Denmark Travel Guide

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Denmark is a relatively small country, with only 5.6 million people and a land surface of 43,098 square kilometers.

However, if you know that saying about strong essences kept inside small bottles, well, the same applies to Denmark.

Ok, this is not a country with extraordinary natural beauties, like Norway or Sweden, which boast their soaring peaks and azure fjords.

However, despite being the smallest Scandinavian country, and having a geography composed mainly of flat farmlands, Denmark has its own unique charm, which makes it worth the effort to visit it. After all, Denmark is Viking country, where ancient Viking burial mounds and epic legends abound, making for a once in a life time experience for the intrepid traveler.

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Basically, Denmark is a very interesting of old and new. Old is the country’s reputation, Vikings having a history of terrorizing and conquering their neighbors. New is the modern day Denmark, world-known for some of the best mystery shows for television.

 

Ok, that may not sound like much, but just wait and see Copenhagen, the country’s capital and main city, a cosmopolitan and somewhat multicultural place, with debonair people and an unique night life if you know your way around the city, fostering an affable atmosphere during the day, almost like a small and quiet town than an European capital.

Also, Copenhagen is known for its impressive modern architecture and state of the art design, together with the local cuisine, which is nothing short of innovative.

Copenhagen is a place where you can wander for hours, admiring its windswept squares and mysterious cobbled streets, which are home for some of the finest restaurants in the world. While we’re at it, let me give you a hint: Noma, that is a must-see (read must eat) restaurant, one of the world’s best and the creation of Rene Redzepi. Just go there, you will send me a thank you note afterwards.

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Going ahead with our travel guide, the suburbs of Copenhagen are also worth a few words. If you’re from this planet, you probably heard about the famous series The Killing. Well, the action in the series takes place in one of Copenhagen’suburbs, Vesterbro. Also, there’s Nyhavn, which is world renowned for its bursting night life, the vividly colored merchant’s houses and the quaint harbor which is also a must-see.

However, visiting Denmark is more than enjoying a cool European capital, and I am referring of course at Copenhagen. Zealand is the name of the island Denmark sits on, and also harbors the ancient Viking capital Roskilde.

While here, you can enjoy visiting an outstanding museum which harbors an ancient and beautifully preserved Viking ship, together with a cathedral that sit on UNESCO’s heritage site list. If you’re into shopping, you’ll definitely enjoy the plethora of shops, galleries and pretty cafes, which are nothing short of tourist traps, and I’m saying that in a good way.

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Going further north in Denmark, you can visit the Jutland peninsula, where there’s more Viking entertainment to be had, in the form of trips to the Jelling rune stones to enjoying an original and authentic Viking supper in Lindholm Hoje.

If you’re the quiet type, you will also have the fan of your life visiting dormant rural towns, like Aarhus and Vejle, beautiful, almost epic places which have a lot to offer you in terms of culture, such as art galleries, together with more dynamic forms of entertainment, if you’re into it of course, like hiking, kayaking or horse riding (equitation for those of you born with a silver spoon in your mouths).

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I must tell you a secret: if you followed the article until here, let me share with you the most lovelier place to visit while in Denmark: Skagen.

Skagen may sound like a beer brand (and Danish beer is excellent), but what I’m talking about is an amazing seaside settlement located at the tip of the aforementioned Jutland peninsula, a place where you can enjoy Denmark’s golden beaches and admire the scintillating sunsets, especially during the summer months when you can actually drop your parka. Indeed, the climate in Denmark is harsh, to say the least, and I would recommend you to visit it from June to September, if you don’t want to get frostbite.

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Taking into account  Denmark’s geographical location, it’s obvious that fish is a very important part of the local cuisine. Together with fish, a Danish dish consists often of dark bread with butter, topped with fish or cheese, also various hot dishes, meat, fish, cheese and sweets. Local beverages are dark strong coffee, beers like Tuborg or Carlsberg and schnapps.

Travelling to Denmark will require a valid passport, but no Visa.

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