Denmark is a small country, which boasts a beautiful nature, a large number of architectural monuments and historical sights. It’s the homeland of Vikings, the birthplace of the Little Mermaid and the country of one of the happiest nations on the planet. Some of the finest attractions are the cities of the country, its idyllic villages, enormous lakes, and, of course, the wonderful islands.
Tours in Denmark will give you a stunning opportunity to learn about the centuries-old Danish history. The numerous monuments of the past and the short distances between the landmarks often cause an impression that it is not a country, but a tale that has become a reality. In Denmark you can find both Gothic cathedrals and Renaissance palaces. The architecture of the later period (palace complexes of Copenhagen) intertwine the features of Baroque, Rococo and Classicism.
Undoubtedly, one of the main attractions in Denmark can be called its capital, Copenhagen, with its Little Mermaid Statue, the Round Tower, canals, palaces and churches, promenade Strøget . This beautiful, romantic city for many years served as a “window into the world” for the entire Scandinavian culture. It’s not in vain that the city is called Scandinavian Paris. The lives of almost all composers, writers, scientists in Scandinavia, one way or another are connected with Copenhagen. Among the top attractions to see is the Amalienborg Palace complex, which combines four identical buildings located opposite each other on the octagonal square. The elegant equestrian statue of Federico V stands in the middle of the complex. Nearby is the famous marble cathedral.
The most picturesque district of Copenhagen is Nyhavn (New Harbour). This is a popular place for artists, photographers, writers, journalists and tourists. Houses here are painted in rainbow colors, most of them host large or small cafes.
The largest urban area is Kongens-Nytorv (New Royal). Here you will find the Academy of Fine Arts with its showrooms, the former royal residence Charlottenborg and Royal Theatre, founded in 1722.
The island of Zealand is the commercial center of the country. But there are also beautiful beaches, lakes, forests and royal palaces. Here you can see the old Kronborg castle known also as “Elsinore”, which is not only the most impressive building in Scandinavia, but also the settling of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. Frederiksborg Palace is as huge as Kronborg, and it hosts the National History Museum.
The island of Fyn, which is called a “Garden of Denmark” is simply an open-air museum with its 124 castles open to the visitors, and hundreds of picturesque old villages. Medieval castles, nobles’ mansions and old parks preserved their original form and are still inhabited and carefully guarded. The most popular town of the island is cozy Odense. It used to be the home for the Vikings. Here you get a feeling of a united park, which has tracks for cyclists and for those who want to be close to the green banks of the river, which is also called Odense. Houses do not obscure the sky, the streets are spacious and the neighborhoods are pretty friendly.
Quite a different type of Danish attractions are the places of entertainment and activities for adults and children. This includes the two famous parks: Tivoli in Copenhagen, which is sometimes called the oldest park in the world of “Disneyland” and much younger Legoland in Jutland Peninsula. The statues in Legoland park are built from Lego, including models of world famous buildings, the fabulous heroes and even animals and birds – from more than 40 million bricks. To these famous places we would add less well-known, but no less interesting “Experimentarium” in Copenhagen.
Finally, one cannot forget about the natural attractions of Denmark, including its shady beech forests and beautiful lakes, wide sandy beaches, fjords, cliffs and small rocky coves. In spite of the distance from the core of Denmark, we can include the extremely picturesque Faroe Islands with the unique nature and Greenland in this list.
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