Take a trip to Denmark
Denmark is a country where easy living is all around, as much by its soothing landscapes, where the sea and water play an important role, as by the warmth and generosity of its people. Copenhagen, with its canals and colourful houses, is not the only place to be, as the country has 1,000 treasures, such as the many islands. There are almost 500 islands in the country, 72 of which are inhabited, with beautiful, picturesque villages. You will also find the Fjords in the north.
Five ideas for guided tours in Denmark
The town of Ribe in the Jutland region, founded in the early 8th century, is considered to be the oldest city in Denmark. From the early Middle Ages onwards, it was one of the main ports on the North Sea. Even today, Ribe still has the soul of the past. Its streets have retained the houses and architecture of a fisherman’s town, and it is around the cathedral that the historical walk will be most interesting, with almost 100 well-preserved buildings.
Island of Møn
The island of Møn can be reached by car via the bridge to the island of Seeland. The area is well known for its prehistoric site near the village of Røddinge, where you can visit megalithic tombs. The most populated place is in the charming village of Stege, where you will find the most restaurants and hotels. At the eastern end, take a walk along the beautiful chalk cliffs of Møns Klint, which overlook the beach. Be careful to follow the path as erosion has caused some of the cliffs to break away.
Skagen is located at the northern tip of Denmark, where the North Sea and Baltic Sea meet. A former fishing village, the town is very picturesque, with yellow-coloured houses with red roofs. The town centre has a curious 14th century church, which is almost completely buried under the dunes. People come to Skagen to enjoy the scenery and the beautiful light that is reflected in it. No wonder that many painters settled here in the 19th century. You can visit their former homes, which are now museums.
The legendary Kronborg Castle is located near the town of Elsinore, just across from Sweden. It was built at the end of the 16th century, and for a long time it was used by Denmark to control the entrance to the Baltic Sea. Every ship crossing the Øresund Strait had to pay a toll. This is why Elsinore was one of the richest cities in Europe at the time. Shakespeare set his famous tragedy Hamlet here. The exceptional beauty of this Renaissance castle led to it being declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000.
Aarhus is not well known to tourists, although it is the second largest city in Denmark. Lonely Planet even named it the second best destination to visit in 2016. You can go there with your family and have fun in one of the oldest amusement parks in the world. Tivoli Friheden dates from the post-World War I era. There are many museums in the city. Two of them are worth a visit.
Den Gamle By: An open-air museum where you can travel back in time, visiting streets and houses from the 1900s or the 1970s.
ARoS: A museum with several exhibitions of modern art. Its architecture is very special, with its glass walls in the colours of the rainbow.
Like many Scandinavian cities, Aarhus gives priority to bikes and pedestrians. Take a stroll along the city’s main thoroughfare, the Stroget, without any cars. It is a beautiful street of almost one kilometre, with shops, bars and restaurants. In the middle is a river, and on its banks are more cafés to sit in. At the end, you can admire the Saint-Clement cathedral, with its 96-metre bell tower.