Denmark is my all time favorite country! I may be a little biased because I’ve studied abroad there twice and met my fiance there, but putting all that aside, it’s an amazing country full of history, colorful quaint towns, and delicious pastries. Copenhagen is the main city that people visit when they go to Denmark, and as much as I adore Copenhagen, there are so many more incredible towns to see! And since Denmark is a pretty small country, you can get around all these places pretty easily. So if you’re planning a trip and want to see as much as the country as you can, these are the top 11 places to visit in Denmark! 🙂
Places to visit in Denmark
Cities in Zealand
Denmark is split up into a few land masses, and Zealand is the largest island and it’s where Copenhagen is located.
So I know I said you should see more than Copenhagen when you visit Denmark, but you do need to go to Copenhagen while you’re there! It’s a gorgeous city with so much to see- just look at all the posts I’ve written about Copenhagen below.
How to get to Copenhagen: The easiest way is to fly in (they have a great airport), but depending on where you’re coming from, you could take a train or bus.
How much time to spend in Copenhagen: I would say a minimum of 3 days to see all the main sights, but if you want a more leisurely trip and go off-the-beaten-path, I would recommend at least a week.
Posts on Copenhagen:
One Day in Copenhagen on a Budget
Christiansborg Palace: Royal Reception Rooms and the Best Views of Copenhagen
Tivoli Gardens: The Magical Fairytale Garden of Copenhagen You Can’t Miss!
Visiting the Little Mermaid and Kastellet: A Colorful Hidden Gem in Copenhagen
The Round Tower: The Most Unique Place to Get Views of Copenhagen
Visiting Nyhavn Like a Local: The Best Way to Experience the Colorful Canal of Copenhagen
Frederiksborg Castle: The Beautiful Versailles of Denmark
Vesterbro: Exploring This Quaint Neighborhood in Copenhagen
Top 5 Unique and Beautiful Free Parks in Copenhagen
6 Gorgeous Castles in Copenhagen to Visit to Feel Like Royalty
Tour of Østerbro: Fælledparken, Modern Danish Architecture, and a Colorful Street in Copenhagen
Helsingør is right outside Copenhagen, so it’s easy to get to. It’s famous for being the home of Hamlet’s Castle, Kronborg. It’s the castle that inspired Shakespeare for Hamlet, and during the summer, you can actually see productions of Hamlet being performed inside the castle! The town of Helsingør is also great to explore and has beautiful historic buildings.
How to get to Helsingør: It’s a quick train ride from Copenhagen!
How much time to spend in Helsingør: I would recommend a minimum of half a day, but a whole day would be best.
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Esrum is right outside Helsingør, so you can easily get both towns in one day trip. Esrum has Esrum Abbey, the “mother house” abbey in Denmark that was built in the 1100s. It’s one of the few abbeys that mostly survived the Reformation, and you can tour the abbey and check out the museum inside. Plus, you can get a beer and drink it in the garden!
How to get to Esrum: It isn’t easy to get to, so I would drive if you can.
How much time to spend in Esrum: I would recommend only a few hours to tour the abbey, fields, and gardens and have a beer.
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Dragør is one of the prettiest villages in Denmark! It’s right outside Copenhagen near the airport, so it’s easy to get to for a day trip. It dates back to the 1100s as a fishing village, and Dutch farmers moved to the area to be farmers for the Danish king so there is a Dutch influence. It’s a great village to stroll around and just take in the sights
How to get to Dragør: You can take the 350S bus from Copenhagen or we took the metro to the airport and the 35 bus from there to Dragør
How much time to spend in Dragør: A few hours to half a day is enough time to see it all.
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Cities in Jutland
Jutland is the mainland peninsula that connects Denmark to Germany.
Aarhus the town I stayed in when I studied in Denmark the second time, and I loved it! It’s the second largest city in Denmark, so there’s a lot to see. It’s a little more modern than Copenhagen, but there’s lots of history to explore.
How to get to Aarhus: There is an airport in Aarhus, and you can also take a train from Copenhagen.
How much time to spend in Aarhus: I would recommend at least a day or two, but you could spend more time there if you have it.
Posts on Aarhus:
Unique Museums & Cobblestone Streets: Top 7 Things to Do on a Day Trip to Aarhus
Walk Through a Rainbow and See Modern Art at the ARoS Art Museum
Møllestien- The Prettiest Cobblestone Street in Aarhus
Den Gamle By: Walk Through History in the Colorful Old Town Aarhus
Beautiful Beaches in Aarhus and the Moesgård Viking Moot You Can’t Miss
I first heard about Silkeborg from Parks and Rec, and I’m so glad I did! It’s a gorgeous town with history, and its museum houses the famous Tollund Man that was found in a bog. Silkeborg also has lots of rivers and nature- it’s called the Outdoor Capital of Denmark. I didn’t take advantage of the waterways, but you can rent boats if you want to get a tour of the rivers.
How to get to Silkeborg: I took a bus from Aarhus.
How much time to spend in Silkeborg: I would recommend at least half a day to see the town and museum and longer if you want to rent a boat.
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Skagen is the northernmost point in Denmark, and it’s known for being the point where two seas meet! It’s a cute beach town, and you can see where the seas crash against each other as well as the largest migrating sand dunes in Northern Europe.
How to get to Skagen: It’s a few hours drive from Aarhus and there is a bus, but I would recommend renting a car and driving so you can get around town easily.
How much time to spend in Skagen: With the longer drive, I would recommend a full day to experience Skagen.
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A Danish classmate told me about Ebeltoft, and I think insider information is the best! Ebeltoft is such a pretty town, and I had the whole place to myself when I went early on a Sunday morning. There’s also a glass museum and the largest wooden ship in the world you can tour.
How to get to Ebeltoft: I took a bus from Aarhus.
How much time to spend in Ebeltoft: I would recommend at least half a day to see the main sights, but it is a big vacation town for Danes so you can spend more time if you want to make a vacation out of it!
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Ribe is the oldest town in Denmark! So it’s obviously rich in history since it dates all the way back to 854. It’s a beautiful town to walk around, and you can visit the museums to learn about all the history of the area.
How to get to Ribe: I was on a class trip so we drove, but you can take buses from Aarhus.
How much time to spend in Ribe: I would recommend at least half a day to see the town and some more time if you want to check out the museums
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Jelling is also packed with history! It’s home to the most famous rune stones, so if you’re interested in Vikings, Jelling is the place you need to visit.
How to get to Jelling: I also went to Jelling with my class, but you can take pubic transportation from Aarhus.
How much time to spend in Jelling: It’s a small town so you can see it all and the museum so you only need half a day.
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Samsø isn’t actually in Jutland because it’s an island between Jutland and Zealand. It’s famous for having renewable energy for the whole island, and there are lots of beautiful half-timbered houses and beaches!
How to get to Samsø: You can take a ferry from either Zealand or Jutland. I would also recommend having a car or a bike to get around the island when you’re there.
How much time to spend in Samsø: I recommend a minimum of two days so you can see a few towns on the island.
Posts on Samsø:
Besser, Samsø: A Quaint Town with a Beautiful Countryside & Beach
Nordby, Samsø: The Best Place to See Half-Timbered Houses in Denmark
Perfect Itinerary for a Relaxing Weekend in Samsø (And How to Learn from My Mistakes!)
Denmark is an amazing country, and I hope I’ve convinced you to see more than Copenhagen 🙂 Two places to visit in Denmark that I still need to visit are Odense and Aalborg, so I recommend seeing them if you’re able to!