Fairytale castles, myths and legends from the Viking era, and home to one of the world’s best loved children’s author, the country of Denmark is a land waiting to be discovered. From a rural life on the many islands to the bright lights of Copenhagen, Denmark is worth a visit any time of year. Take a chance to grab a flight there and see for yourself.
The mainland of Denmark, just attached to Germany and the European continent with a border only a few hundred miles across, is the peninsula of Jutland jutting out into the North Sea like a finger pointing upwards. Even though Denmark is one of the four Scandinavian countries, it has strong links with its neighbour, Germany.
With 7,000km of coastline and over 400 islands, there are not many places in Denmark that are far from the sea. About 90 of the islands of Denmark are inhabited, the largest one being Zealand where Copenhagen is situated, nearer to Sweden than the rest of Denmark.
Some of the larger islands in Denmark are connected by bridges that seemed to defy physics. These engineering feats can stretch for 18km like the Great Belt Bridge which links Zealand to Funen. This is very important in uniting Denmark both socially and politically.
It would not be fair to talk about Denmark and not mention its most famous son – Hans Christian Andersen. Born in 1805 in Odense on the island of Funen, Hans Christian Andersen was inspired by the dark forests, stupendous castles and the foaming sea to create such classics as The Princess and the Pea, The Little Mermaid and The Ugly Duckling. His influence is everywhere in the town not surprisingly, and you can learn more about the man behind the fairytales by visiting his house, which had become a museum as well as Fyrtojet, a newer museum dedicated more to children.
One of the most stunning castles in Denmark is Egeskov Castle, set in the middle of a lake with gorgeous turrets and a pinkish glow. Each room is furnished to reflect eras of the castle’s 450 year old history plus there is a motor museum, children’s playground and maze.
On Zealand is Elsinore, made famous as being the setting for Hamlet, Shakespeare’s play about his Prince of Denmark. Kronberg Castle is where the main action of the play takes place and it still hosts an open air performance every summer. For a typical Danish fishing port, take a look at Hornbaek near Elsinore on the northern coast. The beaches here stretch for miles and it is the starting point in June for the yearly yacht regatta around the island.
If Denmark strikes you as a great place to holiday, you will not be disappointed. There are so many places to explore in Denmark that it is best to catch a cheap flight with Vayama and spend a couple of weeks meandering through the countryside or living it up in the capital.
In America, we are used to saying and hearing "How are you?" all the time. It's just a typical part of greeting, and you might not necessarily want to know the answer. However, in Denmark, "How are you?" is reserved for people you have a close relationship with, and it's only asked if you truly want to know the answer. Denmark is a country that is very proud of their culture. Respect the Danish while on your trip and keep some basic etiquette in mind.
You will find that people in Denmark are very polite, so return the thoughtfulness and be polite back to them! You'll blend in much better and impress those around you. Have a wonderful trip to Denmark!
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