Denmark recently announced that it was removing practically all pandemic-related restrictions and opening up again. For tourists looking for a Scandi experience, this is great news. Nordic countries were among the first to go into lockdown and among the last to come out of it.
Denmark is a great country in many ways. Not only is it right in the heart of Europe, but it is also one of the wealthiest in the world. People here are happy, due to the combination of income equality and a relaxed style of living.
Denmark is among the countries that requiring ETIAS currently. The rules are scheduled to replace traditional visas for people travelling from certain countries, so you’ll need to check whether they apply to you ahead of time. If you’re travelling from a country in the EU, you shouldn’t have to provide any additional documentation at the border.
So without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the things that keen travellers can get up to in Denmark.
Go Fossil Hunting At Stevns Klint
If you’re someone who loves to search for Devil’s fingers and ammonites on the beach, you’ll love Stevns Klint. The region is packed with the fossilized remains of species stretching back millions of years.
The beach is very stony, so if you go, be sure to wear some sturdy shoes. You can walk along the waterfront and then back to the limestone cliff – the source of most fossils in the area. Many fossils found in the area are of geological significance and can be found in the nearby Geomuseum.
Sit Tall With The Giants Of Esbjerg
The Giants of Esbjerg are huge sculptures created by the Danish artist Svend Wiig, first constructed in 1995. Since then, they have been attracting crowds of tourists from all over the world. The design is supposed to show how both man and nature can coexist. The size of the statues is impressive, and they are placed at the top of a grass bank for an even bigger impact.
Take A Guided Tour Of The Amalienborg Palace
The Amalienborg Palace is a little unusual as far as stately homes go. Architects originally designed it to house four noble families.
The palace that you see today is not the original either. The first one burned down in a great fire in 1794. The buildings today are a reconstruction with a few embellishments and improvements. The central grounds of the palace feature an octagonal courtyard with a statue in the middle. Each of the four main buildings around the edge would have housed one of the original families, and comes complete with ornate inner chambers, bedrooms and gardens.
Drink Up At The Carlsberg Brewery
Where does Carlsberg beer come from? The answer is just a few miles outside Copenhagen at the Carlsberg brewery.
The site itself is quite impressive. At the entrance, you’ll come across two stone elephants supporting the weight of the building on their back. There’s also some stunning architecture and even gold-leaf writing on some of the building’s external walls.
Inside, you’ll find the world’s largest beer bottle collection. There are also tasting opportunities, introducing you to the company’s various products.
Check Out Kronborg Castle
Kronborg Castle is so famous that it was the setting William Shakespeare chose for parts of Hamlet. The castle is enormous and beautiful, with impressive copper-topped towers and turrets. The UNESCO World Heritage site dates from 1640 and features ornate rooms, a chapel and wood carvings in the interior.
Experience The Wild Horses Of Langeland
When you think of Denmark, you don’t imagine enormous expanses of wilderness. But the country is surprisingly wild, especially on the island of Langeland. Here you’ll find wild horses that are still left over from the middle ages. To find them, get a local guide to take you to one of the island’s famous horse-watching hilltops. This way, you can view their frollicking without disturbing them in any way.
Visit The Viking Museum
We typically associated Norway with the Vikings, but they also settled in Denmark – something that the Roskilde Viking Museum commemorates.
The museum offers some of the most spectacular Viking relics anywhere in the world. Feast your eyes on ancient, original Viking long-boat hulls and lovingly restored Viking scenes. Discover how people lived, slept and ate during the Viking era through multiple exhibits. And take guided tours that explain everything to you in more detail.
Let Your Hair Down In Dyrehavsbakken
Dyrehavsbakken is a bit of a mouthful, but it is well worth a visit. This forest is one of the most ancient in the world, featuring trees that date back centuries. In the middle you’ll find an amusement park which opened in 1583, making it potentially the oldest in the world. If you’re travelling with kids, this is a great place to go.
Take An Epic Drive Across The Oresund Bridge
Most people don’t bother hiring cars in Denmark because the public transport is so good. But actually, they’re missing a trick. Denmark offers some of the most impressive driving in the world, thanks to the Oresund bridge. This massive piece of civil engineering connects Denmark to neighboring Sweden five miles across the water. It comprises both a suspension bridge section and a tunnel that goes all the way to the mainland.
Go To Legoland
If you want to see where Lego began, then you’ll want to take a trip to Legoland in Billund. Here you’ll find a massive 25 acres of Lego comprising more than 40 million individual blocks.
The park features reconstructions of some of Denmark’s most well-known landmarks. Younger kids can also check out Duplo land close by.
Go North To Grenen
Grenen is Denmark’s most northerly point, (outside of Greenland). If you look out to sea on a clear day, you’ll be able to see where the Kattegat and Skagerrak seas meet and form a reef. The area is also home to seals and many marine birds who regularly migrate to and from the area.