Culture & Travel31 October 2023
Your plane ticket is ready, your suitcase is packed, and you're eagerly anticipating your trip tomorrow. This adventure will take you to a country where the glistening snow blankets every corner, captivating people with its serenity despite the chill. Once you step off the plane, you'll find yourself in Denmark, the shining star of Scandinavia.
So, what's in store for you during this visit?
From Frederiksborg Palace, a hallmark of Denmark, to the impressive Oresund Bridge, from the renowned Legoland to distinctive museums, numerous places and experiences await your discovery. From the street vendor selling sausages to the lady behind the bakery counter, Denmark unquestionably embodies the European dream. Let's delve deeper into this country. We hope you enjoy reading.
As mentioned in the earlier paragraph, Denmark epitomizes the European dream. With its high standard of living, citizens immersed in art and science, spacious living, and a plethora of attractions, Denmark is the envy of people both within our country and around the world. Like many other European countries, Denmark boasts an extensive railway network, spanning almost 2500 kilometers in this compact nation. Train travel is highly favored here.
Although it's a part of the European Union, don't expect to use the Euro here. The official currency in Denmark is the Danish Kroner. So when you come to Denmark, ensure you have Danish Kroner on hand, not Euros. No need to worry about carrying cash, as credit cards are widely accepted. An essential point to note is that nearly everyone here speaks English fluently. If you can converse in English, you're unlikely to encounter any communication barriers. However, it's worth noting that Denmark can be a bit pricey compared to other countries worldwide. Particularly in terms of food, it can put a strain on your wallet. Given that Denmark doesn't have suitable soil for growing many crops, it imports most of its produce from abroad. It's also worth mentioning that the local cuisine may not provide an extensive array of options for your dining needs.
Fast food joints like pizza, hot-dogs, kebabs, and burgers dominate the scene. Yet, if you're keen on experiencing the authentic flavors of this country, a handful of restaurants serve pickled herring, fried fish, and Danish sausage. And oh, don't forget, Carlsberg beer, Denmark's pride, is consumed like water here.
Copenhagen Treasure Map
Naturally, we kicked off our journey in the capital and biggest city of Denmark. Let's give a quick rundown of the history of this city. As you may be aware, these lands were inhabited and shaped by the Viking communities, the resilient men of the north, for many years. In the 10th century, a small Viking settlement was known to exist here. By the 15th century, it had become the capital of the Kingdom of Denmark. For over 120 years, it was the capital of the Kalmar Union, a union of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark founded in 1397. Thanks to this, it has always held a leading role in Scandinavia. Frederiksborg Castle, constructed by the Danish monarchy in the early 1600s, stands out as the most renowned landmark of Copenhagen. Situated on three islets in the castle lake, the palace is an iconic structure that has inspired numerous legends. Serving as a museum since 1878, this building showcases significant artifacts of the country to its visitors.
Speaking of museums, the National Museum in Copenhagen is also a must-visit. The National Museum, Denmark's most extensive museum, displays the country's cultural heritage. It also supports archaeological and anthropological research in Greenland, an autonomous region of Denmark. Another significant edifice in Copenhagen is Denmark's counterpart to Buckingham Palace, the Amalienborg Palace. This palace serves as the official residence of the Danish royal family, with royal members residing here during the autumn and winter months. Just like in England, it is possible to witness the changing of the guards here, although it's safe to say that it's not as grand and publicized as the British royal ceremonies.
A Northern Saga in Full
Certainly, there are numerous other places to explore in Copenhagen, but we can't cover them all in this article. Copenhagen deserves its own dedicated article, and Denmark, of course, is more than just Copenhagen. Aarhus, the country's second-largest city, is the beloved port city of the Jutland Peninsula. The largest concert hall in Scandinavia can be found here. The captivating shows, concerts, and performances at Musikhuset Aarhus never fail to enthrall art enthusiasts. Additionally, the Gender Museum in this city is quite intriguing. Let's discuss Denmark's most renowned brand. We've saved the final words of our article for it. Undoubtedly, we're referring to Legoland. The town of Billund, where the globally recognized Legos were introduced, has become a destination known throughout the world thanks to Legoland. More than 50 million people have visited this park since its opening in 1968. Scandinavia's most captivating theme park has left no visitor unaffected by its charm.