The 13 best places to visit in Denmark


Built in the capital, Copenhagen, for the Nordic Industrial, Agricultural & Art Exhibition of 1888, is the 26 metre (85 ft) Tuborgflasken, or Tuborg Bottle. Today this small viewing tower in the shape of Denmark's favourite beer bottle can be found in the town of Hallerup, just north of the capital.

13. Tuborgflasken


Just off the northeastern coast of the Jutland Peninsula is the island of Læsø, the largest island in the bay of Kattegat. Mentioned in Norse mythology as the feasting place of the Gods, the real feature of the island is the unusual sight of the thatched houses that have become symbolic of Læsø.

12. Læsø


In the south west of Jutland is the medieval town of Ribe, dating back to the 8th century it is the oldest existing town in Denmark. Among the narrow cobbled streets visitors will find the Ribe Cathedral, the first Christian Church in the country, dating back to the time of the Vikings it is certainly the town's most notable landmark. Though it has been restored, expanded and decorated again and again throughout the centuries, this 12th century cathedral remains the best preserved Romanesque building in Denmark.

11. Ribe


Built in 1995 on the western coast of Jutland, north from the seaport town of Esbjerg, is the Men At Sea Monument. Standing 9 metres (30 ft) high the four statues of seated male figures are the tallest statues in Denmark.

10. Men At Sea


South of Sweden, directly north of Poland in the Baltic Sea is Denmark's most easterly island, Bornholm. Unlike mainland Denmark the north of the island is a place of steep, dramatic rock formations, and also home to the remains of the Hammashus, the largest medieval fortress in northern Europe. Visitors should seek out the islands numerous windmills, the enormous breed of European Bison, and Bornholms famous four Nordic Round Churches, only found in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. 

Pictured is Østerlars Church.

9. Bornholm


At the northern tip of the Jutland Peninsula is a 3 to 7 kilometre (2 to 4 mile) sandy strip of land known as the Skagen Odde, which translates in English to, 'The Skaw'. Formed over 15,000 years, today it is one of Europe's largest sand spits, growing at a rate of around 4 metres (13 ft) a year in what is now a landscape of sand dunes covered in heath and purple heather.

Pictured from the Skagen Lighthouse.

8. Skagen Odde


Built in the 17th century in the north of Zealand as the royal residence for King Christian IV Of Denmark, the Frederiksborg Castle complex is the largest Renaissance style residence in Scandinavia. Situated among three small islands in the Slotssøen, or castle lake, the castle is joined to a large Baroque style landscape garden.

7. Frederiksborg Slot


Directly south of the capital, Copenhagen, on the eastern coast of the island of Møn in the Baltic Sea are a 6 kilometre (3.7 miles) stretch of chalk cliffs known as Møns Klint, or 'The Cliffs Of Møn'. In an area of woodlands, pastures and steep hills, these impressive white cliffs can reach up to 120 metres (394 ft) above sea level, one of the countries highest points. 

6. Møns Klint


In the south of the central island of Funen, directly south of the city of Odense, is Egeskov Castle, a wonderful building surrounded by parks and forests, and one of Europe's best preserved water castles. The Renaissance garden is a place of fountains and topiary figures, whilst the Fuchsia garden is one of the largest in Europe with over one hundred different species on show. There are also four mazes, one of which is over one hundred years old, and another which is the largest bamboo maze in the world.

5. Egeskov Slot


Built in 1900 in the north of Jutland, the Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse today stands alone as the surrounding buildings have been consumed by shifting sand. The coast in the area is eroding on average 1.5 metres a year, and if it continues at that rate the tower is expected to disappear around 2023.

4. Rubjerg Knude Fyr


In the eastern centre of Jutland is the city of Aarhus, Denmark's second largest city after the capital, Copenhagen. Developed since the Viking age to modern times, architecture in the city is a mix of Gothic, Romanesque, Baroque, Rococo, Romantic, Renaissance, Nordic Classical and Neo Classical. Notable attractions include the 15th century Gothic Aarhus cathedral, at 93 metres (305 ft) high it is the tallest church in Denmark, and the Den Gamle By, meaning Old Town. This open air museum when opened in 1914 was the first of it's kind, today consisting of 75 historic buildings collected from all over the country it feels like a walk through the past.

Pictured is the Aarhus Den Gamle By.

3. Aarhus


Built in the early 15th century at the extreme north eastern tip of Zealand is Kronborg Castle, immortalised as the inspiration for Elsinore, the castle from William Shakespeare's, Hamlet. Situated at the narrowest point within the Øresund strait, this beautiful Renaissance styled castle is a mere 4 kilometres (2.5 miles) from Helsingborg, mainland Sweden. Considered one of the most important Renaissance castles in northern Europe, Kronborg Castle has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

2. Kronborg Slot


On the eastern coast of Zealand, a bridge away from mainland Sweden, is the Danish capital, Copenhagen, the countries most populated city and one of the most bicycle friendly cities in the world. This top European capital with a host of historical buildings also has a nautical feel, with ships in the quays and it's vibrant waterways cutting their way inland. Regarded as one of Europe's finest food capitals, visitors will be spoiled for choice with some of the worlds most well renowned restaurants.

With so many things to see and top attractions in the Danish capital, click here for the Must See Locations In Copenhagen...

1. København

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