Denmark is the perfect place for people who desire the Old Charm. It is also ranked among the top peaceful and livable countries out there. Personally, when I went to Copenhagen, I fell in love with the charming city. I couldn’t have enough of it, and to be honest a good thing I found a Travel Agency in Copenhagen, Denmark, who gave me their expert advice and guided me to other amazing places around Denmark.

1. Ribe

A popular phrase used to describe Ribe is, “You’re not getting old, you’re getting better”, and rightly so as it is Denmark’s oldest town. Its roots go all the way back to the 9th century. The cobbled streets, pastel-colored cottages, and countless red-brick buildings are a testimony of a bygone Medieval and Viking era. In fact, this town, located in Jutland was established as a Viking marketplace in around 700. Ribe’s town hall is the oldest in the entire country. It was built in 1496, though it didn’t function as a town hall until 1709. There is much to see in this old-timey town, including the Ribe Cathedral which happens to Denmark’s first Christian church. It has really elegant architecture which is said to be quite Romanesque in style. And once you’re done fawning over the history and heritage, Ribe’s array of excellent restaurants and sweet shops await. There’s also an ecological gem Wadden Sea National Park nearby if you’d like a dash of nature in your visit.

2. Bornholm

It is an island in the Baltic Sea and is best known for its artistic items, especially glass and pottery. It is home to quite a few picturesque towns with windmills and medieval churches. Generally, it is a laid-back place which simple saltwater fishing villages, craggy sea cliffs, Scandinavian timber towns, and deep forests. One of the popular spot among walkers is Hammeren Peninsula with its beautiful lighthouses, farm fields along with windswept cliffs, and medieval stone churches. It’s reachable by ferry via Denmark as well as Sweden. Honestly, it’s like going to a trip to Neolithic or Medieval age.

3. Skagen

This is Denmark’s northern-most city. It is also the country’s main fishing port and a famous spot for tourists. This village is great for sightseeing as there are beautiful seascapes, scenic sandy beaches. In the 19th century, this village was popular among impressionist painters. And rightly so because the rows of terracotta-roofed houses and painted timber buildings, all of this against the grey of the North Sea really gets you in an artistic mood. It was also a popular summer abode for the Danish Royalty in the 1900s. It is also home for the oldest lighthouse in Denmark. This village is renowned for its herring fish so you should definitely try that.

4. Skjoldungernes Land National Park

According to legend, Skjoldungernes is the name of the first Danish royal dynasty. Lejre was the seat of the dynasty hence why this is Denmark’s newest and 4th national park. Located in the heart of Zealand, this is a fascinating and beautiful area. Famed for its eerie Viking burials among the grassy meadows, it is also a testimony of the bygone of the Iron Age King Skjold. Among them, the most famous sepulchers can be found around Lejre. Other than this, it is also a popular spot for biking and hiking so make sure to wear comfortable boots.

5. Billund

Here’s a fun fact: LEGO originally belong to Denmark and this little town is where they were founded in the 1900s by the Danish entrepreneur Ole Kirk Christiansen. The LEGO factory can be found at the edge of the town. Alongside the Legoland Billund theme park with its Danish inspired Vikings River Splash is very popular among tourists. Another attraction you can visit the Sculpture Park where you can view interesting monuments in a tranquil atmosphere. A walk through this park only takes half an hour so you’ll still have enough time to enjoy some more rides in the Legoland.

6. Aalborg

This is another ancient Danish city that has developed culturally and industrially over the centuries. It is known for theatre, music, and opera. But I guess the biggest attraction is the Aalborg Carnival which is also known as the biggest carnival in Scandinavia. The urban city is sprawled over the banks of Limfjord Sound and is populated by its half-timbered mansions. Students studying at the city universities bring a youthful, lively vibe to the otherwise peaceful city. For more historic sites, you can view the Aalborghus Castle established in the 16th century and a former royal residence or the 14th-century Budolfi Church, which is built on the ruins of an old Viking church.

7. Kerteminde

Located on the Funen Island, this town has a sleepy, timeless vibe to it that most traveler would appreciate. There are several quaint timbered homes and classic cobbled streets. The town’s center has changed very little since the Middle Ages, so you can imagine how picturesque this town is. There are a few enticing coffee joints and restaurants, for you to sit at and appreciate the old-timey feel of the place. There are a few fantastic exhibitions like the Viking Ship Ladby and it is also the home to the home of famous national painter Johannes Larsen. In simple terms, this town is a mix of ancient history and culture.

8. Odense

The literal translation of Odense is “Odin’s sanctuary” but it is much more than just the safe home for the worshippers of this Nordic deity. This third largest city in Denmark is the birthplace and childhood home of the famous storyteller Hans Christian Andersen so expect to see many statues tribute to his stories. While you’re there, do try their famous sweet treat marzipan. There are a lot of attractions to delight you, including an old Viking castle, a museum recreating the life of Andersen’s years spent there, called Funen Village Museum. Along with these, you can visit Denmark’s oldest Museum, Funen Abbey and the 11th century Saint Canute’s Cathedral.

 

Published by Lavismichel Inkel