Denmark is the most southernly of the Scandinavian countries, sharing a border with the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein, and being linked via a long bridge (called the Öresund or Øresund, Europe's longest combined road and rail bridge) to South Sweden. This makes it easy for visitors to travel around throughout Scandinavia, as you can take a ferry from one country to the other, travel via the bridge in a rental car or bus, or take the Scandinavian Night Train and buy a Rail Pass which allows you to travel through various destinations in Scandinavia, such as Malmö or the Vicinity of Stockholm in Sweden, the capital of Norway in Oslofjord and even all the way to Helsinki in Finland.
The currency used in Denmark is the Danish krone, and the official language spoken is Danish, although a large majority of the population speaks English proficiently, too. The capital of the country is Copehagen, located over two of the country's 400 or so islands, Zealand and Amager. If you want to experience the Scandinavian culture and way of life, then a booking one of the self catering Denmark holiday homes here is a great way to do so. The Danes are renowned for their architecture and modern design (did you know that it was a Danish man who designed the Sydney Opera House?), as well as their bicycle culture and their green and sustainable society.
The capital, Copenhagen, is filled with cobbled streets (which are all bike friendly, of course), as well as edgy and refined wine and cocktail bars, as well as some excellent restaurants serving dishes from the modern Nordic food movement which is currently increasing in popularity all over the globe. In fact, the restaurant Noma has been voted the best restaurant in the world, but if you want to get a reservation here you'd better look well in advance! Noma can be found in Christianshavn, the same district as Freetown Christiania; once a hippy commune which is now an area with its own law, attracting lots of curious tourists. This are is filled with unusual houses, workshops and art galleries, and there are also some music venues and organic and health-food restaurants. However, because of the difficulties that the community sometimes have due to the cannabis trade here, it can be dangerous, and it is advised not to take any photographs or film when you are in the area, particularly when you are in or around Pusher Street. If you are on a family holiday in Copenhagen, how about visiting Tivoli, an amusement park which boasts not only rides and a fireworks display on saturdays, but also has pretty flower gardens, a lake and a handful of eateries from which you'll have nice views of the park, especially when it's lit up at night. You can do and see all sorts of things while staying in Denmark holiday accommodation such as an apartment in Copenhagen. The city is also home to the Amalienborg Palace, where you can view the changing of the guards at 12:00 noon, and castles such as Rosenborg, where the Crown Jewels and other Royal Regalia reside, and Kronborg Castle just north of Copenhagen. Other attractions include the sculpture of The Little Mermaid at Langelinje Pier, or taking some time out to sit in the colourful old port of Nyhavn and enjoy the atmosphere. Copenhagen also comes alive at Christmas, as does the whole of Denmark; ice skating rinks open up and there are Danish delicacies to be found all around, so have a warming glass of gløgg (a type of mulled wine) and wander through Tivoli Christmas Market.
Cycling Holidays in Denmark
It's not just the capital city which is a Denmark is home to over 12,000km of sign-posted cycle routes, and thanks to its generally flat landscape, you will be able to find plenty of easy routes to ride along, as well as places to hire a bike if you can't take your own, thanks to the popular cycling culture that this country has. This also makes it safe for family bike holidays, as there is less traffic than in many other locations. All you need to do is remember to stay on the right side of the road! Good areas for cycling include in North Zealand, where you'll find forests, lakes, castles and beautiful scenery including a lovely coastline. If you rent one of the holiday homes in Denmark available for booking in North Zealand, why not stop off at Kronborg Castle on your your journey through the area, the UNESCO site which is famous for being the setting of Shakespeare's world-famous Hamlet. The region of West Zealand is a good area for fishing, as well as being very scenic and green, with pretty fjords and high white cliffs jutting up from the water's edge, although the south of the region has the highest cliffs in the country. Zealand is also where you will find some of Denmark's best beaches, for example Gudmindrup Beach, which is broad and sandy, and has a manned lifeguard tower making swimming safe for children, as well as Hornbæk beach, the most visited in North Zealand. In 2014, Søndervig Beach in West Jutland was voted as the best beach in Denmark, and Henne Strand in South West Jutland is also a lovely blue flag awarded beach with wide stretches of sand as well as cafés and there is also a lifeguard watching during the busier seasons. The children will be more than please if you rent one of the Denmark holiday accommodation options like an apartment or villa near the coast. For another fun family activity in Denmark, how about taking the children to Legoland? Situated in Billund, this is the original Legoland park, with lots of different rides and attractions for a great day out.
Other Places of Interest in Denmark
Although it may be the most well-known Danish city as well as the capital, Copenhagen isn't the only place which is worth visiting during your stay in a private Denmark holiday home! Another popular Danish destination includes Skagen, in the very most northern point of the country. The port here (which is the main port in the whole country) brings in lots of delicious seafood, which the town is renowned for. Skagen attracts lots of tourists each year, and has been a tourist destination from very early on for Denmark's royalty as well as many artists, writers and composers, and a lot of the works of these artists can be found in the galleries here. This fishing town jutting out on the very top tip of the country into the North Sea also holds the annual Skagen Festival in July, which is the oldest festival in Denmark and is celebrated in and around the harbour area. The beaches on the west side of the peninsular are more wild and wavy, whereas the east coast is more child friendly and protected, so it's perfect for a family beach holiday in Denmark. There are also plenty of marked footpaths for you to follow if you fancy exploring and going for a hike in the beautiful nature that the top of Denmark has to offer.
Another option is to book Denmark holiday homes in the country's second-biggest city, Aarhus, a city with an exciting mixture of old and new. It is in a great location, with everything you could want for a fun, varied vacation only a 15 minute bike ride away, from forests and greenery to the beach and the modern harbour. The AroS art museum, one of the largest in Europe, houses some amazing works from 1770 to contemporary pieces by national and international artists, and the building itself is also an impressive architectural creation. The open-air museum, Den Gamle By, gives you an insight into what life was like here in the past. Walk through the streets (or take a horse and carriage!) and watch as the periods change from the time of Hans Christan Andersen, with buildings dating as far back as 1550, all the way through to the 1970s.