WHY TO VISIT DENMARK
Quality of life, tolerance, nature, these are words associated with this small and flat country boasting a myriad of islands.
Copenhagen, the capital, is a modern, vibrant and lively city, surrounded by gardens with monuments worth a visit: The Little Mermaid statue of course, the Amalienborg Palace, the Cathedral, the district of Christianshavn and also the Nationalmuseet, and those looking for family fun the amusement park at Tivoli is definitely worth a visit.
To go back in time, visit the oldest town in Scandinavia, Ribe, it has half-timbered houses, a cathedral and museums devoted to the Vikings.
Egeskov Castle is also a great stopover for its Renaissance architecture with oak foundations and also for its very special park.
The city of Aarhus, in Jutland, is mainly known for its active student life, but also for its old town which has several restored buildings dating from the seventeenth century. There is also the Domkirke cathedral, and the former chapel of the Vor Frue Kirke church.
Funen and its archipelago will seduce you with their dolls villages and castles that will take you back in your imagination to the Andersen's fairy tales, these are situated in very beautiful natural landscapes.
WHAT TO SEE IN DENMARK
Top destinations in Denmark are:
- Thy National Park
- Mols Bjerge National Park
WHEN TO GO TO DENMARK
Weather in Denmark
Best period to visit Denmark is from May to September.
Geographically, three main landmasses make up the country – the islands of Zealand and Funen and the peninsula of Jutland, which extends northwards from Germany. Most visitors make for Zealand (Sjælland), and, more specifically, Copenhagen, an exciting focal point with a beautiful old centre, a good array of museums and a boisterous nightlife. Funen (Fyn) has only one real urban draw, Odense, once home to Hans Christian Andersen; otherwise, it’s renowned for cute villages and sandy beaches. Jutland (Jylland) has, as well as scenery alternating between lonely beaches, gentle hills and heathland, two of the liveliest Danish cities in Århus and Aalborg. The more adventurous might catch a flight or ferry to the autonomous Faroe Islands, a wild and remote archipelago out in the North Atlantic midway between Norway and Iceland.
Following a list of typical festival and celebrations of Denmark
- February (3 weeks): Vinterjazz, across Denmark (winter jazz festival)
- June 23: Sankthansaften (St. John's Eve; midsummer festival)
- June 17–19: Northside Festival, Aarhus (indie rock)
- June 25–July 2: Roskilde Festival (music and culture)
- July 1–10: Copenhagen Jazz Festival
- July 9–16: International Jazz Festival, Aarhus
- August 16–23: Hans Christian Andersen Festival, Odense
- August 27–September 4: Aarhus Festival (music, dance, theater)
- Mid-November–December 23: Christmas Fair in Tivioli Garden, Copenhagen
HOW TO REACH AND TRAVEL THROUGH DENMARK
For travelling around, buses and trains are efficient and well co-ordinated. The bicycle is an ideal means of transportation in this flat country. Domestic airlines are also available and some are reasonably priced.
by plane, main airports are:
GENERAL INFORMATION ON DENMARK
country entry requirements: for not EU nationals, passport + visa
health tips & vaccination: none
local currency: Danish krone
local time zone: GMT+1 (+2)
electricity: type C, F, E and K (230 V - 50 Hz)
mobile phone operators:
WHAT TO DO IN DENMARK
typical food in Denmark
- Stegt Flæsk Med Persillesovs Og Kartoffler: national dish consisting of pieces of pork meat seasoned with salt and pepper are fried until crisp, then served with potatoes and parsley sauce.
- Smørrebrød: is a traditional lunchtime Danish dish consisting of a slice of dark bread with butter, topped with sliced meat, fish or cheese.
- Flødeboller: chocolate covered marshmellow cream balls on a cookie base.
- Pålægschokolade: thin slices of chocolate usually served melted on freshly baked bread that is warm.
- Herring: sold smoked, curried, marinated, or as Sol Over Gudhjem (a buttered piece of rye bread topped with herring, red onions, and an egg yolk).
- Rye bread
- Asparagus: served in many different way such as with butter and salt; baked in the oven with other vegetables; wrapped in bacon and grilled; eaten with white sauce and shrimps.
- Frikadeller: is a fried meatball made from fish, pork, or a blend of pork and beef, and is eaten with potatoes and parsley sauce. Fish frikadeller is usually eaten cold with remoulade and/or fried onions.
- Koldskål: a thick, sweetened dairy product with or without lemon flavour. It is eaten with biscuits, and strawberries are almost always added.
souvenirs from Denmark
- Wooden objects
- Royal Copenhagen china
- Silver or porcelain tableware and household items
- Wool sweater
- Nisse figures, the Danish household spirit
- Salted liquirice candies or Danish butter cookies
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