Denmark Tourism And Travel Guide
5.4° C / 41.7° F
March to June
5 to 6 Days
Copenhagen Central Station
Once upon a time, there was a land where Vikings lived. They had a unique way of life and a land that was harsh to plough. So they built boats and set forth for greener pastures, and landed in the green, lush beach meadows of Britain and Scotland. And where did these Vikings come from? Denmark. A land so hauntingly beautiful that it takes your breath away. Of course, today the country is not harsh and difficult to live anymore, as rapid development has made Denmark a hub for living and tourism. From palaces to fairytales, museums to castles, beaches to sand dunes, Denmark presents a unique holiday. Read this travel guide for more.
How to Reach
Copenhagen Airport and Billund Airport are Denmark’s most significant international airports and receive regular direct flights from Mumbai and Delhi, in addition to those from all over the world.
Road networks are very well developed in Denmark and connect the far edges of the country well. You can also drive into Denmark from neighbouring cities like Hamburg, Berlin, Stockholm etc. A number of buses also ply regularly if you are looking at a cheaper option.
Trains are one of the cheapest and most convenient ways to travel around Denmark. People (locals and tourists) prefer trains over flights usually. Trains also ply into Copenhagen from other cities from other countries like Prague, Berlin, Basel, Hamburg etc.
Ferries and Boats are a convenient option of travel to and fro from Danish shores, as was the custom of the Vikings. Only today, the boats are a thousand times more luxurious. Reputated ferry operators to work between Norway and Denmark include Color Line, Bornholmstrafikken, Fjordline and Scandlines.
Weather and Best Time to Visit
Denmark sees very little temperature fluctuation but rains are a menace through summers and winters. So the best time to visit is spring.
Spring (March to May):
March is still a little cold with some remainder frost but April and May make for perfect, dry spring months. The temperature is average at 10°C and this is the best time to visit Denmark. The sun shines bright and all tourist attractions and parks are open.
Summer (June to September):
Summer in Denmark may be warm and humid but it is also characterised by heavy rains. The daily temperatures hover around 20°C and sunlight might be prevalent for two-thirds of 24 hours but rainfall may spoil plans. Not the best time to visit.
Autumn (October to November):
Autumn is chilly and rainy all at once, with streets beautifully littered in dried leaves. November end freezes the land and hence autumn is best avoided too.
Winter (December to February):
Winter temperatures in Denmark go into the negatives and the cold is aggravated by high levels of humidity. sunlight is very limited, only for 6-7 hours in a day. The heavy snowfall and humid frosty air reduce visibility as well.
Things to Do
Chill at Skagen Beaches:
Skagen has the best beaches of Denmark, especially at its northern end near Grenen. The light that is scattered on these beaches at dawn and dusk is indescribable, a dream of the sky. You can also visit local museums near the beaches and go sailing in the sea.
Visit Legoland Billund:
Legoland in the Billund Resort of Billund city is a great amusement park for children. The park has many installations and displays built from lego bricks and imitating real marvels of the world. You can also check out different sections of this place, from knight castles to fairy palaces. The children love it, as do adults.
Picnic at Rabjerg Mile:
Rabjerg Mile are a set of moving sand dunes that travel at a speed of 15 m per year. They date back to 16th Century BC, when they were formed on the coast of Denmark and today are at Kattegat. Picnics at these sand dunes make for great outdoor fun.
Tour Tivoli Gardens:
Tivoli Gardens make for a renowned landmark in Copenhagen and is the second oldest working amusement park in the world. The tourism in Copenhagen is incomplete without a day out at Tivoli which boasts of rides, ballet shows, concerts, musicals, games and much more. The amusements park is so good that it ranks in the top list with the likes of Disneyland.
Visit The Little Mermaid:
The Little Mermaid statue, built to celebrate the prolific story writer Hans Christian Andersen is one of the most visited tourist attractions of Copenhagen. Situated by the sea harbour, it is made of bronze. The Little Mermaid sits on a rock by the shore, gazing out at the sea, in love with a prince. You can also visit the Gefion Fountain situated close by and walk by the promenade.
What to Eat
Danish cuisine is a mix of meats, rye breads that are healthy and wholegrain, raw fish, cold cuts and vegetables on the side with most main course dishes. You will find some staples like Smørrebrød or open rye bread sandwiches with various choice of toppings from tuna to chicken to meat to potatoes and cheese almost everywhere. This is almost like a national dish. The other local favourite is Flæskesteg or roasted pork, served with potatoes and parsley sauce. Liver paste on rye bread, meat balls, raw herring and shrimp are other things to try in Denmark. Their most favourite dessert is the Danish pastry or Wienerbrød, which is like a croissant but served with jams or sweet sauces.
What to Shop
What is Denmark famous for? Well, aside from milk products, dairy, baked goodies and cookies, the country is famous for delicate porcelain ceramics (usually blue in colour), Viking jewellery and head gear, interior design pieces and furniture along with trinkets like scarves, bohemian fashion and Christmas souvenirs. For most fashion shopping, the best bets are Bredgaed street and Jægersborggade in Copenhagen. Hans Christian Anderson, the famous fairytale writer belonged to this country, so you will find his collection of fairytales almost everywhere, especially in his hometown Odense. And you cannot go back home without picking one for your own bedtime reads.