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Denmark's South Zealand Is the Perfect Romantic Getaway, Here's Why

Møns Klint beach is the perfect romantic getaway
Møns Klint beach is the perfect romantic getaway | © Niclas Jessen / Courtesy of VisitDenmark
Denmark has something for every kind of traveller. Copenhagen for fashionistas, Aarhus for culture vultures, Bornholm for nature lovers and south Zealand’s scenic towns and fishing villages for romantic souls keen to escape daily life’s hustle and bustle.

The small scenic towns and the peaceful landscape of the southern part of Zealand island create the ideal scenery for a romantic getaway, whether you prefer a walk amid nature or a stroll around small towns’ cobblestone alleys.

Start your trip with a relaxed walk in Køge’s historic quarter. The colourful buildings and the country’s oldest half-timbered house (dating back to 1527) are a world away from the traffic-jammed streets that you’ve left behind.
Take a two-hour drive further south and visit Gavnø Castle. Aside from a great collection of paintings, the rococo castle has a magnificent garden filled with tulips ideal for a romantic walk and is home to the only castle brewery in Denmark. You may think that beer tasting isn’t what you’d call a ‘romantic activity’ but once you find yourself in the old rustic farming buildings from the 1800s that house the brewery, you’ll quickly change your mind.

Gavnø Castle in South Zealand, Denmark © flemming christiansen / Wikimedia Commons

Approximately 30 minutes from Gavnø you’ll find Hotel Frederiksminde, a boutique hotel with 19 classical decorated rooms and suites and a Michelin-starred restaurant which offers a great view over the waterfront. If that isn’t the ultimate hotel for the perfect romantic getaway then what is? Plus, from here Møns Klint South Zealand’s gem is only 45-drive away.

Møns Klint chalky cliffs on Møn island, Denmark © News Oresund / Flickr

The six kilometre-long chalky cliffs span 128 meters above sea level, creating a breathtaking scenery. Take a walk along the white beach and cycle in Klinteskoven forest atop the white cliffs. Horse riding is also an option and (as long as you’re a bit familiar with the activity) will definitely add a romantic tone to your trip. Weather permitting, don your bathing suits and snorkelling masks and discover the fascinating seabed which is covered with 70 million years old fossils. Møns Klint also has one of the best camping sites in Denmark, so why not swap your hotel room for a night under Denmark’s starry sky?

In Stege, the largest town on the island of Møn you’ll find many little stores and cosy coffee shops. Grab a warm cup of coffee and soak up the peaceful atmosphere before continuing on your journey. Liselund, an 18th-century palace surrounded by fairytale gardens, should be your next stop. The neoclassical palace may not be as impressive as other renowned buildings in Denmark but its beautiful gardens are a great spot for an idyllic picnic.

Liselund palace on Møn Island © Thomas Rousing / Courtesy of VisitDenmark

On your way back to the north of Zealand make sure to stop off at Præstø town for a last stroll around quiet cobblestone alleys and finish off your romantic trip at Stevs Klint, a UNESCO Heritage Site that shows the history of life on Earth.