Denmark Travel Guide

Odense, Denmark FAQ's
Nyhavn, Copenhagen

“Denmark is like a secret little place with its own special language.”

helena Christensen
Holckenhaven Castle, Denmark

Top Five Destinations In Denmark

  1. Copenhagen Denmark’s vibrant capital city and the cultural and financial center of the country. Fantastic Nyhavn and intriguing Christianshavn are major draws for visitors. Dropdown into one of many classic bars for a beer in Nyhavn. The city is full of Dutch Renaissance architecture, and medieval churches. It has fantastic restaurants, buzzing nightlife, and great shopping.
  2. Odense The charming birthplace of Han Christian Anderson. This was also the haven for worshippers of the Norse Gods. The city is full of vibrant colors and a strong sense of community. Many sites to visit include Funen’s Abbey, the 11th Century Saint Canute’s Cathedral, and the Viking Castle.
  3. Aarhus and environs Iconic sites, lively music scene, pristine beaches, castles, and twisted forests. This eighth-century fortified Viking settlement was a trade center for centuries due to its strategic location. It is famous for its music festivals. The old town area has beautifully preserved houses and is lovely to stroll through. The 13th century Aarhus Cathedral is well worth a visit.
  4. The wild and untouched Northern shores Beautiful windswept seaside, buried churches, and dramatic nature.
  5. Kronborg Castle The magnificent 13th century home of Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the town of Elsinore. Dramatic in both the architecture and setting.

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Denmark Stats

  • Population: 5.8 million
  • Capital City: Copenhagen
  • Currency: Danish Kroner (DKK)
  • Government type: Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy
  • Monarch: Margrethe II
  • Prime Minister: Mette Frederiksen
  • Ethnic groups: Danish (includes Greenlandic (who are predominantly Inuit) and Faroese) 86.3%, other 12.7% (largest groups are Polish, Syrian, German, Iraqi, and Romanian)
  • Languages: Danish, Faroese, Greenlandic (an Inuit dialect), German (small minority)
  • Religions: Evangelical Lutheran (official) 74.7%, Muslim 5.5%, other/none/unspecified of less than 1% each Roman Catholic, Jehovah’s Witness, Serbian Orthodox Christian, Jewish, Baptist, Buddhist, Mormon, Pentecostal, and nondenominational Christian 19.8%
  • US State Department Risk Level: 3 due to Covid
  • Terrorist groups: Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps/Qods Force (2019)
  • GDP 348.1 billion Rank 16th
  • Denmark averages 171 days of precipitation in either rain or snow.
  • There are 7,314 miles of Denmark’s coastline.
  • Denmark is the fifth largest importer of food in the world despite a small population.
  • The diverse economy has a mixture of agriculture, tourism, and energy.
  • Denmark’s inventions include Google Maps, the loudspeaker, Lego bricks, dry cell batteries, and insulin.
  • Major trading partners: Germany, Sweden, UK, US, Netherlands, Norway, and Japan.
  • Life Expectancy 81.2 years of age.
  • Literacy rate 99%.

Funs facts

  • Denmark is the world’s biggest consumer of meat per capita.
  • The Denmark flag is the oldest in the world from 1219.
  • Named as one of the happiest countries on earth multiple times.
  • A word that reflects the Danish soul, Hygge, is about creating a cozy feeling of togetherness, wellbeing, and warm atmosphere.
  • The Danish alphabet has 3 additional letters.
  • The Danish Monarchy is the oldest continuing monarchy in the world.
  • Danish pastry actually originated in Austria. It was brought there by relocated Austrian bakers who replaced Danish bakers when they went on strike.
  • The bike culture is prevalent and considered a safe and effective mode of transport. There is 12,000 km of bike paths and lanes in Denmark. 75% of Danes continue to bike in the winter—50% bike to work each day.
  • Danes are the world’s highest consumer of coffee.
  • Soccer is the national sport.
  • The two oldest amusement parks in the world reside in Denmark. Walt Disney visited Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen and was so inspired he created Disneyland.
  • Shakespeare famous play Hamlet at Elisnore Castle, which is modeled on Denmark’s Kronberg Castle
  • On Denmark’s Faroe Island, the population of sheep is twice that of humans.
  • Denmark is the biggest producer of minks.
  • Hans Christian Anderson of fairy tale lore is the most famous Dane author.

Denmark Map

Good to know before you go

  • Tipping is not needed in Denmark as it is included in your bill. It is not customary or expected. This includes not only restaurants but cab drivers, porters, bartenders, and other service workers. Credit cards are accepted everywhere.
  • Overall, clothing is stylish and well kept. They are casual dressers, often wearing jeans and comfortable shoes. Women do wear dresses often, and nylon stockings remain trendy.
  • Do not jaywalk in Denmark, or you will be fined. Danes are rule followers and is why their society is so organized.
  • Driving is easy in Demark with normal rules of the road. Just be very careful of bicycles!
  • Before getting on a bike in Denmark, become familiar with the norms. There is a bike traffic issue, and it can be overwhelming to visitors. Practice first!!
  • The life of a Dane is often defined by three words: simplicity, politeness, and equality.
  • Danish people don’t give much value to possessions or high income. The simple life is the essence of the Danes.
  • Greetings in Denmark are polite with a handshake. The Danes consider initiating a conversation with them while riding public transportation as being disrespectful.
  • Women and Men are equal in Denmark. They receive equal compensation.
  • Danes are happy and peaceful people.
  • The Danes are very private people, and the unspoken rule of privacy is to be respected at all times. If you walk by a home with open windows do not peer inside, it is viewed as very rude.
  • They pay the highest taxes in the world for their healthcare, social services, and unemployment.
  • Denmark has a deep folk music history. The arts are an important aspect of their lives, and many concerts and music programs can be found for travelers.
  • The Danes are known for their Folklore and storytelling. If you can engage them to share a story, you will be richly rewarded.
  • Denmark has a heavy seafood and meat diet.
  • The Danes prefer to be left alone, and it appears they would appreciate it if you left their dogs alone too. Admire from a distance.
  • The weather can be harsh, and even summers never get that hot. Plan layers even for summer travel.
  • Most Danes speak excellent English.
  • Spirits are expensive in Denmark. Beer is the most popular drink.
  • Most restaurants and most tourist sites do not allow smoking.
  • It is a very safe country.

Denmark Essential Info

US Consular Emergency
The 24-hour number from a US Phone 1-888-407-4747
Outside of US 011-202-501-4444

US Embassy in Copenhagen
Address: Dag Hammarskjolds Alle 24
2100 Copenhagen
Phone +45 3341 7100
Emergency after hours +45 3341 7400

US Consulate in Nuuk
Address: Postboks NR 552
Nuuk 3900 Greenland
+299 38 41 00

Emergency Numbers
Police 114

Country Code
+45 Denmark
+299 Greenland
+298 Faroe Islands

Time Zone

Right side

“Standard” Euro plug
Type C or F

Tourism Office
New York Office [email protected]

When to travel to Denmark

Denmark is a top-rated destination for tourists. It is the happiest place to live on earth, so why wouldn’t you want to be there? That said, it also rains (rarely snow) every other day of the year, so weather can be an issue if you don’t plan for it. Peak tourist season, July & August and can be crowded. May and September can still have nice weather but with fewer crowds.

Summers are stay mild but may get chilly or even feel like no summer at all. June is the driest month of the year. Days are long, and you will see everyone outside. Winter months are the low season, but the Christmas markets and festivals draw many visitors, keep that in mind. The noted “Hygge” truly does occur in winter, and Danes just cozy up in their home for the short cold days.

Overall Denmark can be a year round destination if you plan accordingly.

  • Summer 54-72°F (12-21 °C)
  • Spring 34-61°F (1-16 °C)
  • Fall 39-62°F (4-17 °C)
  • Winter 30-39°F (-1-4 °C)

Our Favorite Denmark Resources

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Travel Books/Guides

Our trip to Denmark was during a two-week trip to seven different countries. What we can pack is limited, and it had to have bang for the space required. These guides served us well in planning and during our travels.

Lonely Planet’s Denmark (Country Guide)

A passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice, the highlights Denmark has to offer, and what hidden discoveries await you. Sample the Danish food, immerse yourself in Viking history, wander amazing castles and stop by the home of Lego – all with your trusted travel companion.  Detailed info to plan your visit to this amazing country. Discover this travel guide here

Rick Steves Snapshot Copenhagen & the Best of Denmark

Full disclosure, we are huge Rick Steve’s fans; it will be rare we do not recommend one of his wonderful guides, and for Denmark version did a nice job for a few days there. We love his travel style and perspective. His off-the-beaten-path approach, together with his independent travel philosophy, matches well with how we travel. The guides never disappoint. This book made the cut into our suitcase and was a fantastic resource. Find this must-have guide here

Our favorite websites
  1. Denmark Tourism


2. US Department of State: Bureau of Consular Affairs Denmark Country Info

We cannot encourage you enough to visit this website as you plan and prepare for your trip. This is the US Federal Government addressing the safety, security, travel risk, entry, exit, visa documents mandates, emergency US and Embassy contacts, health, local laws, special circumstances, threats, traveler vulnerabilities, government warnings, and transportation in Denmark. This is your best and most reliable resource for all this important info. Check back often before you go, as things can change quickly. Being prepared is essential in all travel, but especially internationally.

Denmark International Travel Information (state.gov)

3. The Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Travelers Health Resource

This CDC travel resource provides essential health info for your specific destination. Using their tool, you can determine which vaccines, medications, and health advice recommendations are needed for Denmark.

CDC’s Travelers Health Page for Denmark

Our favorite maps

Denmark National Geographic Adventure Map, 3329 Easy to read the map with practical road and travel information. We have enjoyed the National Geographic maps for as it provides good accurate details. It seems geared for the adventure traveler, which we appreciate. Hundreds of points of interest are on this map, including our beloved Castles. Though we default to Google maps, it was excellent for planning. Find this essential map here

Our favorite apps

Copenhagen Travel Full city guide in your pocket. Click the AR button and turn yourself 360 to see what is near you to visit. Has offline maps.

Rome2rio: Trip Planner Trip and Holiday Organizer Enter any address, landmark, or city in the app will instantly display all your travel options, booking info, along with accommodation providers and things to do. Find on your local app store.

Rick Steves Audio Europe App includes a vast library of Rick Steve’s audio content. Get cultural and travel info. Includes self-guided tours of top attractions and historic walks. A must-have. Find on your local app store.

Duolingo-Language Lesson Audio lessons that help improve your listening and speaking skills. Find on your local app store.

Learn The Danish Language – Drops Focus is practical words while using picture-enhanced learning. Great to practice before you go. Easy and fun.

Google Translate We used this often to practice proper pronunciations of Danish words. As we always encourage, it is essential to learn the basics to greet and thank people in the local language. Google translate was an easy app to use. If needed, you can enter text in English, and it will speak back in Danish to aid in communicating with locals. Furthermore, it came in very handy to translate text into images instantly.

Do you have a favorite Denmark travel resource? Share your favorites in the comments section at the bottom of this page or

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Our favorite travel insurance site!

If you are booking a trip, don’t forget to get travel insurance within 14 days of your first booking. We could not be stronger advocates of being well insured. Not for the little stuff but the big stuff like medical emergencies. We never leave home without it. Over the years, we have used many sites but have now found our go-to place. Squaremouth.com does a fantastic job; it has a user-friendly interface, they use top-rated and reputable insurance carriers, and most policies cover Covid medical issues and cancellations. They also mediate on your behalf if you have problems with your policy.


Medical transport back home from anywhere in the world

They are the premier global air medical transport. One caveat to travel insurance is that medical evacuation usually gets you to the closest facility to care for you. Medjet gets you back to the US to the hospital of your choice once you are stable enough to fly. They cover Covid-related transports as well.

Medjet carries its own policies. The policy is only for transport and no other aspects of travel insurance. They have individual trip policies starting at $99 and annual policies for $295. Most of their policies limit the age to 74 and younger. Prices are not based on age below that.


Hotels, home rentals, BNBs, flights, and other transportation & tours 

Expedia is a US-based company whose mission is to power global travel for everyone and everywhere. Whether planning a family vacation, booking for business, or organizing the trip of a lifetime, they are a fantastic resource. Wanderers Compass focuses on independent travel, and using sites like Expedia makes that possible. Every aspect of travel you would need, from airfare, accommodations, rental car, cruises, to activities to do at your destination, can be booked on Expedia.  


Hotels, Home rentals, BNBs, Flights, and other Transportation & Tours 

Booking.com connects millions of travelers to memorable experiences, various transportation options, and incredible places to stay – from homes to hotels and much more. It is one of the world’s largest travel marketplaces for established brands and entrepreneurs of all sizes.

We always start with Expedia to check prices, but it sometimes says it is sold out. We then try Booking.com, and we find it lists plenty of rooms. It could be they are a Europe-based company. Try both before booking accommodations.

Vacation Rental By Owner (VRBO)

Traveling with a family or having an extended stay at your destination?

With over 2 million bookable vacation rentals, VRBO connects homeowners with families and vacationers looking for something more than a hotel for their trip. The VRBO community offers families or groups various rental property types such as condos, cabins, lake rentals, beach houses, etc.

VRBO is under the Expedia group ownership now, which many were worried about, but it hasn’t panned out to be a concern. It is a massive network that also has access to all forms of lodging should issues arise. Joelle has used VRBO for many years with her family, with no problems to date.


Tripadvisor, the world’s largest travel guidance platform, helps hundreds of millions of people each month become better travelers, from planning to booking to taking a trip. Travelers around the world use the Tripadvisor site and app to discover where to stay, what to do, and where to eat based on guidance from those who have been there before.

With more than 1 billion reviews and opinions from nearly 8 million businesses, travelers turn to Tripadvisor to find deals on accommodations, book experiences, reserve tables at delicious restaurants and discover great places to see nearby. We use them for guidance and research on every trip, it is a valuable app for the independent traveler.

Rail Europe

Discover Europe by Train

Rail Europe sells train and bus tickets for travel across Europe. They cover 24 countries, 105 rail operations, and 20,000 stations. They are the official rail and bus operations agents in the UK, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands. Rail Europe continues to add coverage all the time.

It is a fast, easy and economical way to purchase train and bus tickets for Europe. Eurail passes are also available to buy through their site.


An excellent source for travel essentials and guides

Amazon is one of the most extensive shopping online sources in the world. On behalf of their customers, teams worldwide provide lower prices, better selection, and rapid delivery. They offer a vast inventory, and it is their 1.7 million small and medium businesses worldwide selling on Amazon.com that provide extensive options for customers.

We buy most of our travel books, accessories, and luggage from Amazon. We have ordered up to two days before travel and get what we need.

Travelpro Luggage

Thoughtfully Designed | Meticulously Constructed | Quality Guaranteed.

We have used this luggage for years, left briefly to try others, and returned to Travelpro. Travelpro luggage is carried by crews from over 90 airlines worldwide.

Travelpro takes the time to learn what travelers want and need, then builds it. The key factor for us is that it must be lightweight upfront and very resistant to rough handling. Their luggage is the best, and we could not recommend it enough. It is our go-to luggage.


Travel documentation made more accessible

iVisa.com is dedicated to providing customers with a simple, fast, and reliable way to get travel documentation for their journey. Their online application process makes getting visas, health declarations, or passport photos a breeze, all from your home’s comfort. As a leading independent company in the travel documentation industry, they take pride in making global travel more accessible for everyone. In the end, it is a simple and affordable travel resource to get the necessary entry documents complete for your international travel.

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