, as it will allow you to visit a few of the country’s major cities and ensure that you don’t feel rushed in going from point A to point B. 

Bear in mind that both Denmark and its cities are remarkably compact, so getting around is generally quick and straightforward. In fact, you can see a great deal of the country in just five days as a result 

Having said that, you’re hardly going to run out of things to do if you end up spending one week in Denmark, instead.

Having an extra couple of days in the Nordic nation means you can visit some of the countryside, for example, or explore some of its nature reserves or even head to places like Frederiksborg Castle in Hillerød or Kronborg Castle in Helsingør, several of which are fairly easy to access from the cities.

On the other hand, if you only have 3 days in Denmark or less, then plan on spending that in Copenhagen and maybe heading out on a day trip from the capital rather than planning to explore Denmark in its entirety. 

Streets of Aalborg

Getting To & Around Denmark 

One of the best things about visiting Denmark is how easy it is to get around once you’ve arrived in the country. Let’s be honest – Denmark is definitely on the smaller size, especially compared to other Nordic and Scandinavian countries like Norway , Sweden and Finland .

Combine this with the comprehensive and reliable Danish train network, which will take you to just about any town or city with ease (and often in a fairly short span of time, too), and Denmark is pretty much the ideal destination if you’re planning on travelling without a car. 

In fact, Denmark is perhaps one of the few countries in Europe where hiring a car has arguably next to no benefit beyond the flexibility that it offers.

Rail services in Denmark will get you pretty much anywhere a car can in the same amount of time, and, naturally, if you end up hiring a car for your trip, you’ll need to worry about parking, paying for petrol, and so on. 

Buses represent another great alternative to travelling by car in Denmark. Much of the country is well-serviced by buses, tickets for which tend to be on the more affordable side, compared to equivalent train services. You can view train & bus schedules here.

As far as airports are concerned, flying into Copenhagen’s Kastrup Airport, which is Denmark’s largest, will give you access to the greatest range of airlines and flight routes.

Conveniently, you can take the local metro service directly from the airport into downtown Copenhagen and Copenhagen Central Station, which usually only takes around 15-20 minutes.

The country’s other major airports are near the cities of Aarhus, Aalborg, Billund, and Odense.

Nyhavn Harbour in Copenhagen

5 to 7-Day Denmark Itinerary 

This itinerary will see you arriving in Copenhagen, the country’s cosy capital. After spending a few days there, you’ll be moving onto Aarhus, where you’ll spend a couple of days; this is where the five-day version of the itinerary ends.

If you decide to stay for 7 days in Denmark, then you’ll be heading to Aalborg for days 6 and 7 of the trip. 

Day 1 – Copenhagen 

For day 1 of your trip, you’ll be arriving in Copenhagen ! A city with seemingly endless charm and charisma, Copenhagen is the historic and unique capital of Denmark and is home to beautiful architecture, quaint canals, and plenty to do and see. 

Why not start your holiday off with a bang and visit some of the city’s royal palaces? The castles of Rosenborg, Amalienborg, and Christiansborg are all well worth checking out, featuring some stunning and fairly distinct architecture.

Make sure to purchase a Copenhagen Card if you plan on visiting a lot of attractions. You can also take a bike tour if you want to explore some of the sights with a tour guide.

For unforgettable views of Copenhagen, you can climb to the top of the city’s Round Tower – just try not to get dizzy! 

Finally, you can finish the day off with a walk around the city’s iconic Nyhavn district and wandering around the cobblestone streets in the centre of the city. Known worldwide for its charming, colourful townhouses, cafes, and bars, Nyhavn is pretty busy in the warmer months, but its atmosphere simply has to be experienced firsthand. 

If you’re hungry, head to one of Copenhagen’s many fantastic food markets such as TorvehallerneKBH or Reffen. For those looking for something a bit more high-end, there are also countless fine dining establishments that call the Danish capital home. You can also take a food tour to try some of the nation’s iconic dishes.

It’s also recommended that you spend tonight, as well as nights 2 and 3 of your trip, in Copenhagen. 

Christiansborg Palace

Where to Stay in Copenhagen

Ascot Hotel – This luxury hotel is in the centre of Copenhagen close to most major attractions. They offer a large range of rooms as well as breakfast daily and a gym onsite.

The Square   – This 4-star hotel is right across from Tivoli Gardens and has rooms suitable for singles, couples and larger families. There’s also a bar and common lounge for guests to enjoy.

Copenhagen Downtown Hostel – If you’re travelling solo or visiting Denmark on a budget, then this hostel has dorm and private rooms, excellent common areas, 24-hour reception, and a bar on site!

Not quite what you’re looking for?  Click here to browse more Copenhagen hotels!

Day 2 – Copenhagen 

On the second day of this Denmark itinerary, you’ll be visiting some of Copenhagen’s cultural highlights, including its world-famous Tivoli Gardens. The second-oldest amusement park in the world, Tivoli is, naturally, pretty old-school, but it’s still worth checking out for its historical value and unique atmosphere. You can pre-buy tickets here.

Afterwards, you can head to the National Museum of Denmark, which is home to a number of vital artefacts from the Viking era. The impressive Gundestrup Cauldron, thought to have been created sometime in the Iron Age, is a particular standout. 

The second day is also the perfect opportunity to try some delicious baked goods, which are something that Denmark is actually pretty famous for. We recommend the chain Meyers Bageri; with several locations across the city, their cinnamon rolls are not only traditional but absolutely delicious!

What’s more, at the end of each day, they donate any unsold bread and cakes to charities across Copenhagen that work to support the homeless, so your money will be going to a good cause. 

The world-famous Tivoli Gardens

Day 3 – Humlebæk & North Zealand Day Trip 

For the third day of your holiday, we recommend taking a day trip from Copenhagen to North Zealand, described by many as the ‘Danish Riviera.’

It’s a popular holiday destination among Copenhageners, and Humlebæk, one of the region’s more significant towns, is just over 30 km away from Copenhagen itself and easily accessible via train. 

Humlebæk is home to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, which actually happens to be one of the most famous modern art museums in the world. So, if you’re a fan of the arts, then you’ll definitely want to head to Humlebæk and get to know some of the finest contemporary artworks in the world. 

Afterwards, you can either explore more of Humlebæk and the charming nearby beach of Nivå or head further afield and discover more of the North Zealand region.

If you’re not keen to head to North Zealand, consider heading out on a day trip to nearby Malmo, Sweden . Or, if you’re interested in Viking history, head to Roskilde which is also within easy reach of the Danish capital and won’t take long to get back to Copenhagen. Its main cathedral is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Do keep in mind that the next day of your trip will see you travelling from Copenhagen to Aarhus, so you might want to make sure not to overdo it! 

Malmo Old Town

Day 4 – Aarhus 

On day 4, you’ll be making the trip from Copenhagen to Aarhus, Denmark’s second-largest city. If travelling by train, you can expect the journey to take a little over three hours. 

Once you’ve arrived, we suggest acquainting yourself with the city by going on a walking tour of its downtown area. The food market Aarhus Street Food is the perfect place to grab some authentic and delicious local fare; located just off the wharves in the Kødbyen district, this is a fantastic option if you’re keen for a more relaxed, affordable location for a bite to eat. 

Then, you can pay a visit to the open-air museum Den Gamle By, which features reconstructions of a variety of historic buildings and feels like something of a time capsule! 

Note that you should plan to spend tonight and tomorrow night in Aarhus. 

Where to Stay in Aarhus

Hotel Oasia – This 3-star hotel is an excellent choice for those looking for a hip place to stay in the centre of Aarhus. They have a great, central location, plenty of plush rooms on offer and a lovely breakfast buffet available in the morning.

Villa Provence – Those looking for a bit of luxury will love this plush hotel in the Aarhus canal area. Located within easy reach of the train station and close to the top attractions, they have a range of lovely rooms to choose from.

BOOK1 Design Hostel – Budget and solo travellers will love this highly-rated hostel in the centre of Aarhus. They have a range of dorms and private rooms available along with good self-catering facilities for guests to use.

Not quite what you’re looking for? Click here to browse more Aarhus hotels!

Colorful houses in Den Gamle By

Day 5 – Aarhus 

We recommend that you use day 5 of your trip to visit some of Aarhus’ excellent cultural attractions, starting off with the tranquil Botanical Garden (the greenhouses are especially impressive!). 

Then, you can head to the ARoS Art Museum and Moesgaard Museum; ARoS is one of Scandinavia’s most significant art museums, while the Moesgaard Museum features a number of fascinating exhibits related to archaeology and anthropology. 

If you’re planning on seeing Denmark in 5 days only, then this will be the last day of your trip. So, if you’re flying home from Copenhagen, make sure to factor that into your plan for the day; note that the time it takes to reach Copenhagen from Aarhus via train is usually around 4 hours. 

Aarhus Botanical Garden

Day 6 – Aalborg

Seeing Denmark in 7 days? Then, for day 6 of your trip, you’ll want to head north from Aarhus to Aalborg; travelling between the two cities usually takes a little over an hour by train. 

Once you’ve arrived in Aalborg, we suggest heading to the Maritime Experience Centre at Springeren, which is a must-see for enthusiasts of maritime history. 

Or, if Vikings are more your thing, you can head to the Viking Museum at Lindholm Høje, which is just north of Aalborg city. Home to museums and a burial ground, the Viking Museum is absolutely fascinating, even if you don’t have much existing knowledge of the Vikings or their culture. 

Afterwards, you might like to climb the observation tower, Aalborgtårnet, for a view over the city. You can easily combine this with a walk into downtown Aalborg, which makes for a fantastic way to get your bearings here. 

If you’re keen on sampling the local Danish fare during your trip, then you may want to consider heading to Mortens Kro for dinner tonight. Regarded by many as one of the best restaurants in the city, Mortens Kro specialises in serving up fairly typical Danish cuisine, as well as a number of vegetarian options. Both a la carte and tasting menus are available, and booking in advance is recommended to avoid disappointment. 

We suggest that you spend the night in Aalborg, keeping in mind that tomorrow may be the last day of your trip, and, as such, you’ll need to make arrangements to return to Copenhagen then, if that’s where you’re flying home from. 

Exploring Aalborg

Where to Stay in Aalborg

Zleep Hotel Aalborg – Those looking for a hip, mid-range place to stay in Aalborg will love this 3-star hotel. They have chic rooms on offer, an on-site bar to lounge in and a great breakfast available for guests each morning.

KOMPAS Hotel – If you’re after a bit more luxury in Aalborg, then this hotel is an excellent choice. Located in the heart of the city close to all of the best attractions, there are lovely rooms to choose from, a great breakfast on offer and plenty of other amenities for guests to enjoy.

Not quite what you’re looking for? Click here to browse more Aalborg hotels!

Day 7 – Aalborg 

For the last day of your trip to Denmark, we recommend taking a day trip from Aalborg to Rebild National Park ( Rebild Bakker in Danish). Buses departing from central Aalborg will take you to and from the national park, with a journey time of a little under an hour. 

The area comprises some lovely hilly heathland and is the perfect place for a hiking trip or picnic. Don’t expect much elevation gain, of course, but the park is truly tranquil, making for a nice change after nearly a week spent exploring Denmark’s incredible cities. 

Once you’re back, we suggest (unless you’re vegetarian/vegan) sampling the local seafood, which makes up a massive part of the local cuisine. One of the best places for it is the restaurant Fisk & Skaldyr, which specialises in serving seafood of the highest standard to diners. 

With oysters, salmon, mussels, prawns, eel, lobster, and halibut on the menu, seafood lovers are truly in for a treat here. The desserts are also to die for!

Note that there aren’t any vegetarian/vegan mains on the menu, so plant-based diners will likely want to contact the restaurant ahead of time to see if they’re able to accommodate dietary requirements. 

Rebild National Park

Have More Time? 

If you’d like to spend more than 7 days in Denmark, then you may want to head to Odense from Aalborg; the 3rd-largest city in Denmark, Odense is the hometown of Hans Christian Andersen and has its own unique character and plenty to see and do! Billund is home to the original LEGOLAND , too, which is great fun for children and adults alike. 

Or, if you want to see Denmark at its ‘peak,’ you can visit Himmelbjerget; it’s one of the highest points of the Danish landscape with an elevation of a whopping 147 metres! Its name even translates to ‘sky mountain,’ in reference to its height (which is impressive by Danish standards, in any case). 

Denmark is an incredible country, and both its cities and its countryside have so much to offer visitors. We hope that this itinerary helps you craft the perfect plan for your trip to Denmark and that you have an amazing time there!

Are you planning to visit Denmark? Have any questions about this itinerary? Let us know in the comments!

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Emily is a writer for The World Was Here First. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, she is currently based in the UK. She enjoys exploring Northern & Western Europe and Southeast Asia and has a bit of a thing for islands in particular.

Hi Emily, Thanks for putting out such detailed itinerary. I am looking for a week travel to Denmark and this really helped a lot to put things in place specially to explore areas outside of Copenhagen. Thanks again. Best wishes for future travels.

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North of Germany and south of Norway and Sweden, Denmark is renowned for many things.

Many might think of the fairy tale The Little Mermaid , which originated here in Denmark by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen.

But Denmark also offers beautiful architecture, historic buildings and castles, friendly locals, progressive values, and lovely scenic views.

There is much to do and see in Denmark.

This Denmark travel guide will help you plan your next vacation.

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Fast Facts about Denmark

  • Power voltage is 230V at 50 Hz.
  • Denmark’s currency is the Danish Krone (DKK) and 1 Krone is equal to 0.15 USD.
  • The best way to get around Denmark is by rental car or bus.
  • You do not need a tourist visa to enter Denmark as long as your stay is under 90 days. You do need a passport that will be valid at least six months after your trip.
  • The best cellular networks in Denmark to purchase a SIM card from are Lyca Mobile and Lebara. You can purchase a SIM card from these networks at a local grocery store or 7-Eleven. Note that these SIM cards can only be used in Denmark and no other European countries.
  • Denmark has a sales tax rate of 25%.

Things to See and Do in Denmark

  • Tivoli Gardens :  Opened in 1843 and still running, this is the second-oldest amusement park in the world and a very popular attraction for tourists and locals. Included in this unique theme park is a Chinese theater shaped like a peacock, symphony orchestra, and plenty of rides. While it is known to be a more peaceful experience than other theme parks, it also has rides like the Dæmonen (The Demon), a rollercoaster where there is no floor and the rider’s legs hang out beneath them.
  • Nyhavn :  Included in many “must-see” lists of Denmark is this 17th-Century waterfront. With colorful buildings and deep history, as well as numerous bars and restaurants, spend a few hours learning more about the history of Copenhagen. Take a city tour that includes Nyhavn or explore on your own.
  • The Little Mermaid : No trip to Denmark would be complete without seeing one of the country’s most famous characters. One of Copenhagen’s most popular attractions, the statue has been around for over 100 years. Don’t miss your chance to visit the bronze statue of this iconic character from the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale up close.

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Accommodation

Budget:  Denmark offers a variety of bed and breakfast or budget hotels for roughly 350-600 Krones per night that come with communal kitchens, free high-speed Wi-Fi, and great central locations.

Mid-Range:  For mid-range hotels, expect to pay between 750 to 1,200 Krones per night and enjoy services like private rooms with a microwave and refrigerator, cable TVs, bar and lounge areas, complimentary breakfast, and wonderful city views.

High-End:  Upscale hotels will cost about 1,300-2,300 Krones per night. Experience the best of Denmark hospitality with top-of-the-line service, refined suites, fitness rooms and spas, and elegant dining and bars, among other things. 

Check out our favorite booking platforms Booking.com , Tripadvisor and VRBO for the best deals on accommodation.

Food : Flæskesteg (pig roast) is one of the main national dishes, while a bowl of Leverpostej(pork liver with dairy, onions, and spices) is another.

If you’re vegetarian, try some Danish blue cheese or the popular smørrebrød (an open-style dark brown rye sandwich with your choice of toppings).

You can find café treats and coffee for around 100 Krones. When dining in restaurants, meals are priced at around 150 Krones.

In general, expect to pay around 340 Krones per day for food.

The Best Ways to Get Around Denmark

Getting to denmark:.

Getting to Denmark:  While Denmark has 8 total airports, Copenhagen Airport is the main one and is just 5 miles from the city center.

Flights:   You can check for the best flights to Copenhagen on   Skyscanner .

Transportation:

Buses : are a cheap way to get around Denmark and are offered throughout most of Denmark. Expect to pay around 20-25 Krones for a bus ticket, which is valid for one hour. In major cities like Copenhagen, buses run every ten minutes during peak business hours.

Train:  The train system in Denmark is well connected, and most trains do not require booking in advance. Ticket prices depending on how far you’re going. For example, take the train from Copenhagen to Elsinore for 84 Krones, or just through the city of Copenhagen for 24 Krones.

Taxis : Denmark has one of the highest taxi fares in the world. If you want to book from the airport, we suggest transfers with Viator.

Rent a car:  Renting a car is an alternative way to get around Denmark. You can rent a car if you are at least 21 years old and have had your driver’s license for at least 1 year. Prices start at around 460 Krones per day.

You can also compare car rental  prices here

When to go To Denmark

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  • Summer (June to August) is a good time for road trips , canoeing, hiking, and exploring cities.
  • Winter (November to February) is great for skiing, ice skating, and winter carnivals .
  • Spring (late March to May) can be unpredictable with a mix of snow, rain and warm sunshine and the same can be said for Autumn (September/October) although Autumn is usually dry.
  • September through November is considered the best time to go to Canada, as peak tourism has ended (meaning fewer crowds and lower hotel prices) and there are many beautiful autumn leaves to see. However, for those going to Canada for winter sports, January to March is when the snow conditions are at their peak and is a great time for skiing or snowboarding. 

Where to Stay in Denmark

Scandic Copenhagen:   See something different in this colorful and stylish hotel in Copenhagen. Centrally located, nearby landmarks include the Tivoli Gardens theme park, the Little Mermaid statue, and the popular Strøget shopping area. The hotel comes with free breakfast, a gym, and an upscale bar.

Helnan Marselis Hotel :  Located right behind a beach that overlooks Aarhus Bay is this relaxed four-star hotel. Enjoy numerous amenities such as free breakfast, yoga classes, an indoor pool, a sauna and fitness facilities, and a restaurant. If you feel like exploring the city, the Aarhus Central Station is under 2 miles away, as well as local shops and cafes.

Hotel Knudsens Gaard :  A relaxed four-star hotel in Odense. Just a few minutes’ drive from the Odense Zoo, H.C. Anderson’s House, and the Funen Village, this is a great location to stay at. While you are there, enjoy free breakfast and Wi-Fi, as well as the hotel’s own restaurant.

What to Pack for Denmark

  • Power Adapter:  Due to the higher power voltage, a power adapter will ensure all of your electronics can be charged appropriately.
  • Layers:  As the weather can change on a dime, bring multiple layers of clothing so that you can be prepared.
  • Waterproof coat:  Denmark is known to rain throughout the year, so a solid waterproof coat will help keep you dry.

See our packing tips:  Our Ultimate Packing list  and  How to Pack for Europe

Denmark Travel Guide: Best Booking Resources

Whenever we travel to we make sure to start with these companies. We have tried a lot of different ones over the years and all of these have consistently proven to be the best when it comes to offering great prices.

We have used every one of these personally and continue to do so.

  • Booking.com : This is our go site to when comparing prices for accommodation. It usually has the cheapest prices, especially in Europe and we love their interface. Not to mention you get free cancellation and you are guaranteed the best price.
  • Trip Advisor :  What we like about Trip Advisor is that we can look at all the reviews and then book our accommodation. TripAdvisor is where we go when we want to compare prices with multiple accommodation providers.
  • VRBO : is the main search engine we use when we are looking for a home or apartment rental. It can sometimes be cheaper than hotels and it is the best way to stay in areas that offer a more local feel.
  • Hostelworld :  With one of the largest databases of hostels in the world, Hostelworld is the go-to site when you are looking for budget accommodation.
  • Skyscanner : This is the first place we check for flights. It consistently comes back with the cheapest and best options. It allows us to compare a lot of airlines to get the best price.
  • Rome 2 Rio :  If you want to see how to get somewhere by plane, train, bus, ferry or car Rome2Rio lays it all out for you as well as related costs.I love how they show it all to you on a Google Map and it works offline.
  • Get Your Guide:  For all your day trip and city guide needs, we use Get Your Guide. It has the world’s largest collection of things to do with more than 30,000 activities in 7500 destinations.
  • World Nomads Insurance:  When traveling to Italy you should always have travel insurance. We have found the best bang for your buck is by far World Nomads.

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Denmark Itinerary: How to Spend 10 Days in Denmark

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Planning a trip to Denmark ? One of the happiest countries in the world, Denmark is sure to make your soul smile. From the design capital of Copenhagen to fairytale castles to the charming coastal towns to picturesque countryside to Danish cycling culture to Danish coffee culture to intriguing Vikings to the essence of Danish hygge – My 10 days in Denmark Itinerary includes Denmark highlights and beyond.

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🛈 This itinerary perfectly fits families and couples who love road-tripping. Having said that, you ideally should rent a car to explore Denmark. It’s easy getting from one city to another and taking day trips if you have the freedom of your own vehicle. I love Discover Cars  when it comes to renting a car anywhere in the world.

Things to Know Before You Plan a Trip to Denmark

Best time to visit denmark.

The best time to visit Denmark is during the summer months of June, July, and August. It’s when the days are long and the weather is perfect.

The temperatures range between 15°C and 20°C making it an ideal time to get outdoors for tourists and locals (July is the vacation month for Danes) alike.

The coast and the countryside in Denmark get super busy during summer. The downside is high prices and insane tourist crowds.

Autumn (September, October, and November) is also a great time to visit Denmark. The air gets cool and crisp but the weather is mild enough to enjoy the outdoors.

Also, it’s when you can see the country bathed in a golden glow of falling leaves. The downside is that most of the sights and attractions work on reduced hours.

Winter (December, January, and February) has its own perks. The weather is extremely cold (temperatures go as low as -2°C) and the days are dark but the coziness of the world-famous Danish hygge lifestyle makes up for everything.

The winter month of December is a perfect time for those who want to celebrate Christmas in Denmark.

Tivoli Christmas Market is one of the best Christmas markets in Europe . The catch here is that many of the attractions remain closed.

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As Spring (March, April, and May) hits the country, the days start getting warmer (from 5°C in March to 15°C in May) and longer. Plus, the bright pink burst of cherry blossom during spring fills the senses.

The shoulder season (late spring and early autumn) remains the best season for those who look for quiet and peaceful exploration (low tourist crowds) and low prices (budget travelers) while having the benefit of mild weather.

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How Many Days Should You Spend in Denmark

It solely depends on your travel style and your expectations from the destination.

You might just want to take a quick weekend escape to Copenhagen or choose to spend as long as two weeks exploring the country at a slower pace.

Anyhow, 7 days in Denmark gives you just enough time to explore the highlights of the country.

With seven days you can base yourself in Copenhagen and take 2 or 3 day trips without making it a rushed trip.

10 days is a good amount of time to throw in some of the offbeat and unique attractions and explore the country at a comfortable pace.

How Much Does it Cost for a Trip to Denmark?

Denmark is one of the topmost expensive countries to live in meaning traveling to Denmark can be quite heavy on your pocket. There’s no way of getting around it. There are a few ways you can save some dollars.

The budget varies depending on the hotel you choose to stay or amount of sightseeing you plan to do or restaurants you decide to dine in or the transport options you pick out.

If you travel on a low budget , expect to spend a minimum of $75 to $100 per day if you choose to stay in a hostel, move around using public transport, visit cheap and free attractions, join free walking tours, and eat at hawker stalls and food markets.

We traveled on a medium budget where we spent about $150 to $200 per day . We stayed in an Airbnb, purchased all-inclusive city cards to save on sightseeing, opted for public transport while exploring the cities, shopped at grocery stores, and cooked our own food whenever we got a chance though we also enjoyed eating out at some of the good restaurants in Denmark (key is to maintain a balance to limit the splurges).

We rented a car to get from one city to another which saved a lot of time and money.

How? A train ticket from Copenhagen to Aarhus costs about $57 per person so if you’re a family of 3 like us, you’ll spend $171 for a one-way train journey.

On the other hand, if you rent a car then you’ll pay just about $45 (economy) for a day. The freedom and peace of mind you get with having your own vehicle are a bonus! So, renting a car is the way to go.

We, as a family of 3, spent approximately $4200 for a 10-day trip to Denmark.

For all those travelers who have a thing for luxury and have money to splurge then there’s no limit.

Book your stay in a high-end hotel and upscale Airbnb rental, eat out at Michelin-star restaurants, and join guided tours – in short, enjoy and spend your heart out 🙂

How to Get to Denmark

The travelers mostly arrive in the Danish capital city of Copenhagen. Most of them fly into Copenhagen (Kastrup Airport) which is a good place to start your Denmark itinerary.

Some (coming from neighboring European cities) arrive at Copenhagen Central Station by train or bus (coach), drive into the city, or travel via ferry.

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), Norwegian Airlines, and Finnish Airlines are the major carriers that connect Copenhagen Airport  (CPH) aka Kastrup to other major international destinations.

There are direct flights from the USA, the UK, and almost all European countries.

Located in the heart of the city, Copenhagen Central Station is the hub for all public transportation (regional trains, local S-trains, buses, and taxis ) in and out and around Copenhagen.

It’s managed by Danish State Railways (DSB) and is well-connected to other European cities. If you are planning to travel Europe extensively by train, consider buying InterRail or Eurailpass .

The major coach operators include Eurolines , InfoBus , FlixBus , Vy Bus4You , and Swebus .

There are direct trains from Hamburg (Germany) and Stockholm (Sweden) and direct buses from Berlin and Hamburg (Germany), Oslo (Norway), Prague (Czech Republic), and Amsterdam (Netherlands).

The efficient road network in Denmark makes it super easy to reach the country from the neighboring ones.

Renting a car and driving by yourself is a great option as it gives you a chance to experience the breathtaking countryside in Europe.

We drove across Øresund Bridge from Sweden to Denmark and let me tell you, the experience is something that can’t be expressed in words.

There are regular ferry services to Sweden, Norway, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands.   DFDS Seaways , Color Line , Fjord Line , Scandlines , and Stena Lines are the major ferry and cruise operators.

We use and recommend Eurail and RailEurope , Omio , and Flixbus to book trains and buses in Europe.

How to Get Around Denmark

Getting around Denmark is effortless. The country boasts a well-placed public transportation system that involves travel via land, air, and sea.

The most beautiful way to get around Denmark is by rental car. No two ways about it.

While driving around the country, you are sure to feel the feeling when the journey seems more beautiful than the destination.

The excellent buttery road network makes it all super easy, comfortable, and fast. Our guide to renting a car in Europe will clear up the car rental confusion you might have as a first-timer. I recommend using Discover Cars for car rental.

Traveling by bus or coach is also a great option as Denmark offers extensive short and long-distance bus connections between Danish cities and towns.

The fastest way to get around Denmark is by air. There are tons of daily domestic flights to all the major cities around Denmark.

The country’s railway network also comes in handy: There are regular trains from Copenhagen to Aarhus, Aalborg, and Odense.

The unique and traditional way to get around Denmark is by boats and ferries. You can’t just not use boat and ferry services in a country that’s made up of a good number of islands.

10 Days in Denmark Itinerary

We have crafted the itinerary for Denmark in a way that lets you enjoy the best of Denmark in 10 days. Follow this perfect itinerary that combines the wonders of Jutland, Funen, and Zealand to plan your Danish vacation.

Denmark Itinerary Overview

Day 0: Arrive in Copenhagen

Day 1: Explore Copenhagen

Day 2: Explore Copenhagen

Day 3: Day trip to Dragor via Orseund Bridge

Day 4: Copenhagen – Roskilde – Aarhus

Day 5: explore aarhus, day 6: aarhus – billund (legoland) – odense – copenhagen, day 7: day trip to louisiana museum of modern art and frederiksborg castle, day 8: day trip to kronborg castle in helsingør, day 9: day trip to møns klint and stevns klint, day 10: fly back home.

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Day 0: Arrive in Copenhagen | Day at Leisure

Today, you’ll arrive at my most favorite, wonderfully family-friendly, beautiful, and of course happiest Scandinavian city of Copenhagen. Ah, you’ll love it.

Head straight to your hotel. Finish the check-in formalities, freshen up, and get out to stroll the streets of Copenhagen and become friends with the city, or can just relax if feeling tired or jetlagged after a flight journey.

Where to Stay in Copenhagen : I recommend  CopenhagenApartment  and  CitizenM Copenhagen Radhuspladsen .

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Get ready to explore the Danish capital of København or Copenhagen. Have your breakfast at your hotel or Airbnb or head to Bowl Market Copenhagen  in Vesterbro. They serve the healthiest and tastiest breakfast in the city.

Head off to Nyhavn to enjoy the Copenhagen Canal Tour – a classic way to explore the most famous attractions of Copenhagen is through its waters.

Yes! Your Copenhagen itinerary is incomplete without it. This one-hour tour lets you have a glimpse of The Copenhagen Opera House, Amalienborg Palace, Christiansborg Palace,  Black Diamond Library,  and the  Little Mermaid .

Next, walk to the Marble Church aka Frederik’s Kirke . The church with its impressive verdigris green dome looks awe-inspiring. And the views over the city from its top are definitely one of the best views in Copenhagen.

Just across the street from the church stands Amalienborg Palace , home to the royal family of Denmark.

A visit to the palace puts across Danish royal history. The palace complex consists of four exactly the same palace façades out of which two are occupied by the royal family and two are converted into a museum.

You can visit the museum. You can witness the changing of the Royal Guard (Den Kongelige Livgarde) Ceremony if you reach the palace around noon.

Make a mandatory stop at Hansen’s Is & Ice Cream Copenhagen .

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After fueling up, it’s time for another must-do in Copenhagen, Rosenborg Castle, and Gardens . A Renaissance castle built by Christian IV, Rosenborg is imposing.

Admire the castle from the outside and take a stroll in the beautiful Rosenborg Castle Gardens (King’s Garden), then take a walk through its stately rooms and halls and admire the Danish Crown Jewels and other symbols of power.

Continue on foot for a few more steps (190m) to reach Statens Naturhistoriske Museum (Museum of Natural History).

The museum also houses the Botanical Garden & the Palm House and the Zoological Museum . You can experience it all with just one ticket.

There are quite a few amazing eateries in this part of the city; I recommend having lunch at Torvehallerne Street Food Market , a famous covered marketplace with stalls that sell local produce, gourmet foods, beverages & desserts.

Try traditional Smørrebrød at Hallernes and Oat Porridge  at  Grød .

How can you not stop for a coffee when you’re in a country that’s one of the top 10 coffee-drinking nations?

On average, every Dane consumes 1.46 cups of coffee per day. No better place to experience the Danish coffee culture than Coffee Collective .

Post lunch, visit the oldest functioning observatory in Europe, Round Tower ( Rundetaarn ).

Take the spiral walkway all the way up. The  view from the top of the tower  is just breathtaking. You can see all of central Copenhagen stretched out before you. As you head back down, make a stop at Trinitatis Church .

Walk through Indre By (Downtown Copenhagen) to Strøget Street ( the oldest and longest pedestrian street in the world).

Along the way, you’ll pass by several important landmarks – including  Copenhagen’s City Hall, Jens Olsen’s World Clock, Dragon Fountain, the statue of Hans Christian Andersen, Vesterport   (the West Gate) ,  Stork Fountain (Storkespringvandet) , the Church of the holy spirit (Helligåndskirken) , and King’s New Square (Kongens Nytorv) .

Now comes the last but not the least stop of the day, Christiansborg Palace .

One of the most important buildings (the center of power of Denmark) in Copenhagen, the palace is the seat of the Danish Parliament, the Danish Prime Minister’s Office, and the Supreme Court of Denmark. You can choose to visit the palace on your own or join a guided tour.

Riz Raz is a good option for dinner. It’s a charming Mediterranean restaurant not very far from Christianborg Palace. For those traveling with young kids, their children’s buffet is highly recommended.

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For a time-efficient and hassle-free exploration, you can join a guided walking tour of Copenhagen.

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Day 3: Day trip to Dragør via Øresund Bridge | Tivoli Gardens

After an exciting day in Copenhagen, it’s time to head out of the city. From impressive historic castles, charming coastal towns, and unique landscapes to iconic cities – you are really spoiled for choice when it comes to day trips from Copenhagen .

A day trip to the tiny fishing town of Dragør from Copenhagen is so so beautiful. I can’t recommend it enough!

It’s one of those places that made me think that dreams can be real. A beautiful drive from Copenhagen to Dragør via Öresund adds to the entire experience.

PS: On the way, you can make a pit stop at the National Aquarium of Denmark ( Den Blå Planet ), Northern Europe’s largest aquarium, especially if you are traveling with young kids.

A stone’s throw away (13 km) from the Danish capital, Dragør looks so ethereal and otherworldly that one may feel like they’ve jumped into the pages of a fairy tale.

Apart from immense beauty, the town holds rich cultural and historical value. It played an important role in the Holocaust during World War II.

The locals did everything they possibly could to rescue Danish Jews from the Nazis.

If you are all in for a destination that’s utterly charming yet remains offbeat, Dragør is for you. The town rightfully makes a place in a list of the hidden gems in Europe .

Spend some time strolling the cobbled streets and stopping by in-between to admire the quintessential canary-colored low thatched roof houses that date back to the 1700s.

The way the houses are adorned with exquisite lilac and lavender florals is praise-worthy. Browse some of the cute boutiques and art galleries around the town, sit with a cup of coffee at one of the cute sidewalk cafes, and soak up the old-world charm of the place.

It only takes two or three hours to explore this teeny-weeny Danish town.

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Come back to Copenhagen by early evening so you can visit the city’s iconic amusement park, Tivoli Gardens .

With so many amazing rides for kids of all ages, this second-oldest amusement park in the world is a must-visit for families traveling with kids. In fact, Tivoli lets adults unleash their inner child.

The Golden Tower, The Demon, The Lighthouse, and The Star Flyer are some of our favorite rides. For the best view over Copenhagen, don’t miss riding the Ferris Wheel.

PS: If you happen to visit Tivoli on any Saturday from May to September, stay late to enjoy the Fireworks Show that takes place at 23:45.

End your day with dinner at Tivoli Food Hall.

Grab a quick English breakfast at your accommodation as you have a long day today. You’ll be driving to the second largest city of Denmark, Aarhus while making a pit stop at the historic city of Roskilde.

A 40-minute drive away from Copenhagen, the fjord town of Roskilde is famous for its Viking history and heritage.

The two most important sights or high points of the town are Roskilde Cathedral and the Viking Ship Museum.

Once you’ve explored the cathedral and museum, head to Mumm for an authentic Danish lunch. Try their Free Fall Menu where you just sit back and let the chef decide for you.

If you are a vegetarian like us, I’d suggest you pre-order so they can prepare a vegetarian alternative to the Free Fall Menus.

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After a hearty lunch, drive to Aarhus. It takes a little less than 3 hours from Roskilde and the route includes a ferry.

You are supposed to reach Aarhus by late evening. You can visit La Cabra Coffee for a mandatory dose of caffeine or can check in to your hotel and enjoy a cup of coffee in your room before you head out for dinner.

We recommend Restaurant Frederikshoj for the most impressive and lavish fine dining experience ever. This Two MICHELIN Stars restaurant is sure to become the highlight of your trip to Aarhus. Promise.

Where to stay in Aarhus?

If you are traveling on a budget (yes, it’s possible to travel on a budget in one of the most expensive nations in the world), I’d recommend staying at a beautiful boutique hotel set in a 1930s building, Milling Hotel Ritz Aarhus City .

Just about 50m from the center, pretty much everything is within walking distance from this property. The hotel is family-friendly, rooms are comfy and clean, and on-site parking is available. The breakfast buffet is the cherry on the cake.

For those who love all things luxurious, Hotel Royal is a perfect choice. Set in a Neoclassical building dating back to1838, it’s ranked highly for its beautiful interiors, excellent location, and kid-friendly atmosphere.

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As you only have a day to explore the charming city of Aarhus, it’s vital to have an itinerary in place to make the most of your time in the City of Smiles (Smilets By).

It’s best to start with an early breakfast at Cross Cafe. After breakfast, take on the charming streets of Aarhus.

The city is small enough to get around on foot. You can take a self-guided walk or may choose to join a guided walking tour to learn the history and facts about the city.

As you stroll the streets of Aarhus, make sure to stop by the prettiest cobbled street in the town – Møllestien !

Lined with a row of pastel-colored half-timber houses dating back to the 18th century adorned with colorful flowers, vines, cute paned windows, and traditional picket fences, Møllestien is utterly beautiful.

Make your way towards the city center and walk around the main shopping street, Strøget . There are a good number of famous restaurants, cafes, small and big shops, museums, and architectural marvels along this pedestrianized high street.

You might want to check the tallest and longest church in Denmark, Aarhus Cathedral . The interiors are as impressive as the exteriors.

Take a break and grab something nice to eat at Aarhus Street Food . With good music, a nice ambiance, and varied food choices from all over the world at reasonable prices, it’s a cool place to enjoy a great meal.

Post lunch, take a refreshing walk along the harbor. If you have a thing for books, you should take some time to visit Dokk1 . It’s the biggest and the most beautiful library in Scandinavia.

Now it’s time to visit the most beloved attraction in Aarhus – ARoS Aarhus Art Museum .

The second-oldest public art museum in Aarhus and one of the largest art museums in Northern Europe, ARoS is worth visiting even if you aren’t an ardent art connoisseur because it showcases a unique rainbow panorama.

Yes. A halolike rainbow walkway, Your Rainbow Panorama by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson is a centerpiece of the museum.

It’s just beautiful walking the 150-meter-long, circular panoramic path that offers sweeping views of the city. A visit during sunset time adds to the entire experience.

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You can’t just visit Aarhus and not visit Den Gamle By , an open-air museum that recreates the Aarhus of the 1700s. It’s a beautiful walk through time.

End your time in Aarhus with an exceptional culinary experience at Domestic .

PS: If you are traveling to Aarhus from May until October, you must drop around The Infinite Bridge . It’s a circular bridge created by architect Niels Povlsgaard and Johan Gjødes that the city sets up by Varna Beach/Ballehage Beach every year between May and October.

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Today’s going to be an exciting day, especially for kids as you’ll be visiting Legoland in Billund. You’ll also spend some time exploring Odense on the way from Aarhus to Copenhagen.

A short (1 hour 15 minutes) drive from Aarhus takes you to Billund. It’s where the world’s most favorite toy LEGO was born! Ole Kirk Christiansen , a Danish carpenter from Billund invented Lego blocks around 1930.

I think this is one toy that prepares kids for life and caters to all age groups. Mini-me has been playing with Lego since she was 2 years old and loves it even as a teenager.

Legoland Billund Resort is a theme park that’s entirely built of Lego. Isn’t it exciting?

It’s fun looking at the mini models of famous buildings and sites from around the world. Lego House is another attraction that thrills Lego lovers of all age groups.

legoland billund denmark itinerary

If you are done with the theme park (oh I know you never will but the clock is ticking) then drive another 1 hour and 30 minutes to reach the fairytale town of Odense.

The most famous fairytale writer in the world, Hans Christian Andersen called it home.

You must have your lunch before you start exploring Odense. Head to Storms Pakhus (Odense Street Food) for a unique food experience.

A restored industrial warehouse houses about 24 food stalls, 12 creative workshops, and 6 bars. It’s a perfect place to grab a meal that offers taste, value, and satisfaction. The vibe is amazing too.

Now that you’re full it’s time to start the Odense sightseeing tour! Like any other Danish town, Odense is full of character.

Start with the Old Town and get charmed by the rustic cobbled streets speckled with colorful half-timbered houses.

This painstakingly preserved part of Odense exudes history. Take a stroll down Nedergade and Overgade , the two main streets in the Old Town.

You can join a guided tour of Odense.

As you stroll the streets of Odense, you must stop by one of the finest gothic buildings in Denmark, St. Canute’s Cathedral aka Odense Cathedral .

You are sure to be fascinated by its interior and exterior architectural details.

Next up is the Hans Christian Andersen Museum , a set of museums showcasing the life and times of the Danish master of the literary fairy tale, Hans Christian Andersen.

The buildings comprise – H. C. Andersen’s House, H. C. Andersen’s Childhood Home,  H. C. Andersen Museum, and Møntergården.

Stop for a cup of coffee and snack at Nelle’s Overgade . Located at a junction where the two of the prettiest streets of Odense – Overgade, and Nedergate meet, all hearts to this cozy little cafe <3

Bid adieu to Odense (until next time) and begin your journey (2 hours) to Copenhagen.

You are expected to reach Copenhagen by late evening. Check in to your hotel and enjoy dinner at your hotel’s restaurant or maybe opt for in-room dining as you must be tired to go out for dinner.

For the remaining 3 days in Denmark, you’ll base yourself in Copenhagen and explore the places around the Danish capital.

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Another wonderful day in Denmark! Day 7 lets you discover a famous international art museum, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, and the largest Renaissance castle in Scandinavia, Frederiksborg Castle.

What about a traditional Danish breakfast at the oldest bakery in Copenhagen, Sankt Peders Bageri before heading out of the city?

Their authentic melt-in-your-mouth pastries and cinnamon rolls take you to the world of sweet goodness from where you wouldn’t want to return 🙂 You’ll be lost in the aroma and flavor for days.

Well, if you manage to return to the real world 😉 it’s time you get going to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art .

With a perfect setting by the Öresund coast surrounded by beautiful grounds, the museum apart from its intriguing art collection offers great outdoor opportunities.

You can enjoy panoramic views of the sea and Sweden across from its terrace. Sit back and relax at Louisiana Café while savoring the cakes and a cup of hot coffee.

Your next destination, Frederiksborg Castle , is only 30 minutes away from the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.

Set on three islands encircled by a lake and extensive gardens, the castle looks simply stunning. It was built in the early 1700s by King Christian IV.

The palatial complex houses the Museum of National History . A tour through the museum narrates 500 years of the history of Denmark.

Frederiksborg Castle Chapel  is not to be missed. It’s the only part of the complex that survived the fire of 1859 and still flaunts the original decoration dating from the time of King Christian IV.

You must take the little ferry ride around the castle lake.

If you have time, include a walk through the little town of Hillerød.

Hungry? Head to Cafe Havehuset , a little cute baroque garden house café with an absolutely gorgeous setting.

Grab a seat on their lovely outdoor terrace and enjoy a simple yet tasty menu. Pizza lovers can go to Montalbano for authentic Italian pizza.

End your day trip with yummy gelato at Giovanni’s .

A short 35-minute drive from Hillerød brings you back to Copenhagen. It’s time to retire to your hotel room, lounge on the comfy bed, and enjoy the room service while watching your favorite series on Netflix .

kronborg castle helsingør

After a healthy breakfast at Cafe Feel Good or Mad & Kaffe , kick off your day trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kronborg Slot in Helsingør that’s about an hour’s drive away from Copenhagen.

Your trip to Denmark is incomplete without visiting the famous Kronborg Castle a famous castle immortalized by Shakespeare in the 16th century! Yes, here’s where Shakespeare’s classic Hamlet was set. Thus, it’s fondly named Hamlet’s Castle.

Shakespeare named the castle Elsinore in Hamlet and since then it has become the English name for Helsingør.

Owing to its strategic position at the head of Øresund Sound , Helsingør was considered one of the most important towns in Europe and this majestic castle would collect sound dues or tolls from all ships passing into the Baltic Sea.

You can explore the castle on one of the three guided tours of different lengths. While making your way through the creepy crypts and catacombs of Kronborg, you are sure to bump into the stone statue of Holger the Dane (Holger Danske) who’s cited as a legendary figure in Danish culture.

Legend has it that he’ll wake from his rock throne to defend Helsingør if ever he senses trouble.

Bardolaters are recommended to plan a trip around August because that’s the month when Hamlet’s Castle hosts the Shakespeare Festival .

As you know the narrow Øresund strait in Helsingør separates Denmark from Sweden, and it’s easy to see Sweden from the city’s waterfront.

The best way to enjoy the views of Sweden is by climbing to the top of Kronborg Castle. What you see in the distance is the city of Helsingborg in Sweden.

Once you are done exploring the castle, visit Værftets Food Market for a mouth-watering variety of street food from different corners of the world.

Located in an old shipyard, the food market with its overwhelming diversity of food is a delight to visit.

After you’ve eaten your fill of amazing street food, spend some time checking out the Øresund Aquarium and the M/S Maritime Museum .

They are located close to Kronborg Castle and are great kid-friendly attractions.

Before you head back to Copenhagen, the last but not the least recommended thing is to take in the vibe of Hamlet’s Town.

Stroll the quaint narrow alleyways of Helsingør speckled with well-preserved half-timbered houses that not only exude charm but unfold the historic character of this little town.

Next, head off straight to Nørrebro in Copenhagen. Stop in a small café in Arrebro to fuel up for the rest of your day!

Walk about 200 meters from the cafe to reach a unique urban park, Superkilen . Designed by Bjarke Ingels Group, Superflex, and Topotek1, it’s a beautiful public space showcasing the diversity in the neighborhood of Nørrebro aiming to bring people of different ethnicities together.

The park features interesting articles from around the world like fountains from Morocco, benches from Brazil, swings from Iraq, and a black octopus slide from Japan.

I was quite impressed to see how uniquely and thoughtfully a public space is created that’s not just an escape from city life but is a one-of-a-kind attraction in itself.

For an amazing food experience, eat at Bistro Lupa and give a perfect ending to the day!

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Ø12 is one of the best spots in Copenhagen that offers a great breakfast menu to get you going. Serving up hearty breakfast dishes and hot coffee, it’s a small local gem!

Today, you’re going to witness two of the best natural wonders in Denmark – Møns Klint and Stevns Klint.

About an hour’s drive from south of Copenhagen lies the cliffs of Stevns, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It’s the finest place in the world to witness traces of the asteroid that hit the Earth 66 million years ago.

A little further (around 1 hour 30 minutes) from Stevns stretches over the 70 million-year-old chalk cliffs of Møn.

There are many fun ways to experience Møns Klint. Kids will love to discover ancient fossils with folks at GeoCenter Møns Klint .

Mons Klint is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Also, it’s the first Dark Sky Park in Scandinavia along with Nyord which makes it one of the best places to experience the star-studded night sky.

If you are visiting Denmark between September and March, you can book a family cabin at Camp Møns Klint or sleep under the stars in a Dark Sky Camp .

Take a guided tour where you have a chance to witness the Milky Way, star clusters, planets, nebulae, galaxies, and even meteor showers or aurora borealis.

Located on top of the cliff, Café Møns Klint is a charming spot to enjoy lunch with family. You can choose to sit inside or outside on a panorama terrace.

ND122 is another nice restaurant close to Mons Klint.

Make your way back into the city. Decide if you want to relax for a bit at your hotel before you go out for dinner or want to have a cozy dinner in your hotel room – it’s your call.

If you plan to dine out, I’d recommend the gem of a place named Alchemist , a Michelin-starred restaurant for an immersive culinary experience.

If you want a go for quick bites, for a change (because you’ve had a lot of beautifully plated fine dining encounters), head to Hija de Sanchez for the best tacos in Copenhagen.

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It’s your last day in Denmark so make the most of it.

It’s yours to spend however you want to. Aimlessly stroll the streets and enjoy the chance encounters or relish Danish-style authentic hot dogs at John’s Hotdog Deli or shop for souvenirs to bring back home a piece of Denmark or what about a last cup of coffee at The Coffee Collective ?

And yes, make it a point to reach the airport on time considering you’ve to drop your rental car at the airport depot before beginning your journey back home.

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4 thoughts on “Denmark Itinerary: How to Spend 10 Days in Denmark”

Hi, thanks for sharing your 10 day itinerary. I think most of this can work for my wife and I when we go in late April. Did you basically stay 4 nights in Copenhagen, 2 nights in Aarhus, and another 4 nights in Copenhagen?

All the best.

Hi Sherwood,

I’m glad you found our itinerary for Denmark useful. Yes, we stayed in Copenhagen for most of our trip and took day trips. We were able to touch all the regions of Denmark except the northern region.

Thank you for sharing this 10 day itinerary. We are considering a vacation in early June. My question is about the car rental – which location did you rent from? Did you need to park the car in Copenhagen, any advice on that? Thank you.

I’m glad you found the 10-day itinerary helpful for your upcoming vacation in June! Regarding the car rental, we picked up our car directly from Copenhagen Airport. It was quite convenient to start our journey from there.

As for parking in Copenhagen, we mostly left our car at the Airbnb where we stayed, as it offered free parking. My advice would be to avoid using the car for city exploration in Copenhagen because like most European cities, parking can be quite a challenge – it’s either hard to find or pretty expensive. Plus, most parking spots have time limits, so you need to be mindful of that. For getting around the city, public transport or even biking is a more hassle-free option. Hope this helps, and have a great trip!

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Daily budget Basic €55/occasional treat €85. Drink Carlsberg (pint) €5. Food Pølser (Danish hot dog) €3.50. Hostel/budget hotel €25/€65. Travel Copenhagen–Århus Train: €55/Bus: €42

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Danish police are generally courteous and most speak English. For all emergencies dial 112. For prescriptions , doctors’ consultations and dental work – but not hospital visits – you have to pay on the spot.

Most places have a tourist office that can help with accommodation. They’re open daily in the most popular spots, but have reduced hours from October to March. All airports and many train stations also offer a hotel booking service.

Post offices are open Monday to Friday from 9.30/10am to 5/6pm and Saturday from 9.30/10am to noon/2pm, with reduced hours in smaller communities. You can buy stamps from most newsagents. If you’re in Denmark long-term, consider buying a Danish SIM for your mobile – prepaid cards from operators such as Telmore and CBB are available from petrol stations and post offices from 99kr. Internet access is free at libraries and some tourist offices; omnipresent coffee chain Baresso offers free wi-fi, as do many cafés and restaurants. Many towns and cities also have free wi-fi zones.

Currency is the krone (plural kroner), made up of 100 øre. It comes in notes of 50kr, 100kr, 200kr, 500kr and 1000kr, and coins of 50øre, 1kr, 2kr, 5kr, 10kr and 20kr. Banking hours are Monday to Friday from 9.30/10am to 4pm, Thursday until 5.30/6pm. Banks are plentiful and are the easiest place to exchange cash , although they usually charge around 50kr per transaction: the rate charged by a bank for withdrawing from an ATM is just as competitive. Most airports and ferry terminals have late-opening exchange facilities, and ATMs are widespread.

At the time of writing, €1 = 7.5kr, US$1 = 6.6kr and £1 = 9.4kr.

Standard shop hours are Monday to Thursday from 9/10am to 5.30/6pm, Friday from 9/10am to 7/8pm, Saturday from 9am to 1/2pm (though in larger cities, several will stay open until 5pm on Saturday). Many larger shops and department stores are also open on Sundays for limited hours. All shops and banks are closed, and public transport and many museums run to Sunday schedules on public holidays : January 1; Maundy Thursday to Easter Monday; Prayer Day (4th Fri after Easter); Ascension (fortieth day after Easter); Whit Sunday and Monday; Constitution Day (June 5); December 24 (pm only); December 25 and 26. On International Workers’ Day , May 1, many offices and shops close at noon.

Your ISIC card will get you thirty to fifty percent off most museum and gallery admission prices, although free entry is often available on Wednesdays and Sundays. If you’re staying long-term a DSB Wildcard (185kr), which offers fifty percent off train fares for a year, can be worthwhile.

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Denmark In 1 Week: The Ultimate Itinerary

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For a country that’s relatively small, Denmark has a lot to offer. You can visit bustling cities, admire the coastline in small fishing towns, marvel at the country’s architecture, and walk through its historical sites. If you only have 1 week to spend in Denmark, here’s how to make the most of it.

Table of Contents

Introduction:, day 1: copenhagen, day 2: copenhagen, day 3: copenhagen, day 4: frederiksborg castle day trip, day 5: dragør, day 6: aarhus, day 7: aarhus, useful tips for traveling in denmark:, final thoughts:, how this itinerary works:.

  • On the first 3 days of your trip, you’ll spend your time in the Danish capital of Copenhagen.
  • Then, for the next 2 days, you’ll take 2 day trips from Denmark’s capital city: One to explore 2 castles, and another day trip to a village called Dragør.
  • On the last 2 days of your visit, you’ll stay in Aarhus and see what makes the second-largest city in Denmark so special.

You can adapt this itineary:

Although this article is for a 7-day trip to Denmark, please feel free to adapt it to your travel needs, for example, if you only have 3 days in Denmark, you could do 2 days in Copenhagen, then a day trip to Frederiksborg Castle. All of the itineraries written on Earth Curious can be taken and split down day by day for total flexibility.

Editorial note:

Before we begin, a little editorial note, our goal with this itinerary is to make it super easy to follow. We provide Google Maps links to all of the major places we talk about, this includes sights, hotels, and restaurants! In addition, this guide was last updated in March 2023.

Now, let’s get started with your itinerary for the place that is consistently named the “happiest country in the world.”

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As the capital city of Denmark, Copenhagen has plenty of cool things to experience. The city offers a mix of charming historical sites, trendy restaurants, and an effortless modern Scandivanian atmosphere. On your first day, you will get settled in the city and explore Copenhagen’s most well-known attractions.

What to do and see in Copenhagen, day 1:

Rosenborg Castle – Google Maps Link

Start the day with a visit to Rosenborg Castle and the King’s Garden. The castle, built by Christian IV in the 17th century, is a beautiful Renaissance-era structure. The architecture is stunning, and the inside is lavishly decorated. The Knights’ Hall has three full-size silver lions standing guard over the coronation thrones. You’ll also see Denmark’s crown jewels in a secure vault at the castle.

After exploring the interior, wander the gardens which have been converted into a public park.

Amalienborg Palace – Google Maps Link

Next, head to Amalienborg Palace, home of Denmark’s current monarch, Margrethe II. Show up in time to see the new guard march through the city centre at 11:30 am for the changing of the guard at noon. If you are very lucky, you might even see one of the royal family members driving out of the palace area, so keep your eyes peeled.

At the Amalienborg Museum, you can get an idea of what the rooms of different monarchs looked like. After leaving the museum, you’ll be near Frederik’s Church, an impressive church with distinctive rococo architecture.

Nyhavn (New Harbour) – Google Maps Link

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This is perhaps what you have been waiting for, when you see Copenhagen advertised, it’s often with an image of Nyhavn.

In the afternoon, spend time exploring Nyhavn (New Harbour). This buzzing canal district is full of bright townhomes that house bars, restaurants, and cafes. Author Hans Christian Andersen lived in several different houses in this district during his lifetime.

Take a canal tour to cruise around and learn more about the history of the area.

Where to eat in Copenhagen, day 1?

While in Nyhavn, it’s a lot of fun to eat at the restaurants and cafes right on the canal.

  • For a traditional Danish lunch or dinner, head to Hyttefadet.
  • For Japanese cuisine made with fresh Scandinavian ingredients, try out Damindra.
  • For a cozy atmosphere, go to Faergekro to try out the delicious daily lunch buffet featuring unfussy Danish food.

Where to stay in Copenhagen?

  • $$$ – Manon Les Suites
  • $$ – Kanalhuset
  • $ – Steel House Copenhagen

Get ready for another full day of visiting Denmark’s largest city. Copenhagen is well-designed with infrastructure that makes the city compact and accessible. It’s easy to get around the city to explore. Today, you’ll be visiting several sites that give you a glimpse of the area’s rich cultural heritage.

What to do and see in Copenhagen, day 2?

The Little Mermaid – Google Maps Link

Start the morning off at the Langelinie promenade to see The Little Mermaid Statue inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale. The small sculpture created by Edvard Eriksen in the early 1910s is one of the city’s most visited attractions.

I have to say, when I visited the statue it was a lot smaller than expected, and other people reviewing the attraction have said the same. So, if you only have one day in Copenhagen I would personally skip this.

Kastellet – Google Maps Link

Near the sculpture, you can visit the Kastellet. This star-shaped citadel was built in 1626. The building houses military barracks and offices, but the area is open to the public and has good walking paths.

Design Museum Denmark – Google Maps Link

Then, make your way to the Design Museum Denmark. The museum highlights Denmark’s best pieces of design including architecture, furniture, consumer goods, and fashion. Danish design, and Scandinavian design in general, has a very specific look, so it’s interesting to learn more about the history of Danish design here.

The Round Tower – Google Maps Link

In the afternoon, visit the Round Tower. The observatory was built in the 17th century and is still used by amateur astronomers today. You can look out at Copenhagen on the observatory’s outdoor platform. Besides the observatory, the tower also has a library hall which has been turned into an exhibition space.

Tivoli Gardens – Google Maps Link

You can’t visit Copenhagen without going to Tivoli Gardens, so visit the world’s second-oldest amusement park in the evening. The park is at its most magical with the lights on in the dark, and the fireworks and lights show is worth seeing. Note: the amusement park does close for small periods throughout the year, so be sure to check out the park’s website before deciding to visit.

Where to eat in Copenhagen, day 2?

  • At lunchtime, try out Nyboders Kokken , a welcoming little restaurant serving traditional Danish cuisine.
  • Another good option for traditional Danish food is Restaurant Skindbuksen , one of Copenhagen’s oldest restaurants which first opened in 1728 as a tap room.
  • For something a touch fancier, try out Amalie . This restaurant, which also serves traditional Danish cuisine, has been in the Michelin guide several times.

You could spend days just exploring everything Copenhagen has to offer, but today will be your third full day in Copenhagen because you’ll still want to have time to see more in Denmark. You head to one more of the city’s most popular attractions in the morning. Then, you can explore a few sites that not every tourist makes it to.

What to do and see in Copenhagen, day 3?

Strøget Shopping Street – Google Maps Link

Start off the morning with a walk down Strøget. This pedestrian-only street is filled with cool shops and restaurants. Shops include well-known budget-friendly stores like Zara and H&M alongside designer stores like Louis Vuitton and Giorgio Armani. For Danish fashion, check out Mads Nørgaard and & Other Stories. No matter how old you are, make sure to browse through Lego’s flagship store on Strøget.

Torvehallerne Market – Google Maps Link

Make your way to Torvehallerne Market right in the center of Copenhagen to see the fresh food market. You can browse around the stalls selling fresh produce, fish, meat, cheese, and various pastries. You can come here for lunch or just spend time enjoying the atmosphere.

Vesterbro Neighborhood – Google Maps Link

In the afternoon, explore the Vesterbro neighborhood. While this area was once best known for being the city’s red-light district, the neighborhood attracts visitors thanks to its cool atmosphere today. Browse through the area’s trendy boutiques or edgy secondhand shops. Visit the Meatpacking District in the center of Vesterbro to find the best restaurants, art galleries, and fun nightclubs in the city.

Where to eat in Copenhagen, day 3?

  • Stop at the Royal Smushi Cafe on Strøget to sit and sip on a drink and have a small bite while taking a break from shopping.
  • If you’d like a more substantial meal while shopping, stop by Riz Raz for Mediterranean-style cuisine.
  • At Torvehallerne, you’ll find the best coffee at Coffee Collective (a chain).
  • You can also get a great classic sandwich at Hallernes Smørrebrød (a chain).

Travel time: 1 hour train + walk.

Take a day trip to Hillerød to see Frederiksborg Castle just a short distance from Copenhagen. The castle is often called the Versailles of Denmark. If you want to visit more than one castle today, you can also visit Kronborg Castle in Helsingør.

How to get to Frederiksborg Castle?

This is easy! To get to Frederiksborg Castle, you must take a train from Copenhagen’s main train station to Hillerød st. Upon arriving at Hillerød st, you must walk around 20 minutes to reach Frederiksborg Castle.

Trains take 38 minutes and run every 20 minutes. Tickets cost 74kr ($7 USD) one-way as of March 2023.

You can book tickets online, and view the train timetable on the official Danish railway website. In addition, we have made the route on Google Maps which you can view here .

What to do and see near Frederiksborg Castle?

Frederiksborg Castle is located on three islands in the middle of a lake. The castle, built by King Christian IV in the 17th century, is the largest Renaissance castle in Scandinavia. The castle now houses the Museum of National History.

As you explore the museum, you find portraits, paintings, and other objects representing 500 years of Danish history. After seeing the museum, take time to enjoy the beautiful baroque garden with cascades and parterre flower beds.

Fancy another castle?

It takes under an hour to get from Frederiksborg Castle to Kronborg Castle by train if you decide you want to visit both in one day. See the Google Maps route here . Literature lovers should definitely make the trip to Kronborg castle as it’s the castle where Shakespeare set his play Hamlet in.

Kronborg Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Each day multiple guided tours take place. You can also explore the crypts and catacombs under the castle.

Where to eat near Frederiksborg Castle?

  • While visiting Frederiksborg Castle, you can eat at the Leonora restaurant . Named after Christian IV’s favorite daughter, this a la carte restaurant overlooks the castle lake and is located in a building originally used as the castle’s stables in the 1600s.

Where to eat near Kronborg Castle?

  • If you’re interested in getting dinner in Helsingor after visiting Kronborg Castle, try out La Dolce Vita for delicious authentic Italian dishes.

Travel time: 30-40 minutes by train, then bus.

Enjoy one of Denmark’s charming villages on a day trip to Dragør from Copenhagen. Dragør is a fishing village located on the island of Amager. The village itself is beautiful and its surrounding are equally scenic. It was founded as a fishing port in the 12th century and was further settled in the early 16th century.

How to get to Dragør?

To reach Dragør, take a train from Copenhagen Central Station to Tårnby, then from Tårnby, catch a 20 minute bus to Dragør. You can view the route on Google Maps here .

What to do and see in Dragør?

Dragør is a complete change of pace from the bustling activity in Copenhagen despite being only about 8 miles away. If you would rather bike instead of taking the bus to Dragør, it would take you roughly 45 minutes to get there.

One of the best things to do in the village is to visit Dragør Old Town. This area has narrow cobblestone streets lined with pastel painted houses built in the 1700s. As you walk along the streets, make your way to the promenade near the sea. Here you’ll be able to see the Amager coast and get a view of the Oresund Bridge which connects Copenhagen to Malmo, Sweden. Nearby, you’ll also find Dragør Fort. Built in 1910, this fort has been converted into a hotel, but it’s open to the public and you can climb to the top to see the views.

Despite being a small village, you’ll find lots of museums in Dragør. Pick one or two that interest you to visit. The Pilot Museum is one of the most popular museums and houses exhibits showcasing 400 years of piloting history. The Dragør Museum has exhibits on the history of seafaring. And, the Mølsted Museum is a small museum showcasing art by marine painter Christian Mølsted, a local artist who lived from 1860 to 1930.

If you would like to explore the beaches, MorMor Beach has beautiful views of the Oresund bridge. It’s also a good location for families to visit. Dragør South Beach is another favorite beach. You can take a walk along the paths or swim in the clear waters. You might even spot some seals.

Where to eat in Dragør?

  • Try out Cafe Espersen for traditional Danish dishes. During the summer, it’s especially nice to enjoy the view of the harbor while eating fresh seafood and sipping a glass of cold rosé.
  • Another good option is Cafe Sylten . This cozy restaurant located right by the sea is the perfect place to enjoy the brunch buffet offered every weekend.

Travel time: 3 hours by train from Copenhagen Central Station.

Aarhus is Denmark’s second-largest city. This beautiful Danish city is located by the sea on Denmark’s northeast coast. While you could fly from Copenhagen to Aarhus, taking the train is more enjoyable. While Aarhus is sometimes overshadowed by the capital city, Aarhus is quickly gaining attention thanks to its amazing restaurants, vibrant nightlife, and architectural landmarks. Escape from the crowds and enjoy your time in Aarhus.

How to get to Aarhus?

Take a train from Copenhagen Central Station to Aarhus. Ticket prices range from 100-400kr ($10-40 USD) one-way depending on your departure time. You can book tickets online, and view the train timetable on the official Danish railway website.

What to do and see in Aarhus, day 1?

Den Gamle By – Google Maps Link

On your first day in Aarhus, spend your time learning about the area’s history and visit a few of the city’s neighborhoods. One of the biggest attraction in the city is Den Gamle By (The Old Town). This open-air museum contains authentic Danish building relocated to the museum from all over the country. It is set up to recreate Danish neighborhoods from 1927 and 1974. There are also museums and galleries located in some of the buildings. You could easily spend half the day wandering around this unique open-air museum.

Latin Quarter – Google Maps Link

While in Aarhus, be sure to visit the Latin Quarter, an area full of colorful houses, hip cafes, trendy boutiques, and art galleries. You’ll also find several medieval churches in this area. Trinitatis Kirke was built during the 17th century, and Vor Frue Kirke has the oldest bells in Denmark.

The most popular place to be in the Latin Quarter is Pustervig Torv Square. Here you’ll find unique boutiques and art galleries located all around the square. In the evening, stop by Mig og Ølsnedkeren in the Latin Quarter to try out the microbrews on tap.

Where to eat in Aarhus, day 1?

Aarhus has a growing culinary scene and has won awards for its gourmet dining options.

  • For a nice Italian, check out Grappa Aps , located in the heart of Aarhus.
  • For an elegant meal, head to L’Estragon . You find seasonal plates made from organic ingredients.
  • If you’re interested in having seafood, Oli Nico is the place to go. The restaurant feels like a cross between a British fish and chip shop and a French bistro.

Where to stay in Aarhus?

  • $$$ – Villa Provence Hotel
  • $$ – Hotel Oasia
  • $ – Cabinn Aarhus Hotel

Prepare to make the most of your final day in Denmark. Finish up your weeklong trip with a few Aarhus’s popular attractions. Today, you’ll visit several museums, walk through beautiful gardens, explore the marina, and, of course, enjoy delicious cuisine. It’s no wonder that Aarhus was named one of the European Capitals of Culture several years ago.

What to do and see in Aarhus, day 2?

ARoS Aarhus Art Museum – Google Maps Link

Aarhus has several world-class museums. The ARoS Aarhus Art Museum is a must-visit. With 9 floors of exhibitions, it’s one of the largest museums in Northern Europe. It’s most famous exhibit is the rainbow panorama, a glass walkway on the museum’s rooftop.

Moesgaard Museum – Google Maps Link

Another good museum to visit is the Moesgaard Museum. This museum is dedicated to archaeology and ethnography.

Aarhus Botanic Garden – Google Maps Link

While in Aarhus, make sure to visit the Botanic Garden. It’s one of the largest parks in the city, and it’s the perfect place to spend the afternoon exploring the grounds. The park also has a tropical house with four different climate zones. One of the zones even has a large treehouse. The Botanic Garden is worth visiting yearround. 

Aarhus Yacht Marina – Google Maps Link

Another popular place to visit is the Aarhus yacht marina (Aarhus Lystbådehavn). You can rent a paddle board and wetsuit to get out on the water. Even if you’re not interested in paddle boarding, it’s a lot of fun to walk through the marina and see the beautiful sail boats. Make a stop at the Harbor Bath while you’re there. The complex is made up of a swimming pool, a diving pool, children’s pools, and two saunas. 

Where to eat in Aarhus, day 2?

  • Enjoy some baked goods first thing in the morning at Langenæs Bageriet .
  • If you want to have brunch try out Globen Flakket for a cozy meal next to the canal.
  • Or try out one of the city’s trendy modern restaurants: At Spiselauget , you can enjoy delicious gastropub-inspired food made with local seasonal ingredients.

After visiting Aarhus you can either continue your travels from there, or catch a train/flight back to Copenhagen to return home.

Now that you know what to do during your visit to Denmark, here are a few tips to make your trip go smoothly.

  • No matter what season you’re visiting, pack clothes you can layer.
  • Getting a city card in Copenhagen can help reduce the amount of money you spend during your trip.
  • Danes are courteous and follow rules. They expect the same from visitors as well.

The best time to visit Denmark:

The best time to visit Denmark is during the summer months: June, July, and August. The daylight hours are the longest during these months and the weather is just warm enough to be pleasant while exploring.

With this being said, any time of year is good to go if you’re prepared to dress for it. I have been in the depths of winter before and loved it! Hygge is a concept from Denmark afterall!

What is the currency of Denmark?

The currency of Denmark is the Danish Krone (kr)

Can you drink tap water in Denmark?

Tap water in Denmark is safe to drink. Denmark works hard to protect their groundwater from contamination and pollution. As a result, the water in the country is some of the cleanest water possible. Most people also find that the water tastes good straight from the tap.

The language of Denmark:

Danish is the official language of Denmark. Many people in Denmark speak English, and you’ll also find German or French on road signs.

Here are a few basic expressions in Danish that are nice to know when traveling in Denmark.

Goddag – Good day

Hej – Hello

Farvel – Goodbye

Ja – Yes

Nej – No

Tak – Thank you

Undskyld – Excuse me

Is Denmark safe?

Denmark is ranked as one of the safest countries in the world. The crime rates in Denmark are relatively low, and the risk for the usual dangers travelers tend to face is low as well. Still, you should use common sense and remain alert in any situation you find yourself in.

All that’s left to do is to pack your bags and head to Denmark. There are so many interesting and beautiful sites to see in Denmark, but you’ll be able to enjoy a few of the best things the country has to offer during your weeklong visit.

As you plan your visit, make sure to take a look at all of our guides to Denmark . If you’re planning to visit other Scandinavian countries, we also have guides to Norway , Sweden , and Finland .

If you have any comments on the itinerary or have any suggestions, please be sure to leave me a comment! And, most importantly, stay Earth Curious!

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Denmark travel guide: Everything you need to know before you go

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Somewhere in the Danish countryside – amid the swan-filled lakes, royal gardens, and oak woods – lie the settings where Hans Christian Andersen was inspired to pen the world’s best-selling fairy tales. In the 19th century, the writer was taken by his homeland’s lily ponds and castle estates, riverbanks and chalk cliffs, and yet still today, it’s not hard to fall for such superlative landscapes. For Denmark is a kingdom with scenery and stories to set anyone dreaming.

To begin, Copenhagen has been one of the world’s most appealing capitals for some years, with culture, design, architecture, canals, castles, and Carlsberg on tap – admittedly, it’s tough to squeeze it all in, no matter how much time you have. And if your wallet can take it, the city is a hub for Michelin-star dining .

Away from the tourist crowds, many prefer the cities of Aarhus , Aalborg, and Odense – each is bewitchingly attractive – while the spaces in between are filled with jigsaw-piece fjords, more than 400 islands, beach towns, theme parks and epic Viking sites that live up to their billing. Life is good in Denmark, so it’s hardly surprising the Danish are regularly voted amongst the world’s happiest. Lucky them.

Travel restrictions

Since 2021, travellers arriving in Denmark have not been subject to any Covid-19 restrictions. No proof of vaccination, recovery, or testing is required for entry and the country has done away with all mask and social distancing.

Best time to go

Whether there’s a more rewarding time to visit Denmark than any other is a topic of speculation, but – for most travellers – the country is at its most playful in summer. Cities roll out festivals galore ( Roskilde in late June is Glastonbury-gone-Scandi) and, with every second Dane heading to a wood-clad cabin or holiday cottage, sand-swept beach destinations from Klitmøller (aka Cold Hawaii) to Bornholm do their best to recast the North and Baltic Seas as something akin to the Mediterranean.

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It could also be claimed that the Danes know how to do December travel-bragging better than anywhere: Copenhagen and its seasonal Tivoli Gardens , in particular, are devoted to spice-laden cookies, festive merry-go-rounds and an explosion of fairy-lit decorations in the cold still air. For the ultimate festive hit, splurge at Nimb Hotel , the park’s embarkation point into pinch-yourself fantasy.

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Possibly the world’s best city? To the Danes, it’s sacred – and perhaps you’ll think so too. For the uninitiated, it’s a green powerhouse with cycle superhighways, vitreously clear harbour swimming pools, upcycled warehouse districts and fair trade food courts, plus Hamlet-style castles next to bohemian districts. In truth, there’s no real guidebook itinerary to follow, as Copenhagen is a city that rewards a freewheeling approach (and that also means it’s best explored by bike). Discovering the latest food or drink fad is also a local obsession.

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For 2023, Copenhagen has been announced as Unesco’s latest World Capital of Architecture . Additionally, Designmuseum Denmark , which tells the proud and unequalled story of Danish design, is to reopen after two years of renovation.

The country’s most atmospheric medieval city is chock-a-block with fairy tale tropes: witch’s hat churches, hunched streets, royal gardens and even a Cinderella-worthy palace. That it was the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen helps fuel such interpretation, but so does the imagination-inspiring HC Andersen’s Hus , a museum tribute to the author that’s now rooted above and below the heart of the historic core. Beyond the city limits, expect scenery fit for royalty, from unmissable Egeskov Castle and its rose gardens to Broholm , a living estate and museum now run as a swanky hotel.

The stunning Limfjord, the inland sea that slices through North Jutland, is a region of old secrets and old stories. Viking ships once sailed there and precious seafood cargo was shipped from it to the palaces of Catherine the Great in Saint Petersburg across the Baltic Sea – this kind of history ripples along the fjord. In Nykøbing Mors , you can join tours from the Danish Shellfish Center on a hunt for some of Europe’s last remaining wild oysters – what you find you can slurp straight from the shell. The fjord is home to a rich vein of belt-loosening restaurants. Two places to get stuck in are Sallingsund Faergerko , a historic inn that opened in 1694, and Limfjordens Østersbar , a raw bar in Glyngøre with a stellar fjord panorama.

Factor in less hyperbole and more cultural refinement than at Disneyland and you have this sleepy town turned Lego headquarters, with a Legoland theme park, Lego-themed hotels and a carousel of absolutely terrific family-friendly attractions. For the backstory, the Danish toy company invented its interlocking bricks there 90 years ago – opening its first theme park beside the factory in 1968 – and it’s obvious that, over time, play has percolated into the town’s DNA. It packs out with nearly four million visitors every year, so avoid the summer influx and stick to the quieter months of late spring or early autumn. And if the plastic blocks brought comfort to you while growing up, don’t miss the terrific Lego House , a hybrid of museum and playground, with jaw-dropping models and ingenious interactive displays.

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The bridge across the Wadden Sea causeway to the island of Rømø is the gateway to Unesco-listed Wadden Sea National Park , a swathe of beaches and estuaries and the largest protected area in the country. If the pace of modern life is too frenetic for you, then harmony can be found on beach walks in company with spoonbills, starlings and the odd seal – this is the Denmark that most Danes aren’t familiar with. There’s even an argument that says this is west coast Denmark’s ultimate foodie hangout: oysters are an undervalued currency in Denmark, yet an astonishing 72,000 tonnes of the bivalves lie on Rømø ’s seabed. At low-tide you can fill a bucket with free pearl-shaped shells right from the shore; understandably, the local catchphrase is “if you can’t beat ’em, eat ’em”. To finish your west coast experience, visit gloriously pretty Tønder , the oldest market town in Denmark.

Fyn vineyards

Denmark was only accepted as a commercial wine growing area within the European Union in 2000, but what’s remarkable is how the country has one of the fastest growing viticulture industries on the planet. Utter delight can be found along the coasts of Zealand, Jutland and, most recently, Fyn. In truth, some of the sparkling wines and rielsings are still a little experimental (and pricier than those from more established vineyards), but with climate change pushing grape harvests further north every year, the intentions of Danish winemakers are clear: things are only going to get better. Seek out Kimesbjerggaard Vingaard , overlooking the island of Lyø; Svendborg Vingård on the south coast of Fyn’ or Stokkebye — one of the country’s most successful producers of pinot noir.

Hiking clifftop paths, cycling fertile farmlands, swimming on child-friendly beaches, watching sunrise while fishing the coast – the island of Samsø offers all the usual holiday draws, but with one major exception: it’s the world’s first renewable energy island and is completely self-sufficient (indeed, 90% of the island’s wind turbines are owned by locals). Which is to say, holidaying here without guilt and without compromise is the real deal. Thankfully, the beaches, bays, and country walks are as beautiful as anywhere in the country and, as the island is nicknamed Denmark’s ‘vegetable garden’, rest assured that eating out is just as sustainable and green.

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From much-photographed Nyhavn to up-and-coming Opera Park on the waterfront, Copenhagen is a city designed for cyclists and its matrix-like layout of bike pathways and car-free lanes speaks to the sort of smart urbanism that every city could benefit from. The pinnacle is the Harbour Ring, a 10-mile loop past many of the capital’s must-sees – gear shifting past the Royal Danish Opera House and Black Diamond Library is rather the point of coming to this forward-thinking capital in the first place.

Stay in a ‘badehoteller’

Flitting between sun-drenched shoreline and wind-whipped wild coast, the Danish seaside offers up a hit-or-miss proposition, but nonetheless the country has a strong tradition of beach hotels. Known as badehoteller, these luxurious boltholes and architectural spa properties are as much destinations as the postcard towns and villages they inhabit, with a clear-sighted focus on the slow pace of living and a rich celebration of local food. Rødvig Kro & Badehotel near the chalk and limestone cliffs of Stevns Klint is a favourite, while Skagen at the tip of North Jutland is home to Ruth’s Hotel , a slice of The Hamptons transported to the North Sea coast. Coming in 2024 is Gilleleje Sø- og Havbad (literally, sea and ocean bath), a historical town hall transformed into a boutique hotel in popular Zealand resort town Gilleleje .

Drive the Marguerite Route

Which Denmark do you want? How about all of it. The country-wide Margeurite Route was inaugurated in 1991 as a tribute to Queen Margrethe II and takes in a whopping collection of 1,000-odd castles and attractions to best showcase Danish landscape and history away from the main roads. In one direction that could take you from Holsteinborg Castle on the south coast of Zealand to Herreborgen Borreby , one of Scandinavia’s best-preserved renaissance bastions. Alternatively, it could begin in Jutland, with the road motoring between 12th-century Børglum Abbey north of Aalborg to Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse . Your roadside guide? A succession of signposts decorated with the queen’s favourite flower: the Marguerite daisy.

Getting around

Denmark is a delight to road trip or “bikepack” around, with easy-on-the-eye roadside attractions and infrastructure as good as anywhere in Europe. For train travel, rail operator DSB offers bargain online ‘Orange’ train tickets , offering reduced prices outside rush hour and bigger discounts the sooner you buy. For further travel ideas, see Visit Denmark .

How to get there

The cheapest and quickest way to get to Denmark is on a budget flight into Copenhagen or Billund with the likes of easyJet and Ryanair . Train travel around the country is efficient, with services from Copenhagen running frequently to Odense, Aarhus and beyond.

Money-saving tip

Like all Scandinavian countries, Denmark is more expensive than the UK, but its forward-thinking culture means there are many ways to save money. Eating out isn’t cheap, but a raft of world-class streetside eats means takeaway food is king — in fact, the humble pølser (hot dog) is the national snack of Denmark.

What’s the weather like?

The Vikings worshipped many gods in Denmark, from Odin and Thor to Frey and Freyja, but today it’s fair to say that it’s Sól – the sun god – who lodges in the mind. The Danes love the sun, but the temperate Nordic climate means it rains consistently throughout the year, with temperature highs of around 22°C in summer and winter lows hovering between −2 and 4°C.

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Ultimate Denmark travel guide – everything to plan your trip

Planning a trip to Denmark? Great idea! This Denmark Travel Guide will show you things to do in Denmark, cities in Denmark you should definitely visit, and lots of practical information to help you plan your Denmark trip.

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Denmark is located in the north of Europe, bordering Germany, the Baltic Sea, and the North Sea. The Nordic country is the smallest and southernmost of the Scandinavian countries. The small country is made up of the Danish Archipelago and consists of around 406 islands, 70 of which are inhabited in Denmark.

Officially known as the Kingdom of Denmark, it also includes the Faroe Island and Greenland. It’s one of the founding members of NATO and is also a member of the European Union, the World Trade Organization and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The laid-back country has a rich culture and history with several UNESCO World Heritage Sites to visit. With a world-class food scene, Denmark is a foodie’s paradise.

Denmark Travel Guide: quick facts

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Size: 42,915.7 km² or 16,562.1 sq mi

People living there: More than 5,650,000

Capital of Denmark: Copenhagen

Governmental structure: A parliamentary democracy within a constitutional monarchy in which the monarch of Denmark, Queen Margarethe II, is head of state.

National day: June 5

Time zones:

  • UTC-4: Thule Air Base in Greenland
  • UTC-3: most of Greenland, including inhabited south coast and west coast
  • UTC-1: Ittoqqortoormiit and surrounding area in Greenland's Tunu county
  • UTC: Danmarkshavn weather station and surrounding area in Greenland's Tunu county, Faroe Islands
  • Central European Time (CET) / UTC+1: metropolitan Denmark

Currency: Danish krone

Power voltage and socket type(s): 230V, plug types C, F, E, K. If these don't match with your devices, make sure to bring a universal adapter .

Official religion(s)/Freedom of religion: Freedom of religion. Overall Denmark is a secular country with a small amount of the population identifying as Christian, Buddhist, and Muslim.

Official language(s) and general knowledge of English: The official language is Danish. English is widely spoken.

Drives on this side: right

International driver's licence accepted? Yes

Phone code: +45

Vaccinations required? No

Is it safe to drink the tap water? Yes

Want more quick facts about Denmark? Check out my post full of interesting facts about Denmark .

Denmark is divided into five regions with each region being governed by a popularly elected regional council, where the regional chairman is selected. The regions were created as administrative entities in 2007 at a level above municipalities but below the central government.  

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Northwest of the capital is Denmark’s largest lake, Arresø, perfect for an evening walk. Copenhagen’s infamous alternative neighborhood, Christiana, offers up a mixture of art galleries, music venues, and organic eateries.

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The popular Scandinavian destination is one of the best places to visit in Denmark and boasts a number of museums and exceptional restaurants. A great option for families, you can find LEGOLAND and the Mols Bjerge National Park to explore. Central Aarhus has its beautiful Old Town which acts like an open-air museum of Denmark’s rich past. For art lovers, the ARoS Art Museum features a rainbow skywalk designed by artist Olafur Eliasson  

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Thy park is Denmark’s oldest and biggest natural park is located on the north-west coast of Jutland. While here, tourists visiting Denmark can take part in a number of great outdoor actives including hiking and windsurfing. To learn more about Denmark’s fascinating Viking history, visit Lindholm Høje and Fyrkat.  

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Here, Roskilde is another one of the best cities to visit during a trip to Denmark. It has a historical center where you can find the Viking Ship Museum and see 800-year-old Viking ships. The coastline in Stevns Klint in the south Zealand region has some of the most important fossils in the world. Wander along the coastline and take in 65 million years of history.  

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The south-west coast is home to the UNESCO protected Wadden Sea and can be especially rewarding for wildlife lovers. The region is also home to Denmark’s largest population of spotted seals, with the summer months being the best for sightings.

With a strong influence from Germany, the region’s cuisine is exquisite. For a traditional eating experience, try a South Denmark Coffee Table which consists of 14 types of cake. This can be found at a number of places across the region and is not for the faint-hearted.

How to travel to Denmark

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Denmark is part of the European Union’s Schengen Agreement which means that you don’t need to show your national ID card or passport when you are traveling to and from Denmark if you’re from a Schengen Agreement country. It is, however, recommended that you still carry your ID or passport on you.  

How to get to Denmark

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It’s easy to travel by bus from Germany or via the Øresund bridge from Sweden. The bridge connects the Swedish city of Malmö to Copenhagen. There are a number of daily buses from Germany to Denmark. Although traveling by bus takes longer, it’s usually more cost-efficient. On average, the journey takes approximately 11 hours. You can reach Copenhagen from Sweden by bus in roughly 55 minutes. Budget long distance bus companies include Flixbus, Eurolines and Sindbad.

Check bus routes to Denmark with Flixbus.  

The capital can be reached easily by train with a train from Hamburg to Copenhagen taking around 5 hours. Copenhagen also connects with Swedish cities Goteborg, Stockholm, and Malmö. It takes 35 minutes to reach Copenhagen from Malmö.

Check here for train timetables and prices within Europe.  

Getting to Denmark by ferry is possible from Sweden, Germany, Norway, and the UK.

  • Stenaline provides ferry service from Sweden and Norway.
  • Scandlines can take you from Germany to Denmark by ferry.
  • DFDS Seaways connect the UK to Denmark by ferry.
  • Fjord Line offers ferry service between Norway and Denmark.
  • ColorLine also offers ferry service between Norway and Denmark.

Look here for a good overview of ferry routes and prices to Denmark.  

The biggest airport is Copenhagen airport on the island of Zealand. You should be able to find direct routes to Copenhagen from most major airports all over the world. Denmark’s second busiest airport, Billund, on the Jutland peninsula is another option when flying. If you’re heading to central Jutland then Aalborg is the third largest airport and services this area.

Check Skyscanner for the best flights to Denmark. They give you a good overview of flight options and prices.

How to travel around Denmark

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The excellent road system means there are a number of long-distance coach routes that will show you the best of Denmark for a very reasonable price. They usually focus on certain regions and don't always have a website in English so make sure to use the Google Translate function in your browser. Alternatively, you can get in touch with the local tourist offices for more information.

Ferries also make up an essential service for Denmark with ferries and passenger boats taking you to and from the smaller Danish islands. Samsø Rederi is just an example of a domestic ferry company. It offers a ferry service between Jutland and Samsø.

Traveling by car is an easy and efficient way to get around Denmark due to the brilliant road system and may be more suitable if you’re on a tighter schedule. Just take into account you might need to pay toll when crossing bridges.

Check Rentalcars.com for the most extensive comparison and the best deals for car rental companies.  

One of the best booking resources I always use is Booking.com for booking hotels, guest houses and bed and breakfasts. It has a lot of filtering options so I can easily get a list of only the hotels that meet my criteria. If you're looking for a place to stay in Denmark, I highly recommend you check there .

When I want to book an apartment rather than a hotel, I use Airbnb .  

What to pack for Denmark

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The west coast of Denmark sees more rainfall than the rest of the country due to a prevailing western wind. There are no truly dry periods but September to November tends to be the wettest season. No matter the time of year, taking items that layer up is key to packing for Denmark.  

  • Shorts/skirts/dresses
  • A re-usable water bottle
  • A warm, wind- and waterproof jacket
  • A thick scarf
  • A waterproof jacket
  • An umbrella
  • Waterproof boots
  • A jumper or cardigan
  • A waterproof coat
  • Clothes to kayer
  • Comfortable walking shoes

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With a massive coastline full of beaches, the best time to go swimming in Denmark is between June and August with the average sea temperature being between 17°C and 22°C. Denmark welcomes Midsummer’s Eve, the longest day of the year, around June 21 with a country-wide celebration. For one of the country’s best music festival, visit Denmark during the first week of July to experience the Roskilde Music Festival.  

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  • Stegt flæsk , crispy pork with parsley sauce
  • Smørebrød , open-faced sandwich
  • Pølser , hot dog
  • Æbleskiver , small, round pancakes usually filled with apples
  • Wienerbrød , a Danish pastry, a sweet and buttery multi-layered pastry
  • Risalamande , a dessert made up of rice pudding mixed with chopped almonds, vanilla, and whipped cream usually served with a cherry sauce
  • Lakrids , licorice
  • Flodebolle , a sweet made from a wafer biscuit and marshmallow cream covered in a chocolate shell
  • Rugbrod , rye bread
  • Æbleflæsk , bacon, apples, onions, and sugar mixed together then served on rugbrod (rye bread)

Check out this article on Danish food for even more tips.

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  • Roskilde Festival , Roskilde (June) – the largest music and cultural event in northern Europe attracting 80,000 people annually to enjoy a week of music and art.
  • Skagen Winter Swimming Festival , Skagen (January) – the event guarantees ice-cold sea dips, hot drinks and a close experience with the unique nature of Skagen.
  • Copenhagen Jazz Festival , Copenhagen (July) – one of the biggest jazz festivals in Europe, the city comes alive with jazz in the streets, city squares, and clubs.
  • Aarhus Festival, Aarhus (August to early September) – the 10-day arts and cultural festival is among one of the largest cultural events in Scandinavia with local, national and international artists.
  • Ribe International Viking Market , Ribe (May) – over 500 Vikings flock to Ribe to experience how the Vikings would have lived and worked 1,300 years ago.
  • Aalborg Carnival , Aalborg (May ) – the largest carnival in Northern Europe with up to 60,000 participants and more than 100,000 spectators, ending in a spectacular Grande Parade.
  • Classic Race Aarhus , Aarhus (May) – 300 racing cars from Denmark and abroad come to the historical race track for the event at Marselisborg Memorial Park.
  • Beer Festival , Copenhagen (May) – the three-day beer festival is popular among the Danish and beer enthusiasts.
  • Blokhus Wind Festival , Blokhus (May) – a beautiful kite festival on the beach in Blokhus with the opportunity to fly your own kite and enjoy great performances.
  • Odense International Film Festival , Odense (August) – experience national as well as international short films at the Danish film festival.

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  • New Year’s Day
  • Maundy Thursday
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Sunday
  • Easter Monday
  • Day of Prayer
  • Ascension Day
  • Whit Sunday
  • Whit Monday
  • Constitution Day (June 5)
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
  • Second Day of Christmas

Denmark is a well-oiled machine and Danes tend to follow the rules. Courteous behavior is expected from everyone whether it be locals or tourists. Follow the rules when you travel Denmark and remember not to jaywalk across the street. When cycling through Danish cities, use your hand signals. Generally, cultural customs are easy to follow here but don’t be surprised by Dane’s lack of social pleasantries. The lack of please’s and thank you’s might be a surprise for non-Scandinavian travelers.  

No matter how well you plan and research a trip, there are always things that happen beyond your control. Something might get canceled, you can get ill or hurt while traveling or one of your electronics might break or get stolen. When misfortune strikes, travel insurance has got you covered. I've had ongoing travel insurance ever since I started traveling to make sure I'm covered for every trip I go on. Don't have insurance yet? You can get a free quote here:

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Those with a SIM card from an EU country don't have to pay roaming charges when calling, texting, or using data in Denmark. The same goes for some global phone plans.

Skyroam offers both day passes and monthly subscriptions providing you with 4G throughout your trips. I've been using their daily passes not just when I travel outside the EU (no roaming charges for me in the EU) but also as a backup for when I think I'll go over my phone's data plan.

Tipping is not customary in Denmark as service, including gratuities, is already included in the bill and salaries are decent. Even at restaurants and bars, there's no need to tip. It won't be frowned upon if you top for excellent service but it also won't be expected. You can read more about that here .

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The German occupation of Denmark in WWII finished in 1945 after five years. Following on from the war, Denmark was a leader in industrial design with cool clean lines that features in its architecture, silverware, and furniture. As a founding member of the UN in 1945, Denmark went on to join the European community in 1973. With the first female prime minister in office and the legalization of same-sex marriage in the 2010s, Denmark has come along away from its Viking days. Much of the country’s culture and history can be still be seen today throughout Denmark.  

And that's it!! I hope these Denmark travel tips have given you an idea of what to see in Denmark and how to plan your trip to this beautiful country.  

Click here for all the Denmark blogs I've written on top of this Denmark Travel Guide.  

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Like some sort of mythological riddle, Copenhagen seems to embody every phase of life at once. Want to evoke memories of childhood? Head to the whimsical Tivoli Gardens (which, unlike the Little Mermaid statue, is worth the crowds). Those college stoner days? Bond with bohemians across the river in Christiania. How about your seemingly endless hipster phase? Take a stroll though Nørrebro, where twenty-somethings dressed in wide-leg jeans and top knots are as ubiquitous as the eco-friendly concept stores. But among all that nostalgia, Copenhagen is a city planted firmly—and constantly—in the present. The Danish capital continues to churn out imaginative, ultra-modern hotels, as well as its famously cutting-edge restaurants (Noma is just the beginning—the city currently lays claim to a whopping 15 Michelin-starred restaurants). But when in existential doubt, take a pause and open your eyes: One glimpse of the waterfront, Crayola-bright houses of Nyhavn will bring you right back to where your feet are.

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Is It Safe in Denmark?

Statistically, Denmark is one of the safest countries in the world, meaning that visitors have little to worry about in terms of crime and women need not fear harassment in public nearly as much as they do in the United States. Still, if you visit this Scandinavian country, follow a few basic safety precautions so that you don't give petty thieves an easy target.

Travel Advisories

  • The U.S. State Department recommends that travelers "Reconsider Travel" to Denmark due to COVID-19.  
  • Prior to COVID-19, the U.S. State Department advised travelers to "Exercise Extreme Caution" in Denmark due to the possibility of terrorism.  
  • The U.K. Foreign Office notes that pickpockets and purse-snatchers operate in crowded areas of Denmark, such as train stations and shopping malls. There have also been some recent violent clashes between biker gangs and local groups, particularly in the capital, Copenhagen.  

Is Denmark Dangerous?

Even though you could spend weeks exploring all of the fairytale towns around Denmark , most travelers start and end their Danish vacation in Copenhagen , the capital and largest city. Considering Copenhagen is such a busy city, it's amazing to consider its low crime rates compared to other European capitals. According to Bustle, for example, Copenhagen had a rate of only 0.3 homicides for every 100,000 residents, making it safer than Madrid, Vienna, Berlin, Amsterdam, Prague, and Bucharest.

As with any other destination, though, you should keep an eye on your wallet or purse. Although not especially common, pickpockets and other petty criminals operate at many tourist attractions, train stations (especially in the city's main train station, Nørreport Station), and on its major shopping street Strøget as well as other areas popular with tourists such as Christiania, Nyhavn, and Kongens Nytorv.

Is Denmark Safe for Solo Travelers?

Denmark is arguably one of the safest countries in the world to travel alone. Whether you're staying in Copenhagen or exploring the countryside , it's easy to get around. If you do get lost or need assistance, the locals are friendly and many have at least a basic level of English, if not better, so just ask a passerby for help.

There are many well-known nightclubs in Denmark's biggest cities, especially in Copenhagen and Aarhus . Travelers can safely go out alone and you'll likely befriend locals or other travelers, but be aware of illegal drug use which is common in some venues. Plainclothes narcotics officers have arrested many foreigners for purchasing or consuming drugs.

If you venture out of Copenhagen on your own into rural Denmark, it's even safer in terms of crime although other services may be more limited. Many residents in rural areas do not speak or understand English well enough to help you with a safety issue, and emergency response times by police and ambulances may be slower in these regions.

Is Denmark Safe for Female Travelers?

When it comes to gender equality, Denmark is considered one of the top countries in the world. In fact, a 2020 study by U.S. News places Denmark as the best country for women.   It's easy for female travelers to get around and the country is exceptionally safe, much more so than in the U.S. Even catcalling on the street is a rare occurrence in Denmark.

One area where women should be especially vigilant is when going out at night. Even though bars and clubs are generally safe, a 2020 report by OSAC notes that the use of date-rape drugs in Denmark has increased.   If you can, go out with a group of people who you trust, keep your drink with you at all times, and never accept drinks from a stranger.

Safety Tips for LGBTQ+ Travelers

Denmark is consistently ranked as one of the most LGBTQ+-friendly countries in the world, and travelers needn't worry about common concerns such as showing affection in public with a same-sex partner or identifying as a different gender from your ID. In 2021, Copenhagen is co-hosting World Pride along with the neighboring city of Malmö, Sweden , an indication of progressive attitudes across the city and region.

Safety Tips for BIPOC Travelers

Even though Denmark is exceedingly safe for travelers of color, as well, there are some instances that BIPOC visitors should be heedful of. Anti-Islam sentiment exists not just with far-right groups but also in mainstream politics, as evidenced by the passing of the headline-grabbing "burqa ban" that was passed in 2018, forbidding women to wear any garment that covers their face. Occasionally, hate crimes are perpetrated against Muslims by extreme-right or white nationalist groups.

Danish culture is often described as hygge , which translates to the warm and cozy feeling of being with friends but can also be used more broadly to refer to the ideas of simplicity, politeness, and equality that define Denmark. Unfortunately, those ideals have given rise to a new concept called hyggeracisme , or hygge racism, where Danes prefer to ignore racism instead of acknowledging it.

Safety Tips for Travelers

  • Remember that photography in the "self-proclaimed autonomous neighborhood" of Christiania in Copenhagen is strictly prohibited, and tourists have been attacked for not abiding.
  • Thieves are known to operate in busy hotel lobbies and in cafes and restaurants. Keep your personal belongings, including passports and money, secure when you are out and about.
  • Street gambling is a common tourist scam on the popular Strøget Street, with one example having to guess which cup has a ball underneath. These games are designed to take money from tourists, so don't try playing.
  • If you need to contact emergency services, dial 112 from any phone.

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Denmark, a Nordic tapestry woven with Viking whispers, fairy tale charm, and modern wonders, beckons with its vibrant cities, picturesque coastlines, and emerald countryside. This Denmark travel guide unfolds the magic awaiting you, whether you’re a history buff drawn to Viking strongholds, a foodie yearning for Michelin-starred feasts, or a nature enthusiast seeking serene landscapes. So, pack your sense of adventure and prepare to fall in love with Denmark!

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1. Copenhagen: Where Hygge Melts Modernity:

Embark on a Copenhagen travel guide through enchanting canals, colorful Nyhavn Harbor, and Tivoli Gardens’ whimsical charm. Witness the iconic Little Mermaid Statue, delve into Viking history at the National Museum, and savor exquisite Michelin-starred cuisine.

2. Aarhus: Vibrant Culture & Viking Echoes:

Arhus’ modern art scene at ARoS Aarhus Art Museum contrasts beautifully with the 19th-century charm of Aarhus Old Town. Explore Viking history at the Moesgaard Museum, visit the Aarhus Cathedral, and soak in the vibrant cafe culture.

3. Odense: Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairytale Playground:

Odense, where Hans Christian Andersen spun his magical tales, beckons with charming cobbled streets and the HC Andersen Museum. Explore fairytale-inspired experiences like Funen Village or walk in the author’s footsteps through idyllic neighborhoods.

Beyond the Big Three:

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– Roskilde: Witness awe-inspiring Viking longships at the Viking Ship Museum.

– Hillerød: Explore Frederiksborg Castle, a Renaissance masterpiece amidst tranquil lakes.

– Billund: Ignite your inner child at Legoland, a wonderland of Lego creations.

– Helsingør: Step into Shakespeare’s Hamlet at Kronborg Castle.

Denmark Travel Essentials:

Activities for every traveler:.

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  • Foodies: Indulge in Michelin-starred feasts, discover Copenhagen’s street food scene, or sip craft beers in Aarhus.
  • History Buffs: Explore Viking museums, wander through medieval castles, and delve into Copenhagen’s royal palaces.
  • Nature Lovers: Hike and bike scenic trails, kayak through serene canals, or relax on sandy beaches.
  • Families: Build Lego dreams at Legoland, explore Tivoli Gardens’ enchanting rides, or discover fairy tale delights in Odense.

Planning Your Danish Escape:

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  • Visa Regulations: EU citizens enjoy visa-free entry, while others may require visas. Check visa requirements well in advance.
  • Best Time to Visit: Peak season boasts long days and warmth (June-August), while shoulder seasons offer fewer crowds and pleasant weather (April-May & September-October). Winter’s coziness and shorter days are ideal for budget travelers and winter sports enthusiasts.
  • Getting Around: Trains, buses, and ferries connect major cities. Renting a car offers flexibility for exploring rural gems.

Embrace the Danish Spirit:

From Copenhagen’s vibrant cafe culture to Odense’s fairytale allure, Denmark is a tapestry woven with experiences that linger long after your return. So, delve into this Denmark travel guide, plan your journey, and prepare to discover the magic waiting beyond the horizon!

Denmark Travel Guide: Your Q&A Companion

Dive into this comprehensive guide and answer all your burning questions about planning your dream Denmark adventure!

Q: Why visit Denmark?

A: Denmark offers a captivating blend of Viking history, modern vibrancy, stunning landscapes, and charming towns. From fairytale castles to Michelin-starred feasts, Copenhagen’s cool buzz to Aarhus’ artistic flair, and Odense’s whimsical fairytale routes, Denmark has something for everyone.

Q: Is Denmark expensive?

A: Denmark can be pricier than some European destinations, but planning ahead and utilizing travel passes or budget-friendly options like street food can help. Consider visiting during shoulder seasons for better deals and fewer crowds.

Q: Do I need to speak Danish?

A: English is widely spoken in tourist areas, especially in major cities. However, learning a few basic Danish phrases goes a long way and shows respect for the local culture.

Q: When is the best time to visit Denmark?

A: For sunny days and outdoor activities, June to August is ideal, but expect peak season crowds and prices. Shoulder seasons (April-May & September-October) offer pleasant weather and fewer crowds. Winter brings coziness, festive markets, and lower prices, but shorter daylight hours and colder temperatures.

Q: How long should I stay in Denmark?

A: This depends on your interests and desired pace. A week allows you to cover Copenhagen and maybe another city. Two weeks offer a deeper exploration of major cities and day trips. For a more relaxed experience with exploring smaller towns and natural areas, consider two weeks or more.

Q: What documents do I need to travel to Denmark?

A: EU citizens can travel with their national ID cards. Citizens of most non-EU countries require a valid passport and may need a visa, depending on their nationality. Check visa requirements well in advance to avoid surprises.

Q: What are the must-see cities in Denmark?

A: Copenhagen, the vibrant capital, is a top choice with its canals, palaces, Tivoli Gardens, and vibrant food scene. Aarhus, Denmark’s second-largest city, offers museums, a charming Old Town, and modern art. Odense, Hans Christian Andersen’s birthplace, is a fairytale haven with museums and charming streets. Consider exploring smaller towns like Roskilde for Viking history or Helsingør for Shakespeare’s Hamlet!

Q: Should I purchase a city pass?

A: City passes like Copenhagen Card or Aarhus City Card can be budget-friendly if you plan to visit multiple attractions. They also offer free public transportation and discounts on dining and shopping.

Q: How do I get around between cities?

A: Denmark’s efficient train network connects major cities with frequent and comfortable services. Buses and ferries offer alternative options, and renting a car provides flexibility for exploring rural areas.

Remember, this is just a starting point! Feel free to ask any specific questions you may have about your Denmark travel guide and let me help you plan your perfect adventure.

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Denmark is a beautiful land whose aquatic spirit is felt throughout its intricate geography. Never more than 50km from the sea, the water penetrates the heart of its capital city and splits the nation into a series of over 400 islands.

Colorful and cultural, even in the city centers, nature envelops you thanks to the Danes’ fondness for green areas and nature. Whether it’s exploring the miles of sprawling coast or trekking the beech forests of Jutland, you will find something to reconnect you to nature in this wonderful land, and when you need to get back to the bustle, just kick back with a Carlsberg and Smorrebrod on the banks of Nyhavn to watch the world go by.

Denmark Quick Information

Currency: Danish Krone (DKK)

Electricity Socket: 230V AC electricity. Power outlets are usually two-prong round sockets. To avoid the hassle of having to buy new adaptors for everywhere you go, we recommend picking up a Universal Travel Adaptor before you leave.

Visa : Denmark is a member of the European Union and a signatory of the Schengen convention permitting unlimited visa-free travel to EU nationals, currently including the UK. Many countries in the Americas plus Australia, New Zealand, and UAE also enjoy visa-free travel for 90 days within the Schengen zone. Other nationals must apply for a Schengen visa for legal travel to Denmark.

Whilst the Schengen zone abolished passport checks at common borders, due to the current migrant crisis affecting Europe in light of Syrian conflict, a passport is needed to enter Sweden from the Oresund Bridge in Copenhagen.

Safety : Denmark is regarded as the world’s safest place based on its incredibly low rate of violent crime, theft, terror and natural disasters. Its friendly and welcoming people are part of the country’s charm and travel here is as close to risk-free as you can possibly get. Keep your wits about you and you will be fine in Denmark.

However, as always, no matter how safe a country is, we always recommend getting travel insurance. We suggest looking at either World Nomads or Safety Wing, depending on the type of traveler you are.

Language : The primary language is Danish, although other Scandinavian languages like Swedish and Norwegian may be understood and spoken at a basic level. Like many Scandinavian countries, English is widely spoken (and to a high level). That said, learning some basic Danish phrases will go a long way to winning the locals over!

DENMARK TRIP PLANNING

Best time to go.

While you can visit Denmark all-year round, it’s worth knowing what to expect in each season before booking your travels. The best time to go is in spring, from May to June.

Like much of Europe, the weather in Denmark corresponds with the seasons which can be broken down into three parts:

Low Season (Oct-Apr) – Cool and wet weather with short daylight hours. Reduced hours for popular tourist sights and many outdoor attractions are closed. However, big cities have Christmas lights and ice-skating.

Mid Seasons (May-mid-Jun, mid-Aug-Sep) – Mild weather. Fewer crowds make for an ideal time to travel.

High Season (mid-Jun-mid-Aug) – Warmer weather with long daylight hours. All attractions and sights open so expect crowds and higher accommodation prices.

Rough Budget

Traveling around Denmark can be expensive if you don’t budget for it, so make sure to be aware of what you’re spending and always go local where you can to keep costs down.

Based on our experience, the biggest expenses are accommodation and food. However, it is possible to budget for as low as 350-425 DKK per day ($55-90), that is if you are staying in hostels, eating local or cooking your own meals, and using local transportation only when necessary.

Here is a rough cost for basic commodities:

Accommodation

  • Budget : 150-300kr ($20-50) dorms / 500-700kr ($80-110) budget hotels
  • Mid-Range : 700-1500kr ($110-230)
  • Splurge : 1500+kr ($230+)

Food (Typical Meal For One)

  • Cheap lunch: 75-125kr ($12-20)
  • Dinner in a restaurant : 135-200kr ($21-31)
  • Main course in top restaurant: 250+kr ($40+)
  • Bike hire : 100kr ($16) per day
  • 24-hour City Pass: 80kr ($13)
  • City Bus/Train : 24kr ($4) two-zone ticket
  • Long Bus: 300+kr ($47+)
  • Trains : ~500kr (~$80)
  • Car hire: 600kr ($94) per day

What to Pack for Traveling Denmark

For Denmark, you will need a variety of clothes to suit all weather conditions even if you are going in summer. Make sure to bring lots of things that you can layer if you’re cold but that would also be suitable to wear alone for the warmer days.

BEST THINGS TO DO IN DENMARK

Wander around copenhagen.

There’s something about Copenhagen that makes it one of our favorite cities, maybe because it offers everything you would want from a city and more without feeling like one at all.

Offering a rich variety of culture, beguiling architecture, amazing food, great nightlife and a buzzing yet chilled daily vibe, there is nothing not to like about this city and many a traveler leaves falling head over heels. Oh, and did we mention that it is one of the safest, happiest and friendliest places in the world? It sounds too good to be true, but it’s even better!

Explore the Tivoli Gardens

Find your inner child and become a kid again in the Tivoli Gardens! Perfectly situated opposite Copenhagen Central Station, this 19th-century amusement park is the perfect way to spend an afternoon.

Absorb the atmosphere here in this second-oldest operating amusement park, go crazy on the ancient roller coaster and Ferris wheel, enjoy the live entertainment and treat yourself to a chilled beer from the beer garden. This beautiful place is open from April until September so don’t miss out!

Visit Kronborg Castle

This 16th century UNESCO World Heritage Site is a sight to behold!

Located along the coast in Helsingør, it is definitely worth the day trip from Copenhagen to visit this majestic place. Wander and explore the grounds of this impressive castle, visit the lavish banqueting hall and royal chambers, and get a feel for why this location was the inspiration for the setting of Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet.

Admire the Ancient City of Roskilde

If you want a glimpse into the Danish history, Roskilde is the perfect city to venture to. Plus it is just outside of Copenhagen, so it’s really not that much of a venture!

Holding the title of Denmark’s capital from 960 to 1536, Roskilde is full of old-school architecture, interesting religious buildings, and intriguing Viking-influenced museums.

Take a walk down its beautiful brick-lined streets and discover some iconic sights such as the Roskilde Cathedral – the most famous in the country! You could even go in June to enjoy one of Europe’s largest music festivals.

Feast Your Eyes on Nyhavn

Although busy and more expensive than other charming Danish streets, there is something about Nyhavn that still deserves a visit. A stunning 17th-century waterfront lined with colorful and slightly slanted 18th-century townhouses, this quirky destination is one of the most colorful cities in Europe and is worth the visit.

Whether you just wander through, sit alongside the wooden boats with a beer or eat at one of the restaurants, paying a visit to this entertainment district can’t be missed while in Denmark.

Meander Through Kastellet

If you’re a history buff (and even if you’re not), Kastellet is a place that will intrigue and satisfy. Located in Copenhagen, this star-shaped 17th-century fortress with ramparts is one of the best preserved in Northern Europe.

With a museum, a charming windmill, and bastions at its corners, this fortress is a great place to wander around for a few hours and enjoy some free events or concerts that may be taking place there. It is also not far from the iconic bronze Little Mermaid sculpture, so it’s worth a visit in this area of the city for many reasons.

Go Cycling or Hiking

The Danes love getting outdoors, so follow suit and get active!

There’s nothing like renting a bike for the day and cycling along the waterfront exploring the city, so make the most of what’s available to you. The country is also full of a variety of hiking trails, so get your boots on and explore the countryside.

WHAT TO EAT IN DENMARK

Denmark has been named the happiest country in the world, and we think it may have something to do with the amazing food! Although quite expensive, the food you will come across will be top quality and made with fresh and local ingredients.

Many a dish will be delicious wherever you go but we think these bad boys are the best and are not to be missed while you’re there:

A lunch-time necessity, these open-faced sandwiches are affordable, delicious and simply genius! Topped with things like raw herring or shrimp, smoked salmon, hard-boiled eggs, meat or vegetables, you just need to be able to pick what you fancy which is a task in itself.

Frikadeller

You haven’t lived until you’ve tried these Danish meatballs! Pan-fried dumplings of pork or beef, these minced meat pieces of heaven are mixed with onions, eggs, milk, and bread crumbs and served with potatoes, gravy, and vegetables. Although found in many regions of Europe, the Danes know how it should be cooked!

Stegt Flæsk

Readily available all over Denmark, this national dish is a must-try. With pieces of pork meat, such as bacon, seasoned with salt and pepper and fried until crispy, served with potatoes and a parsley sauce, can you possibly go wrong?

Not the most traditional Danish food but another of the most popular, you will find pølsevogn (hot dog stands) all over Copenhagen and other cities serving these delicious hot dogs. Usually eaten with a side of ketchup, mustard, fried onions, and pickles, this makes for the perfect on-the-go bite.

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Named one of the best places to travel in 2023 by Travel + Leisure , Copenhagen continues to draw in tourists with its exceptional food, history, and architecture. The city was officially named the UNESCO World Capital of Architecture in 2023. On top of its newly recognized architectural prowess, the city continues to wow tourists with its tried-and-true offerings — whether that's dining at Noma, the Michelin three-starred restaurant that announced its closure in winter 2024, or strolling the always-popular Tivoli Gardens.

Here, your essential Copenhagen guide for hotels, things to do, restaurants, and so much more.

Top 5 Can’t Miss

  • Tivoli Gardens is the second-oldest operating theme park in the world.
  • Jægersborggade Street is lined with some of the best shops in Copenhagen, including a famous ceramics boutique.
  • The Alchemist keeps guests entertained with performance art and multi-sensory decor while they dine on nearly 50 courses.
  • CopenHill is Copenhagen's first ski area and features the world's tallest climbing wall.
  • Spend the night at TheKrane — its only room is inside an old coal crane and hangs 49 feet above the ground.

Coco Hotel is the hottest new spot in Denmark's capital city. Not only was it voted as the best hotel in Copenhagen by T+L readers in 2022, it also was named one of the best new hotels in the world in 2022 by T+L editors. The 88-room boutique hotel features bold colors, a European-style cafe, and complimentary bikes for guests. It also makes an effort to be green-conscious, planting a fruit tree somewhere around the world every time a guest checks in and running its facility on a private solar-powered grid.

Hotel d'Angleterre

Hotel d'Angleterre is an iconic, 265-year-old hotel — and it was voted one of the best in Copenhagen by T+L readers in 2022. The charming hotel features modern Nordic design and expansive views of Kongens Nytorv from the suite balconies. With a heated indoor pool — the only one in the city center — and Michelin-starred dining, you might never want to leave. The concierge also offers plenty of V.I.P. experiences for their guests, including cooking classes and history tours.

Sanders Hotel

A tranquil retreat in the center of town, the Sanders Hotel is one of the best stays in Copenhagen, with "midcentury modern touches [that] imbue its 54 rooms with a sense of casual cool," Peter Terzian, T+L features editor, previously reported in the 2022 World's Best Awards. It offers an extensive array of amenities, including loaner bikes for guests (don't forget to ask for a prepared picnic basket) and a glass-encased rooftop terrace that serves up delicious breakfast and gorgeous city views. Be sure to book one of the hotel's exclusive excursions, which includes a backstage pass to the Royal Theater — a short two-minute walk away — or a private guided trip down the nearby canals in a vintage mahogany boat.

There is exactly one guest room at TheKrane , which is why T+L called it one of the coolest hotels in Copenhagen . The room is inside an old coal crane that dates back to 1944 and hangs 49 feet above the ground on Nordhavn's industrial waterfront. A night's stay comes with a hefty price tag, but it includes more than just a place to rest your head — guests will love the complimentary on-site spa, prearranged airport pickup, and daily breakfast.

The Happiness Museum

Denmark, named the second happiest country in the world in 2023, is home to the world's very first happiness museum . Opened in 2020, the museum features several different exhibits on how other countries perceive happiness.

CopenHill is Copenhagen's first ski area — carefully constructed atop a waste management center for the city. In the summer months, visitors can also hike, run, or tackle the world's tallest climbing wall at this urban recreation destination.

Frederiksborg Castle

Located on three islands, surrounded by lush gardens and a large lake, Frederiksborg Castle is a perfect day trip from Copenhagen. The castle is also home to the Museum of National History, which traces 500 years of Danish history through art, furniture, sculptures, and more.

Tivoli Gardens

Don't let the word "gardens" fool you, this expansive park is home to one of the best theme parks in Europe , open from mid-April to mid-September. In the winter, there's still plenty to see and do, with a whimsical Christmas market, over-the-top decorations, and stunning lights. There are plenty of shops and restaurants on the grounds as well.

Read More: 20 Best Things to Do in Copenhagen, From a Palace Visit to Waterfront Strolls

Illums Bolighus

A design aficionado's dream, Illums Bolighus is your one-stop shop for Danish design. With top interiors brands, this is a great under-the-radar spot to snag some memorable souvenirs.

Jægersborggade Street

This buzzy street is home to some of the best shops in Copenhagen. You can find vintage clothing, organic produce, and 40 art galleries. Make sure to check out the ceramics boutiques, including Keramiker Inge Vincents, known for its hand-shaped porcelain.

Prefer to do some tax-free shopping before returning to the airport? Visit megastore Magasin , a department store with a fashionable, vintage feel and plenty of variety. The store started in 1869, and it's still a popular choice among locals because it stays open later than most department stores.

Noma is one of the most famous restaurants in the world, and after a 20-year run, head chef René Redzepi recently announced it will close at the end of 2024. So, eat there while you still can. The Michelin three-starred restaurant's menu changes with the seasons, focusing on vegetarian fare in the summer, game and forest-inspired food in the fall, and seafood in the late winter/early spring.

At the Alchemist , one of the hardest reservations in Copenhagen, "guests enter through an ominous, hand-sculpted door made from two tons of bronze," reported Christina Liao recently in T+L. Food reporter Liao called it one of the best dining experiences in the world and said diners can expect nearly 50 courses surrounded by performance art and immersive, multi-sensory decor.

Alouette is a hidden gem on the Danish dining scene — behind an unobtrusive garage door and past a graffiti-covered hallway lies a surprisingly bright Michelin-starred restaurant that serves a set five-course menu. The menu changes weekly with a focus on small producers and seasonal ingredients.

Copenhagen is best reached by flying into its international airport, which T+L readers voted as one of the  best international airports  in the world in 2022. Copenhagen Airport serves over 100 destinations and is the biggest airport in Denmark.

You can also travel to and from other major European cities, including London, Paris, and Stockholm, aboard  Rail Europe  trains or buses. A train ride from London to Copenhagen will take almost 15 hours, while a bus ride could take up to 35 hours, with multiple stops and long transfers.

The best time to visit Copenhagen is April, May, and September if you're after warmer weather and longer days. You'll encounter fewer crowds than in the peak summer months, but can still enjoy similar temperatures. However, some of the best festivals happen from June to August — like the  Copenhagen Jazz Festival , which takes place every July.

Copenhagen in December is the prime hygge (cozy) and Christmas market season. Travelers can head to the Tivoli Gardens for a gorgeous holiday light display. If you can't make it in December, you can still enjoy a light show in February when the city hosts its now-annual Copenhagen Light Festival .

Read More: The Best Times to Visit Copenhagen for Great Weather, Lower Prices, and Fewer Crowds

City Center: Copenhagen's City Center is where you'll find hotels like Hotel d'Angleterre and Nyhavn, the waterfront district "tailor-made for Instagram, with colorful townhouses and boats bobbing in the canals," Lindsay Cohn, a T+L contributor, previously reported . This area is home to CPH's top attractions, including Kongens Nytorv, the largest public square in the city.

Frederiksberg: Frederiksberg is another tourist hot spot within Copenhagen and is home to terrific shopping and attractions like the Frederiksberg Palace and the Copenhagen Zoo.

Nørrebro: Northeast of the city center, Nørrebro is "the most ethnically mixed neighborhood in Copenhagen," architect Camilla van Deurs told T+L recently . You'll find some of Copenhagen's best pan-Asian and Middle Eastern restaurants here.

Vesterbro/Kødbyen: Vesterbro was once considered Copenhagen's red light district. It's known for its nightlife, but there are also charming, residential, family-friendly areas in the neighborhood, as well. Within Vesterbro, you'll find Kødbyen, otherwise known as Copenhagen's meatpacking district.

Christianshavn: Technically a cluster of small islands, Christianshavn is teeming with waterways and charming, colorful row homes. Here, you can rent boats or kayaks to explore the canals or take a dip in one of Copenhagen's harbor baths.

Train, bus, and metro: Copenhagen's public transportation network unites trains, buses, and metros in one easy-to-understand system. Tickets can be purchased at kiosks at the airport and throughout the city, on the DOT Mobilbilletter app , or online , with prices varying by zone. You can also purchase a City Pass , which will give you unlimited access to specific zones depending on which one you purchase. Download the Rejseplanen app to see public transportation schedules with minute-by-minute updates.

Taxis: Taxis are plentiful in Copenhagen. If you need a cab, there are several companies, like Dantaxi , you can contact directly for pickup.

Car service: If you don't want a taxi, you can book town car or black car services with companies like Sixt to help you get around, or use the zero-emission ride-sharing service Viggo . Copenhagen is not serviced by Uber or Lyft.

Bikes: Copenhagen is a city best explored by bike. In fact, according to the Copenhagen Tourism website , 49 percent of locals commute to work on bikes. Plan your ride around the city's many biking routes and bridges, or try to tackle the bike route used in the 2022 Tour de France Grand Départ, which took place in Copenhagen.

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This practical guide contains all you’ll need to plan your Denmark adventure, including useful guides, itineraries, recommended travel apps, and answers to frequently asked questions!

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Travel Safety Information

Traveling in Denmark is known to be very safe, with low crime rates and a friendly atmosphere. Just keep an eye on your belongings in crowded places and use common sense as you explore. Enjoy your visit knowing you’re in one of the world’s safest countries.

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Google Maps App

For directions and finding local attractions, restaurants, and more. Don’t forget to download offline maps.

Rejseplanen App

The go-to app for public transportation schedules and planning your journey across Denmark.

Google Translate App

Helpful for translating Danish to your native language and vice versa, especially useful for menus and signs.

XE Currency App

Denmark uses the Danish Krone for currency. This currency conversion app helps keep track of your expenses.

WhatsApp App

Widely used in Denmark for communication, especially useful for contacting local services or new acquaintances.

The Fork App

To discover the best local restaurants and make reservations.

At a glance information for travelers

You might be wondering about getting around and keeping your items powered up. Here is a short section to keep you informed.

Uber & Ride Share

In most cities in Denmark, ride-share options such as Uber, Free Now, and Bolt are available.

Car Rentals

Everything you need to know to rent a car in Denmark can be found in our exclusive guide below.

Plugs & Outlets

Type C and F plugs. Standard voltage is 230 V with a frequency of 50Hz. Bring a universal adapter.

Weather in Denmark

  • Winter : Denmark’s winter can be quite chilly, with temperatures often ranging from 32°F (0°C) to 45°F (7°C) across the country. Expect shorter days and a high likelihood of rain or snow, especially in January and February.
  • Spring : Spring sees milder weather, with temperatures gradually increasing from 41°F (5°C) to around 59°F (15°C) by late spring. This season brings longer days and the blooming of flowers, making it a beautiful time to visit.
  • Summer : Summers are pleasantly warm but not too hot, with average temperatures between 59°F (15°C) and 71°F (22°C). It’s the best time for outdoor activities and exploring the countryside.
  • Autumn : The climate starts to cool down again, with temperatures ranging from 50°F (10°C) to 59°F (15°C). It’s a season of changing leaves and harvest festivals, offering a picturesque backdrop for visitors.

FAQs for Denmark

Most commonly asked questions among travelers

Yes, Denmark is considered one of the more expensive countries to visit in Europe. Dining out, accommodation, transportation, and attractions can carry a higher price tag compared to other destinations. However, with some planning, such as opting for budget accommodations, using public transportation, and enjoying free attractions, it’s possible to explore Denmark without overspending.

In Denmark, tipping is not a customary practice, as service charges are typically included in your bill. However, it is appreciated if you choose to round up the bill or leave a small tip (around 10%) at restaurants and cafes for exceptional service. Taxi drivers also appreciate rounding up the fare. But overall, tipping is left to your discretion and is not expected.

Yes, you can easily get by speaking English in Denmark. Danes are known for their high proficiency in English, especially in urban areas, tourist destinations, and among the younger population. Signs, menus, and information in public places are often available in English, making it straightforward for English-speaking visitors to navigate, dine, and explore throughout the country.

Yes, there are plenty of vegan options in Denmark, particularly in larger cities like Copenhagen, Aarhus, and Odense. The country has seen a growing trend in plant-based dining, with many restaurants offering vegan or vegetarian menus. Additionally, there are numerous dedicated vegan eateries, cafes, and health food stores available, making it easier for vegans to find suitable dining options. Even traditional Danish bakeries and food markets are increasingly catering to vegan preferences, reflecting Denmark’s progressive approach to food and sustainability.

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Denmark Travel and Backpacking Guide

Welcome to my backpacking Denmark travel guide! Denmark is the southernmost of the Scandinavian countries. This majestic country offers an amazing symbiosis of cosmopolitan cities and rural tranquility. You’re never far from beautiful medieval castles, enviable coastline, or rich culture and numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites to visit. With stunning scenery that offers the intrepid explorer plenty of opportunities to discover and appreciate the richness and beauty of nature, it is no wonder that backpacking Denmark is high on any traveler’s list.

If the country isn’t on your bucket list, it should be, because Danes like to demonstrate their passion for modernity and Denmark is indeed a very modern country. However, as soon as you leave the airport, you realize that Denmark retains its medieval feel out on the terraces of its fashionable bars and restaurants.

Denmark is seen as providing a high quality of life and being one of the world’s happiest countries. This is the country that offers so much more than just Carlsberg and Smørebrød that it blows my mind more backpackers don’t take advantage of it. Denmark is, however, notoriously expensive.

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For many travelers, the thought of backpacking Denmark for more than a couple days is a bank account draining nightmare. So how to significantly reduce your total backpacking cost without making too many sacrifices? Is it even possible to travel to Denmark on a budget?

In this Denmark travel guide, you will get all the hacks and tips you need to travel to Denmark on a budget. Get Denmark travel itinerary, in-depth tips on backpacking in Denmark, top things to do in Denmark, where to go, where to stay, and more!

By the end of this Denmark travel guide, you will fear the high prices in this part of Europe no longer. In addition, once you get to know what’s on offer in Denmark you will probably start preparing for a backpacking trip right away!

Let’s dive right in!

Where to Go Backpacking in Denmark

There are five regions in Denmark with each region being governed by a popularly elected regional council. Backpacking Denmark offers up the opportunity to explore a vast array of landscapes. From wandering the streets of the major cities and trekking the Camønoen hiking trail to island hopping around the Faroe, Denmark has plenty to keep budget backpackers busy.

A journey backpacking in Denmark takes you past the highlights of southern Scandinavia. One of the reasons I love Denmark, in particular, is because there are more stunning natural landscapes, history, and culture than one can possibly take in a single backpacking trip. Backpacking in Denmark is the journey that keeps on giving.

Visit Egeskov Castle in Funen. Explore the myriad of hiking and cycling trails in Thy National Park. Discover the amazing food culture in Copenhagen. Become enchanted by the Viking burial grounds of Lindholm Høje.

Whether you’re a landscape photography enthusiast, history buff, a foodie, adventure evangelist or just love getting lost in big cities, Denmark has all of those things on offer and in abundance.

Obviously, backpacking Denmark isn’t the same as trekking through Southeast Asia or South America . Although, in stark contrast, things generally are a lot more organized in Denmark.

If you love keeping things a bit more under control, access to efficient transportation, and can tolerate a certain degree of spontaneity, you are going to love traveling here! Now let’s take a look at my favorite backpacking itinerary for one week in Denmark below.

One Week Backpacking Denmark Itinerary

Here is a backpacking Denmark travel itinerary to make certain that you don’t miss a thing on your trip. This backpacking route can easily be combined with another, done in reverse, and customized based on your preferences!

Total Traveling Time – 5 to 7 days

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It’s hard to resist the charms of Copenhagen. But what is Copenhagen known for? There are many green spaces, the Little Mermaid statue and Freetown Christiania. the latter is a hidden gem and a special place that is home to Green Light District where you can purchase cannabis .

It has the busiest airport in Scandinavia serving the Danish capital and also Southern Sweden thanks to its location adjacent to the Øresund Bridge. Its city center is quite compact and you can cover the main sights by foot. There’re plenty of activities and experiences for people of all ages and interests. Therefore it’s a logical starting point for any trip across Denmark.

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Copenhagen is the epitome of the Scandinavian way of life. Alternative culture thrives in the self-proclaimed autonomous neighborhood of Christiania. Definitely, the most interesting hippie district to visit in Copenhagen that boasts some trendy smoky bars, vegetarian restaurants, and concert venues. The city also has all the eating, drinking and partying options you’d expect of a major Western European capital with some fine waterfront settings, the highlight of which is 17th Century Nyhavn.

Backpacking Roskilde (Half Day)

Only half an hour from Copenhagen, Roskilde is a perfect spot for a day trip from the Danish capital. Steeped in Viking history, Roskilde should be high on everyone’s travel bucket list. This is an ancient Viking city that used to be the historical capital between the 11th and the 13th centuries.

Roskilde highlights include a 13th Century cathedral and a compelling Viking Museum. It will take you back in time and allow you to start getting to grips with the history of Denmark. Roskilde is also the setting for the largest Scandinavian festival, held over a week each summer. Roskilde Festival attracts folks from all over Europe!

If you visit Roskilde as part of the suggested one-week Denmark itinerary, you may want to hop on a train from Copenhagen in the morning, and then continuing to Odense later in the day.

Backpacking Odense (1-2 Days)

No trip to Denmark is complete without visiting Odense. This is Denmark’s third-largest city and situated some 130km from Roskilde. It takes little over an hour to get there by train.

Odense is a popular stop on any Denmark backpacking route and I can’t imagine going to Odense without a trip to the famous Egeskov Castle, Europe’s best-preserved Renaissance castles. The city lies in the centre of the island of Funen and is wonderfully walkable. This makes Odense easy to explore on a budget, without the need to spend extra cash on getting around.

If you have extra time, there are plenty of day trips to the surrounding towns and countryside. The city is also well known as Hans Christian Andersen’s hometown. Visit the Hans Christian Andersen Museum that tells the story of the writer’s life and has a lot of his personal belongings.

Backpacking Aarhus (1-2 Days)

It’s so easy to fall in love with Aarhus. However, this vibrant Danish city is often overlooked in favor of its bigger counterparts. Aarhus may have quite a small town feel but it definitely deserves attention and makes for a wonderful city break.

Aarhus is the second largest city in Denmark, and it will only take a couple of days to explore the whole city. City’s history began as a fortified Viking settlement founded in 770. Filled with culture, interesting shops, pretty architecture, and some truly fabulous food, Aarhus is also home to a diverse and thriving student population though.

Aarhus has become an important cultural and economic center in Jutland. The Old Town (Den Gamle By), the royal summer palace of Marselisborg and Aarhus Cathedral are great places to soak up local life. Those fond of unusual places may want to visit the Women’s Museum, Grisebrønden (Well of Pigs) sculpture that symbolizes the love of Danes to the bacon and the Viking Moot, an annual event, which takes place in July.

Aarhus has become an important cultural and economic center in Jutland. The Old Town (Den Gamle By), the royal summer palace of Marselisborg and Aarhus Cathedral are great places to check out. Rent a bike to save money on transportation and visit the Women’s Museum, Grisebrønden (Well of Pigs) sculpture that symbolizes the love of Danes to the bacon. If you’re lucky enough, don’t miss out on visiting the Viking Moot, an annual event, which takes place at the end of July.

Best Time to Visit Denmark

The country has a very temperate climate that is moderated by the warm Gulf Stream and four distinct seasons. Summer is the best time to visit Denmark, while autumn tends to be rainy and cloudy. August is the hottest month with the average temperature being 15.7°C and reaching highs of over 25°C.

Early summer is a great time to go on a backpacking trip in Denmark. The days are long, the weather is warm and there are fewer crowds . The temperature is pleasant without spring’s wet weather. Summer is high season, with July and August seeing the most crowds. All popular places to visit in Denmark will be busy at their peak season and hotel and flight prices tend to be higher. Danes welcome Midsummer, the longest day of the year, around June 21 with a country-wide celebration. For one of the country’s best music festival, visit during the first week of July to experience the Roskilde Music Festival.

The weather can vary from region to region. The west coast sees more rain than the rest of Denmark. Always check the forecast before heading out and always be prepared for rain. You should just expect that it will be rainy at some point on your trip. Hopefully, you will be lucky and get the chance to experience beautiful sunshine! Take my advice: always bring a solid rain-jacket and waterproof shoes for trekking in Denmark.

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Late spring is also an excellent time to come backpacking in Denmark. If you come too early or visit too late though, expect cold temperatures. The winters in Denmark are typically mild, getting colder in January and February, but rarely dipping below freezing for long. Visiting Copenhagen in winter months provides a great chance to experience European Christmas Markets!

In the winter the days are short. As you get closer to the Arctic circle, the daylight in the winter is minimal. The reverse is true in the summer.

Where to Stay in Denmark

Denmark has a high number of hostels, guest houses, homestays, and farmstays so budget travel is certainly catered for. These options are your best bet for cheap accommodation whilst backpacking Denmark. Prices vary depending on the location and the time of year you visit. Generally, the average price of a hostel is 130-240 DKK (€17-32) a night.

A lot of the best hostels in Copenhagen are a bit pricey, but they offer good value. They will usually provide linen, bathroom, cooking and internet facilities.

If you’re doing some trekking, it’s also a good idea to pack your tent and a hammock and sleep for a very modest fee of 20 DKK or so. Wild camping isn’t allowed in Denmark because the country is more densely populated than Sweden or Norway. However, you can take advantage of using one of the country’s many “primitive” campsites and enjoy a night under canvas in a natural environment.

Couchsurfing in Denmark

Danes are incredibly welcoming and hospitable! And they always up for a good time! Obviously, Couchsurfing is the cheapest way to backpack Denmark and also a great tool to make some real friendships. Make yourself stand out when using Couchsurfing . Don’t your hosts feel like they’re part of a generic spam message!

Cheap Accommodation in Denmark

Hostels and Guesthouses are your next cheapest option in Denmark. Hostels are really only found in bigger cities although more are starting to pop up in the countryside too. Out with the city, BnB’s or Guesthouses are your cheapest option. Expect to pay around $35 – $40 a night. Check out the awesome Steel House Copenhagen .

To save on accommodation in Denmark, consider staying in campsites. To do that you will need the Camping Key Europe pass. For a one-night stay, you will need a transit card. Campsites are usually available from April to September. Some are open all year round. Since all campsites are classified according to their quality, the typical cost for a three-star campsite is around 70 DKK. If you travel with kids or just want to hang out in nature than consider farm holidays or agritourism. Volunteering with WWOOF is a great way to get free accommodation in rural areas.

Often cheaper than the pricey hotels, but still offering more privacy than a hostel. I’ve used Airbnb a number of times in Denmark even in the most rural of areas! Start planning your Denmark backpacking trip with this Airbnb coupon code, and get $35 off your first booking!

Below are a few of my favourite hostels and budget accommodation options when backpacking Denmark:

Urban House Copenhagen by MEININGER Danhostel Svendborg Copenhagen Downtown Hostel Danhostel Ribe Generator Copenhagen Danhostel Aarhus City Danhostel Roskilde

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Entry Requirements in Denmark

Denmark is a member of the Schengen agreement, meaning citizens from the EU, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States can travel freely to Denmark with no visa. If you’re not a citizen of a Nordic country or the EU then you may need a visa to enter Denmark. Folks coming from the US will need two blank pages in their passport and it should have at least six months validity.

Denmark Travel Guide to Getting Around

The Copenhagen Airport Kastrup (CPH), just outside the capital city, is the easiest and cheapest way to get to Danmark. Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) operates flights from their hub in Copenhagen to 109 destinations around the world, and they also offer free airfare for children between the ages of two and 11 on flights between the US and the Nordic countries.

The airport is a 15-minute metro or bus ride from the city centre and a one-way ticket costs 38 DKK. Most major car rental companies have an office at the airport, though many of the smaller (and cheaper) companies have offices nearby. If you book with a smaller company they can pick you up upon arrival.

It’s also possible to hitchhike into Copenhagen or even Sweden from the airport. Leave the airport building on the other side of the metro exit to the large parking lot and then go to the roundabout at the end next to Netto. Just after the roundabout there is a bus stop and a smaller parking lot. This area makes a good spot to hitchhike from. You will be able to keep an eye on the petrol station and hopefully find some cars that will get you to Copenhagen.

How to Travel in Denmark

Copenhagen is easily accessible from Sweden via the Øresund bridge by bus or from Germany by bus or train. The bridge connects the Swedish city of Malmö to the Danish capital. There is a number of daily buses from Germany to Denmark. Although traveling by bus takes longer, it’s often much cheaper than going by train. Furthermore, you don’t have to buy tickets in advance. Eurolines and Flixbus offer a comprehensive list of routes.

The culture of cycling in Denmark is popular as both a recreational activity and a means of getting around. Danes just love riding their bicycles. Sometimes it feels like they treat pedestrians like second-class citizens here! To overcome this social injustice, rent your own bike. Many hotels have bike rentals or you can find bike shops for day rentals – it will be around €18 per day.

I used Copenhagen’s metro, buses, and trains quite a bit and found them very easy to navigate. Buses often have special codes to mark their types. For example, regular buses have only their number, while A buses are the main network without any schedule departing every 2 to 6 minutes. For buses, I usually rely on Google Maps on my phone so that I know where to get off. Also don’t forget that you can get to and from the airport, as well as, get around Copenhagen for free with a Copenhagen Card !

Danish Food: A Culinary Travel Guide to What to Eat

If stereotypes dominate your perception of Danish cuisine than you’re probably think: “Right, Danish food. You mean Smørrebrød?” Well, they do have smørrebrød for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but let me explain myself better.

While nobody is arguing that the Danish have more gastronomic prowess than Italy, the Danish still offer up a wide variety of mouth-watering dishes to try.

I didn’t find the food in Denmark to be super diverse. But Danes are good at what they do cook. And yes, you can’t say your backpacking trip around Denmark is complete without trying a delicious Smørrebrød.

Traditional Danish Dishes

Here are a few of my favorite dishes native to Denmark:

Aebleskiver – (The English language spelling is usually aebleskiver or ebleskiver) are a type of small Danish pancake balls that are cooked with sugar in a special stovetop pan with half-spherical molds.

Kartofler – Have you ever heard that Danes talk like they have potatoes in their mouths? While this is a questionable statement, traditional Danish food is more or less all about potato dishes. Typically boiled in water with vegetables or cooked with sugar to create caramelization.

Krebinetter – This is a type of pork patties and everyday dish in Denmark, also known as karbonader. Earlier on, Krebinetter were served with green peas and carrots in a white sauce, but young Danes like them with a salad or rye bread.

Hønsekødssuppe – Basically, a delicious chicken soup with vegetables and dough dumplings.

Frikadeller – Danish meatballs consist of equal beef and pork, flour, eggs, milk, onions and spices and is eaten with rye bread, parsley sauce or potatoes. Frikadeller is one of the Dane’s most beloved dishes and a popular topping for smørrebrød (both hot and cold). In the summer, young and old accompany meatballs with boiled potatoes and salad.

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Smørrebrød – These open-faced sandwiches are incredibly popular across Denmark. Danes love their Smørrebrøds and typically eat them for lunch. Usually eaten with rugbrød (rye bread), they can be topped with poached egg, creamy chicken, raw herring, meat, vegetables or shrimp. No matter where you go backpacking in Denmark, you will find many eateries and restaurants serving Smørrebrød.

Where to Go in Denmark. Places To Visit

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A small town located on the island of Funen in southern Denmark is well known for its history and shipyards. Start with exploring the harbor and the embankment. The spot was Hans Christian Andersen’s favorite place in the city. Make sure to wander through the narrow streets to feel the spirit of Svendborg. With several historic sites situated within walking distance of the city center, the Saint Nicholas Church is the oldest building in Svendborg. The Valdemars Slot – the palace that was built by King Christian IV for his son – is still inhabited by Juel family.

Backpacking Bornholm

One of the most beautiful islands not only in Denmark but in the Baltic Sea. Separated from the mainland by the sea, Bornholm has a totally unique atmosphere. With a large influx of tourists in summer, attracted by the sandy beaches in the south and the granite cliffs in the north, the island managed to keep its quiet lifestyle.

Be sure to visit Osterlars Church, the oldest of the island’s four round churches; Hammershus ruins of once largest medieval fortification in Scandinavia, with a stunning view of the coastline and the sea surrounding Bornholm, and the Bornholm Birds of Prey Show. Many backpackers come to Bornholm to try the traditional smoked herring with egg yolk. Bornholm is much closer to Sweden, so it might be convenient to get a DSB combined rail and ferry ticket to reach Ystad and then set sail for Ronne. Another option is to hop on a ferry in Koge.

Den Gamle By Museum

A unique open-air museum, otherwise known as the Old Town in Aarhus definitely lives up to its name. With about 80 buildings from all around Denmark, the museum meticulously recreates medieval Danish town, including a mill, post office, school, and a theater. As Danes love to reconstruct history using any method possible, the Den Gamle By is more like an exponential replica of the period that has passed a long time ago.

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Aside from the historic homes, you may also see people dressed in period clothing and practicing activities date back centuries. Visiting Den Gamle By is cheaper in the winter, and there are discounts for students (and since I was a student from another country, I got an additional discount). From March-December, it costs 135 DKK (about $22 USD) for adults and 70 DKK (about $12 USD) for students, and it’s free for anyone under 18.

Kronborg Castle

This historic royal castle is the second most popular tourist attraction in Denmark. I visited it on a cold snowy day in January and it was admirable. Kronborg is most famous for being the castle in which Shakespeare set his play, Hamlet. Indeed, the play about the Danish prince is based upon the Danish mythological figure Amleth. Shakespeare simply moved the ‘h’ from the end of the name to the start.

The strategic location of Kronborg castle was paramount. Because of its strategic coastal location, Denmark’s kings could control the entrance to the Baltic Sea and charge foreign vessels. On a clear day, Kronborg Castle offers spectacular views along the impressive rugged coastline and distant views of the Sweden coastline.

Make sure you wear comfy shoes if you want to explore the crypts, as the floors are uneven, unpaved stone. It’s also pitch black! In summer, there are live Shakespeare performances. You can take a ferry to reach the Swedish town of Helsingborg, the voyage takes about 20 minutes.

Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse

A huge dune near the Rubjerg Knude lighthouse occurred shortly after the lighthouse was lit in December 1900. Now the dune is still growing as the sand piling up in front of and around the lighthouse that already caused the destruction of the kitchen gardens. With no success in suppressing the sand, the lighthouse was abandoned in 1968. Specialists say the lighthouse will be buried in sand or just fall into the sea within the next ten years. Be sure to see before this happens! The Rubjerg Knude lighthouse is located in northern Jutland. Consider renting a car or a bicycle to get there.

Frederiksborg Castle

Although the Kronborg castle is more popular with tourists, in my opinion, Frederiksborg is far more romantic. The castle is situated on three small islands in the Slotssøen lake, which makes Frederiksborg look like something out of a fairy tale. In addition, there is a lovely Baroque garden with hedges and perfect layout. The price is 75 DKK for a single ticket. Use your Copenhagen City Card to get free admission.

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April is the first spring month of the year in Denmark and the best time to get out and enjoy cultural and outdoor activities. The weather is mild, days are longer, and landscapes are blooming. Celebrate the reopening of Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen's beloved amusement park, and enjoy thrilling rides, colorful gardens, and lively entertainment. See the city’s cherry blossoms at Bispebjerg Cemetery or the picturesque Langelinie Park. Discover Denmark’s rugged coastlines, beautiful countryside, and tranquil forests on scenic hikes and bike rides. A trip to Denmark in April is all about getting out and basking in the sunny spring weather.

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In April, the weather in Denmark moves from the freezing temperatures of winter to milder conditions. The month marks the beginning of spring, with longer daylight hours and the emergence of blossoming flowers and greenery across the country. Average temperatures in Denmark during April typically range from around 8˚C (46˚F) to 12˚C (54˚F) but can fluctuate throughout the month, with some days feeling cooler. There is an increase in sunshine with longer daylight hours for outdoor activities and sightseeing. Rainfall is still relatively common in April, but it tends to be lighter and less frequent compared to the wetter months of autumn and winter.

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WHY VISIT DENMARK IN APRIL

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 With warmer weather, natural beauty, cultural experiences, and outdoor adventures, April is a wonderful time to visit Denmark. Here are some enticing reasons to plan your trip to Denmark in April.

  • Mild weather and longer days: Enjoy pleasant temperatures as Denmark transitions from winter's colder days to spring's milder conditions. The comfortable weather is perfect for outdoor activities without the intensity of summer heat. You’ll also enjoy longer daylight hours. With the sun rising earlier and setting later, you'll have more time to sightsee, dine al fresco, and enjoy sunny spring days.
  • Easter celebrations: Experience traditional Danish Easter celebrations and festivities. From Easter markets and craft fairs to Easter egg hunts and festive meals, Denmark comes alive with cultural traditions and seasonal events during the Easter holiday. Easter week is also the traditional opening of the beloved Tivoli Gardens amusement park in downtown Copenhagen.
  • Fewer tourists: Enjoy Denmark's attractions with fewer crowds compared to the peak tourist season in summer. April offers a quieter and more relaxed atmosphere, allowing for a more intimate and authentic experience of the country's culture, history, and natural beauty.

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Exploring Denmark in April offers an array of experiences, from exploring medieval villages to hiking, biking, and sailing adventures. Here are some of the best places to see and things to do in Denmark in April.

Start your spring trip in Copenhagen , the capital city. In April, Copenhagen comes to life with the reopening of one of its most iconic attractions: the enchanting Tivoli Gardens. For locals and tourists alike, the reopening of Tivoli Gardens in April marks the beginning of a cherished tradition—a celebration of spring and a return to the joys of outdoor amusement. Wander around this whimsical wonderland and enjoy thrilling rides, entertaining performances, tranquil gardens, and the picturesque lake. April evenings in Tivoli are enchanting, with the park's vibrant atmosphere enhanced by live music, dazzling fireworks displays, and delectable dining at its charming restaurants and cafés.

Take advantage of the lovely spring weather and hit the great outdoors. Embark on a spring hike through Thy National Park, where April brings new life to the rugged dunes and coastal landscapes. Spot wildflowers, migratory birds, and other wildlife as you explore this pristine natural area. Rent a bike and explore the scenic countryside of North Zealand. April's mild temperatures and blooming landscapes make it a delightful time to cycle along coastal paths and explore charming villages.

Venture to the coastal town of Skagen on the northern tip of Denmark to experience the unique natural phenomenon where the North Sea and Baltic Sea converge near Grenen. Discover the diverse wildlife and scenic beauty of Skagen's coastal dunes at the Skagen Odde Nature Center. April is the best time for birdwatching here as migratory birds return to Denmark for the spring.

Explore Aarhus, Denmark's second-largest city, without the jostling summer crowds. Immerse yourself in Danish history and archaeology at Moesgaard Museum. See Aarhus from a different perspective on a canal cruise along the city's waterways and enjoy alfresco dining at one of the many outdoor cafés and restaurants.

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In April, Denmark offers some fantastic springtime adventures. From celebrating Easter with the locals and wandering through the gardens of Tivoli in Copenhagen to hiking along the chalky cliffs of Møns Klint, visiting Denmark in April promises an unforgettable experience.

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    Though it's by far the smallest of the Scandinavian countries, Denmark once ruled all of Norway and much of southern Sweden. Before then, it was home base for fierce Viking warriors. Modern Danes, however, are remarkably well-adjusted — organized, yet easygoing, with a delightfully wry sense of humor. From Copenhagen to tiny ship-in-bottle islands, the Danish landscape is equally mellow ...

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    Fast Facts about Denmark. Power voltage is 230V at 50 Hz. Denmark's currency is the Danish Krone (DKK) and 1 Krone is equal to 0.15 USD. The best way to get around Denmark is by rental car or bus. You do not need a tourist visa to enter Denmark as long as your stay is under 90 days.

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    Day 3: Day trip to Dragør via Øresund Bridge | Tivoli Gardens. Day 4: Copenhagen - Roskilde - Aarhus. Day 5: Explore Aarhus. Day 6: Aarhus - Billund (Legoland) - Odense - Copenhagen. Day 7: Day trip to Louisiana Museum of Modern Art and Frederiksborg Castle. Day 8: Day trip to Kronborg Castle in Helsingør.

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    Day 4: Frederiksborg Castle Day Trip. Travel time: 1 hour train + walk. Take a day trip to Hillerød to see Frederiksborg Castle just a short distance from Copenhagen. The castle is often called the Versailles of Denmark. If you want to visit more than one castle today, you can also visit Kronborg Castle in Helsingør.

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    Denmark is a delight to road trip or "bikepack" around, with easy-on-the-eye roadside attractions and infrastructure as good as anywhere in Europe. For train travel, rail operator DSB offers ...

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    This Denmark Travel Guide will show you things to do in Denmark, cities in Denmark you should definitely visit, and lots of practical information to help you plan your Denmark trip. Denmark is located in the north of Europe, bordering Germany, the Baltic Sea, and the North Sea. The Nordic country is the smallest and southernmost of the ...

  14. Copenhagen Travel Guide & Tips

    A comprehensive travel guide and a collection of tips for visiting Copenhagen, Denmark, from the experts at Condé Nast Traveler.

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    In fact, a 2020 study by U.S. News places Denmark as the best country for women. It's easy for female travelers to get around and the country is exceptionally safe, much more so than in the U.S. Even catcalling on the street is a rare occurrence in Denmark. One area where women should be especially vigilant is when going out at night.

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    Visa: Denmark is a member of the European Union and a signatory of the Schengen convention permitting unlimited visa-free travel to EU nationals, currently including the UK. Many countries in the Americas plus Australia, New Zealand, and UAE also enjoy visa-free travel for 90 days within the Schengen zone.

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    Winter: Denmark's winter can be quite chilly, with temperatures often ranging from 32°F (0°C) to 45°F (7°C) across the country. Expect shorter days and a high likelihood of rain or snow, especially in January and February. Spring: Spring sees milder weather, with temperatures gradually increasing from 41°F (5°C) to around 59°F (15°C ...

  20. Denmark Travel and Backpacking Guide

    Denmark Travel Guide to Getting Around. The Copenhagen Airport Kastrup (CPH), just outside the capital city, is the easiest and cheapest way to get to Danmark. Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) operates flights from their hub in Copenhagen to 109 destinations around the world, and they also offer free airfare for children between the ages of two and ...

  21. The official guide to Copenhagen

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    Average temperatures in Denmark during April typically range from around 8˚C (46˚F) to 12˚C (54˚F) but can fluctuate throughout the month, with some days feeling cooler. There is an increase in sunshine with longer daylight hours for outdoor activities and sightseeing. Rainfall is still relatively common in April, but it tends to be lighter ...