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When it comes to picturesque landscapes, rich history, and a vibrant culture, Denmark stands out as a top destination for travellers visiting Scandinavia.

About Denmark

Some of the top things to see and do in Denmark include visiting the capital city of Copenhagen, exploring the historic Tivoli Gardens, and checking out the colourful buildings and shops in Nyhavn.

Other popular destinations include the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde, Legoland in Billund, and the Aarhus Art Museum.

Country neighbouring Denmark: Germany.

Driving Distances in Europe

Driving From Copenhagen.

Travel Map Mapping Denmark

Map of Denmark

Map of Denmark

The southern-most of the Scandinavian countries is bordered by Germany to the south.

Norway and Sweden are connected to Denmark by ferry.

Denmark Overview

Denmark is a country located in Northern Europe.


Denmark has a temperate maritime climate, which means that it can be quite cool and rainy at times, especially in the fall and winter months.

Be sure to pack accordingly.

Constitutional Monarchy

Denmark is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system of government.

The monarch officially resides at Amalienborg Palace and serves as a symbolic figurehead, while the prime minister is the head of government.


The currency in Denmark is the Danish Krone (DKK).

It's a good idea to exchange your currency for Danish Krone before you arrive or withdraw money from an ATM when you get there.

Beware of charges on your card for withdrawing money abroad.


Denmark is a world leader in renewable energy, with a significant portion of its energy supply coming from wind power.

The economy of Denmark is characterized by a high level of specialization and innovation and exports of pharmaceuticals, furniture, and wind turbines.

The country is also known for its design and architecture, with famous designers such as Arne Jacobsen and Hans J. Wegner hailing from Denmark.

High Standard of Living

Denmark is known for its high standard of living and quality of life.

The country has a well-developed welfare system, free education, and a universal healthcare system.

It also has one of the lowest levels of income inequality in the world.


The official language of Denmark is Danish, but most Danes speak English fluently, so you shouldn't have any trouble communicating.


Denmark has a population of around 5.8 million people. Its capital city is Copenhagen.

Denmark Tourism

Denmark is divided into five regions and 98 municipalities.

Planning a Visit to Denmark

Denmark is a beautiful country in Northern Europe, known for its picturesque landscapes, historic landmarks, and vibrant culture; a great destination for travellers who want to experience the Nordic way of life and immerse themselves in Scandinavian culture.

Food and Drink

Danish cuisine is characterized by its simplicity and use of fresh, local ingredients.

Be sure to try some traditional dishes like smørrebrød (open-faced sandwiches), frikadeller (meatballs), and rødgrød med fløde (red berry pudding with cream).

Famous Danish beers include Carlsberg and Tuborg. Denmark also has a number of local 'craft beers' worth a try when you travel around the country.

Just don't drink and drive.


Denmark has an excellent public transportation system, including buses, trains, and ferries, which makes it easy to get around.

Copenhagen, the capital city, is also very bike-friendly.

Wonderful, Wonderful, Copenhagen

Copenhagen, or Kobenhavn to give it its Danish name, was a fishing village until Bishop Absalon secured it in 1167.

Map of Copenhagen

Map of Copenhagen

In 1443, the city was chosen as the capital of Denmark, and it remains so today.

Although it withstood a siege by the Swedes in 1658-1659, Copenhagen suffered great damage and the Danish navy was destroyed, by the British fleet during the Napoleonic wars, in 1801 and 1807.

Hans Christian Andersen made Copenhagen his home. To honour him, Copenhagen erected a bronze statue of the Little Mermaid at the harbour's entrance, in 1913.

Copenhagen Attractions

The main part of Copenhagen is on the eastern coast of Sjaelland Island.

The main pedestrian street is Stroget, about 1,080 meters long.

The capital of Denmark is known for its beautiful architecture, historic landmarks, and vibrant cultural scene.

Some must-see attractions include Tivoli Gardens, Nyhavn, and the Little Mermaid statue.

Royal Copenhagen

The Royal Palace - Amalienborg - is northeast of the main square, Kongen Nytorv, while the government buildings are mainly to the south (at Christiansborg, home of the parliament, and in surrounding buildings of Holmen, which contain most government offices).

Royal Copenhagen is also known for its fine porcelain.

Tivoli Gardens

Most visitors to Copenhagen head for the Tivoli Gardens. More than just a large flower garden, there are cafes, restaurants, open-air theatres, and an amusement park.

Copenhagen Museums

The National Museum portrays the history of the Danes.

Fine art museums include the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, and the Royal Museum of Fine Art.

The Vikingship Museum, and the Cathedral where the Danish Kings and Queens are buried, are half an hour away from Copenhagen, in Roskilde.

Danish Ancestry

When inquiring into family history it is a great help to have a basic knowledge about surnames in Denmark, both meaning and origin, as well as the Danish naming traditions.

Most place names in the historic Denmark are very old, revealing clues to the Old Norse language and to a large group of personal names.

Travel Tips For Visitors to Copenhagen

A canal tour, leaving from Nyhavn is a good way to view the city of Copenhagen, and snap pictures of the famous statue of the Little Mermaid from the water.

A tour of Rosenborg castle (and the surrounding Royal Gardens) explores Royal history and the crown jewels. One can also tour the Amalienborg palace (home of the Royal family) as well as Christiansborg (both for the parliament, the royal reception rooms, and the remnants of Bishop Absalon's original castle, which lay beneath the current structure.

It should also be noted that Roskilde Domkirke (where most Danish kings and queens are buried) and Kronborg (the castle in Helsingor (Elsinore), made famous by Shakepeare's Hamlet) are listed as World Heritage sites by UNESCO.

You will probably want to take a tour of the Carlsberg Brewery, to see how they make the famous Danish beverage.

Why not view the old city from the 300 year-old Round Tower.

Tourist Destinations in Denmark

Popular tourist destinations in Denmark include the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen; the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde; and the Legoland theme park in Billund.


Located on the east coast of Jutland, Aarhus is Denmark's second-largest city, where everything really is within walking distance.

Aarhus is home to several museums, galleries, and historic landmarks.

A vibrant mix of youthful energy and a blast from the past makes Aarhus a city with an energetic beat of the pulse.

Frederiksborg Castle

Frederiksborg Castle is beautifully situated on three small islets in the Castle Lake in Hillerød.

Within the castle’s walls there are major cultural attractions for the whole family, while the highly picturesque setting is perfect for peaceful walks in the gardens and boat trips.

Kronborg Castle

At the entrance of Øresund, the sound between Sweden and Denmark, the castle Kronborg rises in front of the harbour of the cozy maritime city of Helsingør.

Kronborg Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was the inspiration for Shakespeare's play Hamlet.


If you're travelling with kids (or are a Lego enthusiast yourself), a visit to Legoland in Billund is a must.

It's a theme park dedicated entirely to the famous building blocks.


Just a short train ride from Copenhagen, Roskilde is an historic town that's home to the Roskilde Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Viking Ship Museum.


And of course, Sweden is only a short train ride away from Copenhagen airport.

Destination Bornholm:
This cliff-island in the Baltic has Denmark's two biggest waterfalls and one of the country's highest hills.

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