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The ultimate Denmark bucket list: 101+ awesome things to do

24. September 2019

The Ultimate Denmark Bucket List. 101 awesome things to do - View of Løkken

Denmark, the land of wind, cute brick houses, delicious pastries, red sausages and “hygge”, is where I spent most of my summer vacations as a child. With its 7000km of coastline, more than 400 islands and short distances Denmark is the perfect destination for a diverse holiday. Prior to my trip to Denmark last week it had been years since I was last there. And I started wondering why I don’t go more often when it’s only a 4-hour boat ride away and I always have such a good time when I’m over there.

I did some research to see what there is to do in Denmark other than what I’ve already seen and done. The list grew pretty quickly so I decided to make it into a post for you guys. I was originally only planning on including 101 sights and attractions, however, I’ve already added two more. And I’m probably going to keep adding to it. For such a small country, Denmark has so much to offer.

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101 awesome things to do in Denmark

1. Most importantly, have an ice cream with “guf”(gooey pink fluff) and a flødebolle

2. Then a Danish pastry. Yuuum!

Copenhagen

3. Rent a bicycle and explore the city on two wheels

4. Ride a 105-year-old wooden rollercoaster at Tivoli, an amusement park in the middle of the city

5. Marvel at the impressive Frederik’s Church, also known as the Marble Church

6. Watch the changing of the guards and explore Amalienborg Palace, the winter residence of The Royal Family

7. Feel like a royal at Christiansborg Palace

8. Have lunch at Vækst, an Instagram friendly restaurant focused on sustainability and locally sourced ingredients

9. Go for a walk around Nyhavn, a 17th-century canal lined with colorful townhouses

10. Find the “Little Mermaid” in the harbor

11. Enjoy an insanely delicious cinnamon roll at Sankt Peders Bageri, the oldest bakery in Denmark

12. Visit the colorful Freetown Christiania, an alternative neighborhood/hippie commune

13. Go skiing at “Copenhill”, an artificial ski slope and recreational area set to open in October

14. Head underground at the Cisterns, an old reservoir turned exhibition venue

15. Relax on your own “parkipelago” in Copenhagen Harbour

16. Visit the stunning Rosenborg Castle, home of the Danish Crown Jewels

17. Stop by The Organic Boho for some plant-based food that both looks and tastes amazing

18. Check out the colorful Nordisk Film Biografer Palads, Denmark’s oldest cinema

19. Hunt for giants in the woods on the outskirts of the city

20. Explore Kastellet, a star-shaped fortress dating back to 1660

21. Wander around the conservatory at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, in my mind the most beautiful spot in the city

22. Have a beer at the Carlsberg Brewery (closed for renovation until 2020)

23. And don’t forget to shoot some photos at the Elephant Gate & Tower

24. Check out Superkilen, a neon pink and red park celebrating the diversity in the neighborhood

25. Visit Grundtvig’s Church, a bizarre-looking Gothic-style building made from more than 6 million yellow bricks

26. Go see Europe’s largest school of piranhas at The Blue Planet, the Vortex-shaped National Aquarium

The Ultimate Denmark Bucket List. 101 awesome things to do - Colorful Nyhavn in CopenhagenColorful Nyhavn in Copenhagen

Sjælland (Zealand)

27. Explore Kronborg Castle immortalized in William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet

28. Experience Viking life at Trelleborg Viking Ring Fortress which dates back to year 900

29. Try out Camp Adventure’s new Treetop Experience and marvel at the view of South Zealand from the top of the tower

30. Visit Kroppedal Museum of Astronomy and Tusculanum, the remains of the observatory where the speed of light was first measured

31. If you dare, spend the night at Dragsholm luxury castle hotel, where according to legend, 100 ghosts haunt the corridors

32. And If you want to splurge, even more, enjoy a meal in their Michelin star restaurant, Slotskøkkenet

33. Experience international artists, concerts, lectures and exhibitions at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

34. Attend the largest music festival in northern Europe held every summer in the ancient city of Roskilde

35. Meet hundreds of Santa Clauses at Bakken, the world’s oldest amusement park, every July

36. Dress up like a Viking and set sail in a Viking ship at the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde

37. Visit Roskilde Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which houses the tombs of 40 kings and queens

38. See, hear and feel your way through the history of music at Ragnarock Museum for pop, rock and youth culture

39. See ancient Viking sagas performed in an open-air theatre in Fredrikssund

40. Visit the Fredriksborg Slot, Scandinavia’s largest Renaissance-style castle

41. Go underground at the Maritime Museum in Helsingør

42. Explore Denmark’s most dramatic landscape, Møns Klint, on the little island of Møn south of Sjælland

43. Take a ferry from Køge to the beautiful Bornholm Island, also known as the “Pearl of the Baltic Sea”

44. Check out Bornholm’s four mysterious round churches which are thought to be connected to the Knights Templar

Lolland-Falster

45. See the world’s largest dinosaur and learn about animals at Knuthenborg Safaripark

46. Explore Fuglsang Park, Art Museum and one of the most unique manors in Denmark, Fuglsang Manor

47. Walk around Nysted, a charming old market town where it seems like time has stood still

48. Bathe in the sun during the warm summer months at Marielyst Beach, one of the best beaches in the country

49. Sit down and relax on the bench in front of Sydstenen, the southernmost point of Falster and of Denmark

The Ultimate Denmark Bucket List. 101 awesome things to do - Holckenhavn Slot CastleHolckenhavn Castle on Fyn – Edited with my Soft Sand Lightroom preset

 

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Fyn (Funen)

50. Rent a bike and make use of Fyn’s 1200 kilometers of cycle paths

51. Or maybe you want to explore the island on horseback, Fyn boasts 75 kilometers of riding routes

52. Stay the night in the luxurious Holckenhavn Castle or just go for a walk in the Castle Gardens

53. Explore Egeskov Slot, one of Denmark’s most impressive castles, and have a picnic in the Castle Gardens

54. Borrow a city bike (or two) free of charge for 24 and explore Odense

55. Visit the Hans Christian Andersen Museum in Odense

56. Spend a fun-filled day at Odense Zoo, awarded as the best zoo in Europe

57. Get back on track at the Danish railway museum (Danmarks Jernbanemuseum)

58. Discover Odense’s exiting street art, like ROA’s “Fish and Bird” mural which is Denmark’s highest mural

59. Go beach hopping, the over 1000 kilometer long coastline is dotted with small coves and white sansy beaches

60. Mingle with the locals at Storms Pakus, Odense’s street food market

61. Explore the charming town of Kerteminde, chosen by National Geographic as one of Europe’s best secret villages

62. Wander around Valdemar’s Castle, a large manor which is still privately owned by the 12th generation of the same family

63. Get your cosplay on at the Magic Days Festival held every October

64. Buy an island-hopping ferry ticket and explore the Fyn Archipelago

65. See wild horses on the popular holiday island of Langeland, south of Fyn

The Ultimate Denmark Bucket List. 101 awesome things to do - Moesgaard Museum close to AarhusThe impressive Moesgaard Museum close to Aarhus – Edited with my Sunny Lightroom preset

 

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Jylland (Jutland)

66. Go bridgewalking and take in the spectacular views from the top of the Little Belt Bridge

67. Walk around the world in minutes at “Verdenskortet”, an outdoor atlas constructed entirely from soil and stone

68. Experience the past brought to fascinating life at Moesgaard Museum

69. Walk inside a rainbow at Your Rainbow Panorama on the roof of ARoS Art Museum

70. Go back in time at Den Gamle By (the old town) a super cool open-air town museum

71. Ride a bike through Aarhus Ø, a dingy old container port turned into an architectural gem

72. Eat your heart out on food from all around the world at Aarhus Street Food

73. Have a cocktail and take in the incredible view from Salling Rooftop in Aarhus

74. Visit Tivoli Friheden and take the Cobra ride to see if you can withstand the same G-force as a fighter pilot

75. Join “Bryg & Brosten” (Brew & Cobblestone), a history and beer tasting tour in Viborg

76. Head underground on a tour of Mønsted Kalkgruber, the worlds largest limestone mine

77. Explore “enchanted forests” at Tvorup Duneplantation and Thagaards Plantation

78. Explore the Viking burial grounds of Lindholm Høje

79. Take in the incredible view from the 55-meter-tall Aalborg Tower

80. Visit Jørgen Olufsen’s House in Aalborg, one of the best-preserved Renaissance buildings in Denmark

81. Experience culture at Utzon Center, designed by the famous architect behind the Sydney Opera House

82. Climb mountains of sand in Skagen, home to Northern Europe’s largest migrating sand dunes

83. Watch the seals at Grenen, the northernmost point in Denmark where the North Sea meets the Baltic Sea

84. Check out Pixlart, a beautiful photography exhibition housed in a former  red brick church

85. Go for a leisurely stroll in the charming seaside town of Løkken

86. Hike to Rubjerg Knude, an abandoned lighthouse surrounded by dramatic sand dunes

The Ultimate Denmark Bucket List. 101 awesome things to do - Rubjerg Knude LighthouseThe super cool Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse – Edited with my Balmy Blue Lightroom preset

87. Celebrate American Independence Day in Rebild National Park, a tradition since 1912

88. Feel like a giant in Sæby, a miniature 1:10 scale version of the historic town by the same name

89. Stop by Memphis Mansion, Denmark’s own version of Graceland built by an Elvis superfan

90. Go see St. Laurence’s Church which is buried in the sand and only the tower is visible

91. Hear the Singing Trees in Aalborg

92. Explore the charming little town of Ribe, Denmark’s oldest

93. Spend a day exploring the Wadden Sea National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

94. Watch the starling migration over WSNP when 1 million starlings dance across the sky in September/October

95. Channel your inner child a Legoland in Billund

96. Go for a train ride on the vintage Bryrup-Vrads Railway, the most beautiful railway in Denmark

97. Meet the Giants of Esbjerg, a humongous sculpture called “Man Meets the Sea”

98. Go for a cruise of the Lakelands in  “Solbaaden”, a fully solar-powered and CO2 neutral boat

99. Enjoy a 5-star lunch at the incredible Hotel Julsø…

100. …and “climb” Denmark’s 7th highest hill, Himmelbjerget “The Sky Mountain”, afterwards

101. Visit Art Centre Silkeborg Bad to see some weirdly captivating sculptures and exhibitions

102. Continue to Silkeborg Museum to see the “Tollund Man”, a pre-Egyptian mummy made by nature

103. Try not to get lost in Samsø Labyrinten, the world’s largest maze located on the wind-powered Samsø Island

 

I hope this bucket list has inspired you to visit Denmark!

Let me know if I have forgotten a place or experience you think should be included 😀

 

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10 Comments

  • Reply Jasmine 8. October 2019 at 16:35

    What time of year is best to go? I did a weekend in the winter and unfortunately, it was a bit too cold for me to enjoy Copenhagen. If I go back, your list sounds amazing!

    • Reply Charlotte 8. October 2019 at 23:39

      Thank you so much, Jasmine! I would say June or late August/September is the best time to go. Before/after the school holiday while it’s still warm 🙂

  • Reply Lenai 16. October 2019 at 11:17

    Wow! That’s a lot! Added in my bucket list for 2020. 🙂

    • Reply Charlotte 16. October 2019 at 16:05

      Happy to hear that Lenai 😉

  • Reply Nabiha 16. October 2019 at 18:49

    Such an interesting post. Denmark sounds like such a cool place

  • Reply Rahma 17. October 2019 at 14:48

    Wow! This has to be the most insightful guide I ever came across on Denmark. It is one of my dream destinations to visit and I hope I can make it there next year 🙂

    • Reply Charlotte 17. October 2019 at 16:22

      Thank you so much Rahma 😀 I hope you go! Denmark is such a great country

  • Reply Hannah 17. October 2019 at 21:39

    What a comprehensive list! I have done lots of the ones in Copenhagen (but missed the rollercoaster because Tivoli was shut). Aalborg is on my list, it looks beautiful.

    • Reply Charlotte 17. October 2019 at 21:47

      Thanks, Hannah! I missed Tivoli too, so I guess that means we have to go back 😉

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