Denmark is a Scandinavian country acclaimed for its stunning architecture, cobbled roads, half-timbered houses, and giant city of Copenhagen, where many ancient palaces reside. This awe-inspiring country embodies a fascinating culture and historical background, majestic nature scene, and is just pure Instagram-worthy. If you find yourself in Denmark, make sure to explore these places:
Nestled between Iceland, Norway, and Scotland, the Faroe Islands are one of Scandinavia’s beloved gems; a remote, stunning archipelago that consists of 18 total islands. Where the population of sheep outnumbers humans, the barren nature of the Faroe Islands speaks for itself. The Faroe Islands are designed with some of the most rugged cliffs covered in grass and moss, cascading waterfalls, and quiet hiking trails and plenty of picturesque photo-ops.
Any existing homes and buildings are dispersed among the islands, popping in color and often appearing like a fairytale village. Some of the best places to visit on the Faroe Islands are Tórshavn, Eysturoy, Mykines, Gasadalur, Kalsoy, Saksun, and Klaksvik.
Stevns Klint and Møns Klint
A massive series of white chalk cliffs reside off the coast of Denmark, known as Stevns Klint and Møns Klint. These natural wonders are incredibly breathtaking to experience in person, and both offer their own distinctive experiences. Stevns Klint is even listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The most shocking aspect of this region is that you can see traces of a meteor that hit the Earth 66 million years ago, responsible for eliminating more than half of all life on the planet. At the top of Stevns Klint, you should also stop by the church of Højerup and Cold War Museum Stevnsfort.
Møns Klint does not share the same geographic origin as Stevns Klint, but it’s considered one of the greatest phenomenons in Denmark. It was formed a whopping 70 million years ago, and is now a metamorphic beauty. The endless miles of Baltic Sea crashes peacefully encompasses the cliffs, which is an overwhelming sight. Additionally, the GeoCenter Møns Klint discusses the science and history of the natural wonder, catering to both children and adults.
Luckily, you can travel to both Stevns Klint and Møns Klint by car. It’s between an hour and 1.5 hours to reach these landmarks from Copenhagen, however, you’ll see tons of gorgeous scenery on the road trip, and some pleasant village towns.
An iconic destination that you must visit in Denmark; Nyhavn, Copenhagen is one of the most beautiful places in the country. Decorated with yellow, red, and blue facades that face a waterfront harbor, Nyvan looks straight off a postcard. There are tons of unique shops, quaint restaurants, and lively breweries and bars. Nyhavn is also easy to get to, and is home to the lavish 71 Nyhavn Hotel.
Egeskov Castle, Odense
Egeskov Castle is one of the most remarkable castles in Denmark. Its prepossessing, beautiful structure is poised on a well manicured landscape, miles of greenery, and a silky lake. Egeskov has been around for almost 500 years, and is now considered the best preserved Renaissance castle in all of Europe.
Odense is known for being the birthplace of Danish fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen, whose legacy is still widely celebrated through attractions like the HC Andersens Barndomshjem, or the writer’s childhood home. Additionally, Odense has committed to bringing Andersen’s folklores to life with statues of his characters scattered around town. Each August, Odense hosts the HC Andersen Festival where cultural events and performances take place.
It takes only 2 hours to get from Odense to Copenhagen, which means you can easily plan for a day trip in town. There are tons of other activities to do here, such as Galleri Galschiøt, Carl Nielsen Museum, Odense Zoo, and Brandts Klædefabrik.
Aalborg remains an important harbor during the Middle Ages and a large industrial center now due to its strategic location. It’s located at the narrowest point on the Limfjord. The waterfront is dotted with iconic architectural buildings like Utzon Center and House of Music.
Aalborg was a town of great significance in the Middle Ages, and a well established industrial center in our present day. This charismatic town is populated by old Scandinavian style homes, picturesque shops, and notable attractions such as Jørgen Olufsen’s home, Aalborg’s cathedral, Knsten – the Museum of Modern Art, and Aalborg’s Military Museum and the Aalborg Zoo.
Ribe is the oldest town in all of Scandinavia. Its whimsical architecture and undeniable charm are what draws in visitors, in addition to the town’s pleasant attractions. Here, you’ll see some of the most delightful half-timbered homes, stone cobbled roads with bicycles, flowers, and sparkling harbors. Ribe is another town that pridefully shares its Viking history with the inclusion of the Ribe Viking Centre and Viking Museum.
Roskilde was previously the capital of Denmark, dating all the way back to the Viking era. The historical establishment and ancient architecture is evident from the town’s appearance, where the town’s chronicles come to life. It’s only a half-hour drive from Copenhagen, which you can achieve by rental car or train. Roskilde is also home to Northern Europe’s largest music festival, RAGNAROCK and the Roskilde Music Festival, which occur in late June/early July.
Other primary attractions in Roskilde include the Roskilde Cathedral, Ledreborg Palace, Roskilde Old Town, and The Viking Ship Museum. You should also make it a point to visit the Land of Legends, which is the Centre for Historical-Archaeological Research and Communication. Here, you can tour replica Viking homes and farms, as well as learn daily trades from skilled artisans like woodworking, chores, and household activities.