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Reasons to visit and love Denmark

There are many places to visit and fall in love with around the world. Yet, there are few that will make your vacation be so relaxing and wholesome as the Scandinavian country of Denmark. Read more about this and all the other amazing things that will captivate you in this country and might just never let you go again...

Zorhan Mokoele | TDO local expert from South Africa

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By Fine Arndt

Born and raised in the city of Berlin, Germany, I started travelling very young out of the urge to understand the crazy world we live in. I was hungry for foreign food and curious about traditions and cultures. My first love was Latin America, but I have since fallen in love over and over again with mountain villages, beach towns, ancient forests and deserts alike. I have traveled all over Latin America, Asia, and Europe. I studied in Denmark and Mexico and have been living in Costa Rica for over a year now. My passions apart from moving and meeting people are organic agriculture and traditional medicine as well as the world of fermentation. I am excited to share some of my favourite places with you!

a Costa Rica based traveler

Danish winters are long, rainy, and gray. But Danish summers... When the springtime comes and the days start getting longer, Denmark transforms. People start coming out of their warm and cozy apartments, play in the park, bike, and hike in the forest, and the smell of barbecue is omnipresent. Depending on how far north you are, the days can span from 4 AM to 10 PM and feel like an eternity. The summer is definitely the best time to visit Denmark and meet Danes who will enjoy the long nights along with you.

For those that can’t come in the summer or fear the crowds of tourists that the sunny warm months attract, Denmark has another wonder to offer: Hygge. The word has been defined as "a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being" but is really as much an activity for Danish people as it is a feeling. It is all about spending quality time with loved ones and doing something you really enjoy. In the cold and rainy winter, it can be an expression of hygge to bake Christmas cookies and drink mulled wine or to light a candle and read a book. If you visit Denmark, try to connect with this Danish mentality, and you will find your experience much richer and return relaxed and fulfilled.

Danes love bikes and bike a lot. For them, they are a normal mode of transportation, but also a tool to work out and enjoy their free time. This is why Denmark has great bike routes all over the country such as the Margueritruten (Marguerite route), which is named after both the white and yellow flower and the Danish queen. On this route, you can cross the whole country and see a lot of natural and cultural sights such as castles and palaces. There are state-owned and well-equipped campgrounds all over, that cost now to very little money and are generally located in beautiful nature, and are a great spot to meet locals that share your love for biking.

One of the reasons why biking is so popular may be that the country is so flat. Which also means that it is easy to get a good view off the surrounding landscape. Lighthouses, churches, and windmills are landmarks in the Danish landscape, and you will see that there is something very special about its light and atmosphere.

Especially on the eastern side of the Kattegat or the Baltic Sea between Denmark and Sweden, there are a lot of islands. If you like the sea, Denmark is a great place to go sailing and offers nice harbors close to cities all over which allows you to both spend time on the sea and explore the rich culture on land. For those that feel more comfortable with stable soil under their feet, the Danish islands are great for being close to the sea and feeling all that comes with living on the seaside. One of the most beautiful Danish islands that has a lot to offer is Møn, which is located relatively close to Copenhagen and hosts impressive white chalk cliffs along with Sandy beaches and the lively market town Stege. Møn and its surrounding islands have been declared Denmark’s first “UNESCO biosphere reserve”. Another beautiful island in the north that barely gets any tourism is Læsø on the northeastern side of Denmark. On this island of about 1,700 inhabitants which plays a big role in the hibernation and reproduction of seals and certain birds, gourmet salt production is a major source of income.

The Louisiana museum of modern art is just one of the many examples of stunning Danish architecture meeting art. Danish design is famous all around the world for its clear and simple forms, distinct colors, and practical shape and the county is home to many famous architects such as Jørn Utzon, the designer of the Sydney Opera House.

While you might very well be under the impression to have stepped into an Astrid Lindgren novel when traveling in the Danish countryside, the capital of Copenhagen will surprise you with its multiculturalism. Not only do people from all over the world make the city an inspiring artist hub, but the free commune of Christiania also gives an example of what a different life in the city can look like including self-management, freedom from some national laws and squatters rights.

Danish pastries are world-famous and the one that has made it into bakeries all over the world is surely the famous kanelsnegle never heard about that sweet delight? Well, you might know it better under its English name cinnamon roll. The Danish original of this dessert is special in many ways, and you will just have to try it for yourself!

Many of us have grown up with his stories, be it in their original or the Disney adaptations of them. The Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling, and The Emperor’s New Clothes are just some of the most famous works of this author. If you want to dive deeper into his world than ever before, visit his birth house or the H.C. Andersen Museum in Odense.

The age of glory and fame for Denmark may be long past, but there was a time when the Vikings from Scandinavia ruled a big part of the world and went on excursions in faraway territories. This time has left many beautiful testimonies in the Danish landscape, the most easily found may be the thing places. These former places of ceremonial practices and worship, which also served as tombs and political meeting places, can be easily distinguished based on their perfect semi-circle shape. These hills that seem to show up out of nowhere in the Danish countryside are worth a visit!