A trip to Denmark can be like taking a journey back in time through the tales of one of its most famous sons, Hans Christian Andersen, but it can be so very much more than just fairytale castles and mermaid statues if you take the time to do a little research before your trip. Whether you are going on a short city break or a longer holiday, Denmark has something for everyone
Mixing the past with the present
A city break to the capital, Copenhagen is a fantastic blend of experiences mixing the past with the present, and this is no more apparent than if you fly into its airport (which is the biggest in Scandinavia) and take the ultra-modern train into the city centre. When you step out of the station, you’ll encounter the beautiful buildings lining the streets of the old town, and rather grand royal palaces and museums all jostling for space with cutting edge modern designed buildings. The city is compact and easy to navigate and contains some superb Michelin starred restaurants (there are thirteen of them!) serving up amazing cuisine. Don’t forget to try the traditional ‘Smørrebrød’ while you are here and then walk off the calories with a stroll around one of the many parks and gardens. The city nightlife is lively and with drinks prices much lower than in the surrounding countries, night-time Copenhagen is always busy with people having loads of fun and a good night out.
Not as well known as Copenhagen, the rest of the country nevertheless boasts some impressive tourist attractions which are all well worth taking the time to visit during your trip to Denmark. With miles and miles of long sandy beaches and the world famous Legoland, at Billund on the mainland, Denmark is perfect for an extended family holiday. The Danish people are informal and relaxed and children are welcome in cafes and restaurants. Why not take a trip in a Viking longboat at Roskilde Fjord, visit Copenhagen Zoo and the Tivoli Gardens Theme Park, or try one of the many science centres and museums. A day spent cycling though the woodlands and lakes of North Sealand to Kronborg Castle is a lovely antidote to the modern amusement parks and you might even bump into a member of the Danish Royal family taking some exercise as well. With so much to do, the children will never have time to become bored!
Whatever your reasons for visiting and however long you decide to stay, a trip to Denmark will never leave you disappointed. The Danish people were recently voted the happiest in the world, with all of these wonderful attractions right on their doorsteps, it’s certainly easy to see why. You will leave the country feeling as happy as they do – that’s for sure!