Denmark, with just over 6 million inhabitants, is the southernmost country in Scandinavia.
Copenhagen is the major hub for international tourism to/from Scandinavia, but other parts of the country are also popular especially with Germans and other Scandinavian nationalities, particularly during the summer. However, a number of best-selling books singing the praises of Danish ”hygge” or ”cosiness” have put it on the radar of many other nationalities in recent years. A trip through Denmark usually follows an L-shape or right-angled route. Kastrup (Copenhagen) Airport is only 15 minutes from the capital´s city center by car or metro.
After having viewed the famous bridge across the sound to Sweden (which gained even more recognition following a TV series that has become a hit in several European countries!), crisscrossed the city´s harbour and canals by numerous other bridges, taken a selfie at the Little Mermaid, relaxed over traditional Danish open sandwiches or a plate piled high with fresh shrimp possibly washed down with a glass of chilled aquavit at Café Grøften in the world-famous Tivoli Gardens, and strolled down the main shopping thoroughfare, Strøget, it´s time to move on and travel west across the country´s middle island-Funen to Odense – better known all over the world as the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen of fairy tale fame. The author´s house still stands there today and has become a small museum full of anecdotes and memorabilia. From Funen to Jutland, you cross the Great Belt Bridge, part of the overland route that now links mainland Sweden with Denmark and the rest of Europe. Completed in 1998, this was the largest construction project in Danish history and the suspension bridge section has the world´s third-largest span. Jutland has many small pearls to visit: Fredericia, with its lovely waterside setting, Julesminde with its calm waters and sandy beaches for summer bathing, or how about the charming timbered buildings and cobbled streets of Ribe or Ebeltoft? There are many lovely towns to choose from, and none are far apart.
As Kirke (As Church) is a beautiful sight with its dazzling white facades towering up to a clear blue sky and the sound of the waves in the background. Not far from here is Aarhus.
Denmark´s second largest city and the cultural and economic core of the region is a thriving university town, renowned for its rock and jazz scene, music festivals, art and cafe life.
A little further northwest is Løkken, known for being one of the liveliest spots in the country during the summer months, after which it hibernates until the following spring! Not far from Løkken, you´ll find Rubjerg Knude, famous for its sand formations and an old lighthouse. It´s worth visiting this place for the sand formations alone – a sight which is not only pleasing to the eye but will tempt young and old alike to slide down the dunes without a care in the world – nature´s answer to de-stressing. And finally, keep going north and you´ll reach Skagen – at the most northerly tip of Jutland where you can paddle where the waters of the North Sea meet the Kattegat. Also not to be missed is the Skagen Museum which houses some of the most famous paintings of the artists of the Danish Golden Age such as Michael Anker and P.S. Krøyer.
More info on VisitDenmark, the country’s national tourism organization.
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