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Day 1: Copenhagen

Tivoli GardensTivoli Gardens

Do: Spend the day at Tivoli Gardens, the world’s second-oldest operating amusement park. The mix of architectural styles adds to the wonder of the park: from Poul Henningsen’s lamps to the Moorish design of Nimb. On Midsummer’s Eve in June, Danish families gather to watch as the figure of a burning witch rises from a blazing bonfire and lets out a loud shriek, symbolizing the burning of evil spirits.

Stay: The family-friendly Tivoli Hotel has impeccably modern rooms with touches of harlequinade decor that reflect the childlike spirit of the gardens.


DineNimb, an institution that dates back to the 19th century, is a restaurant empire located inside the park but accessible without an admission fee. It includes Louise, a fine dining restaurant, as well as a bar and grill and an outdoor eatery. 

Nimb's BrasserieNimb's Brasserie

Go to Brasserie for European-style classics and Nordic fare, like North Sea cod or biksemad, a Danish hash typically made with leftover roast. Nimb’s version includes poached egg, beetroot and capers.

Day Two: Copenhagen

Do: Start the day at the National Museum, a short walk from Tivoli Gardens. Check out the Bronze Age and Early Iron Age “fashions” on display in the prehistory section. Skirts, jewellery, suits and tasselled belts are preserved in peat bogs and offer a rare glimpse into how our ancestors dressed. 

Danish Design CenterDanish Design Center

In the afternoon, discover why Danish design is considered iconic the world over at the Danish Design Center. Exhibitions like Denmark by Design (open until May 2013) feature such retro creations as Fritz Hansen’s Nap chair and the still stylish Joke shoes from 1978.

FiskebarenFiskebaren/Photo: Thomas Busk

Dine: Head to Fiskebaren in the hip meat-packing district to mingle with Copenhagen’s well-heeled, beautiful people. This fish bar features the city’s freshest catch, including lumpfish roe from Sweden, blue mussels from Limfjorden (a shallow sound in northern Denmark) and hake from Denmark’s western shores.



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Monday, June 4th 2012 10:24

Joseph Terrio

Monday, June 4th 2012 19:54
Sounds good!

David Cronk

Monday, June 4th 2012 21:13
The Carlsberg abd Tuborg beer factories have been on the Must Do list for backpackers for years. However the days of free beer are over I believe!!

Jorgen Plum

Monday, June 4th 2012 23:12
About AARhus - a must see is - Den Gamle By - "The Old Town" - was founded in 1909 as the world's first open-air museum of urban history and culture.
75 historical houses from all over Denmark shape the contours of a Danish town as it might have looked in Hans Christian Andersen's days, with streets, shops, yards, homes and workshops.
At the moment two new neighbourhoods are being built - from the 1920s and 1970s. Furthermore Den Gamle By consists of several museums and exhibitions.
You can visit living rooms, chambers, kitchens, workshops and museums all year round, and you can meet the people and characters of yesteryear throughout the museum from Easter to 30th December.
Den Gamle By is like af nest of boxes: Open it, and one intriguing layer after another is revealed as you move in deeper.
Den Gamle By is under the patronage of the Danish Queen and it is one of Denmark’s few 3 star attractions in Guide Michelin and the only one outside the capital area.

Carey Thomas Groot

Monday, June 4th 2012 23:15
A beautiful fresh country. I'd love to return.


Tuesday, June 5th 2012 00:12
The Boy sculpture in ARoS was amazing as was the rooftop coloured walkway. Loved Nuhaven in Copenhagen. Don't miss the quaint seaside town of Ebeltoft on Jutland. Love Denmark!

h c jian

Tuesday, June 5th 2012 02:32
useful city~country guides that whet my appetite to see the many destinations i still have to conquer e.g Denmark etc

Irene Harvey

Tuesday, June 5th 2012 11:57
Or visit the Palace and watch the changing of the guard. Or visit the brewery and enjoy a free glass of beer. Or just take a trip around the city of Copenhagen on a river craft.

Jorgen Plum

Wednesday, June 6th 2012 23:56
Just for info to Jane and others - "Nyhavn" spelling in Danish is a great places to see the old (17th century) waterfront with beautiful houses plenty of restaurants,cafes famous ice cream bar. Close by is Queens Palace and Kongens NyTorv (Kings newsquare) with the old royal Theatre and next is the longest walking street in Europe. Also a must is to see nearby city like Roskilde (30min by train) most famous for biggest festilval in Europe but more importent to see the Viking Museeum next to the water (fjord) and Roskilde Cathedral where the burial site for the Danish monarchs and by the way it is listet as a Unesco world Heritage Site. From Roskilde take bus 600 to Hillerod and spend 3 hours on the famous Frederiksborg Castle - continue by small train further north to Helsingor (elsinore)- City of Hamlet Castle - do you have more time after checking out the old town take the ferry to Sweden (20 min ride)Denmark just look beautiful from that side. You can buy a day pass that cover all transport - much cheaper than go for the official tour bus.

Mette La Porte

Thursday, June 7th 2012 19:44
Well, this is the capital city for biking, so you MUST rent of of the city provided bikes or rent one from one of the 1000s of bike shops in all cities. This is the perfect way to see the small 1600 century streets, get a bit out of town, go along the harbour, etc. etc. So much to do and in only 5 days!!!!

Burgundy of Burgundy Limo

Saturday, June 16th 2012 10:42
This is lovely...I'd really like to go to Denmark now. I think I will.

Joan H

Tuesday, August 12th 2014 14:03
Denmark - the land of my parents - what's not to love. The countryside is so clean, the white churches so iconic. Danes live to eat and the food is good. A must see for me is always Egeskov castle on Fyn south of Odense.
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