Experience the Danish Culture firsthand
Jutting out into the North Sea to the west and the Baltic Sea to the east, Denmark is a modern prosperous country with its own individual charm and natural beauty. Its maritime heritage gives it a long and colorful history yet it is bang up to date in terms of design and technology. Danes are famous for their light beers brewed by Carlsberg and Tuborg and factory tours are a popular attraction.
The brightly colored buildings along the waterfront in the capital city of Copenhagen conjure up images of 18th century Europe. The Amalienborg Palace is the splendid royal residence and the National Museum gives a taste of Viking history. Boat tours of the canal and the scenic harbor area allow visitors to soak up the ambiance of this lovely city before heading to the Stroget, the longest pedestrian mall in the world. Bustling with activity, the street is home to an impressive number of clothing boutiques, jewelry stores, antique shops and gift shops.
Delightful cafés abound all over Copenhagen and on summer weekends, the Gammel Strand Flea Market offers local crafts, fine china, vintage clothing and antique furniture. The world famous Tivoli Gardens are a must for families with amusement rides, beautiful gardens, parades and some 38 cafes, bars and restaurants to choose from. Billund is home to the first Lego Land theme park and is still the location of the main factory for production and design. As well as the miniature landmarks and scenes, the theme park has thrilling rides.
The Old Town in Arhus leads visitors back through 500 years of Danish history. Authentic half-timbered houses line the narrow cobbled streets while guides in historical costumes go about life as it used to be. Charming little cafés and gift shops sit side by side with ancient windmills and a working shipyard. You almost expect Hans Christian Andersen to appear around the next corner! The beautiful Aarhus Cathedral and Cathedral School date back over 800 years are well worth a visit.
In the north of Denmark, visitors will scream with delight on the many exciting rides at the Farup Sommerland theme park at Saltum. Enormous roller coasters, a water park, a 4D movie theater, bumper boats and pony rides will provide an exciting day out. Møns Klink is an impressive series of dazzling white cliffs overlooking the sea. The interpretive center here has activities for the whole family. The 3D theater takes viewers back 200 million years into the depths of the ocean to view prehistoric sea mammals, reptiles and plant life. The center features a climbing cave, a mountain biking tour and an expedition down the cliffs on Denmark’s longest staircase.
Scandinavian food and drink are quite distinctive. For breakfast expect dark rye bread spread with Danish butter and creamy local cheese or jam while smørrebrød, the famous open-faced sandwich is standard fare for lunch. Served with cold meat, smoked salmon, cucumber, cheese or hard-boiled eggs, it is easy to enjoy a picnic. Fish or pork are the main entrees for dinner and you can’t beat a Danish pastry for dessert!