A Visitor’s Guide To Denmark
Denmark is a country that has a long history as the home of the Vikings who conquered and terrorized much of northern and western Europe for many centuries, but more recently it is a country that hes become famous for its liberalism and democracy. As a constitutional monarchy the Royal Family does provide the official head of state, but generally the country is widely recognized as one of the most modern, developed and happiest countries in the world. One interesting aspect is that Denmark is generally a flat country, with the highest land point in the country barely over a hundred and fifty meters above sea level. It is also home to the Lego building blocks, which have become known as one of Denmark’s most popular exports.
While Denmark has largely escaped being hit by any acts of terrorism, the US State Department does note that groups planning attacks in the country have been prevented over recent years, and advises visitors to be cautious and to avoid any public gatherings or demonstrations in the country.
Top Sights And Attractions In Denmark
Sydfynske Ohav – This archipelago of 55 islands lies to the east of mainland Denmark and is a lovely scenic area, with many islands having charming old timber framed homes and churches, along with some areas of spectacular natural beauty.
Copenhagen – The country’s capital is the largest city in the country and one of its most attractive, with a lovely historic including the beautiful palaces of the Royal Family alongside some wonderful modern architecture, while a trip on one of the canal boats is a great way to see the city.
Kronborg Castle – Located at the northern end of Zealand, this castle was originally built as a fortification in the fifteenth century, but has gradually been adapted over the centuries into a lovely grand house that enjoys fantastic sea views.
Odense – This historic city is over a thousand years old, and is well worth visiting to see the beautiful Cathedral, the Funen Village which looks at how Danes lived in the eighteenth century, and the Danish Railway Museum.
Stevns Cliff – Lying on the east coast of Zealand, these white chalk cliffs offer some lovely views, while it also has a Cold War Museum that allows visitors a tour of the underground fortress and tunnels that were built in the soft stone of the cliffs in the 1950s.
Tivoli Amusement Park – First opened in 1843, this historic theme park is the second oldest in the world and has developed modern attractions and large roller coasters as well as retaining many of the lovely historic rides in the park.
Roskilde Cathedral – Located in Denmark’s second city, this lovely cathedral was the first Gothic style cathedral to be built from brick, and when it was completed in the thirteenth century it was one of the grandest in Europe.
Aalborg – Aalborg is well known as one of the most culturally active cities in Denmark, with a wide range of theaters and orchestras, while the annual Aalborg Carnival draws over a hundred thousand people and is one of the largest in Scandinavia
Ribe – Located on the south west coast of Denmark, Ribe was one of the first cities to build a cathedral in the tenth century, while today visitors can enjoy the attractive cobbled streets and historic buildings that give the town a very traditional and charming atmosphere.
Kongernes Nordsjaelland National Park – This new national park was created to cover the territory that used to be reserved as the hunting grounds of the King, and visitors can enjoy a large forest area as well as the opportunity to go kayaking on Esrum Lake.
Where To Stay In Denmark
Danmark Hotel – With a long history of over two centuries as one of the nicest places to stay in Copenhagen, this hotel offers comfortable and traditionally decorated accommodation that is just yards away from some of the city’s main sights.
City Nebo Hotel – With pleasant communal areas and an attractive terrace, visitors staying at this hotel can enjoy comfortable rooms at a good price, while its central location is near the train station and is a great base from which to explore Copenhagen.
CABINN Odense – Offering some great views over the city, guests at this hotel can enjoy attractive rooms with stylish bathrooms, and a good central location from which to see the sights of Odense
Det Lille Hotel – An attractive choice for those who are visiting Odense on a budget, this hotel gives visitors rooms with televisions, as well as being convenient to the main attractions of the city.
Hotel Petit – This pleasant hotel enjoys a nice central location and offers guests spacious rooms that have wi-fi internet and flat screen televisions, and offers easy access to the northern tip of the Danish mainland.
Skagentoppen Rooms Hotel – Offering guests simple and affordable accommodation, the rooms here are pleasant and modern with access to an attractive outdoor garden, as well as being within walking distance of the town center
Weis Stue Hotel – This beautiful historic hotel has an attractive timber frame construction, and the comfortable and spacious rooms have been sympathetically decorated in a lovely rustic style offering guests a good location and a lovely bar and restaurant area downstairs.
Postgaarden Bed and Breakfast – Situated within a traditional building at the center of Ribe, guests can enjoy the clean and pleasant rooms with nice bathrooms, and access to the delightful downstairs restaurant.
The food that is on offer in Denmark is designed to make the most of the great ingredients that are produced in the country, and the bacon and pork that is produced in Denmark is among the best in the world. One of the most common meals in the country is Frikadeller meatballs, which are balls of pork or beef combined with onions and eggs that are then pan fried and served with potatoes, creamed cabbage and gravy. Another popular Danish food is Flaeskesteg, which is a pork roasting joint prepared with crispy crackling, and usually accompanied by caramelized potatoes and red cabbage. Denmark is also a great place to try the different pastries that are on offer, with local bakeries offering a variety of fresh pastries every morning.
Currency And Visa
Although Denmark did not choose to adopt the Euro when it was introduced, the local currency is the Danish Krone, and its rate is pegged to the Euro. The Danish Krone is a fairly stable currency and will usually exchange with the US Dollar at around 5.6 Krone per Dollar. Denmark is a country which has joined the Schengen Agreement, and this means that visitors from the United States will not need to arrange a Visa unless they are planning to stay in Europe for over three months. Those planning longer trips to Europe should check their itinerary to make sure that they do not need to arrange visas before departing.
As one of the most popular destinations in Northern Europe, Copenhagen is a great place to visit, and this article looks at different activities that can be enjoyed in the city. Another interesting aspect of Copenhagen is that there are many more cyclists in the city than can be found in most European cities, which makes it a better place for those traveling on two wheels, which is covered in this article.