Denmark may be the smallest of the four Scandinavian countries but it packs a strong punch enough to rival any big nation. This Northern-European country has slowly evolved into a modern, progressive nation that is also seen partaking in the general political and economic integration of Europe. Denmark is a prominent country that holds a powerful influence in matters concerning Northern Europe.
This Scandinavian country is brimming with stunning sun-bathed beaches, picturesque castles and dense woods, enough to make Denmark a major tourist haunt. Bicycle your way into Copenhagen to explore this beautiful city. Tivoli Gardens are said to be inspiration behind the popular Disney theme parks. With the park sporting roller coasters, roundabouts, puppet theatres and a Moorish-styled concert hall, it is no wonder the place is immensely enjoyed by both kids and adults.
Other renowned sightseeing points in the Danish capital are Christiansborg Palace (Danish seat of government), National Museum of Denmark (collection of Danish artifacts), National Gallery of Denmark (country's largest collection of Danish art), Amalienborg Palace (Building designed in German and French styles; Soldiers of the Royal Guard in their uniforms are a tourist attraction), Nyhavn (New Harbor - fantastic area to stroll around or indulge in Copenhagen cafe culture), the Round Tower (standing tall at 36 meters and offers breathtaking panoramic views) and Lyngby Open-Air Museum (one of the largest and oldest open-air museums in the globe; Danish livestock and historic gardens featured).
Denmark is renowned for housing several amusements parks. After Tivoli Gardens, Dyrehavsbakken is the 2nd most popular attraction in Denmark. Locally referred to as Bakken, it was inaugurated in 1583 and is the planet's oldest functioning amusement park. Denmark is the birthplace of the world's most famous toys - the Legos. Legoland Billund is the original Legoland park that was opened on 1968. Residing close to the original Lego factory, this park is a top-notch tourist attraction having had over 50 million visitors and counting since it was inaugurated.
Be sure to catch a glimpse of the iconic ?resund Bridge which runs as long as 8-km. This stunning bridge connects Denmark's biggest island, Zealand, as well as the south-west of Sweden, particularly to the port of Malmo. Fans of Shakespeare's Hamlet will surely love visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Helsing?r's Kronborg Castle, as the setting of the legendary play was based there. Another historic monument worth visiting is the beautiful Egeskov Castle in Kvamstrup. This structure is breathtaking to look at and is Europe's best preserved Renaissance water castle.
When it comes to museums, don't forget to visit the Hans Christian Andersen Museum where the illustrious writer's sketches, artwork, mementos and artifacts are all displayed prominently. Head over to Roskilde, housed in the island of Zealand, and visit the magnificent Viking Shio museum to learn more about the history of Viking as well as view exhibits of original Viking ships, a harbor with copies of Viking ships, a Viking research center and so on. To know more about the Vikings, visit Lindholm H?je - a major Viking burial site.
When it comes to shopping, Copenhagen is an excellent destination to cater to your need for retail therapy. Be on the look-out for Bing & Gr?ndal and Royal Copenhagen porcelain, Holmegard glass, Bornholm ceramics and so on. Hand-made woollens from the Faroe Islands as well as the classic Lego toys are also instant favorites.
Danish cuisine is delicious and appetizing. For lunch, do ask for a Sm?rrebr?d, open sandwiches - consisting of a piece of buttered rye bread, a dense dark brown bread, home-made cold cuts, pieces of meat or fish, cheese or spreads. When it comes to drinks, Danish are big on beer. So beer enthusiasts can head over to the largest brewery in Denmark - Carlsberg and chug down local Danish beers.
Denmark is brimming with a plethora of stay options. Those who can afford to splurge and maintain their extravagant lifestyle can choose to opt for the best luxury hotels and sprawling private apartments the country boasts of. At the same time, budget tourists seeking modest and cheap accommodations will find plenty of choices as well.
Denmark experiences temperate climate. The best time to visit the country would be during mid-April - November when the weather conditions are pleasant.