Happiness is absolutely infectious in one of the world’s happiest nations! Denmark is a small Nordic country known for its hygge lifestyle—finding bliss in all the little things in life. Experience this Danish concept in all of its meaning as you explore the country’s stunning cities and towns, each possessing a unique character and different kind of beauty.
Formerly a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen is Denmark’s buzzing capital where you’ll witness the perfect fusion of royal history, modern architecture, and eco-friendly living. Always topping the world’s liveability lists, it’s easy to fall in love with this city, from its green parks and squeaky-clean waterways to a culinary scene made of no less than 15 Michelin-starred restaurants and a wide array of cultural attractions. Among Copenhagen’s top tourist hotspots are the Tivoli Gardens, the 17th century canal district of Nyhavn, the magnificent Rosenborg Castle, and the Langelinie promenade where you’ll see the Little Mermaid bronze statue from the shore.
West of Copenhagen, still on the island of Zealand, is the antique city of Roskilde. Dating from the Vikings Age, the city has been luring visitors from around the world through its UNESCO World Heritage cathedral and the Viking Ship Museum, a national museum for ships, seafaring and boatbuilding in the prehistoric and medieval period. Roskilde is also famous for its rock festival—it’s certainly an exciting destination for both young and old!
Set on the Jutland peninsula’s east coast, Aarhus is a vivacious city on the rise with its ever-expanding architectural marvels and varied nightlife. Whether your interest lies on shopping and great food or on historic sites and natural surroundings, most of the city’s attractions can be easily reached by foot. Explore the most famous museums of the city, such as Den Gamle By, an open-air town museum in the Aarhus Botanical Gardens, and ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, one of the largest art museums in Northern Europe. You may also want to visit Marselisborg Palace and Tivoli Friheden, a theme park close to the city centre.
Ancient and enchanting, sitting at the narrowest point of the Limfjord, Aalborg is a quaint university town whose old-world charm and recent waterfront developments make it an interesting stopover point in Denmark. In the heart of this city, you’ll find an 8-hectare zoo keeping more than 1,500 animals. The Kunsten and Lindholm Høje Museet museums are also great sites to learn about the evolution of Scandinavian culture and art.
On the west coast of the Jutland peninsula, the seaport town of Esbjerg is often overlooked by tourists. Nevertheless, this town do have spectacular points of interests, such as the Wadden Sea National Park, Men at Sea white monument, and the small marsh island of Langli.
Nestled on the island of Funen, Odense is like an open book where history and fairy tale stories come to pass. Known as the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen, the famous Danish author of literary classics like “The Ugly Duckling”, “Princess and the Pea”, and “The Little Mermaid”, this city offers a cosy atmosphere perfect for a relaxing holiday break. Visit the H. C. Andersen House, the Funen Village open-air museum, and the Odense Zoo.
Other top-rated attractions in Denmark you should not miss include the LEGO House in Billund, the UNESCO-listed Kronborg Castle in Helsingør, Egeskov Castle in Kvarnstrup, and the ever beautiful Farøe Islands and Greenland. There are so many gorgeous spots, you’ll keep on returning again and again to experience every region.
When to visit
There’s never truly a bad time to visit Denmark. It’s the happiest place on Earth that’s why! Nonetheless, here’s a quick guide on when to travel depending on weather conditions and growing crowd.
Low Season (October – April)
Cool and wet with short daylight hours, but hygge (cosiness) is in full swing. Big cities have Christmas lights, ice-skating rinks and gløgg (mulled wine). Reduced hours for sights; outdoor attractions closed.
Shoulder (May – mid-June, mid-August – September)
A good time to travel, with generally mild weather and lighter crowds. Spring offers local produce, flowers and a few festivals. Autumn has golden landscapes and cosy nights.
High Season (mid-June – mid-August)
Long daylight hours, with A-list concerts, festivals and theme parks in full swing. Busy camping grounds, beaches, sights and transport. Accommodation prices peak.
Demark has over 21 airports spread across the country, but the majority of international flights operate in the main airport of Copenhagen.