Denmark is a northern European country with several hundred islands in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. There are many resorts, which is visited by tourists from Europe and around the world, as well as unique natural, cultural, architectural and historical monuments and attractions.
It has a mild maritime climate, comparable with St. Petersburg weather in the summer, and in winter the temperature stays around zero Celsius. The country has a friendly population, developed tourism infrastructure, many beautiful resorts. Tourists come here with pleasure, although the rest here is not for everyone.
Top 10 attractions in Denmark
Attractions of the Kingdom of Denmark are medieval palaces, castles and fortresses, rich art galleries and museums. It was here that Mr. Andersen lived, and the heroes of his tales are everywhere monuments. So, what to see in Denmark? We offer attractions of the country with a photo, name and a brief description.
This is one of the most interesting sights in Denmark and its capital Copenhagen. In Danish Nyhavn means New Harbor. Nyhavn is a canal, about a kilometer long, dug by Swedish prisoners of war in the second half of the 17th century.
The canal connects the city to the Royal Square in front of Charlottenborg Palace, where the royal family still lives today. The canal was once considered a place of “red lights”, but in the eighties it was restored and turned into one of the main attractions of the capital.
Along the canal are lined houses painted in different colors, In most of them lived the storyteller H-H Anderson. Today there are many hotels, restaurants, cafes, bars, boutiques and souvenir shops along the Nyhavn. Tourists love this place. Here you can taste the local cuisine, see the panorama of Copenhagen and take a boat ride on the canal.
This castle was built in the early 17th century at the behest of King Christian IV and was once the summer residence of the Danish kings. It was built in the Renaissance style and is distinguished by exquisite opulence. The great hall, where balls and feasts were held, was especially beautiful and where the king received distinguished guests from various countries.
Around the castle is a magnificent garden, which is visited by at least 2.5 million people annually. man. It is very popular with Copenhagen residents and tourists. In the early 18th century the royal family left the castle, and in the first half of the 19th century it was open to the public.
Today there are historical and cultural exhibits and regalia of Danish kings that tell a lot about the kingdom. Also in the Royal Garden you can visit the cafe, the local puppet theater and see the statue of the symbol and the calling card of the whole country – Mr. Andersen.
Church of the Savior
Another attraction in Denmark and its capital is the Protestant Church of the Savior. It was erected by order of King Christian V in the Baroque style in the 17th century. However, its bell tower with an external spiral staircase was built later, in the mid-18th century. Today the church has 48 bells.
The interior decoration combines marble and precious woods, giving it a special grandeur. There is certainly an organ here, its pipes mounted on statues of marble elephants. And the shape of the foundation of the church corresponds to the shape of the Protestant cross.
The Church of the Redeemer is a functioning church, which holds daily services of extraordinary beauty, accompanied by organ and bell music. Every day at 08-00 in the morning the bells play great church music. The beauty of the church is emphasized by the lighting from the high arched windows during the day and the gilded chandeliers in the evening.
This amusement park was first built in Europe in the mid-19th century and to this day is a mix of Halloween and Christmas with magnificent illumination. This is one of the most interesting places in Denmark, where you can come with children for a whole day to watch performances, exhibitions and competitions.
The Danes are convinced that Walt Disney created his parks in the image of Tivoli. Here you can take a ride on the roller coaster, built a century ago and still in operation. And the Ferris wheel, visited by a million people each year, is exactly the same as it was in the middle of the 19th century.
Tivoli Park’s novelties are the world’s tallest merry-go-rounds and swings. Anderson’s Land of Fairy Tales does not lose its popularity, and a monument to the storyteller is erected nearby. There is a pantomime theater made in the Chinese style, a music venue where you can hear opera, jazz and ethno, and world-class stars perform.
Museum of Modern Art in Aarhus
This museum of contemporary art is relatively new, it has been around since 2004 and is distinguished by the fact that it offers its visitors an unusual impact on their emotions and thinking. Thanks to its unconventionality, it has become very popular with Danes and tourists from all over the world.
The exposition is based on the ideas of Dante’s Divine Comedy, where the hero must go through all the circles of hell, to purgatory and paradise. You can also see exhibitions that surprise, amaze and delight the public. The museum’s calling card is a five-meter-long boy made of silicone, like Stanislav Lem’s Solaris.
Here you can see an exhibition of art of this country, belonging to its “golden age,” modernism and postmodernism. There are also beautiful collections of modern Danish paintings and sculptures. Pop art, video installations, and other creative experiments by artists of our time are periodically exhibited.
Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde
Denmark is closely connected with the Vikings, and this museum is dedicated to them. In 1962 in the North Sea found five ships that are at least a thousand years old. They were later restored and put on public display. Thanks to this find, a museum dedicated to ancient and medieval shipbuilding and navigation arose.
Later, the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde featured artifacts discovered by underwater archaeologists: ships, maps, and paintings closely associated with Odin, the Scandinavian god of war and victory. Danish craftsmen using ancient technology created ships indistinguishable from those on which the Vikings made their voyages and battles.
This castle is located near the town of Helsingør on the island of Zeeland and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The castle was built in the 16th century on the orders of the Danish King Frederick II. He made it one of the greatest castles of the Renaissance. A century after it was built, it burned down, but was later rebuilt.
This landmark in Denmark is interesting for tourists because Shakespeare unfolded the action of his immortal tragedy “Hamlet” here. It was first staged at Kronborg, two hundred years after the great playwright’s death. Also in the castle, according to legend, the spirit of Prince Holger of Denmark slumbers, which will wake up if necessary to protect the homeland.
Statue of the Little Mermaid
It is perhaps Denmark’s main attraction and its fairy-tale symbol, depicting the heroine of the world-famous fairy tale by G. H. Anderson. It was made by a local sculptor and installed in the port of Copenhagen in 1913. Interestingly, the model was the sculptor’s wife.
Today it is the most visited tourist spot in Copenhagen. And in the cities of Europe, Russia, China, Japan and Australia there are copies installed. The Little Mermaid has been harmed several times by vandals (her head and hands were sawn off, sprayed with paint, blown up), but each time she has been restored again.
It is a unique natural landmark in Denmark and a pearl of the Baltic Sea. In the tales of ancient Russia Bornhold is called the island of Buyan. And for the Vikings it was a stronghold. Later the island passed from hand to hand in Sweden, Lubeck, Germany, and eventually was liberated by Soviet troops and handed over to Denmark.
Today it is a great place for recreation and tourism with a mild maritime climate, excellent tourism infrastructure, excellent beaches, many hotels for all tastes and wallets, a large number of attractions: round churches, the remains of the Viking castle, golden human figures, old windmills, etc.
Amalienborg Royal Palace
The winter residence of the kings of Denmark is located in Copenhagen. Its construction began in 1673, but it has been destroyed several times since. The modern appearance of the palace ensemble was established in 1750. Amalienborg is an octagon with a statue of Frederik, the country’s most famous king, in the center.
Today there are several museums and the royal library. Tourists especially like to gather around the palace at 12 noon, when there is a solemn changing of the guard.
Video overview of sights in Denmark
It is important to remember that Denmark has another amazing country – it is the Free or Free City of Christiania. This is a hippie country that emerged in 1971 and proclaimed essentially communist slogans. This is probably the most interesting attraction in Copenhagen and all of Denmark.