Denmark’s most unusual sights: cliffs, lighthouses and islands
This lighthouse on the top of a 60-meter cliff on the shores of the North Sea was built at the end of the XIX century. Over time, due to strong winds and soil erosion, a huge sand dune formed around it. Local authorities tried to save the 23-meter high lighthouse by planting trees and building wooden fences around it, but the elements were stronger. The sand swallowed up the trees, the houses around the lighthouse and eventually the entrance to the lighthouse itself. The last signal from Rubjerg Knud was in 1968. After that, a museum and a coffee shop were built near the lighthouse, but over time they too were swept up by sand. They say it will collapse by 2023, so you have to hurry to see it.
The Cliffs of Myeong Klingt
The white cliffs on Mön Island are perhaps one of Denmark’s most impressive landscapes. The limestone cliffs stretch for six kilometers along the coast and at their highest point reach 120 meters above sea level. Each year, thousands of tourists come to see them. On the cliffs spread out a forest where you can find rare plants – for example, more than 20 species of orchids. If you go a little further from the coast, you can get to the reserve Lisselund, which will please fans of hiking and biking. There are also estates and farms of the XVIII century.
Egeskov Castle was built in 1554 for protection in conditions of constant unrest in the country. Since then it served as a residence for several noble families until in 1959 they made it a museum accessible to all comers. Thousands of local and foreign tourists come to the castle every year. It is also surrounded by a stunning park. The park has received several prestigious awards, such as the “European Garden Award” from the European Association of Historic Gardens (EGHN).
Address: Egeskov Castle, Egeskov Gade 18, Kværndrup, Denmark Tel: +45 62 27 10 16
Long sandy beaches, seals and rare birds are just some of the details of the landscape of Skagen. Located in Denmark’s northernmost part, on the Jutland Peninsula, the scenery surrounding the town is breathtaking. The cape on which Skagen is located separates the two seas, the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, and many people travel here to see where they meet. Because of this unique natural phenomenon on the shores of Jutland is a very strong current, so swimming is prohibited here. However, you can go to the beaches on the west or east side of town, where the water is calmer and not so deep.
Deer Park Jegersborg
Not far from Copenhagen is a deer park, a huge oak forest where about 2,100 deer live. In 2015, the park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List for its evocative landscapes. In addition to the scenery, visitors to the park can also take in Danish history: Among the trees stands the Hermitage hunting lodge, which was built during the reign of King Christian IV. At the other end of the forest is Direhavsbakken, the oldest amusement park in the world. It is still in operation and offers plenty of rides for children and adults.
Frederiksborg in Hillerød is another of the many castles and palaces that were built during the reign of King Christian IV. It is the largest Renaissance castle in Scandinavia. It is also considered one of the most striking examples of this architectural style. In the castle is a museum of Danish history, covering 500 years of life of the country.
Old Town (Den Haml Bay).
The historic district of Aarhus is an open-air museum where you can see how Danes lived before the early 20th century, as well as in the 1920s and 1970s. The cobblestone cobblestones, 17th century houses and people dressed in historical costumes make you feel as if you are really back in time. The museum opened in 1914 and since then, travelers come here to experience the Danish customs of different centuries.
Address: Den Gamle By, Viborgvej 2, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark Tel: +45 86 12 31 88
Lim Fjord and Fur Island
Despite its small size, the island of Fur is one of the Danes’ favorite spots. In addition to the beautiful nature, it attracts tourists with a variety of galleries, museums and workshops. In 2010, readers of a major Danish newspaper voted it the most beautiful island in the country. A favorite pastime of visitors to Fur is to wander the local beaches in search of fossils, some of which are more than 55 million years old.
Monument “Men Meet the Sea.”
On the beach in the town of Esbjerg on the southwest coast of Denmark stands a majestic monument consisting of four white sculptures of seated men. Each of them is nine meters tall. The monument was created in 1995 by the sculptor Sven-Vig Hansen. Now the monument meets and accompanies all the ships that enter or leave the harbor Esbjerg.
Hammeren Reserve on Bornholm
Hammeren is a nature reserve in the north of Bornholm, where many Danes spend their summers. The island offers a beautiful view of the Baltic Sea. Thanks to the local hills, Lake Hammerso and the cliffs that rise 26 meters above the sea, the landscape here is considered one of the most beautiful in the country.
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Who should come to the Danish kingdom and why?
In Denmark, there is something to do for families with children, lovers of antiquities and antiques, as well as hunters for beautiful sunrises against the backdrop of majestic cliffs. Museums with rich collections of ancient artifacts, UNESCO World Heritage sites and elements of the Danish monarchy will appeal to fans of antiquity and historical sites.
The world’s only Lego Park, Europe’s oldest zoo and other attractions await children, their parents and young people. Active travelers will be able to admire the neat villages, take walking tours and take pictures with sculptures based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales.
Historical sights and architecture
In the early 17th century on the orders of King Christian IV a magnificent late Renaissance castle was built on the outskirts of the Danish capital. The newly built palace was the residence of the royal family. A century and a half later, the castle was opened to the public.
The castle garden is in great demand among tourists. 2.5 million visitors pass through its paths every year, admiring the exquisite flowerbeds and the upward looking silhouette of the castle.
The Renaissance castle now houses the National Museum. A collection of portraits, paintings, furniture and decorative art reveals much about the 900-year history of the monarchy, the life of the gritty Vikings and other events on the island.
Built in 1200, this Gothic temple was the main burial place of the royal family. The cathedral is active – Catholic services are still held here.
In 1923 the architectural structure was transferred to the Roskilde Diocese, and in 1995 Roskilde was included in the list of world heritage as Denmark’s main cathedral.
The monumental Rococo-style building was designed by the Danish architect Nikolai Eitved between 1746 and 1766. The ensemble of four buildings grew on the site of the burnt-out palace of Sophie Amalienborg, which was built by the wife of King Frederick III. Parts of the architectural complex differ in the number of chimneys.
Together, all the buildings of the palace form an octagon, with a statue of King Frederick V on horseback in the center of the square. Today, the palace is the official residence and permanent residence of members of the Oldenburg royal family.
Church of the Savior
The church was built during the reign of Protestant patron King Christian V to a design by architect Lambert von Haven. Inside the church, tourists and parishioners will see a marble altar with gilding, columns and arches with stucco, as well as a 17th-century organ with four hundred pipes that rest on two marble elephant figures.
A little later to the cathedral building was added a bell tower 90 meters high. The tower can be climbed by an external spiral staircase with 400 steps. The bell tower was designed by Laurides de Thura.
According to the architect’s idea the spiral of stairs is specially spiraled counter-clockwise – contrary to the canons. Thus the creator of the construction symbolized man’s submission to the will of God. In 1928 a carillon consisting of fifty large and small bells was made for the Church of the Savior in Copenhagen.
Kronborg Castle has risen above Helsingør (Elsinore) since 1420. The palace was burned to the ground and later rebuilt again – since then the building occupies a place of honor on the shores of the Oresund. Ships entering the Baltic Sea paid taxes at Kronborg Castle, and Helsinger held an important strategic position among the cities of Europe.
In addition to the majestic ancient walls, Kronborg is also famous for the fact that it was here that William Shakespeare wrote the play Hamlet. Based on its motives Danes organize here summer festivals every year. And in 2000 the castle became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Old Town in Aarhus (Den Hamle-By)
Once in Aarhus, everyone feels like a time traveler. The visitor is greeted by neighborhoods with residences from different eras, where the oldest building is already 560 years old. The exhibits of the open-air museum were collected from all over the kingdom. Today there are samples of everyday life and ways of a Danish family from the 16th century and later.
The museum staff, in order to fill the old town with the right atmosphere, wear themed costumes, ride horses and speak in a form of Danish used in the last century.
Bornholm is an island in the Baltic Sea, bordering the Polish coast. These places are famous for the military operation of the Red Army in 1945. The rocky island is rich in antiquities: there are churches-fortresses, cave paintings, the ruins of Hammershus fortifications and the Bornholm Railway.
The capital, Rønne, is a remnant of old Denmark, with its red roofs, mills, cozy fish restaurants and churches. The Bornholm Museum exhibits tell you about the life of the island’s first settlers, who have lived here since time immemorial.
State Art Museum
The Citadel of Culture and the Arts was built in the late 19th century by the joint design of the two architects Dahlerup and Möller. In 1998 a Renaissance wing was added to the building where concerts and forums are held. A collection of sculptures adds to the authentic ambience.
In the old museum building, works of art dating back to the 12th century are on display. In addition to renowned artists, contemporary Danish painters are regularly exhibited here.
The new Carlsberg Glyptotheque
Copenhagen’s largest museum was founded by the son of brewer Carl Jacobsen. A descendant of the brewery owner Carlsberg donated his own collection to the glyptotheque. In addition to the founder’s legacy, the museum displays collections of art from ancient Rome, Egypt and Greece.
The sculpture collection includes 30 works by Auguste Rodin, bronze statues by Edgar Degas and works by Norwegian and Danish sculptors. The upper floors of the museum are occupied by paintings of famous artists: Manet, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec and other masters.
Museum of Modern Art in Aarhus
The name absolutely does not reveal the essence of the institution. The exhibits in this museum affect the senses and are not designed for quiet, relaxed contemplation. Expositions are built according to the concept: purgatory – circles of hell – heaven. All in accordance with the motifs of Dante’s Divine Comedy. Museum building was built in the form of ten cubes with rainbow halo on the roof, and its area is 17 000 sq.m.
There are unusual halls waiting for you – with surprising, frightening, surprising and shocking installations. For example, already on the first floor visitors are welcomed by a five-meter silicone boy. Ron Mueck’s sculpture is stunningly realistic in its details.
Hans Christian Andersen House Museum
Hans Christian Andersen was born in 1805 in a tiny yellow house in the center of Odense, on the island of Funen. Today this house is the oldest of the writers’ museums in the world. Next to it there is a fairy garden, where a sculpture of the famous storyteller is installed. But even outside the walls of Andersen’s house the atmosphere of fairy tales doesn’t disappear.
The whole city literally breathes with the works of the writer: sculptures of the author and his characters are everywhere in the streets. Even the main hotel bears the name of the storyteller.
While in Odense, be sure to visit the Rosengaard antiques market and shopping center for some nice souvenirs.
The dry subterranean dock shelters its exhibitions and displays, showing the life and work of seafarers in an unvarnished light. The museum has received numerous awards and honors and has been featured by publications such as the New York Times and National Geographic.
Viking Ship Museum
In Roskill, ships once sunk in the fjord were discovered and raised from the bottom in 1962. Five ancient masterpieces of Viking shipbuilding became the basis of the eponymous museum. Today it is the largest collection of maritime treasures.
In addition to ships dating back to the 11th century, Roskill has ancient and medieval ships, as well as their exact replicas, recreated by historians and shipbuilders in the museum’s own shipyard.
Denmark is washed by two seas – the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. Their waters differ in composition, color and temperature. These differences give rise to a strange natural phenomenon – the boundary of the seas. And this line is not conventional, but well visualized, because the waters of both seas do not mix. If you touch the “border” with your hand or foot, you can clearly feel the stirring. Experienced tourists explain this phenomenon by the different chemical composition of waters.
Cape of Grain is easy to see from a distance, thanks to the lighthouse standing on top, built in 1727. The tower offers an impressive view of the surrounding area. Another attraction here is the town of Skagen.
Tourists here are greeted by fishing houses and starfish on the beach, and local cafes serve fresh seafood and warming drinks. Skagen also makes inexpensive but very good watches.
The chalk cliffs of Myeong Island
The natural site towers over the Baltic Sea and consists entirely of chalk. The waves wash away the white rock, carrying pieces of it into the sea. This gives the coastal waters a milky blue hue.
The local custom is to write one’s cherished wish on a chipped piece of chalk and throw it into the sea. The bigger the piece of rock you can beat off and the farther you throw it into the sea, the more likely it is that your dream will come true.
Green gardens with a concert hall, theater and amusement park attract millions of visitors each year. Three additional carousels open at Christmas and Halloween. The park itself was built in 1843 at the instigation of journalist Georg Garstensen.
The son of Danish diplomats decided to do good for his country and convinced the king of the usefulness of the amusement park with these words: “When people have fun, they do not think about politics.
In 1914, Tivoli was home to the Roller Coaster and the Nimb Hotel, as well as a replica of India’s Taj Mahal.
Deer Park at Klampenborg
A small town north of Copenhagen is famous for its unusual park with two thousand deer. The artificial reserve was created in 1669 for King Frederick III. Here the ruler, his entourage and guests hunted the noble animals.
A hundred years later, amusements of this kind ceased, and the park was opened to the people. In addition to the reindeer park, Klampenborg is also interesting for the oldest amusement park Bakken, opened in 1583.
A theme park of constructor figures built in the home of the famous toy. Millions of visitors annually admire the realistic figures of colored bricks: cars, ships, animals, people and architectural masterpieces in miniature.
For more realism, the expositions are supplemented with appropriate sounds and even smells, as well as decorated with living plants. Lego parts are used to assemble the figures and the surroundings. The panorama is moving and constantly changing, delighting visitors.
In the city of Aalborg in the 80s, a local resident asked a visiting celebrity to plant a tree as a memento. Since then, musicians have planted an entire park one by one, and thanks to local authorities, it has learned to play hits. Under the trees installed special musical apparatus – you just press a button and your favorite tune will play.
The Faroe Islands are a part of Denmark, but since 1948 they have had the status of autonomy. Visitors here are invited to admire the birds on Fugloi Island, to walk through the tunnels and cliffs on Kalsoi Island, or to take a tour of the Munkastovan Monastery. In the center of the autonomy there is a national museum and an ancient library.