Denmark remains very much a maritime nation, bordered by the Baltic and the North Sea. No place in the country is more than an hour’s drive from its seashore, much of which is lined with beautiful sandy beaches.
Breakfast at the Hotel
New Harbour in English, this historic waterfront area is next to a 17th-century canal where old wooden ships are still moored. On both sides of the canal are tall painted houses dating to the 1600s and 1700s, the ground floors of which house bars, restaurants, and cafes with outdoor seating.
Location:Indre By, Copenhagen, Denmark
Occupying 10 hectares right in the middle of Copenhagen, these gardens are valued as much for their botanical wealth as the majestic iron and glass structures that house them.
Location:Gothersgade 128 1353København K
From Ethiopian injera to Surinamese peanut soup, global cuisine is all the rage in Copenhagen today. But our favourite spot is this 16-seat, family-run Taiwanese restaurant.
Location:Rantzausgade 52, Copenhagen 2000 Denmark
It is an unforgettable place for an amble thanks to its romantic 19th-century representations of the Orient. After Bakken, also in Copenhagen, Tivoli Gardens is the world’s oldest theme park, and if you do have kids with you they will have the time of their lives on some of these rides.
Location:Vesterbrogade 3, 1630
Set on the Islet of Slotsholmen, Christiansborg contains Denmark’s Supreme Court, the Prime Minister’s office, and the Danish Parliament. The Danish royal family and prime minister also make use of the palace’s ornate reception rooms for formal events and to receive other heads of state.
Location:Prins Joergens Gaard 1, 1218
This instantly recognizable statue sitting on a rock next to the Langelinie promenade is undoubtedly the most famous landmark in the city. The sculptor Edvard Eriksen created the mermaid in 1913 as a tribute to the author Hans Christian Andersen, and Andersen’s eponymous fairytale inspires it.
The marquee attraction is the Islamic section, with exquisite pieces gathered from Spain to India and spanning the 800s to the 1800s. Calligraphy is prominent, but there are also beautiful glass and ceramic items here. Entrance to the attraction is free.
Location:Kronprinsessegade 30, 1306
Faintly boho, thanks to its dialled-down décor and mix of creative locals and clued-in foodies, H15 offers delicious food at democratic prices. Breakfast dishes include granola with rhubarb and rosehip, while seasonal vegetables dominate the lunch and evening menus.
Location:Halmtorvet 15, Copenhagen 1700 Denmark
This palace was built by Christian IV at the start of the 1600s. His long reign and engagement in the Thirty Years’ War that swept across mainland Europe made him one of the best-known Scandinavian Kings.
Location:Oster Voldgade 4A, 1350
Copenhagen’s National Museum is the sort of attraction in which you could lose hours without realizing it. There’s a remarkable wealth of artifacts here, from all eras of Denmark’s past. If you see anything else take a look at the Trundholm Sun Chariot.
Location:Ny Vestergade 10, 1471 Copenhagen K
It is a picturesque area with sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, and a stunning forest. It is part of the Danish Riviera – a stretch of sandy dunes and beaches spreading over 70 km along the north coast of Zealand between Nivå and Hundested.
By the beach, there are lifeguards for safety during the summertime.
Location:Lisehøjvej 10 3360 Liseleje North Sealand Denmark
Attentive staff, great food, dessert, and free wifi. It does look like a bar/pub from the outside not considering the chairs and tables but lives very much up to the standards of a great place to eat.
Location:Noerregade 29, Frederiksvaerk 3300 Denmark
The beauty of the Sculpture Park and a Cafe overlooking the sea. The bold, bizarre, and colorful world of Alex Da Corte, erotic and personal work from Dorothy Iannone, and groundbreaking practice of Forensic Architecture.
The big benefit of this beach is it is only within walking distance from Helsingør city center and close to Helsingør Camping.
Location:Strandalleen 3000 Helsingør North Sealand Denmark
On the northernmost coast, you find three of Denmark’s most popular beaches; Tisvildeleje Beach, Dronningmølle Beach, and Gudmindrup Beach. The largest beach in North Zealand is Hornbæk Beach.
Location:Dronningmølle Strandvej, 3120 Dronningmølle
Cozy environment. High and personal service with contact to also to the kitchen. The eight servings were delicately arranged and the taste/texture was well composed.
Location:Havnevej 1, Hornbaek 3100 Denmark
This is mainly due to the good quality: A wide beach with fine sand and good water quality, sheltering dunes in the backdrop, and generally safe bathing for children and adults.
Location:Vestre Stejlebakke 2A 3100 Hornbæk North Sealand Denmark
The Maritime Museum of Denmark (adjacent to the Kronborg Castle) offers a unique experience to its visitors. The several exhibitions and installations that present the 600 years of Denmark’s maritime story must be seen from a subterranean showroom.
Just a one-hour drive from the capital Tórshavn, you will be tucked between lush fields and soaring peaks in Saksun. The landscape in Saksun is extremely majestic. You will see turf-roofed houses, the iconic and beautiful old church, and the sandy lagoon.
Location:Yviri vid Strond 1, 100
The menu offers a choice of traditional dishes, mostly based on fish. Also, the location is amazingly folkloric and welcoming.
Location:Úti á Bakka 12, Sandavagur, Vagar Island 360 Faroe Islands
This sea arch is the perfect attraction for those yearning for an extraordinary experience at sea. This attraction is among the most iconic landmarks in the archipelago.
Location: Island of Vágar
Only a short drive from Hvíthamar above Funningur you will find the remote higgledy-piggledy village Gjógv. The multi-coloured houses, the 200-metre gorge and the spectacular view to the north make Gjógv a favourite destination among travellers.
Location:Island of Eysturoy