Denmark's Charming Third Largest City

Odense

Denmark’s third largest city, Odense, is often overlooked for its larger siblings Copenhagen and Aarhus, but this cozy city of almost 200,000 is home to great museums like Brandts, an award-winning zoo, and an acclaimed film festival.

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Kronborg Castle in Helsingør (Elsinore) – Home of Hamlet

Are you looking for things to do near Copenhagen or do you have more time to explore Denmark? Go visit Denmark's most famous castle, Kronborg in Helsingør (Elsinore), also known as Hamlet's Castle in Shakespeare's play.

Top attractions in Aalborg

The city of Aalborg offers something for everyone, regardless of interests and budget. The ever evolving harbour area buzzes of cultural attractions, including the Utzon Centre, and it's a great place to walk and take in views of the city. Venture just a short way outside the city and you can enjoy ancient historical places like the viking site Lindholm Høje.

Denmark's Charming Third Largest City

History and culture in Odense

Denmark’s third largest city, Odense, is often overlooked for its larger siblings Copenhagen and Aarhus, but this cozy city of almost 200,000 is home to great museums like Brandts, an award-winning zoo, and an acclaimed film festival.

World Heritage Sites in Denmark

Though small in size, Denmark now has a total of seven world heritage sites, with the Par Force Hunting Landscape and The Moravians in Christiansfeld joining the list. On the list you also find he 65 million years old Stevns Klint, the Wadden Sea National Park and Kronborg Castle, home of Shakespeare's hamlet and located in Royal North Sealand, only an hour from Copenhagen.

A guide to Viking fun for the whole family

Let your little Vikings loose

Bring your family to Denmark and live out your wildest Viking fantasies with your loved ones. Learn about the history of the Nordic raiders through play and interactive events that are fun for all ages. Here's a guide to Viking fun for your family.

Discover the real Vikings

The Vikings were more than simply a raiding and pillaging people. They had highly developed social, religious and commercial structures and were just as adept at farming as raiding.

Enjoy some of the best cultural activitites in Denmark

Cultural Denmark

Denmark is a haven for culture. Arts, music, dance, theatre, fashion, events – Denmark offers it all, all year round. Here's a brief guide to some of the best cultural activitites in Denmark.

Copenhagen festivals

Copenhagen is full of festivals throughout the year. Music, film, food, art, comedy - the Danish capital has an event for everyone. Here's a selection of great festivals taking place in Copenhagen this year.

Historical Copenhagen

Copenhagen is rich in history. The Danish capital was officially founded in 1167 by Bishop Absalon, but research suggest that the location was inhabited already in the late Viking age. Copenhagen was a busy and strategically important merchant city throughout the medieval period where it controlled much of the lucrative trade and traffic to and from the Baltic Sea.

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.

Grab a helment and prepare for battle!

Viking events

Denmark is famous around the world as a proud Viking land. There are many places in the country where you can not only visit Viking ruins and monuments, but also take part in thrilling Viking events and re-enactments. So grab a helment and prepare for battle!

Royalty and runestones

 Jelling is located in East Jutland and boasts some of Europe’s most prominent Viking Age monuments, included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. Jelling is a perfect place to learn about Viking royalty and Viking life.

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Aalborg

Aalborg

Harbour front

Aalborg: Denmark's laid-back city

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

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