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THE IDEAL DENMARK ROAD TRIP FOR TOURISTS
Denmark has been voted as the happiest country in the world multiple times, and a self-drive holiday will invite you to get a taste of the happy Danish lifestyle.
Come and wander at a really regal nation. Denmark is full of castles, manor houses, and formal gardens to be visited. Get up close to Danish royalty of the past and present at famous castles such as Kronborg and Egeskov or find your own Viking treasures, walking among ancient rune stones. In this Drive to Discover itinerary, you'll find the five best things to do in Denmark.
For this itinerary, you will pick up and drop off your rental car in Copenhagen, Denmark’s vibrant and cosmopolitan capital has long been a popular city break destination. It also provides a very convenient gateway for US visitors to discover the region of Royal North Sealand, also known as the Danish Riviera. The area offers fascinating castles – including Hamlet’s castles, historic monasteries, world-class museums, picturesque fishing villages and some of the finest white sandy beaches of the Danish coastline.
NEXT STOP: 1 HOUR & 50 MINUTES
Odense is a small city and birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen. The house where the world-famous fairy tale writer was born is located in the historic quarter in Odense and is part of the Andersen Museum. The Hans Christian Andersen Museum opened in 1908 featuring the poet's life and work, making it one of the oldest poet museums. We recommend visiting this museum as part of a guided city walking tour.
NEXT STOP: 1 HOUR & 41 MINUTES
See an impressive Viking legacy, as displayed at the Viking Ship Museum on Roskilde Fjord. From the stone age through the Viking era, medieval times and the present, Roskilde and West Zealand have played an important role in Danish history. The Viking Ship Museum offers an incredible insight into the world of the Vikings in their era. You will be amazed by the fine original Viking vessels from the 11th-century, as well as "The Glendalough Sea Stallion"
NEXT STOP: 43 MINUTES
4) FREDERIKSBORG CASTLE
The Frederiksborg Castle, which is surrounded by the beautiful Frederiksborg Palace Garden, was built in the Dutch Renaissance style at the beginning of the 1600s by King Christian 4. The Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Palace exhibits the history of Denmark and houses a considerable collection of portraits, historical paintings, and modern art.
NEXT STOP: 34 MINUTES
Elsinore is a port city in eastern Denmark and home to Kronborg Castle and the Maritime Museum of Denmark. The Kronborg Castle is the actual castle that Shakespeare set Hamlet in! There are many mysteries surrounding Shakespeare and whether or not he ever visited Kronborg Castle is one of them. The unique experience begins even before you enter the Maritime Museum of Denmark. Follow the sloping bridge down into the former dry dock between Kronborg Castle and The Culture Yard and enter a fabulous underground museum, designed by the world-renowned Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) architects. Beyond exploring Elsinore we recommend visiting the lovely beaches along the Danish Riviera.
NEXT STOP: 45 MINUTES BACK TO COPENHAGEN