Viking Legends Meet Modern Cities
With Germany to the south and Sweden to the east, Denmark is often overshadowed by its larger neighbours. And yet it is a country with enormous appeal to tourists, especially those chasing the concept of “hygge” (cosiness and a safe, relaxed atmosphere) which is at the centre of much of the contemporary culture. Windswept beaches, largely flat countryside dotted with fairy tale-style castles, and small cities with excellent transport and cycling provisions make this a country with generous amounts of both charm and practicality.
Denmark is covered by the Baltic Sea EU macro-regional strategy and the priorities of the strategy include marine conservation, boosting prosperity and connecting with the wider region. These priorities clearly come across in many of the country’s most renowned attractions. Follow the Danish portions of five fascinating cultural routes to discover the stories of the martyr Saint Olav and modern-day Danes’ seafaring Viking forebears, as well as the architectural and historic influences revealed by the Cistercian abbeys, historic cemeteries and Megalithic sites found throughout the country.
How to get there?
Visitors can get to Denmark by car, bus or plane. You can also take the ferry or train from Germany or Sweden. There are four international airports, in Copenhagen, Billund, Aalborg and Aarhus. Denmark is also known for its excellent cycling infrastructure, with Copenhagen sometimes being called the cycling capital of the world. EuroVelo routes 3, 7, 10 and 12 pass through the country.