An introduction to the Danish art of cosiness

Hygge: The Danish Art of Cosiness

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10 hygge things to do in Copenhagen

The Danish word "hygge" (sounds a bit like “hooga”) roughly translates to coziness. However, that definition doesn’t quite cover it. Hygge is so much more and always involves creating a nice, warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people around you. Copenhagen is packed with atmospheric restaurants and cafés, beautiful gardens, charming winding waterways, and countless places and ways to experience Danish hygge.

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Copenhagen timeline

1000s – The first settlement.

1160-67 – Copenhagen founded by Bishop Absalon, counsellor to King Valdemar I. Slotsholmen fortress is built to protect the new city.

1443 - Copenhagen replaces Roskilde as the capital city of Denmark.

Rocks on Bornholm

Bornholm highlights

  1. Visit Bornholm’s four impressive round churches
  2. Walk the stunning, white-sand beach at Dueodde 
  3. Cycle around the island on disused railway cycle routes
  4. Taste delicious smoked fish in the picturesque towns of Svaneke and Gudhjem
  5. Take in the ruins of Hammershus Castle
Lesoe Salt

East Jutland highlights

Go hiking, biking or horseback riding in National Park Mols Bjerge

The landscape in Mols Bjerge Nationalpark was created by gigantic ice tongues and tons of water, which has resulted in tall peaks with great views, deep dead ice holes and spectacular wildlife. When having explored the many opportunities in the nationalpark, you can walk the cosy streets of Ebeltoft with their cobblestones and half-timbered houses covered in hollyhocks.

Funen highlights

  1. Wonder at Egeskov Castle, Europe's best preserved Renaissance moat castle
  2. Explore the cathedral city and birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen, Odense
  3. Go island hopping in the South Funen Archipelago
  4. Visit the quaint cobbled town of Ærøskøbing 
  5. Take a day trip to Faaborg, another lovely coastal town

Further reading

Read more about Funen.

Læsø salt

North Sealand highlights

  1. Absorb wonderful art, architecture and sea views at Louisiana, Denmark’s most popular modern art gallery
  2. Follow Shakespeare’s Hamlet to it setting, Kronborg Castle
  3. Relax in the cute fishing villages and beach areas of the North Sealand coast
  4. See the stunning Frederiksberg Castle, nestled on a lake 
  5. Visit the home of the late, great writer Karen Blixen

South Jutland highlights

  1. Stride out on Denmark’s widest beach on the holiday island of Rømø
  2. See history come alive at the annual ring riding festival in Sønderborg, a medieval jousting sport enjoying a revival
  3. Experience the unbelievable Black Sun phenomenon at The Wadden Sea National Park
  4. Explore picturesque Ribe, Denmark’s oldest city
  5. Wander the historic streets of Christiansfeld, set to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site

South Sealand highlights

  1. Hike the top of Denmark’s highest chalk cliff, Møns Klint
  2. Kick back and relax at Marielyst, Falster’s popular summer resort
  3. Wander the ancient streets in Køge’s historic quarter
West Jutland

West Jutland highlights

  1. Feel the power of the North Sea on West Jutland’s wind-swept beaches.
  2. Take in the vast Wadden Sea National Park, a haven for birds and wildlife.

West Sealand highlights

  1. Marvel at Roskilde Cathedral, the dramatic resting place of Danish kings and queens
  2. Experience 1000 years of history at the Viking Ship Museum
Holger Danske, Helsingør

Kings and Queens of North Sealand

Kronborg- Hamlet's home