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Denmark Tourism

Continent: Europe
Region: Scandinavia

Ideal Duration: 4 - 6 days

Best Time: Mid-June to Mid-August Read More

Currency: Danish Krone (DKK)

Budget: Expensive

"The Scandinavian gem"

Denmark Tourism

Danish pastry is synonymous to the country of Denmark. Other major attractions being fairy tales, football matches and the statue of the bronze mermaid sitting on a rock that looks over the city. With a long and interesting historical background, Denmark is rich in culture and heritage. Now, it is one of the most modern and developed nations in Europe and holds in store for you the best itineraries for travel lovers.

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Tourist Places to Visit In Denmark

Regions in Denmark

Denmark comprises over 400 islands, out of which only 72 have inhabitants. The peninsular Jutland along with the other main islands comprise the map of the country. Though Zealand is only one-sixth of the country, almost 40% of the Danish people leave there. Jutland is the European mainland which has cities like Ribe, Legoland and the west coast. Funnen and its surrounding islands are famous for the island sea. Zealand, the largest island in Denmark, has the capital of the country, Copenhagen. Other major islands are Lolland-Falster and Bornholm.

Best time to visit Denmark

Mid-June to Mid-August is the best time to visit Denmark

This is the best time to visit Denmark as it has the most comfortable weather across the entire year. The days are long and the major attractions are the A-list concerts that happen throughout this season. Rainfall is generally constant throughout the year, thus it is never a problem while travelling.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Danish pastries, amazing architecture, reasonable and delicious food, various kinds of souvenirs, numerous festivals and events

What's Not So Great?

People do not interact much, the unpredictable weather, conservative mentality, too little sunshine.

For Whom?

Family, couples, young people

Stay options in Denmark

Denmark has a good range of options to stay, right from budget accommodation to luxurious stays. There are various outdoor camping grounds for people who want to be one with nature. There are many wildlife camping sites in the forests. People looking for budget accommodation can stay in the hostels under Hostelling International network, with over 95 hostels in the country. There are many bed and breakfast options in cities like Copenhagen and Aarhus as well.

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Currency of Denmark

The national currency is Danish Krone, though a lot of touristy shops and resorts accept Euro as their payment. The Kroner has 50 ore copper coins, 1, 2 and 5 kroner silver nickel coins with a hole in the middle and solid 10 and 20 kronerbronze coins. The notes are divided into denominations of 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000. There are numerous ATMs in the country but most of them are closed during the night due to security issues. All major cards are accepted here in the shops and hotels. Machines generally do not accept PIN codes which are longer than 4 digits, so if you have a longer one make sure you change it before coming here.

Exchanging Money in Denmark

There are many options in Denmark for exchanging money. The easiest and the cheapest option is to go to a bank to change the notes. Other than that, airports and hotels also have the facility of exchanging money. There are many exchange bureaus as well where they charge a bit higher commission rate.

Nightlife in Denmark

The weekends are the most happening time in the entire week where the clubs are filled with activity and people party till dawn. Copenhagen and Odense are the best places to experience the nightlife of Denmark. A bodega is a really good way to get the hang of old Denmark and they are cosy places where locals go in their freetime. There are numerous bars in and around the major towns in Denmark. Being a sport loving country, there are numerous sports bars where people can catch all the live action with a nice beer.

Shopping in Denmark

Denmark is one of the best shopping areas in Europe. From latest fashion to homewear, one can get anything here. The common items one can buy from there are designer eyewear by Lindberg, Skagen designer watches, Royal Copenhagen porcelain, Banf and Olufsen electronics, Kay Bojesen silverware, LEGO toys and Danish cheese. The designers also have a wide array of furniture, glassware, light fittings and other household items. Prices are pretty high in Denmark, yet one can try a little bit of bargaining.

Festivals of Denmark

Denmark is known for its famous music festivals. The most important ones are the Skive festival, Roskilde festival, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Langelands Festival, Skanderorg Festival, Tonder Festival and Aarhus Festuge. Most of them are held during the summer months when the weather is pleasant and there are a lot of tourists. The oldest celebration here is the Fire Festival Regatta which is held in Silkeborg during early August.

History of Denmark

The nomadic hunters were the first ones to settle in Denmark during the stone age. Migrants from Sweden arrived around 500 AD and the present culture of Denmark traces back to influences from these settlers. The Jutland Peninsula was conquered by the Vikings in the 9th century under Hardegon, the chief. His son, Gorm the Old, established the monarchy in Denmark. There was quite a huge political shift later on and after the 14th century, Sweden and Norway also came under the Danish monarchy. 16th and 17th centuries are extremely significant in their history as it marks the period when Lutheranism came to the country, followed by many wars. By the 19th century, there was a ray of recovery and a cultural revolution took place in the country.

Hygiene in Denmark

Denmark is a clean and hygienic country and most part of the country is well-maintained. The health facilities are also very good but there might be some issues due to over crowding sometimes. They also have the option of free emergency care. Citizens from other EU countries are entitled to basic medical services while they are in Denmark. Tap water is potable hence drinkable, and it is a common sight to see waiters filling their cans from the sink water. The restaurants and stalls are often visited by health inspectors to keep a check on them.

Customs of Denmark

  • People are expected to dress modestly when travelling in public places. There are no strict dress codes as such other than that.
  • One must never call the other by their first name until they are invited to do so.
  • A firm handshake and a greeting is must when meeting something. One should also shake hands while parting.
  • It is considered generous to bring gifts like wine or chocolates while visiting someone's place.
  • Tipping is not necessary here as most places have service charges included in their bills.

Tips for visiting Denmark

  • Compared to other European countries Denmark has lesser risks of crime and other troubles. A few areas in the major cities should be avoided at night. In case of emergencies one can contact 112.
  • While packing, it is better to bring your own medicines if you are on a special medication.
  • An umbrella or a raincoat is a must because the rains are not predictable.
  • Copenhagen is a brilliant city to explore, but Denmark is much more than just its capital. Allocate time to visit regional Denmark if you can.
  • While Denmark is quite an expensive country, budget options like eating at foodhalls are a viable option.

Culture of Denmark

Danish society is an egalitarian society and it is very well reflected in their language. Women are highly respected in all sectors. People are very polite when they meet others. The country is filled with culturally-rich people. The major religion in Denmark is Christianity under the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark which is the state religion. It is a non secular state and there is a clear link between the Minister for Ecclesiastical Affairs and the church. The official language of Denmark is Danish and it is spoken all over the country.

Food of Denmark

Dining in Denmark is an expensive affair apart from the local kebab shops and pizza stands. Traditional Danish dishes include pickled herring, fried plaice, liver pate sandwich and other seafood items. Most Danish people are meat lovers and they gorge on dishes like frikadeller and stegt flaesk og persillesovs. The most popular Danish items are smorrebrod , hvid labskovs and gravadlax. Danish pastries are popular all over the world. The most popular drink there is beer and Danish aquavit is another popular one.

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