A Scandinavian nation, located between Germany and Sweden, Denmark is a picturesquely beautiful country. Although not a popular holiday destination for people on a European tour, Denmark has a lot of things to offer. Right from a rich history to an interesting culture, there are plenty of things to see and do in this beautiful country. If you are getting ready for a European holiday and have some great sightseeing plans, Denmark should definitely be on your itinerary. Here we present some of the interesting things to do in Denmark.
Explore Thy National Park
Spread around an area of 12 km, the Thy National Park is home to rugged landscapes and beautiful pine forests. You can choose to hike or bike through the national park to check out its abundant flora and fauna. Apart from the resident otters, the park also houses more than 30 species of birds, making it heaven for bird watchers. You would also find grave mounds that date back to the Bronze Age here.
Egeskov Castle in Funen
One of the most beautiful Renaissance-style castles in Denmark, the Egeskov Castle in Funen is a family-friendly attraction. Apart from admiring the spectacular architecture of the palace, you also get to visit a variety of museums, where you can see everything from a doll’s house and historical toys’ exhibition. But what makes it a favorite amongst families is the park where kids and even adults can have a fun time.
Opened in 1859, Copenhagen Zoo is said to be one of the oldest zoos in Europe. The zoo is sprawled across an area of 27 acres and houses more than 4000 animals from 264 different species. Copenhagen Zoo is divided into different zones, as per the habitats of the animals. Here, you would get to see animals like elephants, crocodiles, giraffes, deer, Malayan tapir, musk ox, etc. The place also has a huge children’s zoo, where kids can meet animals up-close.
Hans Christian Andersen Museum
If you have grown up enjoying the fairy tale stories of Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling, and The Snow Queen, you would love visiting the Hans Christian Andersen Museum. Established in 1908, the museum is located in the Odense, the birth place of the famous children’s writer Hans Christian Andersen and follows his life from birth. You get to see the drawings and paintings of Andersen here and also listen to his popular stories at the listening posts.
Being the birthplace of LEGO, it would not be surprising to find a dedicated LEGO House in Denmark. Located in Billund, the LEGO House is a building that appears to have been made of LEGO blocks. Inside the building, there are more than 25 million LEGO blocks for children to have fun with. The LEGO House has four zones, namely red zone, yellow zone, green zone, and blue zone. The roof terrace of the building is home to 9 playgrounds, where kids can get creative and enjoy as well. There is a masterpiece gallery, where you would find unique artworks made out of LEGOs. There is also a museum that tells you the history of LEGOs. The place also has restaurants that serve healthy and delicious food as well as a retail store, where you can buy unique LEGO products.
Located two hours away from Copenhagen in South Zealand, Camp Adventure is a place where you and your family or friends can have an adventurous and fun time. Camp Adventure is located inside a forest, giving you the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful landscapes of the place. The place has 10 treetop adventure courses, with varied levels of difficulty. There is also an indoor climbing wall, and there are 3 courses and a natural playground for young children. One of the highlights of the place is that it has the longest zipline in Northern Europe. You can also hike up to the top of the observation deck, which is 147 feet tall, to enjoy a beautiful view of the entire forest.
The Maritime Museum is one of the most unique museums of the world. Situated right next to a dock, this museum is an underground museum that tells you the maritime history of Denmark. You get to see artifacts, model ships, and photographs at this museum. There are also special exhibitions that depict lighthouses, navigation, Danish lifeboat service, shipbuilding, sailor’s life, etc. Apart from the exhibitions, the museum also conducts workshops and has state-of-the-art teaching facilities. It also hosts cultural events and conferences regularly.
The National Museum
The National Museum of Denmark is housed inside The Prince’s Palace, which was built around 1744. Although no longer the home of the royalty, the palace is still fit for kings. Each room of the palace houses different exhibit that give you the history of the place during the stone age, the Viking age, the Renaissance, the Middle Ages, and the modern Danish history. There is also an interactive children’s museum, where you get to take a history tour of Denmark, a family tour, and the tour around the world.
Bakken Amusement Park
Built in 1583, Bakken is the oldest amusement park in the world. Although quite old, the Bakken Amusement Park is still a favorite amongst the people of Denmark. One of the major attractions of the place is that it is located right in the middle of one of Denmark’s splendid woods. The amusement park is home to 31 thrilling rides for both adults and children, which includes a wooden rollercoaster, which is more than 82-years old. Apart from this, there are 78 other attractions including gaming arcades, shooting stalls, etc. The place also has several restaurants, fast food shops, and ice cream parlors.
Ancient Viking Burial Grounds
One of the best archeological sites in Denmark is Lindholm Høje, the well-preserved ancient Viking burial ground. The place had been completely covered in sand from AD 1000 till the time it was discovered during an archaeological excavation. Here you would fund 82 graves and 150 stone ships both from the Viking Age and the Germanic Iron Age. Close to this site is the remains of a village, where you can see a few houses, wells, and fences. You must also visit the Lindholm Høje Museum, where you get to know the history of the area while checking out the relics and artefacts discovered from the place.
All in all, there are plenty of unique things to do in Denmark. Right from visiting the innumerable museums and palaces to seeing real Santa Claus, Denmark has everything to awe and inspire its visitors.