“Once we were brutal Vikings. Now we are one of the world’s most peaceful societies. Welcome to Denmark.” —denmark.dk
There couldn’t be a better description for Denmark, which has a thrilling
history filled with Vikings, warring kings, and more. Today, it is a prime
destination, with countless ways to enjoy Denmark’s charming atmosphere as well
as its rich history.
We highly recommend visiting Denmark, especially
if you have Danish ancestors. Heritage tourism is an incredible way to
experience life as your ancestors knew it and soak in the history of your cultural heritage. Here is a list of 24
things to do in Denmark when you visit!
Asterisks mark UNESCO World Heritage Sites, or
locations deemed as having high historical importance.
Cultural Experiences You Won’t Want to Miss
Denmark offers the perfect mix of culture and
history, with many of its most popular attractions still in operation after
centuries. Visit some of these destinations to get a taste for Danish culture.
This port is filled with colorful, historic
homes and restaurants. It is the perfect place to mingle with locals and enjoy
the atmosphere of Copenhagen.
Denmark is home to the world’s oldest amusement
park still in operation. It is known by locals as Bakken and opened in 1583.
Just think of the generations of people who have worked in and visited Bakken.
Copenhagen Opera House
The Copenhagen Opera House is the national opera
house of Denmark. It is located in the center of Copenhagen on the Holmen area.
Den Gamle By
Known as the old town of Aarhus, Den Gamle By
aims to recreate the last 500 years in Denmark. Staff are dressed in
historically accurate clothing, and there are distinct sections for different
eras, with shops, museums, gardens, and more.
Impressive Architecture in Denmark
Denmark has no shortage of
outstanding castles, cathedrals, and more. Here are some of our top choices.
Rosenborg is famous for three life-size lion
statues that guard the throne. It is also home to a breathtaking collection of
venetian glass and Denmark’s crown jewels.
Known for being Elsinore, the setting of
Shakespeare’s Hamlet, this Renaissance castle overlooks the narrow waterway
separating Denmark and Sweden, called a sound. Thanks to the strategic location
of Kronborg Castle, Denmark controlled the sound, which became a source of
income and political power.
With construction beginning in the 12th century,
the Roskilde Cathedral is one of the first Gothic cathedrals made of brick. It
inspired the spread of the style throughout Europe.
At the current home of
Denmark’s royal family, you will see the royal guard standing watch. Visit the
museum for a look into the lives of Danish royalty.
Legitimately built in an
attempt to show off, Frederiksborg Castle does just that. It is the largest
Nordic Renaissance complex, and it is surrounded by intricate gardens.
The Round Tower
This 17th-century observatory
tower is the oldest functioning building of its kind in Europe. It is now open
to visitors and amateur astronomers.
Danish Museums and Historic Sites
These historic sites in Denmark allow you to
catch a glimpse of the past. Take the opportunity to gain a better
understanding of the lives your Danish ancestors led.
National Museum of Denmark
The National Museum of Denmark is actually a collection of museums that chronicle the history of Denmark and its people. Visit its website to choose from among all 20 of its locations.
Viking Ship Museum
See five real Viking ships, test your skills
with Viking crafts, and even sail on a traditional Nordic boat during the
The Jelling burial mounds are a relic of pagan
Nordic culture. The white church that is also in Jelling provides evidence of
the later conversion to Christianity that began in the 10th century.
is home to some truly amazing Viking artifacts dating back to the Iron Age,
including burial grounds with 682 graves and 150 stone-carved ships, a
preserved village, and a museum with relics from the Viking era.
Step into an 18th-century village, complete with
a school, inn, watermill, windmill, and masonry. You will also get a taste of
traditional Danish farming with gardens, old varieties of fruit trees, and
Hans Christian Andersen’s House
Hans Christian Andersen is
famous worldwide for his fairy tales, which include “The Little Mermaid,” “The
Ugly Duckling,” and “The
Emperor’s New Clothes.” Visit his home in Copenhagen, and learn about
the inspirations for his tales.
Stunning Sceneries in Denmark
Be sure to make time to see some of nature’s
wonders in Denmark. Some of these landscapes show signs of the people who have visited.
Others display millions of years of history. All are remarkable and worth a
*Par Force Hunting Landscape
The forests Store Dyrehave and Gribskov were
used by Danish kings and queens for hunting with hounds. In the enchanting
woods, you will find hunting lanes laid out in a star and grid pattern.
The Wadden Sea is the largest undisturbed
intertidal system in the world, with a series of sand and mud flats creating a
flat wetland. Here, you will find seals, porpoises, sea-grass meadows, and
mussel beds, along with other wonders.
Shaped by glaciers in the last ice age,
Hammerknuden provides incredible scenery. Along with the visible trails of the
glaciers are buildings and ruins throughout the area from different ages.
Whatever your reasons for
visiting Denmark, you will love the many cultural experiences, historical
marvels, and natural landscapes it has to offer. However, if you have Danish
ancestors, your trip will hold special significance to you as it provides the
opportunity to experience your cultural heritage and learn more about the lives of your ancestors.
*UNESCO World Heritage Site
Source: Family Search