According to most surveys, Denmark is one of the happiest countries in the world, mostly because the Danes have an excellent quality of life. As a visitor, you’ll love walking along the winding cobblestone streets, and enjoying the colorful sights and old world feel. You’ll have a selection of superb restaurants, as well as lots of cafes and flea markets to explore. To some international travelers, Denmark is the sensational beauty of Scandinavia.
Beyond the main cities and the capital, Denmark is a mix alluring towns like Odense and Ribe, medieval churches, 18th century villages and Renaissance castles. The fascinating history of the country is still preserved under the form of impressive Viking ruins and Neolithic dolmen. Denmark obsession with design can be seen in every major city. Copenhagen in particular, is absolutely stunning. The beaches, the parks, the architecture, and the museums will surely leave travelers speechless.
If you’re thinking of exploring Denmark any time soon, make sure to include the following attractions on your travel itinerary. Prepare yourself to be amazed by one of Europe’s most enticing countries.
The Open Air Museum – find out more about Denmark’s amazing history
Copenhagen’s Frilandsmuseet, or Open Air Museum, is enormous. One of the oldest such museums in the world, it covers almost 90 acres of land, and has a collection of over 50 historical houses, mills, and farms. The buildings cover different time periods from 1650 to 1940, and they have gardens and landscaping designed to show you what their environment was like at that time.
The museum also covers different geographical regions of Denmark, including all parts of the country and the Faeroe Islands. This unique museum lets you feel like you’re traveling through the country and through time as well.
Tivoli Gardens – entertainment at its best
The Tivoli Gardens are the second oldest amusement park in the world, and this is one of the most famous attractions in Copenhagen. Just a short walk from City Hall, the park is filled with relaxing green areas, and wild rides that both kids and adults enjoy. The park’s famous wooden roller coaster has been delighting and terrifying visitors for 100 years.
There is live music on stage every day, with three different stages presenting a variety of musical genres, and both Danish and international musicians. The Tivoli Illuminations take place at the Tivoli Lake, where the scene is turned into a magical universe of light, water, smoke and fire. The park also has a fireworks display each week.
ARoS Aarhus Art Museum – an architectural work of art
This is the primary art museum in the city of Aarhus, and it is one of the biggest museums in all of Europe. The impressive collection includes a permanent collection with art works from 1770 through today’s contemporary artists. Special exhibitions bring prominent art by national and international artists. The museum itself is an unusually striking architectural work, with a curving “museum street” slicing through the cube-shaped building. Be sure to visit the roof, where you can get panoramic views of the city.
The Round Tower – spectacular views of Copenhagen from the top
The Rundetaarn, or Round Tower, is the oldest working observatory in Europe. It was built in the 17th century by King Christian IV, at a time when Denmark was well known for its achievements in astronomy. The observatory is still used by amateur astronomers, as well as tourists who want to admire the magnificent view from the top out over the old section of Copenhagen. Inside, you can also stand on a floating glass floor that lets you look down 80 feet into the core of the tower.
The National Museum of Denmark – uncovering amazing facts from the Danish history
The National Museum of Denmarkhas displays covering all of Danish history from the Stone Age to modern times. The museum is in the Prince’s Palace, built in the 1700s for Crown Prince Frederik V and the Crown Princess Louise, and the elegant interior looks fit for royalty. A highlight of the extensive collection is the Viking exhibition, with the world’s biggest authentic Viking ship, about 120 feet long, and other Viking artifacts as well.
Denmark is a sensational country to see. While it’s not the cheapest travel destination in Europe, it is one of the most beautiful. The fairy-tales towns, the architecture, and the people will certainly help you have an unforgettable holiday.
About the author: Edward Francis is with BalticTravelCompany.com!