You could definitely spend much longer than a week exploring Denmark, but if you’re limited for time then these three very different places will give you a snapshot of Danish life.
Denmark’s capital has to be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Full of picturesque streets and historic buildings, the city also has an abundance of green spaces in the form of beautiful parks, gardens and cemeteries.
Highlights include the colourful Nyhavn waterfront, Freetown Christiania, and the engy neighbourhood of Nørrebro. For ideas on what to do for free in this nieghbourhood have a look at this post. If you’re interesting in other free activities in the city center thenc check out at this post.
This stunning town is only 40 minute train ride from Copenhagen and the perfect escape from the bustling capital.
The main sight is Kronberg Castle, touted as Shakespeare’s inspiration for Hamlet. The innovative Culture Yard is also worth a visit- packed with interesting things to do, see and taste. For more ideas on what to do in Helsingor, have a look at this post.
This university town is pronounced ‘O-ence’. If you really want to sound Danish, then locals advised me to imagine having a hot potato in your mouth when saying anything!
Odense is only 1.5 hours by train from Copenhagen, making it a wonderful day trip destination. However, the city is so enchanting I’d recommend staying at least one night. There’s a meandering river, beautiful parks and a relaxed, picturesque old town. Odense is also the birth place of Hans Christian Anderson, with several museums and monuments dedicated to him throughout the city.
Tip: Scandinanvian countries have retained their own currencies over the Euro. While most places accept cards, places like markets and smaller cafes only accept cash, so it’s a good idea to get some out from the ATM upon arrival.