Discover Hans Christian Andersen's Denmark

You have most likely of Hans Christian Andersen and come to love many of his timeless characters, such as The Little Mermaid and The Ugly Duckling. But what about the man himself? As the father of fairy tales, Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen was a famous man in his time, courted by royalty and recognised for his greatness whilst living.

Charming Danish seaside hotels

Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere and authentic charm of Denmark's seaside hotels, dotted around Denmark's beautiful coast. Many of Denmark's seaside hotels (badehoteller) have top-of-the-range spa and wellness facilities. At others, it's all about good food, great views and nothing but relaxation. Only some of the hotels are open all year round, so make sure you check before you book a refreshing winter break!

Denmark's prettiest towns

Visit one of Denmark's picturesque small towns and walk through centuries of Danish history. Each has a unique charm and special atmosphere, away from the bustle of everyday life. Ribe, Denmark's oldest town, was recently voted Europe's Best Small Destination.

Panorama cycle routes: West Denmark

Take a West Coast tour of Denmark by bike, with any or all of these 16 scenic Panorama cycle routes. Each individual cycle route is a loop on the national West Coast Cycle Route that runs the length of Jutland's coast, from Rudbøl in the south, to Skagen in the north. Cycle past some of Denmark's most dramatic nature, a diverse range of attractions for all the family and secret places known only to local Danes. 

Spa and wellness in Denmark

It's easy to feel fabulous in Denmark! Around Denmark's more than 7,000km of coast you'll find traditional coastal spa hotels (Badehoteller) where quaint decor and old Danish charm meet modern wellness facilities. A number of these can be enjoyed all year round, as can Denmark's fantastic range of modern spa and wellness retreats, gathered together in this guide.

Boutique Hotel Alexandra Copenhagen

Danish design and boutique hotels

Boutique hotels are all about individuality and relaxation in style. As one of the world’s most renowned design nations, you’ll find Denmark full of design hotels where everything, from the wallpaper down to the rug beneath your feet, is handpicked to create a certain aesthetic. From luxury boutique hotels furnished with classic Danish design to smaller hotels with eye-catching interiors and unique character, you can truly treat yourself to a hotel stay to remember in Denmark.

Do Denmark for less!

Budget holiday in Denmark

Denmark is perfect for budget travel. The country is full of cheap and free experiences for every taste. Most places operate with free admission so it’s not just the beaches and urban areas that are free to enjoy. So if you want to take a budget trip to Denmark, here you’ll find inspiration for travelling on the cheap, including cheap dining and cheap accommodation. Do Denmark for less!

There's plenty of maritime events throughout the year to suit everyone

Maritime events

Come experience Danish maritime culture this year. In a country surrounded by seas, there's plenty of maritime events throughout the year to suit everyone. From tall ship races to herring fishing competitions and harbour festivals - get your water kicks in Denmark in 2013!

1000 year mark of the Vikings coming to England

Denmark is a Viking country and for thousands of years, the Vikings were superior at sea and kings of the battle-fields, dominating the culture and history of Northern Europe.

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
Læsø salt

North Jutland highlights

  1. Stand in two seas at once at The Branch (Grenen), Denmark’s northernmost point
  2. Uncover the intriguing buried church in the dunes south of Skagen
  3. Wander round the artistic seaside town of Skagen
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