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The Piratery |© Lasse Salling / Courtesy of Tivoli Gardens

20 Unmissable Attractions in Denmark

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Aliki Seferou
Updated: 13 June 2017

From exhibition spaces and museums to stunning landscapes and the country’s best amusement parks, this article presents some of Denmark’s top attractions through 20 beautiful photos. Scroll down the page to get a small taste of Scandinavia’s coolest country and everything it has to offer locals and tourists alike.

Tivoli Gardens

Tivoli Gardens is one of the most visited attractions in Copenhagen and not without reason. With the breathtaking rides and relaxing gardens, this amusement park provides one of the top destinations for the whole family.

Tivoli Gardens, Vesterbrogade 3, Copenhagen, +45 33 15 10 01

The Tivoli Lake in the Blue Hour | © Lasse Salling/Courtesy of Tivoli Gardens

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Louisiana’s great collection, temporary exhibitions, and the building’s special location just by the coast combine to make this modern-art museum one of the most intriguing attractions in Denmark.

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Gl Strandvej 13, Humlebæk, +45 49 19 07 19

ARoS Aarhus Art Museum

Located in Denmark’s second-largest city, AarhusARoS houses modern-art exhibitions and installations that take place year round. attracting thousands of visitors who after exploring the diverse exhibition rooms head to the top of the museum to enjoy a unique view of the city through “Your rainbow panorama”.

ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, Aros Allé 2, Aarhus, +45 87 30 66 00

Christiansborg Palace

Due to three massive fires, Chistiansborg Palace was built in 1740, 1794, and 1928. With a walk through the “Velvet Room” and the “Great Hall”, visitors can get a glimpse into the royal family’s life and discover the rooms where the Queen hosts the palace’s guests and holds gala dinners.

Christiansborg Palace, Prins Jørgens Gård 1, Copenhagen, +45 33 92 64 92

Amalienborg Palace

A visit to Amalienborg Palace will captivate visitors’ interest not only because it is the royal family’s winter residence but also because 150 years of Danish history unfold through the diverse rooms and exhibitions.

Amalienborg Palace, Amalienborg Slotsplads 5, Copenhagen, +45 33 12 21 86

Kronborg Castle

Kronborg Castle—also known as “Elsinore Castle”—offers one of the most remarkable attractions in Denmark and one of the most significant Renaissance castles in Northern Europe. Some say that Kronborg was William’s Shakespeare main inspiration for the world-famous drama Hamlet.

Kronborg Castle, Kronborg 2 C , Helsingør, +45 49 21 30 78

Jægersborg Dyrehave

Jægersborg Dyrehave is a vast-forest park located approximately 40 minutes north of Copenhagen. There, approximately 2000 deer live among ancient-oak trees. A great location for a day-trip not only due to its stunning landscape but also because Bakken, the world’s oldest amusement park, can be found there. In 2015, the forest was included in UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Jægersborg Dyrehave, Klampenborg, + 45 39 97 39 00

Egeskov Castle

Egeskov Castle is considered the most well-preserved Renaissance water castle in Europe. Its remarkable architecture and unique location on a small lake south of Funen island makes it one of Denmark’s top attractions.

Egeskov Castle, Egeskov Gade 18, Kværndrup, +45 62 27 10 16

Maritime Museum

The Maritime Museum has been included in the New York Times‘ “52 places to go in 2014” and has been featured in National Geographic‘s list of the 10 structures to see for the design alone. The award-winning museum presents the life of sailors through innovative exhibitions housed in an underground-dry dock.

M/S Maritime Museum of Denmark, Ny Kronborgvej 1, Helsingør, +45 49 21 06 85

Nyhavn

The picturesque district with the colorful houses and where Hans Christian Andersen lived during his adulthood is undoubtedly one of the most touristic attractions in Copenhagen and a must-visit for every traveller.

Nyhavn, Copenhagen

Lindholm Høje Museum

At Lindholm Høje, visitors can see some of the most well-preserved Vikings findings. Houses and fences of a neighboring village, a burial site of 682 graves and 150 stones from the Germanic Iron Age, and Viking ships have been discovered in the area. Moreover, at the Lindholm Høje Museum, visitors can learn about the life of Vikings through innovative and captivating exhibitions.

Lindholm Høje Museet, Vendilavej 11, Norresundby, +45 99 31 74 40

Frederiksborg Castle

A must-visit attraction, Frederiksborg Castle is not only Scandinavia’s largest Renaissance castle, but it also houses the Museum of National History. A collection of portraits, history paintings, furniture, and decorative art reveal 500 years of Danish history.

Frederiksborg Castle, Frederiksborg Slot 10, Hillerød, +45 48 26 04 39

LEGOLAND

Filled with thousands of colorful-Lego bricks, 50 rides, and dozens of other fun activities and events, LEGOLAND® Billund Resort feels like paradise to every child or child at heart.

LEGOLAND® Billund Resort, Nordmarksvej 9, Billund, +45 75 33 13 33

The Funen Village (Den Fynske Landsby)

In the Funen Village, visitors can experience Denmark as it was some centuries ago and also get a glimpse of the inhabitants’ lives. At the open-air museum, history comes alive with original buildings from the 17th to the 19th centuries while people dressed in traditional costumes roam around, work, and do all the daily activities they used to four centuries ago.

The Funen Village, Sejerskovvej 20, Odense, +45 65 51 46 01

Viking Ship Museum

Sail with a 1000-year old Viking ship out on Roskilde Fjord and learn about the life of the fearless warriors through engaging exhibitions, digital installations, and fun activities at the Viking Ship Museum at Roskilde.

Viking Ship Museum, Vindeboder 12, Roskilde, +45 46 30 02 00

Embla, Seksæring fra Eidi, 1992. Geirfuglen, færøbåd. Sunnfjord, 1860. Bjørnefjord, 1998 | © Werner Karrasch/Courtesy of the Viking Ship Museum

Park of Music

Since 1987 when Sir Cliff Richard planted the first tree in Kildeparken, the beautiful park in the heart of Aalborg, 90 nationally and internationally-renowned artists followed. Each tree plays the artist’s music who planted it, and now, the park is filled with the sounds of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Sting, and Elton John among others.

Park of Music, Aalborg, +45 99 35 55 55

Park of Music | Courtesy of Aalborg Kongres & Kultur Center

The Round Tower

Initially built as an astronomical observatory in the 17th century, The Round Tower offers a unique view of Copenhagen to those who manage to go up to the observation deck on a long-spiral ramp.

The Round Tower, Købmagergade 52A, Copenhagen, +45 33 73 03 73

Roskilde Cathedral

Thousands of tourists head to Roskilde every year to see the Gothic Cathedral. Listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, its construction took place in the 12th and 13th century, and it is the first Gothic Cathedral built of brick.

Roskilde Cathedral, Domkirkepladsen 3, Roskilde, +45 46 35 16 24

Skagen

Go off the beaten track and visit the northernmost part of Denmark where the Skaggerak and Kattegat Seas meet. Every year, millions of tourists head north to Grenen to observe this unique-natural phenomenon.

Møns Klint

Escape the city’s hustle and bustle and explore the Danish landscape. Forests surround the cliffs of Møn, and grasslands, ponds, and hills comprise one of the most stunning views in the country.

Møns Klint, 4791 Borre