There's a lot to like about Denmark – and not just the fact that it was once home to Europe’s most feared invaders, the Danish Vikings. This is a place whose inhabitants are regularly described as the happiest people in the world, and whose capital city, Copenhagen, routinely tops the lists of world's most livable cities. Overall, this is one of the most welcoming societies on earth, famed for its laidback attitude to life and warm welcome for visitors. Oh, and the food isn’t bad either.
Friendly, modern and progressive, Denmark is a country with a lot to offer. Read on for our Denmark travel picks.
Marvel at the iconic Sagrada Familla in Barcelona.
Gaudi’s majestic creation has been wowing crowds since it first began construction in 1882. Since then, multiple architects have taken up the reins on the project, some honouring Gaudi’s original designs, other’s redefining the creation completely. The multiple and varied facades of the building, plus its sheer size and majesty, make it a must do for any traveller visiting Barcelona.See all trips that visit Barcelona
Indulge in traditional Andalusian delicacies in Seville.
Seville is renowned for its gastronomic offerings, and whilst the traditional dishes may be simple to prepare, they’re bursting with fresh regional flavours. Gazpacho, Pescaito frito and Huevos a la Flamenca are all famed Andalusian specialities, or for those preferring traditional tapas, Seville has around 4,000 tapas bars to choose from – take your pick!See all trips that visit Seville
Live like a King in the Royal Palace of Madrid.
Get a glimpse of life as the other half live with a guided tour of the Royal Palace in Madrid. The largest palace in Europe, the Palacio Real de Madrid is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family, though is only used formally for state ceremonies. Gorge your eyes on the many works of art by famed Spanish painters as you delve a little deeper into Spain’s rich history.See all trips that visit Madrid
Party till dawn in the clubbing mecca of Ibiza.
Nowhere on Earth will you experience clubbing quite like Ibiza. Home to some of the world’s most infamous clubs, come and join the party as night after night revered world class DJ’s play their hearts out to adoring crowds. Get into the mood with sunset cocktails at Café Del Mar then party till sunrise at Space, DC-10 or Ibiza Rocks.See all trips that visit Ibiza
Bask in sunlight on Barceloneta Beach.
Some cities are fortunate enough to have the perfect city/beach balance, and Barcelona is one of them. Whilst Barceloneta Beach may be man-made, the water is clear and refreshing and the beach is alive with travellers and locals alike chatting, swimming and generally loving life. Spend long leisurely lunches in the surrounding cafes and restaurants, hire bikes or rollerblades or just relax in the sunshine.See all trips that visit Barcelona
Explore the Islamic inspired fortress of Alhambra.
Rising from woods of cypress and elm, the Alhambra reigns supreme on the hillside of Gibraltar. Born in the 11th Century and then further developed over the 14th and 15th century’s, the fortress holds an extensive network of lavishly decorated palaces and irrigated gardens and gives those who visit it a glimpse into the rich history of the Spanish empire and the influence both Islam and Catholicism had on the Alhambra’s design.See all trips that visit Gibraltar
1. Roskilde Music Festival – Roskilde is the largest and most famous Danish music festival, and also one of the biggest music festivals in Europe. Expect a genre-spanning blend of artists from the well known to the cutting edge, with big name international headliners.
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2. Aarhus Festival – Founded in 1965, this wide-ranging cultural shindig is now an Aarhus institution. For 10-days each year, the city becomes a European hub of visual arts, theatre, music, literature and gastronomy, featuring local, national and international artists.
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3. Skanderborg Festival – Better known as Smukfest, this festival is the second largest in the country after Roskilde. Its tagline is Danmarks Smukkeste Festival ('Denmark's most beautiful festival') and offers a varied lineup of rock, pop, heavy metal, electronica and folk from local Danish stars to big name international acts.
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4. Strøm Festival, Copenhagen – Denmark's premier electronic music festival brings together a selection of the most progressive names in the genre from all over the world, with a program of free concerts and masterclasses held at various venues across the city.
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5. Copenhagen Cooking – One of Europe's largest food festivals, Copenhagen Cooking is a Mecca for foodies around the world. Held over a 10-day period in August, it's a celebration of Nordic and Danish cooking culture. Events range from workshops to gourmet dinners, with everything in between.
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1. Moesgaard Museum, Aarhus – This museum of prehistory and ethnography showcases some incredible archaeological finds from Denmark's ancient past. Highlights include several incredibly well preserved people from the Bronze Age as well as Grauballe Man, the world's best-preserved bog-body who was a local here around 5000 years ago.
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2. National Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen – Denmark’s largest museum of cultural history is housed in The Prince’s Palace, a splendid 18th century mansion. It showcases 14,000 years of Danish history, from the Ice Age through the Viking Age right up to the present day.
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3. Arken Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj – An outstanding feat of contemporary architecture, the Guggenheim museum is built alongside the Nervion River in Bilbao and houses some spectacular pieces of modern and contemporary art.
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4. Hans Christian Andersen Museum, Odense – Step into the fairytale world of Denmark's best-loved author with a trip to this museum, located in his childhood home in Odense. Here you'll get a fascinating glimpse into the life and the character of the man who gave the world such timeless fables as The Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling and The Emperor's New Clothes.
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5. Danish Museum of Art & Design, Copenhagen – Denmark's premier museum of design is based within a former 18th century hospital. It features an impressive collection of decorative crafts and industrial design dating from the Middle Ages to the present day, including works by legendary Danish designer Kaare Klint.
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Once the culinary laughing stock of Europe, and now the home of New Nordic Cuisine and Michelin starred restaurants like NOMA, Denmark has undergone quite the culinary upheaval in recent years. High-quality local produce is the name of the game here, with chefs making use of lesser-known and underused ingredients alongside traditional processes like marinating, smoking and salting.
You can almost guarantee that meat, fish and cheese will pop up on the average Danish menu, as will dark rugbrød (Danish rye bread), a much-loved staple that makes up the backbone of every good smørrebrød.
Here's our top 5 pick of delectable Danish dishes:
Smørrebrød – This classic Danish open sandwich comes in endless varieties, but classic toppings include leverpostej (liverpaste) and røget ål med rørægsmoked (smoked eel with scrambled eggs).
Best eaten at –Schønnemann, Hauser Plads 16, 1127 København K
Pølsevogn – Denmark has a love affair with the hotdog, and you'll see pølsevogn (hotdog stands) on street corners throughout the country. Try the classic topping combo of pickled cucumber, crispy onions, mustard, ketchup and sweet mayonnaise.
Best eaten at –DØP Pølsevogn, Købmagergade 52, 1150 København K
Stegt Flæsk – This traditional dish of fried fatty pork strips is served with potatoes, parsley sauce and red beets. It's hugely popular throughout the country – a real Denmark travel 2016 must-do!
Best eaten at –Restaurant Klubben, Enghavevej 4-6, 1674 København V
Wienerbrød – Funnily enough, the Danes don't refer to their pastries as 'Danish'. Here, it's wienerbrød ('Viennese bread'), and there’s a huge variety to choose from. Try the classic spandauer, a flaky pastry filled with almond paste and topped with custard or raspberry jam.
Best eaten at –Lagkagehuset, Strøget, Frederiksberggade 21, 1459 København K
Flødeboller – Flødeboller (loosely, 'cream balls') are chocolate covered marshmallow treats, often with marzipan or liquorice, and Denmark just can't get enough of them. These indulgent delights pair perfectly with an afternoon cup of coffee.
Best eaten at – Simply Chocolate, Østergade 52, 1001 København K
A scarf - The weather in Copenhagen in December can be viciously cold. Keep warm and blend in with the locals as you go!
An adapter plug - Denmark uses the European standard 2-pin plug. Bring a transformer if you want to use appliances that run on USA voltage.
A copy of Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales - What better place to read the classic fairytales than the country where they were written?
Swimming goggles - It'd be a shame to come to Copenhagen without a dip in the Islands Brygge Havnebadet outdoor swimming pool.
An umbrella - Denmark weather is unpredictable, even in summer. Pack a brolly.