Denmark, home to hygge, the open topped sandwich and the bicycle. Nine out of ten Danes have a bicycle and 26% of all journeys under 5km are completed on a bike. Since 1993, there have been 11 national cycle routes established in Denmark, covering a total of 4,233 km. However, riding a bike drunk can cost you 1500DKK (€201.69; $231). There isn’t a legal limit for biking alcohol intake however if a policeman believes you’re not not sober enough to properly ride it, you will not only get a fine but will have to leave their bicycle and walk home as well.
Denmark is a superclean country with lots of focus on being happy, taking care of yourself and the environment. Despite its modern charm its towns frequently have medieval histories with cobbled streets and half timbered houses.
Denmark, like many Scandinavean countries, is expensive for tourism but hopefully with some tips from below, we can make it cheaper for you.
Top Ten Cities in Denmark
- Copenhagen – 1,295,686
- Aarhus – 269,022
- Odense – 176,683
- Aalborg – 113, 417
- Esbjerg – 72,261
- Randers – 62, 563
- Kolding – 60,300
- Horsens – 58,480
- Vejle – 55,876
- Roskilde – 50,393
What to Know about Denmark
The official language of Denmark is Danish and it’s spoken by 5.4 million people.
- Visas are not required by citizens from Nordic countries, the UK or the EU/EAA.
- If you hold a British Citizen passport and you’re planning staying longer than 3 months, see the British Government’s Living in Denmark guide and contact the Danish Embassy if you have further questions.
- If you’re not a family member of an EU/EEA national. Please see information on Family members of EU or EEA Nationals and note that family members of a UK national will need a visa.
- You will need a visa if you’re a citizen or a passport holder of a Schengen country listed on this page.
- Citizens from Greenland and the Faroe Islands aren’t members of the European Union. You don’t need a visa to enter for tourism but you’ll need a work and residence permit before entry if you intend to live and work there.
- The Krone (DKK) is the official currency of Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands!
- ATM machines are widely available.
- The majority of businesses accept payment by credit and bank card, Google Pay, Apple Pay and cash.
- Maximum contactless payment by card is 350 DKK.
- A bed in a hostel costs around 200 DKK per night whereas private rooms in hostels might cost 300 DKK per night. Free WiFi is usually included in hostel stays and some include breakfast.
- Guesthouse rooms usually cost $15-20 and include air-con, TV etc.
- AirBNB is available in most locations with prices generally starting between 300-900 DKK per night.
- Booking.com offers a comprehensive list of all hotels. Please support the local hotels as this pays money directly into the local communities. Prices are expensive and start at roughly 900 DKK per night. Most hotels have interconnecting rooms. See below for a comprehensive list of accommodation providers.
- Camping is a cheaper alternative but do remember that Denmark isn’t always sunshine friendly! Campsites start at roughly 60 DKK for a basic tent pitch. To stay at any campsite you will need the Camping Key Europe card. The card costs around 110 DKK. If you only plan to camp one night, you can get a transit card, for 35 DKK.
- Danish food is not cheap. A basic restaurant lunch will cost a minimum of 75 DKK raising to 200 DKK in the evening.
- Fish and fish eggs cooked in a variety of ways seem to be a national dish, alongside open topped sandwiches.
- Take outs and cafes provide cheaper food but still expect to pay 40 DKK for a basic hot dog.
- Plant based food is becoming more common but use the HappyCow website for up to date recommendations.
- If you plan on buying and cooking your own food, fresh markets offer the best prices and produce. Netto & Lidl offer good value for money. If you’re driving over from a cheaper country, I’d suggest bringing a box of the basics with you to keep costs down.
- The Copenhagen Card gives unlimited public transport in the Copenhagen region plus free entry to 80 museums and attractions. It is available for a 24, 48, 72 and 120 hour period, costing €54-133 for adults & children 10-15 years costing less.
- You can also buy a City Pass for unlimited public transport over a 24, 48, 72, 96 or 120 hour period, costing from DKK 80 for 24 hours for unlimited travel in Copenhagen zones 1-4, including the airport. Buy it online and remember to keep your phone charged.
- Copenhagen’s City Bike project, Bycyklen, is a network of electric bikes all over the city that you can rent from the street. Each bike has a touchscreen tablet which can be used for navigation, payment and tourist info.
- It’s also easy to rent a bike from a local bike shop, pick up a Donkey rental bike on the street, or rent an electric scooter via an app. For more about bike rental and the city’s cycling rules, see Copenhagen’s bike guide.
- DSB is the official Danish national rail operator, and you can see train routes, find times and book train tickets on the DSB website or by calling +45 70 13 14 15. Booking in advance, up to two months before travel, is advised – check the section ‘DSB Orange’ for the best value off peak tickets on the train operator’s website.
- Trains also run from Denmark to Sweden from the main central station in Copenhagen, with Swedish rail company SJ. It takes under 40 minutes to reach Malmö and there are regular overnight trains as well as multiple daily options for the 5.5-hour direct trip to Stockholm.
- European citizens can buy a single country InterRail Denmark Pass offering unlimited train journeys up to 8 days a month; Denmark is also included in the InterRail Global Pass that allows access to train routes in 33 European countries, making a multi-stop Scandinavian trip easy. The Eurail Denmark Pass offers similar options for non-European citizens.
- You can also travel by coach using Denmark’s extensive network of long-distance coach routes. Bus connections are operated by providers including Eurolines Germany, FlixBus and Swebus and include routes between Danish towns and cities as well as multiple cities in Europe.
- As you’d expect from a country made up of so many islands, boats and ferries provide an essential service. It’s also a refreshing way to travel. Several major tour operators run ferry and cruise services to Denmark from other major European destinations, including Scandlines, Color Line, Fjord Line and Stena Line. DFDS operates a two-night cruise from Copenhagen to Oslo with overnight travel to Oslo, a day (6.5 hours) in the city and overnight travel back, among other routes.
Activities in Denmark
Areas of natural beauty
- Camp Adventure’s new Treetop Experience is 50 minutes outsie Copenhagen.
- Thy National Park is the first official national park in Denmark and spans 12 kilometers of land along the western coastline of Jutland. Hike or bike over rugged landscapes & through pine forests. Birdwatchers are also in for a treat as there are over 30 species of birds in the park, as well as resident otters.
- Rubjerg Knude lighthouse remained in operation until 1968 but now stands abandoned, waiting to be overcome by sand. Climb the dramatic dunes to see it before it gets buried completely!
- Denmark is the only place outside Sydney where you can try bridgewalking! Take in spectacular views and get your adrenaline pumping over the top of the old Little Belt Bridge!
- Look for fossils at Møns Klint. Møns Klint is one of Denmark’s must-see landmarks. Aside the dramatic scenery and lovely walks on top of the cliffs and on the beach, you can also gather pieces of prehistoric times on fossil hunts, in association with Geocenter Møns Klint.
- St Laurence’s Church is in the very north of Denmark and in the 18th century churchgoers had to dig their way in through the door to get to Sunday service! The church, named after the patron saint of seafarers, was finally given over to the sands in 1795 and today, only the tower is visible.
- If you’re looking for a place where you can truly disconnect, check out Samsø. This island is known both as Denmark’s vegetable island (don’t miss out on the strawberries and potatoes) and Energy Island (the entire island is fueled by renewable energy).
- Explore the Viking burial grounds of Lindholm Høje. The grave sites here date from the Iron Age and the Viking Age and you will find 682 graves as well as 150 ships carved from stone.
- Stand beside carved giants with Svend Wiig Hansen’s monumental sculpture, Man meets the Sea near Esbjerg.
Places of Interest
- LEGO house. LEGO House offers red, blue, and green-themed zones, nine play terraces, three restaurants, a Masterpiece Gallery, LEGO history and much more.
- Visit Legoland in Billund
- Nyhavn is one of the most iconic places in Copenhagen and a perfect spot to hang out in the sun or go for a canal tour.
- Visit the ARoS Art Museum and the rainbow rooftop.
- Egeskov Castle in Funen is one of the most beautiful and famous buildings in Europe and is built in the Renaissance style. Points of interest to look out for include the mighty Knights’ Hall as well as elegant spires and a working moat.
- The ancient city of Roskilde – home of a marvelous cathedral and Viking ships – is also known as a music city when 100,000 music lovers gather every July at one of the biggest festivals in Europe!
- Every July, one of the world’s biggest gatherings of Santa Clauses takes place at Bakken, the world’s oldest amusement park.
- Go on a scavenger hunt for giants and explore suburban Copenhagen while hunting for the six forgotten giants created by artist Thomas Dambo. The giants are scattered around the lush forests, meadows and by calm waters in the outskirts of Copenhagen.
- Relax on your own ‘parkipelago’! Floating in Copenhagen’s harbour, The Islands are visitable by renting electric boats (GoBoat) and heading to your own little paradise, right in our capital.
- The Viking Ship Museum offers you the chance to adventure on the high seas even for those with no sailing experience. You’ll play an active part of the crew and can enjoy swimming in Denmark’s fjords.
- Head underground to the Maritime Museum in Helsingør (Elsinore). Designed by famous Danish architect, Bjarke Ingels, the Maritime Museum takes you deep underground in sight of Hamlet’s castle, Kronborg. Delve into Denmark’s fascinating maritime history and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kronborg.
- Visit the home town of Hans Christian Andersen, the world’s most beloved fairy tale author of The Ugly Duckling, The Little Mermaid and The Snow Queen.
- Tivoli Gardens amusement park in central Copenhagen offers rides, games, musicals, ballet, and major concerts.
Where To Stay In Denmark
These sites offer you the chance to swap homes with other people which significantly reduces all costs. Some homes also offer car swapping too. You might need to pay an annual fee of up to £70 but this is small change in comparision to forking out for accommodation.
How About Working For A Free Stay
Have you thught about exchanging work hours for free accommodation, some meals and time off to explore a new country?
Sign Up For Membership Discounts
Many (non-hotel/booking site) memberships provide discounts on hotels and hostels worldwide. Often you simply type the membership/discount code in a coupon box when booking online. Some programs that offer discounts include:
- Hostelling International (HI) (provides discounts at HI membership hostels worldwide)
- CAA/AAA (provides members-only discounts on international hotel chains and car rentals)
- International Student Identity Card (ISIC) card (provides discounts on accommodation, transport, and attractions worldwide)
Booking Platforms That We Use
These are the platforms that we use the most. They each have benefits and it takes time to compare the deals on them but always look for good & honest reviews and look at the booking conditions.
- Holiday Lettings
- Holiday Cottages
- Hotels Combined