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. Unmissable sights include Kronberg Castle, touted as Shakespeare’s inspiration for Hamlet, the innovative Culture Yard which is packed with interesting things to do, see and taste, and of course just wandering around the peaceful old town and restored docks. I’ve written a separate post here about my day trip to Helsingør.
This university town is pronounced ‘O-ence’ and if you really want to sound Danish, then imagine you have a hot potato in your mouth when saying anything! As Odense is only 1.5 hours by train from Copenhagen‘s central station, it’s possible to visit as a day trip, however the city is so enchanting I’d recommend staying at least one night.
With a meandering river (complete with rent-able foot paddle boats) and beautiful parks, the natural beauty of Odense would be more than enough to warrant a visit. However, there’s also a relaxed, beautiful old town (many of the streets don’t allow cars) and a rich cultural history, as the town is the birth place of Hans Christian Anderson, with several museums and monuments dedicated to him throughout the city. There is also a few wonderful food halls such as the hipster Storms Pakhus which also runs activities most evenings.
Tip: Scandinanvian countries (Denmark, Sweden, Norway) have retained their own currencies and not adopted 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. One euro is roughly 7.5 Danish Krone.
I hope you enjoy Denmark as much as I have!