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Denmark Travel Guide

One of the happiest countries in the world.
Fairytales and the Northern Lights. A city of palaces inhabited by real princes and princesses. Unfairly attractive locals. A park of singing trees. A bronze mermaid sitting on a rock, looking out over a city. This is the realm of the feared Vikings; and this is, too, the home of Lego, Hamlet, and Hans Christian Andersen whose stories enthrall children even today. 

A holiday in Denmark is to enjoy a wealth of  'hygge.' Whether you choose a group tour package or prefer to go solo, you’re in for plenty of inner warmth and contentment - eating fresh Danish butter slathered on nutty organic bread, riding a vintage carousel, slipping into a warm, thermal pool, laughing with new friends in a pub with a Carlsberg in hand; it's little wonder the people here are some of the happiest on earth. 

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Fairytales and the Northern Lights. A city of palaces inhabited by real princes and princesses. Unfairly attractive locals. A park of singing trees. A bronze mermaid sitting on a rock, looking out over a city. This is the realm of the feared Vikings; and this is, too, the home of Lego, Hamlet, and Hans Christian Andersen whose stories enthrall children even today. 

A holiday in Denmark is to enjoy a wealth of  'hygge.' Whether you choose a group tour package or prefer to go solo, you’re in for plenty of inner warmth and contentment - eating fresh Danish butter slathered on nutty organic bread, riding a vintage carousel, slipping into a warm, thermal pool, laughing with new friends in a pub with a Carlsberg in hand; it's little wonder the people here are some of the happiest on earth. 

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Denmark, officially known as the Kingdom of Denmark, is a country in the Scandinavian region of the European continent. Formed by various islands between Sweden and the Jutland Peninsula, Denmark shares its land borders with just one country: Germany.  Flights from India to Denmark can take as little as 8 hours. 

When to go

June to August is the best time to be in Denmark. Days are longer with warm temperatures, making it perfect for outdoor activities, summer fests and open-air events. But if you’re looking to avoid the usual crowd, opt for Denmark travel packages scheduled for May, an excellent alternative with just slightly colder weather. Precipitation increases from September through March. Winters have shorter days with less daylight, and January is the coldest.

Where to go

Denmark has more than 400 islands and miles of forest park, and plenty of art houses and theatres for you to choose from. However, there are some must-dos: Copenhagen, of course, is at the top of the list, and luckily, on all Denmark travel packages. Travellers looking for a quieter places of travel will enjoy Odense, the third largest city of Denmark, also known as “Odin’s Sanctuary” where Hans Christian Andersen was born. Others looking for something different should head to Samsø Labyrinten, the world’s largest maze. It’s great for families as kids will thrill in finding their way out. It all depends on your interests and passions as Denmark tour packages from India offer plenty of diversity. 
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At a glance


Danish Kroner
The current form of Denmark currency is the Danish Kroner. At the time of posting, Denmark currency to INR conversion is 1 Danish Kroner = is 10.26 INR.


In Denmark, the official language is Danish. Other minority languages spoken in the country are Faroese, German, and Greenlandic. Other foreign languages include English and German.


In Denmark, the average temperature ranges from around 17°C in summers to 0°C in the winters.
One sees cold winters in Denmark, with the weather leading to inadequate sunshine. The average temperature hovers around 0°C in January and February. Spring and summers are pleasant and mild with an average of 11°C to 17°C. The country has a coastline which influences the monsoons with dull and rainy weather from August to late fall.

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Visit the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen   

Recommended by The Wander Blogger

 “This famous statue by Edvard Eriksen of Hans Christian Andersen’s famous mermaid has been resting on the shore of Copenhagen’s harbor since 1913 and is visited by no less than three million people every day... visiting the Little Mermaid on your first trip to Copenhagen is sort of like a right of passage. It just has to be done.”

Sarah Shumate and her family run The Wanderblogger, a travel blog with an emphasis on short, affordable breaks for families traveling on a budget.

Watch the wild horses of Langeland   

Recommended by The Crazy Tourist

“Here you will find flocks of horses with foals that run all over the island. The most popular place to see them is from a small hill that is known as Ørnehøj and you can enter the area where the horses run as long as you don’t disturb them in any way.”

The Crazy Tourist is a travel resource that covers destinations all around the world, providing information and inspiration.

Go to Legoland with or without kids in tow   

Recommended by Culture Trip

“These ships date back to the 800s. When a prominent figure died, the Vikings would build an entire ship to bury the bodies along with their worldly possessions. You can learn about Viking culture, their lives, beliefs, and customs by seeing all of the artefacts recovered from the burial ships.”

This whip-smart hybrid of a magazine and travel site is one of the world’s most popular resources for planning trips.

Have fun at the Tivoli Gardens!   

Recommended by Hand Luggage Only

“There’s a history and charm to Tivoli Gardens that really is unique, not only because it’s one of the oldest themed parks in the world but because it’s actually so much more than just rides…”

On this popular blog, Yaya and Lloyd share their travel stories and photos to connect with other travellers across the globe and have a two-way conversation about travel.

Incredible places to visit in Denmark


Aarhus, the second-largest city of Denmark, is popularly known as the “City of Smiles.” It is a city of festivals, modern-art and impressive architecture. It is also a university town buzzing with youthful energy and cultural activities.

Marselisborg Palace

Marselisborg Palace is a stately building that was the former summer home of Queen Margrethe II and currently serves as the summer residence of the Danish Royal Family. When the queen is not in residence, the park that surrounds the palace can be roamed. It has large, expansive lawns, old trees, small ponds, and the Queen’s rose garden. If you visit when the Queen is in residence, catch the  changing of the royal guards around 12.00.

Aarhus Cathedral

This cathedral in Aarhus is the longest and tallest church in the entire country. It holds the largest stained-glass window in Denmark, large frescoes, and interesting stories about its construction and the town, for instance,  the 11 million bricks used in its construction were handmade just around the corner.


This is by far Aarhus’ most delightful street, located right at the centre of the city. Walking down, you’ll see bright-coloured houses of pink, yellow, orange and blue, covered with hollyhocks and roses, blue bikes parked outside. It is quiet, uncrowded, and exudes an idyllic charm. Not to mention, it makes for a great photo opp.

Marselisborg Deer Park

In a pretty woodland area in the northern part of the Marselisborg Forests, you’ll find a park filled with filled with friendly deer, including roe and sika deer. The deer are quite used to visitors so they will happily let you feed them carrots and apples. It’s a great experience for most travellers but especially for families.

Den Gamle By

The Danish take their history very seriously, and this old-town museum stands witness to that fact. A charming open-air town museum reconstructed to represent the era of Hans Christian Andersen, Den Gamle By will take you back in time to the 19th century. Indeed, it’s such an authentic experience that Den Gamle By is often ranked on the top ten things to do in Denmark. And as you explore the 1920s Danish town complete with half-timbered building, people in costume, gardens and markets, we’re sure you’ll agree.

The Northern Lights in Denmark

The Northern Lights that appear in the skies of Denmark are some of the most beautiful and colorful in the Scandinavian region. When the skies are clear, lucky travellers get to see this gorgeous phenomenon, a mystical dance of bright green, pink and purple hues across the night sky. To this end, travellers should visit Denmark from late September to late March as it is the darkest time of the year, making the Northern Lights clearer and easily visible.

Head to a spot that gives you an uninterrupted view of the sprawling night sky, eschewing mountains or hills. For photographers, a spot with a water body is perfect for capturing graphic reflections of the Northern lights - an unforgettable experience. One of the best places to see the Northern Lights in Denmark is the region of Faroe Islands archipelago, which is situated between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic. 


Aalborg is the fourth-largest city in Denmark. It used to be a city of Vikings. Today, it has evolved into a university town and an education centre. The best and most eco-friendly way to explore this city is to rent a bicycle and drive around. Your route could take you to the architectural marvel of the Utzon Centre, or to one of many charming bars. Take the time to pause to admire the colourful murals the city is known for.  Aalborg is a must-visit on most Denmark tours; indeed, even the New York Times agrees, having named the city the eighth most interesting place to visit in their '52 Places to Go in 2019' list.

The Singing Trees

The Singing Trees, or De Syngende Traer is a musical project that British music star Cliff Richard started in the 1980s when he was in Aalborg. He planted a tree and placed a jukebox next to it that would play his favourite tunes at the touch of a button. And a wide range of musicians who performed in the city afterwards followed suit, planting a tree and a musical box next to it. Today, there are over 90 Singing Trees. You can walk around rows of wild cherry and oak trees, press the button on a plaque and listen to a variety of music, from Beyonce to Andrea Bocelli.

The Singing Trees

 Also known as Kildeparken, this Danish park is a marvel for all music lovers. Visitors can listen to dozens of artists performing right in the middle of a grove planted by the artists themselves. Starting with Sir Cliff Richard in the 80s, artists from all around the world like Sting, Guns N Roses, Elton John, Shakira, Kenny Rogers, Andrea Bocelli, Kylie Minogue and Bryan Adams have planted trees in Aalborg’s Park of Music. Each tree is accompanied by a pillar which has a button on its top, which when pressed, plays a song by the artist who originally planted the tree.  What a magical place to be, where trees actually sing!

Street food in The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse is famous for being Aalborg’s first-ever permanent street food market. You can choose from 16 cuisines from all over the world - and all the food is made from local produce. It’s a must-do for foodies.

Aalborg’s Old Town

This 15th-century town is filled with open squares, dollhouse buildings, abbeys, churches and quirky street art. It has colourful shopping streets and Viking graveyards. It has hidden alleyways and old-world charm in spades. Whether you choose to visit the Aalborg Historical Museum or take a tour down to the dungeons at Aalborghus Castle, the Old Town will intrigue you constantly.

Jomfru Ane Gade

Jomfru Ane Gade has gained a lot of prominence for its vibrant pubs and restaurants that line both sides of the street which also makes it one of the most well-known streets in Denmark. During summers, evenings are filled with a lively music and art scene hat often stretches till the wee hours of the morning.

Lindholm Høje

Lindholm Høje is a beautiful and ancient Viking burial ground. It is a quiet, grassy hilltop marked by several hundred stone circles that encircle tombs. Men were usually buried under ship-shaped stone patterns, while women’s graves were marked with oval circles. Walking through the grass and stones, it’s easy to let your imagination draw you back 1000 years ago, to the golden age of the Vikings.


Helsingør, also known as Elsinore, is a city in the eastern part of Denmark. It is well known for its Kronborg castle, which is said to have influenced William Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet.’ And indeed, the narrow cobblestone pathways and timbered houses covered with ivy, gives the city a medieval character - with modern comforts, of course.

Culture Yard

The Culture Yard of Helsingør is an amalgamation of history and innovation. Once an old shipbuilding yard, it has now has been transformed into a cultural and knowledge centre, including concert halls, show rooms, conference rooms, a dockyard museum and a public library.

National Maritime Museum of Denmark

This underground maritime museum showcases exhibitions tell the story of  maritime exploits in past and present times. There are models and paintings, uniforms, sextants and figureheads. Video projections on walls, and architectural and design games keep visitors enthralled: you can even tattoo a virtual sailor.

Frederiksborg Castle

A castle if there ever was one. Frederiksborg Castle is huge. It’s immense. With a sprawling garden to keep it company. And the interior matches the exterior, with antique furniture, historical paintings and royal portraits showing visitors the Danish monarchs' grand taste for #livingtheirbestlife. Take along a Denmark travel guide for an insightful understanding of the castle interiors and their historical significance.

St. Olaf’s Church

St. Olaf’s Church used to be one of the tallest buildings in the world until struck by lightning. The church boasts impressive baroque-style interiors and the spire, the roof of the nave and the gutters are beautifully copper-plated.

Kronborg Castle

Baroque-style spires, and many moats and fortifications dominate the architecture of this famous castle, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Inside, there are exquisitely painted ceilings, opulent ballrooms and extravagant furnishings, giving you a glimpse of the lifestyle of the royals back in the day. Kronborg is the setting of Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ so there’s no better place to mutter  “To be or not to be that is the question” under your breath.


Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, tops the list of the greenest cities in the world. It is renowned for its much-celebrated Nordic cuisine, sprawling Renaissance castles and about 250 miles of cycling pathways. The city actively supports concepts like reusing and recycling, electric modes of transport, waste-free landscapes and use of organic bamboo fabric everywhere. The Danish capital is an inspiring example of going green. 

Copenhagen has a multitude of Michelin star restaurants; make sure you make advance table reservations for a romantic dinner (available in most Denmark honeymoon packages), and innovative design and posh stores line the streets). Rent a bicycle and go hunting for your hygge around Copenhagen.


This 17th-century waterfront in Copenhagen is dotted with bright-coloured renovated townhouses, classy eateries and plush cafes. It’s commonplace for people to stroll about or sit by the canal with a foaming mug of beer and delicious hot dogs in hand. Do as the locals do. From the riverfront, you’ll be able to see historical wooden ships anchored on the canal.


Amalienborg Castle is the official residence of the Danish royal family. With four identical 18th-century palaces around a cobbled square, each with a vast exhibit of antiques, opulent tapestries and family photographs, the palace is a historian’s pride and a visitor’s delight! Right in the centre of the square, you will find the equestrian statue of King Frederick V, who was the founder of Amalienborg. Fun fact: their future queen is Australian, so there's still hope for any aspiring Kate Middletons.

The Little Mermaid Statue

The Little Mermaid Statue, immortalized by Hans Christian Andersen, and given form by Edvard Eriksen has become the symbol of Copenhagen. This sculpture rests on a windswept harbour, in front of the Langelinie Promenade and attracts hundreds of visitors from all over the world. It is one of the most photographed statues in the world.

Carlsberg brewery tour

The fact that Carlsberg originated here may have something to do with Denmark being constantly ranked as one of the happiest nations in the world. Located right outside the centre of Copenhagen city, you can either choose to take a guided  Carlsberg brewery tour or wander about on your own. During your tour, you will learn how one man and his brewery became a global beer power-brand. You’ll also get to see  a display of the world’s largest beer bottle collection (over 22,500 bottles) – it’s something that has to be seen to be believed. And definitely grab a mug of fresh Carlsberg beer with one of your free beer tokens!

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