Things to do in Denmark

There’s a lot to squeeze in on a Denmark ‘to do’ list even if ‘Aussie’ Princess Mary is not an old school chum who fancies a Danish and a coffee catch-up. The beauty of Denmark is the relative close proximity of everything, plus there’s never a shortage of things to do. The country is an open and gay-friendly travel destination, so much so you can even partake in home dinners with Meet Gay Copenhagen - think of it as an intercultural gay exchange.

Copenhagen alone is a great adventure for food lovers, architecture and design buffs, shopaholics, art aficionados and those wanting to sample the nightlife. Take a stroll down history lane at any town or city in Denmark or stop by heritage monuments like Kronborg Castle (Hamlet’s lair), the Gothic Roskilde Cathedral, and the Jelling Rune Stones in East Jutland. 

For parks, try the world’s oldest amusement park Dyrehavsbakken (called Bakken) to the north of Copenhagen; the Copenhagen Zoo complete with newly installed polar bear feature; Legoland Billund and the new ‘Legends of Chima’ attraction where animal warriors fight over energy sources; and water parks AquaDome and Lalandia Billund, Fårup Sommerland in North Jutland and Lalandia Aquadoma in Rødby. Museums vary from the spacious Louisiana Museum of Modern Art on the North Zealand coast to the interactive Experimentarium in Copenhagen where there’s countless odd experiments to try.

There’s also a plethora of fishing, cycling, horse riding and sailing trips as well as island holiday camps, often featuring themes such as folk music or dance, and wild camping sites where you can enjoy the nature and tranquillity of some of the country’s 400-odd islands. Be wild and feel free to go nude bathing on any of Denmark’s beaches as it is legal unless there’s a sign stating otherwise. For our Denmark faves, read on.

The Little Mermaid

The iconic image of Copenhagen is also the world’s most famous mermaid. The bronze statue on top of a rock in the harbour offers a siren’s call to visitors from around the world who flock to photograph the lovelorn subject of Danish write Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale.

Christiania

A uniquely Danish attraction, Freetown Christiania is a self-governing community within Copenhagen set up in the early ‘70s as an alternative to the mainstream lifestyle. Forty years on, Christiania is a counterculture hub of music, art and theatre attracting hippies and visitors from all over the world.

Legoland Billund

Contain your excitement and save all of your childlike energy to unleash at Legoland Billund. Yes, it’s a land dedicated to Lego and along with some very impressive Lego structures, the theme park features more than 50 rides and a hotel.

Kronborg

To go, or not to go: that is the question. Well, no not really if you’re a Shakespeare fan as Kronborg Castle happens to be the famous Hamlet’s castle as well as a magnificent 15th-century fortress on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

The Old Town, Aarhus

The Old Town Museum in Denmark’s second-largest town of Aarhus is said to be one of the oldest outdoor museums in the world. Go back in time and explore some 75 traditional homes collected from across the country complete with costumed performers.

Viking Ship Museum

It’s all about ancient and medieval ships, seafaring and boatbuilding at the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde. Denmark’s tribute to the Vikings features a hall built around Skuldelev Viking ships and an island with everything from an active shipyard for reconstructions to an activity house for handicrafts.