Denmark

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Home of Hans Christian Anderson, Denmark is truly a land of fairy tales. A quick glance at the most basic of stats reveals a nation with a rich, cultural history (once upon a time, the Vikings...) and a progressive, modern present (and they lived happily ever after). The surveys are correct when they ranked the country as "the happiest place in the world" -- Denmark is the second most peaceful (after New Zealand) and least corrupt nation in the world; has the best business climate and highest level of income equality in the world, highest GDP in the EU, free college education, and a 100% literacy rate. Even beyond the numbers, Denmark delivers. Both quaint and trendy, Copenhagen is an ideal capital, with world-class museums, internationally-renowned restaurants, a complex public transit system alongside canals and cobbled streets. For a little history, head to Ribe, the oldest town in Denmark, complete with winding streets, colorful houses, and viking museums. Arhus houses a lively and impressive music and entertainment scene, wonderful museums, and the the tallest and longest cathedral in Denmark, Arhus Domkirke. If you're looking for sun, head east -- way east, to the island of Bornholm, the sunniest part of Denmark and a top holiday destination. There, you can cycle around the island and explore the beaches, cliffsides, corn fields, fish harbors, and famous glassware and ceramic shops. Take extra care (and a camera) when visiting the white chalk cliffs of Mon; the cliffs, while beautiful, are subject to constant erosion and occasional landslides. Littered with pleasant towns and thriving cities, the quality of life is quite high. Unfortunately, the same goes for the cost of travel -- things can get a bit pricey in the land far, far away, but it's well worth a dip in the old piggy bank.


Regions in Denmark

Bornholm

The most hurried visitor to Denmark will most likely pass it by, and it's damn hard to get an accommodation in July and August unless you make reservations well in advance. Most of the holiday flats want a... read more

Central Jutland

The central part of Jutland cuts across a broad swath of the country, extending from the gateway city of Fredericia in the south to Viborg and Limfjord (a large inland fjord) in the north. The east side of... read more

Funen

After Copenhagen and after a visit to "Hamlet's Castle" in North Zealand, nearly all foreign visitors head for Odense, the capital of the island of Funen (Fyn in Danish), lying to the west of Zealand. And rightly... read more

Greater Copenhagen

Copenhagen is a huge city composed of several distinct districts with a flavor all their own.

Indre By is the downtown, historical heart of Copenhagen, complete with dotted church spires,... read more

North Jutland

"Why do we live here in such a rugged environment?" asked a painter in Skagen, who answered his own question: "The real Denmark is a winter day at the North Sea with the wind blowing back your hair and making... read more

North Zealand

Most visitors, with their clock ticking, dash north of Copenhagen to chase after "Hamlet's ghost" at Helsingør -- and that's it for North Zealand. But as the famous author Isak Dinesen (aka Karen Blixen) might... read more

South Jutland

This is a tough call for us to make, but if you have time to visit only one part of the peninsula of Jutland, we'd opt for the south as opposed to central and northern Jutland. Each has its peculiar charm,... read more

South Zealand

North Zealand and South Zealand are a study in contrasts. The great drama and all the three-star man-made attractions, such as "Hamlet's Castle" or the cathedral at Roskilde, lie in the north, and naturally... read more


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