Due to its long royal history, Denmark is a land of many castles, palaces, churches and remarkable Viking monuments, inviting visitors to experience the mysterious ancient times. Dine and spend a night like a king or queen in a royal retreat, enjoy concerts and plays in historic settings or walk in the footsteps of the brave Vikings in Denmark’s oldest town, Ribe.
Go on a royal tour in Copenhagen and witness the crown jewels at Rosenborg Castle before visiting Amalienborg Castle to watch the changing of the guards every day at noon. Lucky visitors might even see the stunning crown prince couple and their 4 children, cycling through the streets of the Danish capital on an iconic Christiania Bike. At Christiansborg Palace, which houses the Danish parlament, you can experience the Queen's tapestries which illustrate Danish history and the lives of Danish kings over the past 1.000 years – from the Viking age and the Reformation to the Second World War and royal life as we know it today.
In Elsinore, North of Copenhagen, Kronborg Castle – “Hamlet’s castle” – is one of Northern Europe’s most significant Renaissance castles and let's visitors see a breathtaking world heritage site with steep towers, a colossal banqueting hall and damp casemates.
Danish castles and manor houses
Feel like a great monarch while exploring one of Denmark’s many impressive castles and manor houses, and get a unique insight into the lives of the Danish royal family. As an example, visit Kokkedal Castle located just north of Copenhagen, spend a weekend at Kragerup Manor on Zealand, go west and visit Hindsgavl Castle on Funen or Liselund New Castle on Moen, or go further west and indulge in Store Restrup Manor close to Nibe in Jutland.
The birth of Denmark
Experience what it was like to live in the Stone Age by visiting the Land of Legends in Lejre. Or head north for the ancient monument Lindholm Høje, a Viking burial site where several hundred stone circles indicates the tombs. Delve further back into Danish history, by visiting the Jelling Stones, which are looked opon as the birth certificate of Denmark. These stones are the only written material originating from the Viking Age and the historic writings represent the transition from the Viking Age to a Christian Denmark.
Dwell upon Danish history
Relive Danish history at Bork Viking Harbour, which consists of a number of different reconstructed Viking homes, ships, a church, a market place and most importantly the Vikings themselves, who portray life at the harbour during summertime. Denmark is full of historic festivals. Visit for instance Denmark's oldest town Ribe, where the International Viking Market attracts more than 500 Vikings from all over Europe, providing an authentic historic atmosphere.
Denmark has several more historic sights to experience. In the city of Roskilde, which is a mere 30 minutes commute from Copenhagen, you can visit The Viking Ship Museum and the UNESCO world heritage site Roskilde Cathedral, On Funen island, Egeskov Castle is open for entertaining historic experiences for the entire family and head to the island of Bornholm to visit Hammershus if you’re eager to see the largest medieval fortification in Northern Europe.