Interest in Denmark holidays has rocketed in recent years, thanks in part to a new generation of clever chefs, some rather addictive online dramas and a little thing called hygge. The world’s collective imaginations are captivated by the wild landscapes and elegant designs of this southernmost Nordic country.
With its territory split between mainland Europe (the Jutland peninsula, which borders northern Germany) and a collection of islands that shoulder up to Sweden (the largest, Zealand, is where you’ll find the capital city, Copenhagen), this famously cosmopolitan nation is an eclectic mixture of graceful sophistication and down-to-earth enjoyment. Although in the summer you might want to make like the Danes and head straight to the coast for some bracing northern sun and sea, holidays to Denmark will almost certainly include some time in Copenhagen. From its soaring modern opera house and historic palaces, to the sculpture of Hans Christian Andersen’s famed Little Mermaid and the twinkling lights of the Tivoli Gardens amusement park, there’s more than enough to do here to fill several city breaks.
There’s some fantastic shopping and plenty of world-class restaurants – or you can just take a seat along the picturesque harbour and watch the well-dressed world go by. Look further afield and you’ll find the medieval city of Odense and the art museums of Aarhus, not to mention the fantastic sports and relaxation opportunities offered by Denmark’s idyllic beaches and woodlands. Copenhagen is also connected to Malmo in Sweden by the Oresund Bridge – so if you find you’ve got a taste for Scandinavia, there’s plenty more to discover just a ten-minute drive away.