Denmark is like a fairy land - small, beautiful, mysterious and full of amazing things. Denmark borders Sweden, Norway and Germany and embraced by Baltic Sea and North Sea.
Danish history is legendary.
From the tribal Danes, the Danish Vikings, the Kalmar Union (1397-1523, Denmark, Sweden and Norway Union under the same monarch, the Danish Queen Margaret I), to King Frederick VII convened and adopted the modern constitutional monarchy in 1848, Danish history is full of rich stories.
Welcome to Hans Christian Andersen’s lovely hometown - Denmark!
Copenhagen, a City of Fairytales
Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark. More than 30% of the Danes live in the Copenhagen capital area. Copenhagen is regarded as one of the most livable city in the world. It is green, small, convenient, and blended between the old charm and the modern and progressive beat of a new century cosmopolitan.
North Zealand, the Royal Castles
Just a short drive of 40 minutes from Copenhagen, you will be in the peaceful, picturesque North Zealand. North Zealand is the ancient playground of the royals. There are a lot of famous castles, retreats and palaces in North Zealand, including the famous Frederiksborg Palace, Fredensborg Palace and Kronborg Castle (regarded as the castle of Prince Hamlet from the famous and longest play of Shakespeare).
Odense, Hans Christian Andersen’s Hometown
Odense is one of the oldest cities in Denmark. Odense is located in Fyn - a charming and beautiful island of Denmark. The great Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen was born in Odense and spent his childhood here. In Odense, you can experience the peaceful Danish country life and culture.
Billund is a small Danish town where the world famous Legoland and the toy company (Lego Group) locate.
Little Mermaid Statue (1913)
The Little Mermaid Statue is Copenhagen’s most famous tourist attraction. The sculpture is made of bronze and granite. It is inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale about a mermaid who sacrifices her life to love a young and handsome prince on land.
Amalienborg Palace (1760)
Amalienborg Palace is the residence of the Danish Royal Family.
Danish monarchs are relatives to many current European monarchs. That is because one Danish King - Christian IX (1818-1906). King Christian IX and his queen had six children. And they married into other royal families in Europe. The descendents of King Christian IX include many of the current European monarchs including: Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, King Philippe of Belgium, King Harald V of Norway, King Felipe VI of Spain, Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, British consort Prince Philip, Michael I of Romania, Constantine II of Greece, Queens Consort Anne of Romania, Anne-Marie of Greece and Queen Sofia of Spain etc.
This earns King Christian IX "the father-in-law of Europe".
Nyhavn (17th Century)
Nyhavn was originally a busy commercial port where ships from all over the world would dock. The area was packed with sailors, ladies of pleasure, pubs and alehouses. Today the beautiful old houses have been renovated and classy restaurants dominate the old port. Nyhavn is filled with people enjoying the relaxed atmosphere by the canal, jazz music and great food.
Hans Christian Andersen, the famous Danish fairytale writer, used to live in no. 18, 20 and no. 67 of Nyhavn.
Stroget is one of Europe's longest pedestrian streets with a many choices of shops, from budget-friendly chains to some of the world's most expensive brands (like Prada, Max Mara, Louis Vuitton, Mulberry, Hermes and Boss). The Stroget stretches 1.1 kilometers long and runs from City Hall Square (Radhuspladsen) to Kongens Nytorv.
Gefion Fountain (1908)
Gefion Fountain is the largest monument in Copenhagen.
The fountain depicts the mythical story from the 13 century Ynglinga saga. In the saga, it tells how Zealand (the island where Copenhagen is located) was created.
According to Ynglinga saga, Goddess Gefjun asked for a piece of land from the Swedish King Gulfi. The Swedish King promised Gefjun the territory she could plow in a night. Gefjun turned her four sons into oxen and plowed a whole night in the Swedish land, and then throw the land into the sea between Scania and Fyn Island. That was how Zealand came from. The huge hole Goddess Gefjun plowed became a lake called Logrinn and Leginum (Lake Malaren in Stockholm). There is also information saying that the hole Goddess Gefjun plowed became Lake Vanern - the largest lake in Sweden - due to its size and shape is similar with Zealand.
Carlsberg Brewery (1847)
Visit Carlsberg is among the most popular tourist attractions in Copenhagen. In the legendary brewery, you can get closer to the root of Carlsberg, smell the ingredients, discover authentic architecture, taste world-famous Danish beer in many styles and get a feeling of what Carlsberg is all about.
Frederiksborg Palace (1620)
Frederiksborg Palace is situated on three islets in the castle lake in Hillerod. It is about 40 minutes north of Copenhagen. The Palace, which is surrounded by the beautiful baroque garden, was built in the Dutch Renaissance style at the beginning of the 1600s by King Christian IV. You can walk through the rich Danish history through the large amount of collections of historical portraits, paintings and arts in the Palace.
Fredensborg Palace (1753)
Fredensborg Palace literally means “Palace of Peace”. It was commissioned to be built by King Fredrik IV, to commemorate the peace treaty between Denmark and Sweden in 1722.
The elegant Baroque style castle is called Denmark´s Versailles. It is the summer residence of the Danish Queen Margrethe II. Fredensborg Palace is frequently used as the setting for important events of the Danish Royal Family - wedding receptions, anniversaries and birthday parties, as well as the official state visits.
Kronborg Castle (1420) (Elsinore) - The Hamlet Castle
Kronborg was built in the 1420s by King Eric of Pomerania of Denmark. It is a castle and a military stronghold. The castle was built at the narrowest point of the Oresund Sound (the strait between Denmark and Sweden). The king used this stronghold to collect fees from all the ships entering and leaving Baltic Sea.
Kronborg is one of the most important Renaissance castles in Northern Europe and has been added to UNESCO's World Heritage Sites list in 2000.
Kronborg is known to many as "Elsinore," the setting of William Shakespeare's famous tragedy Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.
Hans Christian Andersen’s Home (1908)
The legendary fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen was born in Odense in 1805. He lived in a small and humble house in Odense during his childhood. His parents were ordinary workers. At the age of fourteen, Andersen left Odense to try his luck in Copenhagen. He was accepted to work in the Royal Danish Theater due to his excellent soprano voice. But when he grew older, his voice was changed. Jonas Collin, director of the Royal Danish Theatre, supported Andersen for grammar education. Andersen started to write when he was twenty. He wrote more than 3381 works for his whole life and earned him the name as a great international fairytale writer.
Odense’s Latin Quarter
Odense’s Latin Quarter is a charming place of urban life with cafes, lifestyle shops, fashion and design mixed with art, culture and not least nature just around the corner. It is an oasis without cars and chain stores. Here are people, outdoor life, high-end specialty shops, cafes and culture in generous quantities. In Odense’s Latin Quarter, you can find a living environment with events all year round. The whole area was once a textile factory and the characteristic old industrial yellow bricks architecture makes it stand out from the surroundings and feel like a city within the city.
Odense Castle (1730)
Odense Castle was the provincial castle of the Royal Danish Family. It was commissioned to be built by King Frederik IV in 1720 and completed in 1730. It is a beautiful Dutch Baroque style castle designed and contracted by the royal gardener J. C. Krieger.
Legoland (1968), the Playground for All
Legoland is located in Billund, Denmark, near the headquarters of the world famous toy company - the Lego Group.
Legoland opened in 1968. Every year, there are more than 1.6 million people visited Legoland Resort.
Legoland Resort is Denmark’s most famous and popular amusement park for families and children of all ages. With a lot of funs and actions for the whole family, you can have an unforgettable holiday here.
More than 830,000 LEGO bricks were used to build replicas of five of the tallest buildings in the world - Burj Khalifa, Shanghai Tower, Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel, World Trade Center and Taipei 101, in a scale of 1:150.
From 36 meters above the ground, LEGOTOP offers a fantastic view of more than 65 million LEGO bricks below. You can stay as pirates, princesses, knights, adventure heroes or with the girls from LEGO Friends in the cool LEGO themed rooms.
In Logoland, there are different mysterious worlds explore, they are: Duplo Land, Imagination Zone, LEGOREDO Town, Adventure Land, Miniland, Pirate Land, Lego City, Knights Kingdom, Viking Land, and Polar Land. All the worlds are full of great ventures and exciting events.
Hans Christian Andersen
Thanks to his fairytales stories, Hans Christian Andersen is one of the most widely read fairytales authors in the world.
Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales include:
The Angel (1843), The Bell, The Emperor's New Clothes (1837), The Fir-Tree (1844), The Galoshes of Fortune (1838), The Happy Family, The Ice-Maiden (1863), The Little Match Girl (1845), The Little Mermaid (1837), Little Tuck, The Most Incredible Thing (1870), The Nightingale (1843), The Old House, The Philosopher's Stone (1859), The Princess and the Pea (1835), The Red Shoes (1845), Sandman (1841), The Shadow (1847), The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep (1845), The Snow Queen (1844), The Steadfast Tin Soldier (1838), The Story of a Mother (1847), The Swineherd (1841), Thumbelina (1835), The Tinderbox (1835), The Ugly Duckling (1843) and The Wild Swans (1838) etc.
Jorn Utzon is a world famous Danish architect. His most famous designing masterpiece is the Sydney Opera House in Australia. The Sydney Opera House is one of the 20th century's most famous and distinctive buildings. In 2007, the Sydney Opera House was declared as a World Heritage Site. Jorn Utzon’s other well known designs include the Bagsvaerd Church near Copenhagen, the National Assembly Building in Kuwait and the unique Kingo House near Helsingor.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is famous Danish actor, producer and screenwriter. Played as the role of Ser Jaime Lannister in the HBO series Game of Thrones, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is one of the highest paid actors on television and earned £2 million per episode.
Karen Marie Aagaard Orsted, known professionally as MO, is an international famous Danish singer and songwriter. Her single "Lean On" peaked at number four on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and at number two on the UK Singles Chart. It reached number one in several other countries including Australia, Ireland, the Netherlands, Mexico, New Zealand, Finland, Denmark and Switzerland. The music video for "Lean On" has over 2 billion views in Youtube.
If you like beer, maybe you have tried Carlsberg beer - “probably the best beer in the world” (Carlsberg’s tagline). Carlsberg was founded in Copenhagen in 1847 by J. C. Jacobsen. He named the beer Carlsberg after his son’s name Carl. Carlsberg is one of the world’s largest beer brewers. It brewed 6.2% of the total production of beer of the world.
"Lego", derived from the Danish phrase “leg godt”, which means "play well". From 1949, LEGO started to produce interlocking bricks which can be assembled and connected to construct objects such as figures, vehicles, buildings and working robots etc. LEGO toys are like by children worldwide.
Bang and Olufsen
Bang &" Olufsen (B&O) is a highly-esteemed Danish design company. Bang &" Olufsen produces the world’s most stylish and high-end TV sets, audio products and other electronic products since 1925.