“Denmark is like a secret little place with its own special language.”helena Christensen
Top Five Destinations In Denmark
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The wild and untouched Northern shores Beautiful windswept seaside, buried churches, and dramatic nature.
- Kronborg Castle The magnificent 13th century home of Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the town of Elsinore. Dramatic in both the architecture and setting.
Did you know?
- 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%.
- 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.
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.
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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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.
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
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
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.
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.
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