For every art, culture and history lover, Denmark is a must-visit destination. Thanks to the royal family that has been residing here for centuries, Denmark is a treasure trove of castles, palaces and imperial homes that every architectural enthusiast would love to explore.
There are numerous outdoor attractions and countryside grandeur too, since Denmark boasts some of the most stunning sights in the world like the majestic cliffs having about 65 million years of history attached to them and the floating sand dunes that move from their location every year.
Denmark Travel Info
Language: The official language of Denmark is Danish but Norwegian and Swedish are also spoken in some parts of the country. English is also used to a great extent, and people are fluent in English.
Currency: Danish Krone.
Visa: Denmark is a member of Schengen Agreement, which provides a free visa to travel to any EU country including the ones that are not a part of Schengen as well as those approved by Schengen like America, New Zealand, and Australia for a period of 90 days. Citizens of South Africa, Asia and Russia, need to apply for Schengen Visa before going to Denmark.
Electricity: Denmark operates on 230 V electricity supply, with a frequency of 50 Hz. Power Sockets are usually two prongs round sockets. I recommend bringing a Universal Travel Adapter so you don’t need to keep buying new adapters for each country you visit.
Denmark Festivals & Celebrations
Rock Festival, Roskilde: The rock festival, held in Roskilde is the country’s largest public event. Visitors in large numbers flock the city and about 170 international and local bands station there. The festival takes place in July, and all the money collected during the festival goes to charity. The distance between Roskilde and Copenhagen is just 35 miles, and if you are in the capital city, you can reach Roskilde in Half hour.
Copenhagen Jazz Festival: The jazz festival held in Copenhagen is the most inspiring and beautiful time in the city. Although the city is picture perfect in itself, but the performances and concerts make the city look even more magical and make people fall in love with Denmark all over again.
New Year’s Eve: Although New Year is celebrated with pomp and show all across the country, but the grandest celebration takes place at Amalienborg Square in Copenhagen. Thousands of visitors and locals swarm in to enjoy the fireworks and the atmosphere. The Danish monarchy can be witnessed at the Royal Guard Parade held in the Square.
Safety In Denmark
Denmark is considered one of the safest countries in the world and has an incredibly low rate of crime, natural disasters and terror attacks. For this reason safety is not really a concern for people traveling to Denmark. Apart from the occasional few minor bag snatching and pickpocketing incidents, Denmark is in general a very safe country to visit. Based on my own travel experiences around Europe I wouldn’t leave home without travel insurance no matter how safe the destination I’m visiting is. You can still miss flights, lose your luggage or break a leg, especially if you’re as accident prone as I am. For this reason I recommend checking out the travel insurance plan that World Nomads can offer you a few weeks or months before you plan to visit Denmark.
Top Things To Do In Denmark
Copenhagen is a special city that makes everyone fall in love with it, and it has so much to offer that it would soon be your favorite city too. The rich culture, fascinating architecture, great nightlife, delectable food, and positive vibes are something that you will not find in every city. And on top of that, it is also included amongst the happiest, safest and the most friendly city in the world. What else does one want from a place to spend a few good days?
Explore the Thy National Park
Thy is Denmark’s first official national park and is spread across 12 kilometers along the Jutland coastline. The landscape of the national park is extremely rugged, and you will find vast pine forests and refreshing sea air all across the park. The most popular activities that can be taken up are hiking and biking. You can also enjoy beautiful sand dunes while wandering amid flora and fauna of the park. There are around 30 species of birds living in the park and are a treat for the birdwatchers.
Wander around Tivoli Garden
Discover childhood once again in the Tivoli Gardens which are located on the other side of the central station of Copenhagen. This amusement park was built in the 19th Century and is a perfect place to hang out in the afternoon. Soak in the atmosphere of this amusement park that is the second oldest operating park. Hit the ancient Ferris wheel and Roller Coaster, be amused at the live entertainment and enjoy a chilled beer at the beer garden. The place operates from April to September so don’t miss out on the fun.
Visit the Copenhagen Zoo
Copenhagen Zoo was opened in 1859 and is the oldest zoo in Europe. Spread across an area of 27 acres, the zoo is home to about 3000 animals from 264 species. The zoo is divided into different zones like the tropical rainforest, where the conditions of the rainforest are replicated, and animals like deer, crocodiles, and snakes inhabit this place. It also has a butterfly garden and a children’s zoo where you can witness animals like African dwarf goats.
Visit the old city of Roskilde
For all those who want to foretaste Danish history, Roskilde is the perfect place to venture. It is around 35 kilometers away from Copenhagen, and so you do not need to spend much time traveling. Roskilde was the capital of Denmark from 960 to 1536 and is loaded with ancient architecture, fascinating religious buildings and interesting museums. The streets are brick-lined and beautiful, and some iconic destinations like the Roskilde Cathedral are among the most renowned in the country.
Stop at a buried church at Skagen
Skagen is a sea side area whose main attractions are the buried church and the Den Tilsandede Kirke. The church dates back to the 14th century and is dedicated to the saint of Sea-surfers, Saint Laurence. Long back, this was among the largest churches in Skagen but with time sand kept on drifting over it and has covered the building. In 1795, the church was closed as it was covered in sand to the extent that it could no longer be used. You will be able to see only the tower peeping from the dunes.
Go Hiking and Cycling
One of the favorite pastimes of the Danes is enjoying outdoors so be active when you are in Denmark. The best way to explore the city on your own is to rent a bike for the day and visit the iconic places at your own pace. The country also has a number of hiking trails. So, gear up and hit the countryside.
Visit the underground Maritime Museum
Helsingor has an underground museum that was designed by Bjarke Ingels. The museum is towered by a castle that has been talked about in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The museum is unique as it is situated deep under the ground and is rich in the maritime history of Denmark. It can be easily reached from Copenhagen, and the trip to this unique museum is worth devoting time to.
Enjoy block building at Legoland
If you are with kids, this is a very good option. You will get to play with Legos in a grand setup. This Legoland is situated in Billund, and it is a theme park spread across 25 acres that includes roughly 40 million blocks of Lego. Also, on display are replicas of many famous monuments of Denmark and some from overseas as well. Kids can also enjoy on rides and theme areas like Castleland, Pirateland, and Duploland.
Relax at Nyhavn
The quayside of the Nyhavn canal is one of the most laidback setup in Denmark, and there is nothing more relaxing than sitting at an outdoor café and sipping a hot cup of tea. The canal was constructed to connect Kongens Nytorv and the harbor and was frequented by writers and sailors. The famous writer and Christian Anderson spent a lot of time here and wrote some of his most famous books living in house no 20 and 18.
Other than these top things to do in Denmark, there is so much more to see and experience in this amazing country. Be prepared to be flexible because sometimes other travelers that you meet on your travels will have the best suggestions for things to do in Denmark that are off the beaten path.
What To Eat In Denmark
Denmark is one of the happiest countries in the world and what makes it even happier is it’s food. Although expensive, the food is good in quality, and the ingredients are fresh and home grown. Some of the dishes that must be tried when in Denmark are listed here.
Smørrebrød: Originally this was a farmer’s lunch which was later modified to become the Traditional dish of Denmark. It is the favorite delicacy served in all the upscale restaurants. This open sandwich is made of rye bread filled with meat or fish and veggies and flavored with sauces. It will become your favorite meal while you are here.
Durum Shawarma: The dish was brought into Denmark by Pakistani and Turkish refugees. Some started their restaurants and introduced some Middle Eastern dishes to Denmark. Durum Shawarma is one of them and is made of lamb, chicken or beef flavored with original spices and fresh ingredients.
Falafel: This is traditionally an Egyptian dish that entered Denmark through the same route as Durum Shawarma. Today it is among the most famous meals in Copenhagen. Falafel is served with tomato, lettuce and garlic sauce and the end result is just finger-licking.
Frikadeller: These are traditional Danish meatballs and are extremely popular in the country. Although the meatballs have no specific recipe or any secret ingredient, yet they have a taste unique to Denmark alone. You can eat them with boiled potatoes or like the Danes, on a smørrebrød.
Fiskefrikadeller: If Danes like something more than meat balls, its fiskefrikadeller. These are fish cakes made of white fish, onion, lemon, parsley, pepper, and salt. It is served with cucumber and remoulade, a Danish sauce.
Where To Stay In Denmark
Denmark can be quite an expensive place to visit. Finding excellent accommodation in Denmark is easy but finding affordable accommodation, if you’re on a tight budget, is the hard part. Luckily Denmark hostels and dormitories make travel here more affordable for backpackers and any travelers on a shoe-string budget.
Don’t wait until you arrive to see what’s available or you may be disappointed to find that all the best accommodation options have already been snapped up. Denmark is a very popular year-round destination with business travelers and sight-seeing tourists alike.
Jetset Bunny recommends using Booking.com for the best accommodation deals in Denmark.
If you’re backpacking in Denmark or traveling on a tight budget then Hostel World is another great option. Staying in hostels makes travel in Europe much more affordable and is also a great way to meet new travel buddies.
Denmark Trip Planner
Best Time to Visit Denmark
The best time to visit Denmark is between April and October, this is if you want mild, reasonably warm or if you’re lucky hot weather. If you want to see Denmark with hot weather and blue skies then aim to visit between June and September.
Denmark Travel Budget
Denmark can be an expensive city but it’s still generally an affordable destination for travelers on a tight budget. The cost of your trip to Denmark really depends on the level of comfort you will want while here. If you’re backpacking and planning on staying in dormitories, hostels and eating fast food then budget between 35 to 50 euros a day. If you prefer to stay in 3-4 star hotel rooms and eat in mid-range restaurants you could spend anywhere between 50 to 100 euros per day. If you want to enjoy luxury 4-5 star accommodation and gourmet restaurants in places like Copenhagen then budget about 250 euros plus a day.
- Budget: €35 – €50
- Mid-range: €50 – €100
- Splurge: €150 +
Meal For One
- Budget: €8 – €25
- Mid-range: €25 – €60
- Splurge: €60 +
Denmark Packing Guide
Packing for a trip to Denmark, like most other places in Europe is easy, just remember to pack lightweight and breathable clothing for Summer trips and warm, waterproof clothing for trips in Autumn and Winter (and Spring too). Be prepared for the weather to get quite cold during the winter.
You will need high quality thermal wear and scarves, woolly hats, gloves and a thick winter coat won’t go a miss either. If you forget to pack something you can buy anything you need while you’re in Denmark. Prices are generally higher in smaller boutiques than they would be online so expect to pay a premium if you don’t have the option of ‘shopping around’ due to time restraints on your trip.
Other essential items to pack for a trip to Denmark include a good quality travel backpack. Choose the brand carefully and make sure you find the right size backpack for your torso. Believe me, doing this will make all the difference and prevent major backache. Smaller items to pack include a padlock, sleep sheet and a money belt to keep important documents close to you.
For the full list of everything you need to pack for a trip to Denmark check out the Jetset Bunny Ultimate Europe Packing List For Female Travelers.