The home of Lego, Vikings and Christian Eriksen’s wand of a right foot, Denmark has plenty more to offer than its tiny population of just 5 million people might suggest. To prove exactly that, we’ve comprised our very own guide to the Nordic country so that you can enjoy all that it has to offer. So grab your European Health Insurance Card and start booking the next flight to Norway!
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The Tivoli Gardens is an amusement park situated in Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen. First opened in 1843, this is the second oldest operating amusement park in the world but it’s by no means outdated. In fact, it’s still perfect for any thrill seeker! Tivoli’s oldest and most renowned ride is the wooden roller coaster which is one of only 7 roller coasters in the world to still have a brakeman aboard every train.
With a broad selection of restaurants to enjoy, the amusement park also offers games, musical and ballet presentations as well as major concerts. In fact, the park has hosted the likes of The Beach Boys, Sting, the Pet Shop Boys, Kanye West and 5 Seconds Of Summer.
If spending an evening unwinding by the waterside sounds like your cup of tea, then Nyhavn is perfect for you. Nyhavn is a canal located in the entertainment district of Copenhagen and is surrounded by 17th and early 18th-century architecture for you to marvel.
Lined with brightly coloured bars, coffee shops, eateries and townhouses, the harbour stretches from Kongens Nytorv to just south of the Royal Playhouse. The oldest house found along the canal is number 9 which, since its construction in 1681, hasn’t been altered once.
As the home of the Danish royal family, the Amalienborg Palace is a must-visit destination for any royalist. The palace is made up of four identical buildings, Christian VII’s Palace (a guest residence), Frederik VIII’s Palace (the home of the Crown Prince and his family), Christian IX’s Palace (the home of the queen) and Christian VIII’s Palace (another guest residence).
What’s more, if you visit at noon, you’ll be able to witness the famous changing of the guard and see 100 guards march from their barracks through the heart of Copenhagen to the Amalienborg Palace.
Jeiling Viking Monuments
A guide to Denmark wouldn’t be complete without the mention of Vikings. After all, Denmark was the original birthplace of the warrior race and before they set out on leaving their mark across Europe, they left plenty of monuments in their native home. One such monument is the Jeiling in Jutland, a thousand-year-old burial ground with rune stones once put in place by Viking Kings to honour the deceased.
On one of the largest stones in the grounds, you can read an inscription left behind by King Harald Bluetooth proclaiming that he united Denmark and brought Christianity to the new kingdom.
The Little Mermaid
First revealed in 1913, The Little Mermaid was a gift from Danish brewer Carl Jacobsen to the City of Copenhagen. The over 100-year-old sculpture was inspired by the fairy tale of the same name after Carl Jacobsen fell in love with the character when watching a ballet performance. The brewer was so infatuated with the character that after watching the performance, he commissioned artist and sculptor Edvard Eriksen to create a statue of the mermaid.
The Blue Planet
The first element of the Blue Planet aquarium that will strike you will be the structure’s unique vortex shape; the second will be the sheer amount of sea life that can be found inside the gleaming structure.
It is home to 20,000 oceanic creatures making it one of the world’s largest Aquariums, these creatures include hammerhead sharks, sea lions and Europe’s largest school of Piranhas. The aquarium is located in Kastrup, a suburb of Copenhagen.
Even Ed Sheeran couldn’t knock this Lego house down. The museum was built in the small town of Billund to signify it is the original birthplace of Lego and the home of the original Legoland resort.
When viewed from above, the 21 cuboids that make up the museum— coloured in a palette of prime colours, replicate that of an intricate stack of Lego bricks. The top one features eight clear tubes to mimic the circular “studs” found at the top of a typical plastic brick. Inside, a wide variety of impressive Lego feats are on show including a giant waterfall, three T-Rexes, and a ‘lava’ filled volcano.
Men At Sea
When you travel to Esbjerg, a small town on the shores of Denmark, you’ll be confronted with four giant men – well, four giant sculptures of men. Originally unveiled in 1995, the quartet stands at 27 feet tall and although they appear completely identical, keen observers will find on closer inspection that there are some subtle differences.
The four structures were designed by Svend Wiig Hansen and were built to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Esbjerg’s independence as a commune.
Possessing the Guinness World record for the world’s largest maze, the Samsø Labyrinten spans across 15 acres of land. It’s so large, in fact, that it has multiple endpoints to ensure that visitors find their way out. The natural labyrinth is formed by more than 50,000 trees and offers guests 186 different decision points.
The maze also acts as a small nature reserve, homing more than 25 species of bird and a variety of woodland creatures including foxes and deer.
Roskilde Viking Ship Museum
The Roskilde Viking Ship Museum is the home of 5 original Viking ships which were recovered from the Pebeerenden waterway at Skuldelev in 1962.
Restored to their former glory, the ship’s origins have been traced back to the 11th century and are believed to be sunken intentionally to act as an underwater shield, defending Skuldelev from attacks by sea. Along with the 5 restored behemoths, the museum also features a variety of other exhibitions based around seafaring.
Things To Consider:
Fortunately, travelling around Denmark has never been easier. The small country of islands provides a myriad of travelling options by land, sea and even air. Planes, metro systems, ferries and boats are just some of the modes of transport you can use to navigate across Denmark and are reasonably reliable and affordable to use, too.
Upon arrival, you’ll find that Denmark has a fantastic selection of accommodation, ranging from traditional locations to more avant-garde style places to sleep. From hotels and hostels to campsites and bed and breakfasts, there’s more than enough standard accommodation to pick from.
However when you’re travelling you want anything but the mundane, Denmark also offers far more unique accommodation including castles and manor house hotels, Danish holiday cottages and even the world’s smallest hotel.
We hope this guide has been informative, revealing the abundance that Denmark has to offer and that it has persuaded you to make a visit once you’ve renewed your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). For more information, feel free to get in touch or take a look at our FAQs, today.