Home of the Vikings, Lego and Hans Christian Andersen, Denmark is an affluent and unspoiled country with a great balance between modern, urban living and the great outdoors. Dane’s are also reported to be the happiest people in the world.
Overview, traditions & history
As the crossing point between Scandinavia and mainland Europe, Denmark has always taken in elements of both cultures. It’s a member of the EU but retains the socially responsible outlook of the other Scandinavian countries, with a liberal government and cosmopolitan city life.
Denmark’s climate is milder than
or Finland’s and is closer to that of
than that of its Nordic neighbours. Its landscape is not quite as rugged or dramatic as the rest of Scandinavia, but it still has areas of outstanding natural beauty.
Why visit Denmark?
Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen, is a city for all seasons which attracts visitors year-round. Peak travel is around July and August, but there is always something going on in the ultra-hip capital. Grab breakfast in the Toverhallerne Market, or take a trip to Christiania, the city within the city which was set up by a commune of free spirits and hippies in the 70s. Other attractions in the area include Bakken, the world’s oldest amusement park, Tivoli and the Blue Planet Aquarium for nature lovers.
Tourists also regularly flock to the Little Mermaid statue, inspired by the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale. Copenhagen also has a buzzing live music scene, with a variety of genres taking over venues all around the city, whether you’re looking for a wild night at the jazz club or more modern, electronic music, you’ll find an eclectic mix available.
Denmark is not all about Copenhagen, however, other big cities include Aalborg and Aarhus, which both have plenty to do for tourists of all ages.
Take your car across to Denmark and you can experience driving through the Marguerite Route. The Marguerite route provides an excellent itinerary for people on a driving holiday in Denmark. Follow a scenic journey around Denmark, taking in ruins, castles, museums, Viking towns and villages, museums, forests and stunning coastlines. The route is marked with road signs with a yellow and white marguerite daisy on a brown background. Just one small section of the route is on a motorway, the rest of the route meanders through the countryside or hugs the coast to show off the very best views of Denmark.
It is accessible for cars and motorbikes but is occasionally a narrow road making it difficult for caravans and buses. You could, of course, choose shorten your driving holiday and split the route down and do sections of the route such as Jutland.
Want a more in-depth look at Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen? Visit our individual city travel guide pages for more information.
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