There are so many great things to do on a trip to Denmark. So when you visit, you need a Denmark bucket list! Denmark is most famous for being one of the world’s happiest countries. Copenhagen, the capital city, is a great place to ditch your car for a bike, so take a leisurely ride around the 17th century Nyhavn canal or Tivoli Gardens. Whether you prefer to explore bustling European cities or lose yourself in stunning scenery, Copenhagen has something for everyone, especially the foodies among us (hello Smørrebrød). So without further ado, here is what we consider to be the top things to do on a trip to Denmark, certainly worthy of being on your Denmark Bucket List anyway.
Here’s our pick of the top things to do on a trip to Denmark
Nyhavn is a 17th century canal and entertainment district in Copenhagen. Stretching from Kongens Nytorv to the harbor front, south of the Royal Playhouse, it’s lined by brightly colored 17th and early 18th century houses, chic bars, outdoor cafes and restaurants. The famous Danish fairytale writer, Hans Christian Andersen, used to live in no. 20. This is where he wrote the fairy-tales ‘The Tinderbox’, ‘Little Claus and Big Claus’, and ‘The Princess and the Pea’. He also lived twenty years in no 67 and two years in no 18.
Copenhagen is considered to be one of the happiest, safest and most friendly cities in the world. It’s also the epitome of Scandi cool. The rich culture, fascinating architecture, great nightlife, delicious food, and all round happy, positive vibes make Copenhagen a must visit city. Hire a bicycle for the day and don’t miss dining at the Michelin-starred Noma, one of the most famous restaurants in the world, which happens to be in Copenhagen.
Visit this amusement park and pleasure garden in Copenhagen. The park opened in 1843 which makes it the second-oldest operating amusement park in the world. There’s rides, games, musicals, ballet performances and major concerts here. Located just a few minutes walk from City Hall, Tivoli Gardens is a must for all visitors to the city, young and old.
Explore an ancient Danish city! With its 1000 years of history, Roskilde offers world-class attractions and sights and is just 25 minutes from Copenhagen. A city of both kings and Vikings, the Gothic, twin-spired Roskilde Cathedral is the final resting place of 38 Danish monarchs. Next to its harbor, the Viking Ship Museum has 11th-century vessels and an active boatyard. The nearby Museum of Contemporary Art sits in a former royal mansion.
The Buried Church
This church buried in sand dunes 1.5km south of town is an amusing curiosity. Known as Old Skagen Church or The Buried Church, this 14th-century church dedicated to Saint Lawrence of Rome was an enormous structure with long vaulted nave, exterior buttresses, and a tower with crow-stepped gable. The church is also one of the oldest buildings in Skagen.
Thy National Park
Thy is the first and largest National Park in Denmark. Explore the unique landscape of National Park Thy, in the western part of North Jutland.
If you are with kids, this is a very good option. Legoland is next to Billund Airport in the small town of Billund in central Jutland. It’s about 265km west of Copenhagen and about 95km southwest of Aarhus. On display are replicas of many famous monuments in Denmark and some from overseas as well. Kids can also enjoy on rides and theme areas like Castleland, Pirateland, and Duploland.
The Maritime Museum of Denmark is an award winning museum in Helsingør but originally located at Kronborg Castle. Established in 1915, its collections cover Danish trade and shipping from the 15th century to the present day.
Copenhagen Zoo is a zoological garden, founded in 1859, it is one of the oldest zoos in Europe and is a member of EAZA. Visit Copenhagen’s Zoo in the Frederiksberg area, sandwiched between the parks of Frederiksberg Gardens and Søndermarken, to see elephants, hippos, lions, monkeys, polar bears and more. Sadly, Copenhagen Zoo have been known to shoot healthy animals (a giraffe and some lions) when they get too old for breeding, so do bare this in mind when choosing your things to do on a trip to Denmark.
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There is so much more to see and experience in this amazing country. Plan ahead so that you can take your time exploring and be prepared to be flexible because sometimes travelers you meet along the way will have the best suggestions for undiscovered gems and awesome things to do on a trip to Denmark.
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