12 Top Rated Tourist Attractions in Denmark
Dannebrog is a red and white flag with a golden lion on it. A little-known symbol of Denmark, it is traditionally seen at the top of danish flagpoles during celebrations. The Danes also love making bold design statements on everything from music albums to beer coasters. The Dannebrog, which translates as "Danish flag" or "Danmark's flag", can be found in use in both Danish and Norwegian dialects and simply represents the Danish Empire in its entirety.
The modern history of Denmark begins with the Viking raiders and begins again with the 21st-century tourist. Denmark has an exciting cultural landscape, a land filled with nature and history and rich in natural and cultural treasures.
Danes are proud of their rugged and sunny country, with plenty to offer the more than 100,000,000 who visit each year.
See top tourist attractions in Denmark with this list of the top things to see and do in Denmark.
Roskilde is situated in northern Zealand, Denmark's oldest part, with its medieval streets and houses rising to the sky. The best known attraction is the unique statue of Christ of Rosenkröningen, which stands at the center of the town and is a major tourist attraction. Every Easter, thousands of religious pilgrims visit to see the cross. The city is also home to the Roskilde Festival, held each year in June. The famous eight-day festival features performances from famous musicians and dance groups.
Danish capital Copenhagen is the center of modern culture, fashion, music and arts. In general, visitors like it, and in its center, the city offers good shopping, classical architecture and plenty of theaters and restaurants to cater for a large number of people. A good place to start is the Nyhavn area, a colorful collection of colorful houses, old cobble stone streets, and beautiful canals which offer great views of the Royal Danish Court. If you find yourself in Copenhagen's theater district, look out for the satirical and humorous work of Lars von Trier, one of the greatest film-makers of this time, known for "Breaking the Waves", "Dogville" and "Manderlay" amongst others. In the evening, enjoy drinks or live music at one of the many pubs in Nyhavn, or catch a show at the Royal Theatre.
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The beautiful old harbor town of Aarhus is Denmark's second-largest city and is home to the world's tallest church. Built in the middle of the 19th century and immediately after the Aarhus fire of 1849, Jutland's Cathedral of Our Lady, or Aarhus Domkirke, is also known as the Little Jerusalem and was constructed of wood. Another interesting monument is Aarhus' botanical garden, Ryoan-ji, which dates from the 1970s and is located at the top of Aarhus Castle. Designed by Japanese architect and garden designer Kengo Kuma, it is one of the most celebrated gardens in Japan and is considered a perfect example of "rock garden" architecture. It has been established that Aarhus's modern attractions are some of the least visited in Denmark. With a vast array of museums, the Aarhus Art Museum and the brand-new Aarhus Art Museum for Contemporary Art are two of the more interesting art collections. Each museum also hosts regular film festivals, concerts and other events.
Aalborg, a city in northwestern Jutland, is the second largest city in Denmark. It's best known as the westernmost point of a border crossing from Germany. Among the many tourist attractions of the city is its UNESCO World Heritage-listed collection of imposing waterfront red brick and sandstone churches, including the impressive Ny Station, Hven Church, the Catholic Stejle Church, and the glittering baroque Domkirke. There's also the sculptor Viggo Dorph's impressive sculpture, The Large Kitchen (1) at the waterfront of the old city, and even a run-of-the-mill amusement park, Geeltingsparken, with rides.
Bornholm, a 100-square-mile island off the Danish coast, is an attractive, mostly flat island with broad sand beaches, clear seas and lots of beautiful sights, including castles, churches, and the serene pastoral nature of the island. In the middle of the island, its largest city, Ålbæk, is a small, attractive medieval town, set on a rocky outcrop that overlooks the blue waters of the Baltic Sea. One of the best things to do in Bornholm is take an evening boat cruise around the island's coast, listening to the rhythmic bells of the towns as you pass. Return to the larger city in the middle of the island to enjoy a delicious Danish dinner in a restaurant with one of the world's finest views. There are lots of interesting things to do on the island's many beaches, including scuba diving in the many caves that attract divers of all skill levels and a selection of golf courses, including those at Tisvilde and in the town of Gudhjem. The beach at Lindholm, in the center of the island, is as unspoiled as any of them.
Frederiksborg Castle is one of Denmark's most splendid buildings. Completed in 1733 for King Frederik V, who was determined to realize a dream of the great 18th-century French architect, the charming main building is made up of a castle, two palace wings and a park. In all, the castle complex comprises some four and a half hectares. Historic interest centers on the castle's Baroque interior and the opulently decorated Queen Louise's Palace. The castle can be visited only with a guided tour; however, a tour of the chapel with its breathtaking frescoes can be seen in the chapel museum.
When approaching Denmark's historic city of Copenhagen from the southwest, it's best to enjoy a cruise along the scenic Isefjord that leads to Nyhavn. The secluded waterfront neighborhood was once a great port for international trade but now caters primarily to visitors. The ornate buildings of its colorful colonial quarter are now some of the city's most treasured sights. Sightseeing options include a hop-on, hop-off bus tour and various walking tours, as well as the chance to visit the Gefion sloop, one of the city's loveliest sights. The newly built Maritime Museum is another of the island's highlights.
Originally the site of a fortified manor house and owned by the Earl of Pembroke, the town of Odense, now named after its founder, was first settled in the 6th century. Its main attraction is Odense Domkirke, a powerful medieval church tower standing in the middle of the old town, which is Denmark's second largest Romanesque cathedral. This church features exceptional carvings and furniture, although other notable landmarks are the rammed earth observatory (1904) and the ornate church of St. Canute (1670) at Junkergade 15. Popular with tourists, Odense is renowned for its beer, with more than 120 breweries on the island. Only available in the summer months, try Odense beer which is known for its natural richness and light carbonation. This is probably due to a natural spring underneath Odense castle where it is produced. Other good-quality beers to try are Kivi and Smagdi from around the island. Get off the beaten track and visit tiny churches on the islands of Langeland, Fårde, and Svaneke. The views from Langeland are fabulous and the buildings on the island are mainly in traditional Danish style. Also fascinating are the hundreds of fishing boats for sale along the eastern coast.
Built as a residence for King Frederick VI and the Danish Royal Family, this opulent 18th-century palace is considered to be one of the world's finest examples of Baroque design and architecture. The famous ballroom (Rundetårn) and King's Hall (King's Smag), both of which originally belonged to the Jesters' Hall, have gilded ceilings of gold leaf and silk hangings of exotic animals. They can only be admired in their original setting. Other main sights include the King's Stable, which was the center of the royal stables and horse-breeding operations; the renowned Royal Garden, the oldest in Copenhagen; and the Royal Arsenal. On the opposite bank of the Olufstroem, you can also visit the buildings that housed the royal archives. One of the main drawbacks of the palace is the attitude of its staff, who are slow and seem to make up rules at will. They are quick to point out which items are included in the entrance fee (around 40 euros), but don't tell you which ones are not. The palace is open weekdays from 10:00 to 16:00 and weekends from 11:00 to 16:00, except from May to August, when it is open every day from 11:00 to 15:00. To get there, take bus No. 24 (ask for Danmarks Fora at the tourist office), which takes 1 hour. The palace is about 30 minutes away from the city center on Line 1 of the city's Metro.
Amager is an industrial island in northern Copenhagen, built on the peninsula between the two arms of the Great Belt. Popular attractions include Copenhagen's largest beach, Tågerup Strandpark, and the peculiar Amager Runddel, where cyclists can meander along the island's most scenic path for some 45 kilometers. Other must-sees include the historic village of Kastrup, which retains an old-fashioned village feel, and the distinctive red- and white-brick marine station where Queen Margrethe II holds a summer residence.
Roskilde Cathedral, on the outskirts of Roskilde, Denmark's third-largest city, was consecrated in 1130 but has undergone extensive renovations and rebuilding since then. It was the second church on the site and has been converted into a museum with two floors of rooms set out as a sequence of the last 1000 years, with each room highlighting different parts of the building and telling a part of the story of Denmark from that time period. On the ground floor is an impressive collection of medieval objects such as viking ships, weapons, coins, and glass artifacts, while the upper floor features the medieval-era church, where early Danish history, including archaeological finds, are explained through audio-visual programs.
Tønder, is one of the largest villages in Northern Europe. It lies just north of the busy A57 highway that runs all the way from Copenhagen to Aarhus. Its unspoilt character can still be seen when you arrive in the middle of the village and you see all the old houses and narrow streets nestled under the hilly Danish countryside. Tønder is a beautiful, laid-back and traditional village, with a handful of bars, restaurants and hotels, a large art and handicraft market as well as a few shops. Tønder is an artistic and historic village and attracts people of all ages.