What to see when going to Denmark

What to see when going to Denmark

Denmark is a magical country, full of history, castles, museums, and gardens, which would be nice to see in person.

Attractions in Denmark

Tivoli Gardens . It is more than just gardens. Tivoli Gardens is an amusement park in Denmark. Created in 1843, the gardens boast more than 400,000 species of flowers, 100,000 lamps, 30 restaurants, two theatrical performances a day, concerts and dozens of rides.

On Wednesday and Friday there are fireworks both during the day and at night . These gardens have been recognized as one of the most romantic places, especially at night, when the burning lamps enchantingly and mysteriously illuminate the paths.

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Attractions in Denmark

Amalienborg Palace . Amalienborg Palace, the residence of Queen Margret II, is actually made up of four castles: Moltkes Palace, Schackske Palace, Levetzaus Palace and Brockdorfske Palace. In the center is a statue of King Frederick V, seated on a horse.

The best time to visit would be at noon, during the changing of the guard. Some private and official rooms of the palace as well as the squares and gardens are open to visitors .

You can always tell if the queen is at home by the flag with her royal crest flying over the castle. Whoever happens to be here in spring, such as April 16, may witness Danish citizens gathering in the square to celebrate the birthday of their queen.

Canal Walking . One of the best ways to see the fabulous city of Copenhagen is to take a tour of its canals, where you’ll have the opportunity to glide by boat through the waters past the beautiful architecture of tall towers, churches and castles. And also see the statue of the famous Little Mermaid. Boats warm up their motors and take spectators along the Nyhavn Canal from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Attractions in Denmark

Statue of the Little Mermaid . This small statue is the national symbol of Denmark and is one of Denmark’s biggest landmarks.

The statue was created by sculptor Edward Eriksen, inspired by the story written by the famous Danish poet Hans Christian Andersen. The statue was a gift to the Royal Theater by Carl Jacobson who commissioned it from the sculptor Edvard Eriksen.

Royal Castle . This 16th century Renaissance castle looks fabulous with its high spires and battlements.

At the entrance to the castle, in the center of the large fountain is a statue of Neptune . Once a summer home for the royal family, this castle is now home to the National Museum.

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Attractions in Denmark

Stroget shopping street . If you need to spend some time shopping, you need to walk along the pedestrian street Stroget . A good mile long, it is considered the largest pedestrian mall in the world. There are all kinds of stores and chic restaurants, as well as many different sculptures and fountains. Here, you can surely find everything you need.

Sandy Church . The white church, the parish of Lawrence, is just the bell tower. But the rest of the huge church was buried under the drifting sands in 1810. And only its towers were saved. This is a fascinating example of the power of the migration of the Danish sand dunes.

Round Tower . This tower was built in 1642 as part of King Christian IV’s Trinity complex for seventeenth-century scientists. It includes an astronomical observatory, a university library and a church.

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Attractions in Denmark

You can get to its top by a cobblestone ramp and look through its telescope. After all, the Observatory of Europe is still functioning inside this ancient tower and it is even open to the public.

Charlottenborg Palace . Charlottenborg Palace is also included in the sights of Denmark was built in 1683 for Ulrik Frederik Guldenlove, and then was bought by Queen Dowager Charlotte-Amelia, who gave it its current name . Today Charlottenborg is the Royal Danish Academy of Arts, as well as a library. In this palace artists from many countries hold their exhibitions.

Rosenberg Castle and Castle Gardens . This Dutch Renaissance castle was built in 1624 by King Christian IV as a summer home. It contains a royal collection of interiors, crafts and portraits. It is also home to the oldest garden in the country, also known as the Royal Garden.

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The homeland of the famous designer itself is like lego: it consists of many bright fragments, and each visitor makes his own impression out of them. Skyscanner found out where to look for the most entertaining parts.

1. Royal Copenhagen

Meeting the Queen in the capital’s metro is no dream: the Danish monarchs are so close to the people that they often ride public transport around Copenhagen. If the rides appeal to you more than the metro, go to Tivoli: not to visit this amusement park is a crime against the child who lives in all of us. For adults, too, Denmark’s capital has plenty of fun: take a tour through the Carlsberg Museum to see how Danish specialty beers are made, or along the promenade at Nyhavn to discover how great it is to take your time.

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2. Lego factory in Billunn

Even a couch break can be interesting: climb into a chair made of huge lego pieces at the Lego Factory in Billunn! Here you will learn how to make such different figures and objects from the same pieces of plastic, and also – get acquainted with the robot that briskly screws arms and legs to lego-humans.

3. the Roskilde Music Festival

Northern Europe’s largest music festival is a great opportunity to hear past idols and daring newcomers live. For 50 years now Roskilde has been bringing together international music lovers and titans from the music world like the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Bjork and Metallica. African trance and Brazilian electro-rock reverberate from the stages, and the audience includes both laid-back hippies and brutal metalheads.

Performances in Roskill last longer than the usual 45 minutes, and the four-day main program is preceded by four days of warm-up. If you want something hotter, strip down and run. That’s how you can win tickets to the festival in the traditional Nude Run. There are two winners each year, a man and a woman, and all profits go to charity.

4. Fanyo Island

Come to Fanyo Island in the summer to see flocks of colorful kites in the sky above the island. Kids can have fun at the Family Festival in August, and young couples and solo travelers can try out a kite buggy (a three-wheeled cart “harnessed” with a kite) or ride a wave in the surf any time of year.

Even without the extreme, Fanyaö has many surprises: in addition to the Watt Sea, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the island features dunes and sandy heaths, thatched houses, windmills and seals. In March and April, clouds of dead-heads float over Fanya, as the birds fly to spend the winter. But the uplifting drink at the local brewery Fanø Bryghus can be tasted at any time of year.

5. Hamlet Castle

To be or not to be in Kronborg? Fans of Shakespeare’s plays have an unequivocal answer: everyone should visit Hamlet’s castle. It was here, not far from the town of Elsinore on the island of Zeeland, that, according to legend, the events of the tragic story of the Prince of Denmark unfolded. Bronze statues of Hamlet and Ophelia meet you at the entrance, but William Shakespeare himself has never been to Kronborg. But he heard a lot about it: the actors of the Globe Theatre often performed at the castle and shared their impressions with the playwright. Now, on the summer solstice, theater companies present their productions of Hamlet on the Kronborg stage.

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Another legendary Danish prince, Holger, sleeps deep in the castle cellars. According to legend, the folk hero sees in his dreams everything that happens in Denmark, and in case of danger he will stand up to defend it. A statue of the hero in the casemates of Kronborg reminds us of this. Admission to the castle for Copenhagen Card holders is free.

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6. Odense – birthplace of Andersen

The attractions begin on the way to Odense, because the capital of the island of Funen and Copenhagen are connected by an eight-kilometer-long suspension bridge. Most of the sights in Andersen’s homeland are within walking distance, and signposts lead to places important to the storyteller. There are two houses where he was born: explorers are never sure, so take selfies at both just in case. Walk around Odense and you’ll meet some familiar characters, like the paper boat from The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the dog from The Fire in the Lane with eyes “as big as your Round Tower”.

At the Andersen Museum you can examine his 3D portrait in detail and compare your own height to that of the writer. And kids will try on a knight’s armor or a princess dress and draw their own fairy tale in the art studio.

When you know all about Andersen, visit the St. Knud’s Cathedral, which contains the remains of the Danish king and one of Denmark’s treasures, the gilded and carved altar with three hundred figures of biblical characters. Lastly, take a walk through the open-air museum, where you’ll discover the way of life of peasants in the 18th and 19th centuries in the village of Funen.

7. Jutland

Start your exploration of Jutland, the only mainland part of Denmark, with Aarhus. This city is a “collection” of architectural styles. You’ll find the Viking heritage of the city’s founders, the Frukirche, one of the oldest stone churches in Scandinavia, and modern high-tech buildings. Take a walk through the Old Town, where little seems to have changed since the 16th-18th centuries. In fact, 75 tumbledown buildings were brought here from various cities to reassemble it as a free outdoor museum.

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Stop by Aalborg to marvel at the combination of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture in St. Budolfi Cathedral, and also to see the mansion of merchant Jens Bang. The stone face on the building shows the language of the town hall: The merchant did not want to be elected to the city council, and he expressed his attitude to the government in his own way.

At the end of your trip to Jutland, see the border between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea at the northernmost point of the country, Cape Grönen. In spring it’s great to watch the migration of birds of prey from here.

8. Faroe Islands

Torshavn, the cloudiest city in the world, is named after Thor, Scandinavian god of thunder and lightning. Thor was once the gathering place for the Ting, the parliament of the local settlers and today the capital of the Faroe Islands invites you to meander through the winding streets with colorful houses and green grass on the tops. The buildings owe their unusual decorations to tradition: the locals used to insulate their dwellings with moss.

Visit the harbor, the heart of Torshavn, and see Skansin, “the most peaceful fortress in the world. You can’t miss it: it’s now adorned by a lighthouse. See the Munkastovan Monastery, one of the few sights to survive the 1673 fire. The neighboring house, the Royal Depot of Leighobun, is also lucky. The Fornoya Fornminissavn museum has Viking-era exhibits and an open-air farmhouse from the 1920s.

9. Greenland

Seamless blue skies, white icebergs, the shimmering reflection of the sun in the ice and a speedboat lapping the blue waves are the sights one visits to Ilulissat in western Greenland. Here you should stay for a couple of days: the views do not bore even the locals.

A kilometer from the city stretches the Sermermermiut Valley, which in the warm season is full of flowers and berries on the background of the ice. In winter, the locals come to the ruins of an ancient Inuit settlement to greet the first sunrise after the polar night every January 13. Enjoy helicopter rides on a dog sled at Mt Little Ackinac or see the hills, seals and whales from a helicopter.

Another Greenlandic attraction is a night boat ride at Ice Fjord. The ship maneuvers between tall blocks of ice, and as a reward for bravery the captain treats everyone to whiskey and ice extracted from the nearest iceberg. On the ship you can also go to the village Okaatsut to taste whale meat soup and spend the night in the Inuit hut.

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10. Danish cuisine

Trying all kinds of smørrebrød is a tasty quest, but not at all easy. There are hundreds of variations of this sandwich in Denmark: it is based on the usual butter and bread and then comes the most surprising ingredients like anchovies with raw egg yolk and pickled beets with lemon.

For your first meal in Denmark, order rødgrød med fløde (rødgrød me fløde), a cross between mashed potato soup and sour cream. The dish is made of grits and served with berries and cream. For a hearty lunch choose stegt flæsk, a bacon dish with potatoes and parsley sauce.

The best dessert is the famous Danish cinnamon rolls. Another dietary challenge is Flødeboller, a marshmallow with chocolate cream. Of drinks in Denmark must try glögg – hot red wine with spices, and aquavit – alcohol with a fortress of 38-50%, which is infused with dill, cumin, fennel and other spices.

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There are many kinds of aquavit – you want to try them all, and to walk around Denmark sober. Take a couple of bottles with you – the original versions with dill and cumin make a great gift. Bring lego for the little ones, and something for the mother and grandmother in the kitchen. Denmark is known for its quality kitchen accessories and stylish Scandinavian design.

From Ilulissat take a wooden or bone figurine-tupilak (“spirit”) as a souvenir: they used to be made by shamans for magical rituals. An exotic souvenir from Skagen in Jutland is an ornament in the form of the “Skagen Rose”. And it is not a flower: the tops of Danish willow shoots turn into a gall that looks like a rose. In this northern town, they use it to make brooches and hairpins.

A cute gift from Torshavn would be a toy dead end, the symbol of the Faroe Islands. Another critter firmly associated with Denmark is Kai Bojesen’s wooden monkey. The commission on choosing the best national souvenirs did not include it in its list because “there are no monkeys in Denmark”. The designer wittily replied: “I haven’t met any live mermaids in our region.

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