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Home Page > Travelogues > Denmark (a.k.a. Danemark)

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Click on the colored areas of the map to access a travelogue.  The colors indicate different regions of the Denmark -- scroll down for explanation and introduction for each location. (Original map comes from the CIA World Factbook)

IntroductionAh, Denmark!  A land of wooden warships and Vikings!  It was also aDenmark land of simple towns, beautiful farmland, fairy tales (thanks to Hans Christian Andersen), and hundreds of islands.  In my experience, most Americans knew little about Denmark beyond Copenhagen, the capital, which happened to reside at the very far eastern end.  Meanwhile, there was a lot of history and natural beauty on the country's largest landmass, the Jutland Peninsula, that extended off of northern Germany.

Denmark was more a place to go in the summertime, which was normally mild and when the country's outdoor activities were in full swing.  There were a lot of zoos, outdoor trails, and period villages that re-enacted times past.  I encountered the latter in two different cities on the same weekend -- Odense and Aarhus.  Meanwhile, Copenhagen was the one year-round destination, as it had all the amenities one would expect at a major capital -- museums, galleries, lovely architecture, royal squares, classy restaurants.

I have made two trips to Denmark -- one a full weekend at Copenhagen, and the other to Aarhaus and various locations on the central Danish island of Fyn.  On my "list", I would like to see more of the Jutland, where the majority of Viking relics were located, the famous original Legoland, and some of the other less-populated islands for a taste of the country life.    

One note.  Although Denmark was a part of the European Union and a signatory of the Schengen Treaty, allowing for open borders with its neighbors, Denmark was not part of the Eurozone.  As of 2006, the Danish still used the Kroner, which exchanged somewhere between 7 and 8 to 1 against the US dollar.  One Kroner equals 100 Ore, but rarely will you see anything divided below 25 Ore (roughly three cents).  

Travelogues.  The coloring of the locations on the map above indicate different regions in Denmark, as shown below.  

RED:  COPENHAGEN.  Copenhagen has it all -- gorgeous castles like the Rosenborg Slot, majestic Parliament buildings such as the Christiansborg Palace, a grand citadel complete with old-style cannons and kasernes, massive market squares, the famously colorful Nyhavn inner harbor, and the reknowned sculpture of the "Little Mermaid" perched on a rock just off the shore.  For families, there is the Tivoli Amusement Park in the center of town.  And there is so much more... What can one say, it's huge! GREEN:  AARHUS and the Jutland.  As Denmark's Aboulevarden in Aarhus third-largest city, Aarhus is a happenin' alternative to Copenhagen.  The Aboulevarden area (pictured) straddles a downtown canal and is lined with dozens of meeting places.  It also has Den Gamle By, a fantastic theme park of Old Denmark from centuries ago, and a number of great art museums and exhibits. 
BLUE.  Island of Fyn (or Funen).  The central island of Fyn is windswept fields, peaceful forest trails, and small Egeskov Castletowns nestled in the valleys.  The major city on the island is Odense, the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen.  Odense's downtown is very active with lots of shopping and museums, and a number of side alleys with trendy bars and cafés.  In the center of the island is Egeskov Castle (pictured) which is a massive family entertainment area and museum complex including automobiles and horse carriages.  The small town of Ringe has some beautiful architecture and lots of nearby forest trails.  

LinksThe below links connect you to external sites in a new window.  All links are official sites sanctioned by the national, state, or local governments unless otherwise indicated.  These links will open to the Danish-language home page, which will offer an icon or link to an English-language section (normally limited content).  If an English language link is not available, click on the "Turist" section.  This is for the tourism page, which should have English content available.  Links updated 30 December 2005.

Country Links:

bullet Danish National Tourism Board
bullet US Embassy to Denmark
bullet US Consular Sheet for Denmark
bullet Danish Embassy to US


City and Town Links:

bullet Aarhus Home Page

Copenhagen Home Page

bulletEgeskov Castle Home Page
bullet Odense Home Page

Ringe Tourism Page 


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