North of Germany and south of Norway and Sweden, Denmark is renowned for many things: beautiful architecture, historic buildings and castles, friendly locals, progressive values, and lovely scenic views.
There is much to do and see in Denmark.
This Denmark travel guide will help you plan your next vacation.
Budget: Denmark offers a variety of bed and breakfast or budget hotels for roughly 350-600 Krones per night that come with communal kitchens, free high-speed Wi-Fi, and great central locations.
Mid-Range: For mid-range hotels, expect to pay between 750 to 1,200 Krones per night and enjoy services like private rooms with a microwave and refrigerator, cable TVs, bar and lounge areas, complimentary breakfast, and wonderful city views.
High-End: Upscale hotels will cost about 1,300-2,300 Krones per night. Experience the best of Denmark hospitality with top-of-the-line service, refined suites, fitness rooms and spas, and elegant dining and bars, among other things.
Flæskesteg (pig roast) is one of the main national dishes, while a bowl of Leverpostej(pork liver with dairy, onions, and spices) is another.
If you’re vegetarian, try some Danish blue cheese or the popular smørrebrød (an open-style dark brown rye sandwich with your choice of toppings).
You can find café treats and coffee for around 100 Krones. When dining in restaurants, meals are priced at around 150 Krones.
In general, expect to pay around 340 Krones per day for food.
Getting to Denmark: While Denmark has 8 total airports, Copenhagen Airport is the main one and is just 5 miles from the city center.
Buses: are a cheap way to get around Denmark and are offered throughout most of Denmark. Expect to pay around 20-25 Krones for a bus ticket, which is valid for one hour. In major cities like Copenhagen, buses run every ten minutes during peak business hours.
Train: The train system in Denmark is well connected, and most trains do not require booking in advance. Ticket prices depending on how far you’re going. For example, take the train from Copenhagen to Elsinore for 84 Krones, or just through the city of Copenhagen for 24 Krones.
Taxis: Denmark has one of the highest taxi fares in the world. If you want to book from the airport, we suggest transfers with Viator.
Rent a car: Renting a car is an alternative way to get around Denmark. You can rent a car if you are at least 21 years old and have had your driver’s license for at least 1 year. Prices start at around 460 Krones per day.
When to Go
The best time to go to Denmark is the summer months of June through August.
In this period, the weather is warm (up to 63 degrees Fahrenheit), and you can go do many outdoor activities and join in festivals, including Denmark’s Independence Day (June 5th).
However, this period is also the busiest tourist season. If you want to beat some of the crowds and don’t mind a slight dip in temperature (roughly 50 degrees Fahrenheit), going in April or May is a good option.
Things to Do
- Tivoli Gardens: Opened in 1843 and still running, this is the second-oldest amusement park in the world and a very popular attraction for tourists and locals. Included in this unique theme park is a Chinese theater shaped like a peacock, symphony orchestra, and plenty of rides. While it is known to be a more peaceful experience than other theme parks, it also has rides like the Dæmonen (The Demon), a rollercoaster where there is no floor and the rider’s legs hang out beneath them.
WHAT NOT TO MISS
- Nyhavn: Included in many “must-see” lists of Denmark is this 17th-Century waterfront. With colorful buildings and deep history, as well as numerous bars and restaurants, spend a few hours learning more about the history of Copenhagen. Take a city tour that includes Nyhavn or explore on your own.
- The Little Mermaid: No trip to Denmark would be complete without seeing one of the country’s most famous characters. One of Copenhagen’s most popular attractions, the statue has been around for over 100 years. Don’t miss your chance to visit the bronze statue of this iconic character from the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale up close.
Chart-topping contentment and quality of life, blockbuster dining and design, and a cheerful emphasis on hygge – explore (and envy) what makes Denmark tick.