The beautifully preserved Merchants' Houses lining the harbour are now mainly restaurants and bars(Cianta)


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Your full Wanderlust guide to travel in Denmark


Denmark has been voted as one of the happiest places to live, and it’s easy to see why – with serene coastal hideaways and historic towns, Denmark has a cultural beauty unaffected by age.

Step back in time at the ancient Viking fort at Hobro, and watch the extravagant Viking plays at Frederikssund.

In Copenhagen, visit the oldest monarchy in the world in style at the Royal Reception Rooms, or take in the city’s museums, jazz concerts and designer shops.

Out in the countryside, see the scenery from a different perspective, by canoe down the Gudenå river, or go snorkelling in the Kerteminde Fjord.

If you’re on a family break, Denmark is well catered for children, with many theme parks including a Legoland, or visit the birthplace of fairytale creator Hans Christian Anderson in Odense.

  • Capital city: Roskilde
  • Population: 5.85 million
  • Money: Danish Krone
  • Int dialing code: + 45
  • Languages: Danish
  • Visas: you can travel to countries in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa
  • Voltage: 230 V
  • Time: GMT + 2


Wanderlust recommends

  1. Be a part of Europe’s biggest music festival at Roskilde
  2. Explore the Viking fortress at Hobro
  3. Be entertained at the summer Viking plays in Frederikssund
  4. Discover Denmark by canoe down the Gudenå river
  5. Stroll along the beaches and dunes of Læsø

Wanderlust tips


Car rental in Denmark can cost as much for a day as, it can for a week, in neighbouring Germany – if you’re staying near the border, hire a car in Germany first before driving it over.

Further Reading

Travel in Denmark: vital statistics


  • When to go to Denmark

    Denmark is the mildest of the Scandinavian countries, with a steady climate throughout, although coastal areas are prone to heavy winds.

    The winter can be severe, so the best time to go is during the warmer months from April-October, especially during July and August when the larger festivals are on and the tourism trade is at its peak.

    International airports

    Copenhagen International Airport (CPH) is 8km southeast of Copenhagen. Aarhus Airport (AAR) is 35km north of Aarhus.


    Getting around in Denmark

    Denmark has a very reliable rail network with services operating at least hourly.

    The road system is good and well signposted, however rental cars can be expensive.

    You can get a taxi both by waving and by phone booking.

    Cyclists are well catered for and bike hire is easily available.

    Domestic air services are limited, however there are frequent carriers between Copenhagen and some of the further areas.

    Denmark accommodation

    Accommodation can be found in hotels and hostels, as well as rental accommodation in the resort areas.

    Both home-stays and farm stays are available for a cheaper stay.

    Camping is also a possibility, but is restricted to established camping grounds.

    Denmark food & drink

    Meat is a big part of the Danish meal, both hot and cold.

    Smørrrebrød is available from most vendors and cafes and consists of rye bread topped with different meats.

    The familiar Danish pastry is known here as wienerbrød.

    Alcohol is commonplace and Denmark is home to a number of breweries. A wide range of continental cuisine is also available.

    Health & safety in Denmark

    It is unlikely you would need to take any vaccinations before travel, although always check with a GP or health clinic. Healthcare is widely available and EU citizens are covered by insurance with an E111 form.

    Denmark has relatively little crime but take care in larger cities, as they are not without petty criminals.

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