10 Best Sights & Attractions in Denmark

Sightseeing in Denmark - What Are the Best Things to Do in Denmark?

It can be hard to pick the best sights and attractions in Denmark, but if you're planning a trip to Denmark and want some advice on must-see sights, start with this list of the top 10 attractions and sights in Denmark:

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Kronborg Castle near Helsingør

Kronborg Castle
Dennis Jarvis / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0
Kronborg 1B, 3000 Helsingør, Denmark
Phone +45 49 21 30 78

Kronborg Castle is definitely one of the top sights in Denmark. This impressive castle was the actual inspiration for "Elsinore" in Shakespeare's Hamlet and remains a popular attraction in Denmark year after year. In Danish, the castle is called Kronborg Slot. Travelers can find Kronborg Castle at the northernmost tip of the Danish island of Zealand. This castle is included in the Hamlet Castle Tour from Copenhagen and the North Zealand Castles Tour.

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The Øresund Bridge Connecting Denmark and Sweden

Oresund Bridge
L.E Daniel Larsson / Flickr / CC BY 2.0
Øresundsmotorvejen, Denmark

The Øresund Bridge is one of the can't-miss sights in Denmark. The scenic 10-mile bridge connects Sweden and Denmark, carrying over 60,000 travelers by car or train daily. The toll for driving across the Oresund bridge is paid at the toll station on the Swedish side.

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The Original Legoland in Billund

Legoland Denmark
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Nordmarksvej 9, 7190 Billund, Denmark
Phone +45 75 33 13 33

This is definitely one of my favorite attractions in Denmark. Pretty much everything here is made of Lego blocks...millions and millions of them! (Except the food.) This is the original Legoland amusement park which opened in 1968 and charms more Denmark visitors every year. Countless attractions and rides for all ages, along with indoor activities, exhibitions, and new thrill rides. Travelers find Legoland in Billund, in the heart of Denmark (150 miles west of Copenhagen).

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The Old Town of Aarhus, Denmark

Aarhus Denmark
Thomas Winz / Getty Images
Viborgvej 2, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark
Phone +45 86 12 31 88

The city of Aarhus has a historic Old Town that is without a doubt one of the best sights in Denmark. If you're not too far from Aarhus, visit the Old Town here. There are beautiful old houses, little shops, and food and drink on offer, and just lots of things to look at. Travelers get 50% off Old Town admission from January until March, and children under 18 are always free.

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The Island of Bornholm

Bornholm Island, Denmark
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Bornholm, Denmark

Bornholm is a Danish island in the Baltic Sea, east of Denmark and south of Sweden, with the nickname "Pearl of the Baltic". There are wonderful beaches, lots of bicycle paths, and architecture from the 1800s. You don't need a car on Bornholm - buses, bicycles, and Danish taxis are everywhere. To get to Bornholm, fly to Rønne-Bornholm Airport or check out the ferry connections.

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The Beaches in Denmark

Rudbjerg Knude Lighthouse
Walter Bibikow / Getty Images

Speaking of long, sandy beaches...no matter what time of year you're in Denmark, you shouldn't miss out on a trip to the nearest beach (even if it's not among the best beaches in Denmark). In July and August, it's warm enough to go swimming. The coastline of Denmark with its sand dunes and greenery is a sight that always changes. Bring your camera and look out for WWII bunkers and lighthouses!

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Amalienborg Castle in Copenhagen

Amalienborg Castle

TripSavvy / Taylor McIntyre

Amalienborg Slotsplads 5, 1257 København K, Denmark
Phone +45 33 12 21 86

Amalienborg in Copenhagen is the winter residence of Denmark's royalty, and also a very popular attraction in Denmark. With its rococo style, Amalienborg Castle combines four externally uniform (but internally different) palaces around a courtyard. Travelers can witness the changing of the Guard daily, and/or enter two of Amalienborg's palaces. A visit here is also part of the Copenhagen Grand Tour.

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The Little Mermaid in Copenhagen

The little mermaid statue

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Langelinie, 2100 København Ø, Denmark

What's Denmark's biggest attraction, but also the smallest? The Little Mermaid in Copenhagen, at just 4 feet tall! The Little Mermaid sits close to the shore of the cruise harbor "Langelinie" on her granite resting place, in the harbor area Nyhavn. It is a short walk from the main cruise pier, nearby many of Copenhagen’s other major attractions and locations to see the architecture in Copenhagen.

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The Tivoli Copenhagen

Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen
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Arni Magnussons Gade 2, 1577 København, Denmark
Phone +45 32 68 40 00

You can't visit Denmark's capital and just ignore the Tivoli. Especially if you're traveling as a family, the Tivoli should be at the top of your list of attractions and sights in Denmark. There's everything from serene park areas and activities for smaller children to rides for thrill-seeking teens and adults. Open daily in the summer from 11 am, closing time is between 10 pm and midnight.

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The Strøget in Copenhagen

Strøget shopping street in Copenhagen

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Strøget, København, Denmark

Europe's longest shopping street is also one of Denmark's top sights. And there's an insider tip for all you shoppers out there: Cost-conscious travelers and bargain-hunters should start shopping at the Rådhuspladsen end of the Stroget. There you will find lower prices, simpler foods, clothing chains like H&M, and much more reasonable offers in general!

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10 Best Sights & Attractions in Denmark