Discover the 10 Most Popular Denmark Tourist Attractions and plan your next visit to one of the most exciting places in Europe.
Denmark Tourist Attractions:
Denmark, officially the Kingdom of Denmark, is a Scandinavian country in Europe and a sovereign state. The southernmost of the Nordic countries, it is southwest of Sweden and south of Norway and bordered to the south by Germany.
The Land of Viking raiders, Denmark remains very much a maritime nation, bordered by the Baltic and the North Sea and a sea route connected with Sweden. No place in the country is more than an hour’s drive from its seashore, much of which is lined with beautiful sandy beaches.
People come here to explore storybook castles or the homeland of fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen. Foodies adore Copenhagen, as do those who are devoted to art and design. Outside the capital, many other great tourist attractions in Denmark, await the visitor.
Here are the 10 most popular tourist attractions in Denmark that you should plan to visit:
10. Frederiksborg Castle
Frederiksborg Castle is a palatial complex in Hillerød, Denmark. It was built as a royal residence for King Christian IV of Denmark-Norway in the early 17th century, replacing an older castle. Situated in the middle of a lake, the impressive Frederiksborg Palace hosts the Museum of National History.
The museum has existed on the site since 1878, but the castle itself was constructed during the early part of the 17th century. Visitors can roam the halls of the castle and view the vast collection of artwork.
The gardens are not to be missed. Particularly of note are the gardens that lie on the far side of a lake, which can be crossed by boat. Some of the best castle views can be had from this vantage point.
9. Oresund Bridge
The Øresund/Öresund/Oresund Bridge is a combined railway and motorway bridge across the Øresund strait between Sweden and Denmark. This magnificent feat of engineering crosses the Øresund Strait, commonly called the Sound, between Copenhagen and Malmo, Sweden.
The 8 km (5 miles) long structure carries railway passengers and cars. Part bridge, part tunnel, the Øresund opened in 2000 and accommodates nearly 17,000 vehicles on a daily basis. Visitors to Denmark use the bridge as a convenient gateway to Sweden.
The Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde is Denmark’s national museum for ships, seafaring, and boatbuilding in the prehistoric and medieval period. The destination is made even more special through the inclusion of many interactive exhibits, several of which are geared toward children.
Most visitors enjoy several original Viking ships that were discovered in Roskilde Fjord, though some are equally enthralled by the working boat yard where Viking shipbuilding techniques are still utilized.
7. Skagen Beaches
Grenen is a long sandbar at Skagen Odde, north of the town of Skagen. Grenen is often considered the northernmost land area of Denmark. In a country that boasts 5,000 miles of coastline, it stands to reason that some people choose to vacation around Skagen so they can spend their days relaxing on the beach.
The shoreline at Skagen is particularly lovely, windswept and desolate. The Grenen sandbar above Skagen is Denmark’s northernmost point. Many people find the light here extraordinary.
Also of note are the Råbjerg Mile, Denmark’s biggest moving sand dune and a church that is entirely buried in sand except for the barely visible steeple.
6. Legoland Billund
Legoland Billund, the original Legoland park, opened on June 7, 1968, in Billund, Denmark. The park is located next to the original Lego factory and Denmark’s second busiest airport Billund Airport.
The mainland display is particularly interesting with its miniature display of many world famous buildings and places, build up of more than 50 million LEGO bricks.
LEGOREDO Town appeals to guests with a wild west sense of adventure while Knights’ Kingdom sets the scene for fairy tale exploration. Certain sections of Legoland are devoted strictly to the little ones. Particularly enthusiastic visitors may want to make a reservation at the onsite hotel or holiday village.
5. Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid is a bronze statue by Edvard Eriksen, depicting a mermaid. The sculpture is displayed on a rock by the waterside at the Langelinie promenade in Copenhagen, Denmark. It is 1.25 meters tall and weighs 175 kilograms.
The statue was erected in 1913 to commemorate a play of the Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen. The poor lady has lost her head several times but has each time been restored.
In the news lately, Copenhagen officials announced that the statue may be moved further out in the harbor, as to avoid further vandalism and to prevent tourists from climbing onto it.
4. Den Gamle By
The Old Town in Aarhus, Denmark, is an open-air town museum located in the Aarhus Botanical Gardens. Established in 1909, the museum features nearly 100 historical structures collected from all corners of Denmark.
Much of the museum is constructed to resemble what a village might have looked like during the lifetime of Hans Christian Andersen. This attraction is particularly festive during the holiday season with numerous special events occurring both for Adults and Children.
3. Kronborg Castle
Kronborg Castle is the 16th-century castle with banqueting hall & royal chambers, the model for Elsinore in Hamlet. Kronborg has long been considered an important example of a Renaissance castle.
Construction began in 1574 on a particularly strategic stretch of land on the Sound, the body of water that forms a border between Denmark and Sweden. For centuries it protected the Danish people and hosted the grand affairs of state dignitaries.
Now it is one of the most renowned tourist attractions in Denmark. People may choose from a variety of activities on the site. One of the most popular is a guided tour called In Hamlet’s Footsteps (a dramatized guided tour).
2. Tivoli Gardens
Tivoli Gardens is a famous amusement park and pleasure garden in Copenhagen, Denmark. The park opened on 15 August 1843 and is the second-oldest operating amusement park in the world, after Dyrehavsbakken in nearby Klampenborg, also in Denmark.
Pleasure gardens were all the rage at the time, and Copenhagen’s version was particularly lovely. In addition to providing a place to view gorgeous blooms, the gardens also became an important social center and a creative outlet for many performing troupes.
People visit today for many of the same reasons, as well as for the numerous amusement rides, games, shops, and restaurants. The site also hosts many seasonal festivals that typically draw enormous crowds.
1. Bornholm and Joboland
Bornholm is a Danish island in the Baltic Sea off the south coast of Sweden. In its north are the cliff top ruins of Hammershus, a medieval castle. By the jagged Helligdomsklipperne rocks near the town of Gudhjem, Bornholm Art Museum shows the work of painters attracted by the island’s natural light.
West, in the port town of Rønne, Bornholm Museum reflects 10,000 years of local history, including the WWII occupation. A picturesque Danish island known for its fishing and arts and crafts industry, Bornholm is located in the Baltic Sea.
It rests closer to the shores of Germany, Poland, and Sweden than Denmark, which gives it a unique appeal. Bornholm makes for a marvelous escape from the bustle of the larger cities, and the southern beaches are particularly popular.
Tourists come to Bornholm to explore the Almindingen, which is Denmark’s third largest forest. Another top attraction is the village of Svaneke with its beautifully preserved ancient buildings and abundant art galleries.
Joboland – Brandesgårdshaven, also known as Joboland, is an amusement park with gardens, a zoo and a playground located 3 kilometers west of Svaneke on the Danish island of Bornholm is also a very good adventure for children’s to enjoy.