DENMARK: CLASSIC | MODERN | ELEGANT
SEE & DO: NYHAVN
Lined by brightly colored townhouses and cafés, the Nyhavn waterfront district is where the locals go to unwind. Enjoy the view of the historical wooden ships floating lazily on the water as you sit nearby in an open-air café. Photo By: Roman Pfeiffer | Flickr
SEE & DO: THE OLD STOCK EXCHANGE
Dating back to 1625, this is one of the oldest buildings in Copenhagen. Stroll by and admire the Dutch Renaissance style architecture featuring a dragon spire of four intertwined dragon tails, topped by three crowns, symbolizing the Scandinavian empire pf Denmark, Norway, and Sweden.
STAY: KOKKEDAL CASTLE
Offering a classic Danish castle experience, this property is set amidst a rolling landscape with forest, sea, beach, and open meadows.
STAY: NIMB HOTEL
This exclusive Moorish-styled palace has only 17 uniquely decorated suites.
Homely, intimate, and magnificent, this five-star hotel is illuminated in the evenings with thousands of tiny lights, making it an almost fairytale setting.
STAY: HOTEL D'ANGLETERRE
The property is recently renovated with a classic style and modern touch. Established in 1755, it is a legendary institution accentuated by its elegance, luxury, and style.
EAT: AOC AARØ & CO.
Situated in the vaulted cellar of an historic 17th century mansion, the chef uses fresh Nordic produce sourced from both the earth and sea, creating a host of delicacies to satiate all appetites.
Ranked as the Best Restaurant in the World as recently as 2014 by Restaurant magazine, the chef creates world-class dishes presented in 20-course meals. Sea urchin with hazelnuts and roasted wild duck are just a sampling of the dishes that await you. Photo By: cyclonebill | Flickr
Multiple-course tasting menus provide an opportunity to explore the flavors of this Michelin starred restaurant situated in the center of Copenhagen.
Surprise is key for this restaurant which chooses not to reveal its daily menu. Simple, tasty, and certified organic, the curious will enjoy a meal here – whatever it may be.
The bartenders at this little bar create modern and classic cocktails with their own personal and creative touch. Emphasizing Nordic-inspired drinks, the menu is customized to reflect the flavors of the season.
Unpretentious and unexpected flavor combinations delight patrons in this bar spanning three floors of an 18th-century apothecary brick building.
SEE & DO: KRONBORG CASTLE - UNESCO
Designated as an UNESCO World Heritage Site, this is the actual castle that Shakespeare set Hamlet in. Photo By: Jeff Marquis | Flickr
SEE & DO: THE LITTLE MERMAID
One of Copenhagen's most famous tourist attractions - the sculpture of The Little Mermaid. Unveiled in 1913, this sculpture was a gift from Danish brewer Carl Jacobsen to the City of Copenhagen.
SEE & DO: GRUNDTVIG'S CHURCH
This monumental church is one of the best known in the city. It’s gothic cathedral architecture and the use of yellow brickwork gives the structure a nice contrast from the city surrounding it.
SEE & DO: TIVOLI GARDENS
This international attraction is an amusement park and pleasure garden in one. The second-oldest amusement park in the world, it boasts exotic architecture, historic buildings, and lush gardens. Photo By: kmardahl | Flickr
SPA: NI’MAT SPA
Similar to most spa treatments but a nice opportunity to relax after a busy day of sightseeing and shopping. Photo By: Denise Cross Photography | Flickr
Referred to as “Danish gold,” try the local experience of searching the beaches after a storm for chunks of amber that have washed on shore. Or you can admire beautifully crafted amber jewelry accented by silver or gold in the stores of Copenhagen.
SHOP: ROYAL COPENHAGEN
Inspired by Danish history and heritage, Royal Copenhagen is one of the world's oldest companies. They are renowned for their exclusive quality porcelain products and their immaculate design.
A small Scandinavian country in northern Europe, the word ‘Denmark’ dates back to the age of Vikings. Steeped in rich history and traditional royal celebrations, the country is well-known for its dramatic castles. The capital city of Copenhagen itself is a blend of modern architecture and historical buildings. Walking through the city’s cobblestone streets is like stepping into a modern day storybook complete with world-class museums, captivating art galleries, and breathtaking Baroque churches. Not to be missed are the yearly Christmas markets transforming the country into a winter wonderland and the myriad of world-class restaurants.
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BEFORE YOU GO
There are plenty of transportation options in Denmark, both private and public. The most popular method, in this city with high environmental standards, is by bicycle.
Taxis are relatively easy to find. Rental cars can be tricky with the high amount of pedestrian traffic.
From stylish boutique to elegantly modern-designer hotels, you won’t lack in state-of-the-art amenities. If you’re looking for a truly exceptional experience, treat yourself like royalty and experience a stay in a magnificent Danish castle.
Copenhagen Marriott Hotel
First Hotel Skt Petri
Hilton Copenhagen Airport
Kokkedal Castle Copenhagen
Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Copenhagen
The Square Copenhagen
Denmark has undergone a renaissance to a new kind of Danish cuisine. Creative chefs have developed innovative gourmet dishes, inspired by traditional food and made from the finest, natural Nordic ingredients. Be sure to sample some exotic sounding delicacies such as sea urchin or musk ox.
While indulging in the gastronomical offerings, don’t deprive yourself from exploring traditional delicacies as well. Open sandwiches known as smørrebrød are a national specialty. Try them using Denmark’s typical rye-bread, called rugbrød. Dairy products, cheese, and butter hold a reputation as being amongst the very best in the world. Pork, especially bacon is also world-renowned. Check out Torvehallerne, a market on steroids, for some of these local delights.
Bakeries are everywhere you look. While you’re picking up a wienerbrød, or danish, don’t forget about the huge variety of delicious cakes and other pastries.
Every restaurant on this list is Michelin starred. You cannot go wrong. Perhaps an extended vacation is needed in order to visit each one.
AOC Aarø & Co.
Den Røde Cottage
Grønbech & Churchill
Studio at the Standard
The Danish love their cozy pubs, but the scene also boasts plenty of nightclubs, cocktail bars, and micro-breweries. With local beers beginning to expand in Denmark, you’ll find modern and classic cocktails coming together to form fun and unique concoctions.
The Barking Dog
Mikkeller & Friends
SEE & DO
Restored castles invite you to discover their secrets. Modern architecture dazzles and delights in sleek buildings found peppered throughout the cities. Quaint little towns, prominent during the Viking Age, continue to draw crowds.
There’s no shortage of places to visit and things to do in this country drenched with history.
Church of our Savior
Den Gamle By
Hans Christian Andersen Museum
Island of Bornholm
Kronborg Castle - UNESCO
Louisiana Modern Art Museum
National Museum of Denmark
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
Original Legoland Billund
Rosenborg Castle - UNESCO
The Little Mermaid
The Old Stock Exchange
Copenhagen is not a spa destination. The few spas listed offer treatments that are classic, traditional, and comforting.
Barrett Health Club, Copenhagen Marriott Hotel
Ni’mat Spa at Hilton Copenhagen Airport
Be ready to spend some quality time shopping. Small amber jewelry pieces, entire sets of wooden furniture, and Royal Copenhagen dinnerware are plentiful and stunningly beautiful.
There are plenty of shopping districts filled with locally designed products to explore. At the end of the year, lose yourself in a Christmas market.
Old Fashioned Danish candy
Royal Copenhagen - Dinnerware, Figurines and Collectables
Wool and Knitwear