What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Denmark? Copenhagen? Or one of the many incredible things you can do or see there? Legoland maybe, if you’re traveling with kids.
Whilst these are definitely worth a trip, Copenhagen alone deserves a couple of days, Denmark has so much more to offer you. Which is why we’ve put together this list of amazing day trips & dream destinations in Denmark you need to visit.
Awe-inspiring and impressive buildings, culture, activities, places, it’s easy to stop your trip planning at Copenhagen. There are so many more cultural, fun & interesting things to do & see in the rest of Denmark though. So, we removed Copenhagen from this list entirely & put together the places you should be adding to your next Danish itinerary. 😉
16 dream destinations in Denmark you need to visit, besides Copenhagen
Verdenskortet (World Map at Klejtrup Lake)
The World Map at Klejtrup Lake is an incredible and informative exhibit.
The map covers an area of just over 4000m2 (about an acre or half a hectare!), and the countries are marked with miniature flags.
You can explore these tiny ‘countries’ and afterwards rent a boat on the lake for a great day out.
Søren Poulsens Vej 5, 9500 Hobro, Denmark
The oldest extant town in Scandinavia, Ribe is the gateway to the Wadden Sea in Denmark.
Home to an ancient cathedral, interesting museums & great cafés, Ribe makes for a great day trip.
6760 Ribe, Denmark
The best place in Denmark to experience the countries birdlife. Almost 80% of the different Danish bird species can be found here. Grenen, the point north of Skagen where the Skagerrak sea & the Kattegat sea meet, is one of the best places for birdwatching. You’ll also witness the remarkable natural phenomenon of how these 2 seas meet.
Grenen, 9900 Skagen, Denmark
An incredible castle built in the early 17th century. This is the largest Renaissance residence in Scandinavia. If the incredible architecture is not enough for you, the castle also houses the Museum of National History & some of Denmark’s most important figures as well as the country’s largest portrait collection.
Frederiksborg Slot 10, 3400 Hillerød, Denmark
This place reminds me a lot of Swakopmund in Namibia. Except for the lighthouse that sits here is expected to vanish into the sea by 2023, thanks to Denmark’s largest moving sand dune. It is an amazing place year-round… sand dunes are much easier to climb when they’re frozen. 😉
9480 Løkken, Denmark
Men at Sea in Esbjerg
These 9m high men have been welcoming sea-goers into Esbjerg for over 20 years.
The 4 men are a striking sight and having a look along the coast, you cannot miss them.
Sædding Strandvej 1, 6710 Esbjerg V, Denmark
The white chalk cliffs on the Isle of Møn are a true sight to behold. Stretching 6km along the coast, some are as high as 120m! The Danish island of Møn is found south of Copenhagen, there is a camping place nearby, so you’ll be able to prolong your enjoyment of this incredible work of nature.
4791 Borre, Denmark
Dating all the way back to the 15th century, the Kronborg Castle is also known as the Elsinore castle as William Shakespeare depicted it in Hamlet. One of the former ‘gates’ to the Baltic Sea, this former fortress is brimming with history & aesthetic beauty.
Kronborg 2 C, 3000 Helsingør, Denmark
Helsingør Maritime Museum
This incredible museum is an art-piece in and of itself and being noted by numerous publications for this reason alone. That’s before we even get to the exhibits inside! Which do not disappoint, showcasing the lives of sailors in this massive underground dry-dock!
Ny Kronborgvej 1, 3000 Helsingør, Denmark
Mønsted Kalkgruber (Limestone Mines)
The Mønsted Kalkgruber has over 60km’s of underground caves, don’t worry though, you won’t have to walk them all! You will, however, be amazed by the world’s largest limestone mine.
Kalkværksvej 8, 7850 Stoholm J, Denmark
Europe’s best-preserved Renaissance water castle. It is simply a breath-taking castle with a range of interesting museums & one of the best historic gardens in Europe.
Egeskov Gade 18, 5772 Kværndrup, Denmark
A major Viking burial site, a must-see for anyone with an interest in Vikings or history.
Vendilavej 11, 9400 Nørresundby, Denmark
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Viking Ship Museum
Much like the Lindholm Høje, the Viking ship museum is a must-see for anyone with a Viking or historical interest, as well as maritime. You could even learn to sail a Viking ship!
Vindeboder 12, 4000 Roskilde, Denmark
Den Fynske Landsby (The Funen Village)
Travel back to the time of Hans Christian Andersen. This village comprises of 25 buildings with the ‘villagers’ set 200 years back. Here you can see how things were done back then, or even give it a go yourself!
Sejerskovvej 20, 5260 Odense S, Denmark
Park of Music
The best sounding attraction in Denmark! The Park of Music can be found in the Kildeparken, in the heart of Aalborg. The park is full of trees that have been planted by visiting artists, some of which even play the artists music. Over 80 artists have left their mark in the park, some of which being, Elton Jon, Sir Cliff Richards, Sting, and many, many more.
9000 Aalborg, Denmark
This cathedral started construction in the 12th century and was the first Gothic cathedral to be constructed with brick, encouraging the style throughout northern Europe. The twin spires are interesting in their shape and make this cathedral stand out from the Roskilde skyline and from other cathedrals around Europe.
Domkirkepladsen 3, 4000 Roskilde, Denmark
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