The Scandinavian country of Denmark, which often tops lists of the happiest countries on earth, is a sovereign state in northern Europe. In its regions, you'll find royal palaces, amusement parks, hundreds of islands, natural beauty, and more. Find out the popular tourist destinations in each of Denmark's regions.
Greater Copenhagen (Capital) Region
Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, is one of the oldest capital cities in Europe. Despite its age, Copenhagen offers a contemporary, trendy lifestyle with a thriving nightlife scene and great shopping. Major tourist attractions include Kronborg Castle, Tivoli Gardens, the Little Mermaid, and Bornholm Island.
Kronborg Castle, located in Helsingør, which is about 30 miles from Copenhagen, is an architectural marvel of the Renaissance era and was used as a fortress during that time. The castle inspired English playwright William Shakespeare's setting for his play "Hamlet." This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a must-visit for those who love history and architecture.
Established in 1843, Copenhagen's Tivoli Gardens is the second-oldest amusement park in the world. This popular destination offers a combination of performing arts, rides (including a wooden roller coaster), and many attractions such as an arcade and aquarium.
The fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen inspired Edvard Eriksen to build the Little Mermaid statue. Made in 1913 of bronze, you can see the Little Mermaid sitting on a rock by the water at Langelinie promenade. This is one of Copenhagen's most popular tourist attractions.
Bornholm, an island in the Baltic Sea, offers many tourist attractions ranging from scenic fishing villages and rocky sea escapades to sandy beaches. Visitors can enjoy Denmark's natural beauty at its best here. Popular towns reflecting this beauty include Rønne and Svaneke.
Another popular Denmark region is Zealand, along with its nearby islands of Møn, Falster, and Lolland. Popular for its chalk cliffs, the island of Møn is one of the major tourist destinations in this beach region.
Exotic beaches are also found on the island of Falster, including the long and sandy beaches at Marielyst. Other famous places in this region are the GeoCenter Møns Klint (geological museum), BonBon-Land amusement park, and Knuthenborg Safari Park.
Located in South Denmark, the small island of Funen is best known as the birthplace of writer Hans Christian Andersen. With its panoramic beauty, sandy beaches, and castles, it's easy to see why Andersen's hometown inspired him to write fairy tales.
North and South Jutland
The Jutland peninsula is a region comprising the entire western half of Denmark. Regionally divided into North Jutland and South Jutland, you will find much to do here, including visiting Legoland Billund or the old city of Ribe.
Legoland, the world's first Legoland park, is an exciting theme park consisting of buildings and attractions sometimes made entirely of Legos, which are small plastic toy construction pieces. The degree of sophistication with which this unique place has been built is undoubtedly exemplary. This park is located two miles from Billund Airport. This is indeed a must-see in Denmark that will delight tourists of all ages.
Built in the early eighth century, Denmark's oldest town of Ribe exudes a vintage feel along with a rich cultural heritage. Its Old World charm makes it a must-see destination. Popular tourist attractions in Ribe include the Ribe Vikings Museum, Ribe Cathedral, and Denmark's oldest town hall.