Must See


Bornholm is a slow-paced self-contained island in the Baltic, located 200 kilometres east of the capital, Copenhagen (on Zealand). Wheat fields and forests cover the centre, whilst the coast is all powdery white sand and fishing villages.


Hammershus, the country's largest castle ruin, dating from 1260, is located at the northern tip of Bornholm island. There is a magnificent view from the 74 m (240 ft) high cliff, and the walk along the footpath to the Slotslyngen woodland is considered one of the most beautiful in Denmark. There are also some interesting boat trips to be made from Hammershus, for example to the Vade Ovn, a 55 m (180 ft) long cave.

Fyn (Funen)

Also known as the 'Garden of Denmark, the island of Fyn contains some beautiful and impressive historic castles and manor houses. Egeskov Castle is a superb moated Renaissance castle, whilst other castles in the area include Valdemar, which houses a naval museum and Nyborg (seat of the former National Assembly).

The island also has a number of beautiful beaches, and there are more on the nearby southern islands of Langeland, Tasinge and Aero.

Fyn is connected to Zealand, Denmark's largest island, by the Great Belt Bridge; two bridges also connect the island to the Danish mainland, Jutland.


Odense, the capital of the island, was the birthplace of the great fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen. A house in the old part of Odense has been turned into a museum with a large collection of his works and belongings, and visitors may also have a look around his childhood home. The city has a festival every July and August celebrating the life and works of Andersen.


Making up the main part of Denmark, Jutland is the western, continental part of the country. Its beautiful west coast has some gorgeous sandy beaches; however, they are unsafe for swimming due to changing winds and tides.


Aalborg, the fourth largest town in Denmark, is situated on the south bank of the Limfjord, and boasts a cathedral, monastery and a 16th century half-timbered castle. The annual Carnival takes place on the last weekend in May, attracting up to 100,000 visitors.

Viking burial sites can be found in the countryside around Aalborg; nearby Norresundby is the site of the Lindholm Hoje settlement and burial ground from the Germanic Iron Age and Viking times. This impressive and extensive site also includes a museum (Lindholm Hoje Museet) where some of the many interesting finds from the region are displayed.


Ã…rhus is the cultural and educational hub of Central Jutland. The musical scene embraces folk, jazz, chamber concerts, operatic performances and church concerts. Periodic exhibitions are mounted in the Art Gallery. The Arhus festival takes place annually in September and includes open-air events.

The city also has a collection of more than sixty 17th- and 18th-century buildings from all over the country, re-erected on a landscaped area in the southern part of the Botanic Gardens.

South of the city is Marselisborg Palace, built in 1902 as the summer residence of the Danish Royal Family. When the queen and her family are in residence the changing of the guard takes place at noon every day.


The little town of Billund lies in Central Jutland, some 30 km/19mi west of Vejle. It is famous as the location the original Legoland park, opened in 1968. The park is open from March to October and provides good entertainment for children.


Lolland (formerly spelled Laaland) is the fourth largest island of Denmark. The island is remarkably flat (the highest point is just 25 m), and so is perfect for cycling across. On the northeast coast, visitors will find Ravnsborg Castle, an old ruin with an attractive view of Småalandsfarvand.


Just 13 km (8 miles) further on lies Bandholm, home to the annual herring festival in late August. Apart from plenty of herring dishes, the festival also includes stalls featuring local foods, musical concerts and open-air dances.

Knuthenborg Safari Park

The Knuthenborg Safari Park lies just south of Bandholm, and covering 1,500 acres is Scandinavia's largest manor house park. The park contains Denmark's largest collection of antelope, elks, llamas, giraffes, rhinoceroses, elephants, zebras, tigers, camels, reindeer, monkeys and ostriches, along with a unique collection of several hundred species of deciduous and coniferous trees.

Zealand (Sjaelland)

The island on which Copenhagen sits is also home to fine beaches, lakes, forests and royal palaces.


Founded in 1167, the largest urban area in Scandinavia has many old buildings and monuments. The greatest single crowd-puller is the Little Mermaid statue by the harbour. A number of museums, castles, and palaces, and even the Carlsberg factory, can be looked around; organised tours include a Royal tour to the Christianborg Palace (the seat of parliament), Rosenborg Castle and Amalienborg Palace; the Vikingland tour to the Viking Ship Museum; and a coach tour to old-world Bondebyen and its open-air museum. Tivoli, Copenhagen's world-famous amusement park, is open from late April to mid September.

However, for something totally different check out Christiana, a commune set up in 1971 by hippies and anarchists in an abandoned military barracks. Self declared as immune from Danish law, a vivid mix of psychedelic houses, vegan restaurants, vibrant music and art make up this home to 1,000 people. It is an intriguing experiment in alternative living.


The old Danish port and trading town of Helsingor (better known in English as Hamlet's "Elsinore") lies in the northeast of Zealand. Kronborg Castle (thought to be the setting for Hmalet) is located on a peninsula in the northeast of the town, built between 1574 and 1584 under Frederik II. In the South Wing lies the Castle Chapel, with a magnificent Renaissance interior and German woodcarvings. Tapestries are on display in the West Wing, whilst the North Wing contains the great Ballroom or Knights' Hall.


The town of Hillerød lies in the north of Zealand, not far from Helsingor and Copenhagen. Its major attraction is Frederiksborg Castle, which lies on three islands in the little Frederiksborg Lake. The castle, restored in its original style after a fire in 1859, is considered to be the epitome of Danish Renaissance architecture. It is now the home of the Museum of National History and contains the country's most important collection of portraits and history paintings.


Roskilde, which in the Middle Ages was at times a royal seat, is situated in the east of Zealand on Roskilde Fjord. The 12th century Cathedral, one of Denmark's great national monuments, is the central feature of the town, and is connected to the 18th century Roskilde Palace, which is now a museum and residence of the current bishop of Roskilde. The city is also home to the Viking Ship Museum (Vikingeskibsmuseet), where the well-preserved remains of five Viking ships, excavated from nearby Roskilde Fjord in the late 1960s may be seen.

The annual Roskilde Festival, one of the biggest rock/pop festivals in Europe (along with Glastonbury Festival) is held on the fairgrounds near the city.