Visit Denmark – where is it?
Denmark is a Nordic country located just below the Scandinavian peninsula. It only borders one other State, Germany, to the south. It’s been part of the European Union since 1973 but uses the Danish krone, not the Euro, as its currency.
Visit Denmark – when and how long?
We visited on the cusp between spring and summer (May- June) when the temperatures are mild but the rain may make an appearance.
If you’re looking for long, warm sunny days and a bountiful supply of festivals and concerts, be sure to visit in summer (mid-June to mid-August) but do expect larger crowds and higher prices.
We spent a total of 12 days in Denmark: six days on the Jutland peninsula, two on the island of Aero and four in Copenhagen. We unavoidably did miss out on some things.
If you’re not big on nature and the outdoors, consider including a few locations:
- Odense, world-famous Hans Christian Andersen’s home town
- Skagen, the Northern tip of Jutland
- Møns Klint, a 6km-long chalk cliff on the island of Møn in the Baltic Sea
- Bornholm, an island off the south coast of Sweden
and many more.
If you’re looking for an active holiday, read here.
Visit Denmark – Some general info
When in Denmark be prepared to see the Danish flag – the old (oldest worldwide, in fact!) Dannebrog – flying high at every corner.
Outside the capital Copenhagen, life is slow-paced and decidedly relaxing, which is in complete accord and harmony with the surrounding peaceful, green landscape. Expect to see many wind turbines, cycling paths, wildlife and bodies of water, including the North Sea and the Baltic Sea that “envelop” the country.
Fish – herring above all! – pastries (read below), pork, game and root vegetables are Denmark’s food staples, so make sure you try some of it when visiting. Danes pride themselves in using only local, organic, seasonal produce: this is part of a movement known worldwide as “New Nordic Food” that has recently revolutionized the Scandinavian (invariably costly!) dining experience and put the Danish capital Copenhagen on the map. Read all about it here.
On our trip we mainly relied on supermarkets or food halls for our food needs as we had rented apartments equipped with a kitchen. If you’re on a budget, this solution will likely save you some money.
Carlsberg and Tuborg are the national beers of which Danes seem to be loyal fans; however we would encourage you to try local craft beers, such as the ones produced in Ribe (western Jutland) and on the island of Aero (Funen).
Since they were mentioned earlier, let us list a series of sweet delicacies we have tried along the way and we strongly feel they deserve attention: the Kanelsnegle (cinnamon roll), the Wienerbrød (“Viennese bread”, a yeast-leavened dough which is folded 27 times over) and the Tebirkes (a croissant-like pastry with a marzipan filling and poppy seeds topping).
There are many others but make sure you don’t leave Denmark before trying these three at least. Where, you ask? We feel confident enough to say that you will find them in almost every bageri (bakery). The award, for us, has to go to Laura’s Bakery located in Copenhagen within the Torvehallerne KBH food hall: they sold by far the best pastries. A special mention goes to their chocolate-covered cinnamon roll. Just delicious!
Read more about Danish food here.
Use the map above to find out what we’ve done on our 12-day Danish adventure.