Denmark is the southernmost and the smallest of the Nordic countries. This Scandinavian nation is not only one of the best places to live, it is also a delight for visiting tourists. It is a land of fairytale castles and palaces. No wonder Hans Christian Andersen found his inspiration here. Denmark is also the birthplace of the world famous Lego toys. Here is a list of 12 attractions you could enjoy with the whole family when visiting Denmark.
- The Round Tower
Locally known as Rundetårn, the Round Tower measures 36 meters in height. It was constructed in 1642 to be an observatory. You can climb the tower to enjoy panoramic views of the surroundings. A museum in the tower has a collection associated with the Danish astronomer, Tycho Brahe. However, the highlight is the glass viewing platform that can be reached through a spiral ramp. The ramp is almost 25 meters above the ground level and enables visitors to peer down deep into the core of the structure. At a stone’s throw distance from the tower is the picturesque Gråbrødretorv Square.
- Hans Christian Andersen Museum
The name of Hans Christian Andersen is intertwined with the history and culture of Denmark. This author of fairy tales has enthralled children across the globe for many decades. The small house in Odense that houses the museum is believed to be his birthplace. It opened as a museum in the 1930s. This museum is certainly a must-visit attraction for those who have enjoyed his fairy tales in the childhood days.
- National Gallery of Denmark
The Museum displays the largest collection of artworks in Denmark. Many of the exhibits in this museum were originally displayed in the Christiansborg Palace, but were shifted here in the late 19th century. One of the interesting features of this huge museum is the way it uses natural sunlight for illumination. Scandinavian and European artworks spanning over 700 years are on display in the museum. Of special mention are the works of iconic artists like Edvard Munch and Picasso. It also houses a pleasant café which is a great place to relax after the museum stroll.
- Christiansborg Palace
The Christiansborg Palace is located on a tiny island named Slotsholmen, right in the center of Copenhagen. It is home to the Parliament, Office of the Prime Minister and the Supreme Court. Interestingly, it is the third building on the same site and with the same name. While the original palace was built in 1167, the present building dates back to 1928. Some parts of the palace are resided by Royal family and the remaining sections are open to the public. In addition to the government offices, the palace premises also has the ruins of a castle and a fortress.
- National Museum of Denmark
The National Museum is just about a 10-minute walk from the popular Tivoli Gardens. This is a treasure trove of information related to the Danish culture and its history. This museum proudly boasts of an amazing collection of ancient artifacts which include a sun chariot that is supposedly 2000 year old. It also has trimmings on display from Gothic and Romanesque churches. Another interesting section displays Danish silverware and porcelain. Children will especially love the Viking section of this museum which includes artifacts and tools from that period.
Nyhavn or ‘New Harbor’ is a great place to take a leisurely stroll and to experience the local ‘Copenhagen café culture’. Such is the beauty of Nyhavn that it has continuously featured in postcards and images of Copenhagen over the years. It is located within walking distance from the Amalienborg Palace. Nyhavn used to be a disreputable piece of dockland. However, it has transformed dramatically due to the new multi-colored houses, cafés, restaurants, and many tall ships. Presently, many of these ships docked on the quay have been converted into museums.
- Amalienborg Palace
Amalienborg Palace stands at the Frederiksstaden quarter of Copenhagen. It is a grand palace with peaceful gardens beside a water body. The palace is home to the Danish royals who shifted here after a devastating fire at Christiansborg in 1794. It is presently used as a winter home. The complex is made of four identical palaces that form an octagon. It is believed to have been inspired by the Place de la Concorde of Paris. Check out the Soldiers of the Royal Guard, adorned in their bearskins and decked in blue uniforms.
- Lyngby Open-Air Museum
Lyngby Open-Air Museum is a part of the Danish National Museum. It is located about 15 km from Copenhagen. The museum is one of the must-see tourist attractions of Denmark, especially those with families and children. This unique ‘living museum’ stretches almost 35 hectares and has authentic farmhouses and agricultural buildings. In addition, it is home to some ancient breeds of domestic animals. Wander around the magnificent historic gardens or take a horse-drawn carriage to explore the museum grounds.
- Oresund Bridge
The 8 km long Oresund Bridge has become an iconic Scandinavian landmark since its opening in 2000. This stunning man-made wonder connects Denmark with Sweden. It connects the island of Zealand in Denmark with Malmo, a port city of Sweden. Since it is near the Copenhagen Airport on the Danish side, it begins as a tunnel to avoid disturbing the flights. This creates the stunning image as if the bridge emerges from underwater. One can either choose to drive or take the train across this bridge.
- Kronborg Slot
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is immortalized as the Elsinore from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The name Elsinore came from the town of Helsingor where this castle is located. The original castle on this site was built in the early 15th century. However, the present imposing structure dates back to the 16th century. It boasts of a magnificent Renaissance interior well adorned with German woodcarvings. The North Wing houses the great ballroom also known as Knights’ Hall. The West Wing has exquisite tapestries in display.
- Egeskov Castle
This castle in Odense looks straight out from a fairy tale. It is considered to be the best preserved moat castle in Europe. This Renaissance architectural gem was built in the mid 16th century. It was opened to be the public in the 1950s and has since been a popular attraction of this region. In addition, you can enjoy the vintage cars, the treetop walks, and segway tours.
- Tivoli Gardens
The Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen has been a popular attraction since 1843. It is today the top tourist draw of the Danish capital. It is said that the Tivoli Gardens had inspired the world famous Disney theme parks. Visitors get an opportunity to indulge in roller coaster rides, restaurants, puppet theaters, and beautiful roundabouts. There is also a concert hall based on the Moorish architectural style. This iconic landmark of the city has also featured in several movies over the years. After sundown, you may be lucky to catch the stunning fireworks display at the gardens. Free rock concerts are organized every Friday evening in the summer months.
Originally posted 2017-04-05 06:52:51.