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The Best Tourist Tours to Take in Denmark

Boat Tour in Nyhavn, Copenhagen
Boat Tour in Nyhavn, Copenhagen | © User:Colin / Flickr
Make the most of your time in Denmark by taking one of these seven tours. Whether you decide to plan your own route or join an organised excursion with experienced guides, these tours shouldn’t be missing from your list as they’ll introduce you to the Danish culture and help you see the country’s top attractions in an easy and fun way.

Canal tour in Copenhagen

One of the most relaxed and fastest ways to discover Copenhagen’s top attractions is by boat. You can either rent your own private boat or join one of the tourists’ canal tours and see the Little Mermaid, The Royal Danish Opera House, the historic buildings on Slotsholmen island and other beautiful parts of the city from the water. The Canal Tours of Copenhagen depart from Nyhavn or Gammel Strand in the city centre and they last around an hour with experienced guides narrating the history of Denmark along the way.

The Copenhagen Canals Tour in Nyhavn © Michael Button / Flickr

Castle tour

Take a castle tour on Zealand, the island Copenhagen is located on, and learn the Danish kings’ and queens’ secrets in some of the country’s most spectacular buildings. Visit Kronborg Castle in Helsingor, the castle Shakespeare used as the setting for his masterpiece drama Hamlet; the 17th-century Frederiksborg Castle in Hillerød, which is the largest Renaissance castle in Scandinavia; the 18th-century baroque Fredensborg Palace; Rosenborg Castle; and the royal family’s residence in Copenhagen.

Frederiksborg Castle is located in Hillerød north of Copenhagen © Casper Moller / Flickr

Food tour

Visiting Denmark and not taking a food tour would be an oversight. Copenhagen may be the most-known Danish city for enjoying New Nordic cuisine but it certainly isn’t the only one. No matter which part of Denmark you’re travelling to, you’re definitely going to find plenty of restaurants, local eateries and food festivals serving the region’s traditional delicacies. Plan your own culinary tour or join one of the organised tourist groups and discover Denmark’s tastes.

Bicycle tour

Denmark is one of the most bike-friendly countries in Europe, so don’t miss out on taking a bike tour and discovering the country’s hidden corners and spectacular landscapes. The country’s flat terrain, the endless bike routes and camping sites along the way make Denmark a perfect destination for those who want to take a bicycle trip and discover more than one city on two wheels.

Denmark is a great country for bike trips © skeeze / pixabay

Viking tour

Those fascinated by the legends and stories from the Viking era should definitely add a Viking tour to their bucket list. There are plenty of places all over the country that worth a visit and will help you gain insight into the legendary warriors’ culture. The National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen as well as the Roskilde Cathedral and the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde are some of the must-visit attractions and you can easily see them all in a one-day trip. Those who want to retrace Vikings’ steps all over the country will have a lot to see starting from Ribe, the oldest Danish town in southwestern Jutland.

Embla, Seksæring from Eidi, 1992. Geirfuglen, færøbåd. Sunnfjord, 1860,Bjørnefjord, Oselver tolværing, 1998 © Werner Karrasch / Courtesy of The Viking Ship Museum, Denmark

Nordic dinner cooking class

Discover the secrets of the New Nordic cuisine, the movement that put Denmark in the culinary map, and learn how to make your own gourmet Danish dishes at CPH Cooking Class in Copenhagen. Participants at the CPH dinner class make a three-course meal with Danish and seasonal ingredients and then enjoy a hyggelig dinner with locals. Those who prefer something more traditional should check out the ‘Danish Smørrebrød’ cooking class where they’ll learn how to make the popular Danish open-faced sandwich.

Carlsberg tour

Carlsberg is now one of the most popular beer brands worldwide but when it was started by J.C. Jacobsen in 1847 it was only a local brewery. Nowadays, visitors can take a stroll through Jacobsen’s original brewhouse and learn the story of Carlsberg, see some of the artwork the brewery’s founder collected and even take a carriage ride with one of Carlsberg’s ambassador horses. End your tour with a cold beer in the Brewers Courtyard and stop by The Brand Store and Beer Experience and discover the brand’s65 different types of beers.

The popular Elephant Gate at Carlsberg Brewery © Troels Dejgaard Hansen / Wikimedia Commons