Denmark, Helsingor
Helsingor Train Station

Denmark

Denmark it’s next door to Sweden and Germany and as such has been influenced by Germany and transferred that influence to Sweden. Denmark also has Greenland in its wallet which makes it next door to Canada also. Not many are aware that Denmark is in theory next door to Canada as well. And that vicinity makes the trip from North America to Europe a short boat ride. In theory.

Denmark has the longest reigning dynasty in the world and while some brag about it, others are quite embarrassed by this. The fact that it was the Danish [skeptical] travellers who conquered England some 1000 years ago, makes Denmark a “blood” relative to the said island. Copenhagen is the largest city and the capital and after a browse through the shops there, one wonders if the name København meaning the merchant harbour, might be tad exaggerated given the prices and the no haggling policy.

Flat as an ironed pancake is what Denmark is, with its highest point barely 170m (bit more than 500 ft) above sea level. That makes the country very walkable, bike-rideable, farm-able and a whole other “-ables”. The Danes are in general a very friendly and sociable folk, they do love their bikes just as much as their excellent diary products, fantastic beer and a large variety of pork products. Visiting Denmark without tasting the beers, hams, cheeses and sour cremes would be like going in a Viking expedition and coming home empty handed.

Small but a lot to offer with two main dishes on the must try list, “Gammel dansk” liquor and “røde pølser”, red wieners. Denmark is actually divided in island and mainland and of course they speak different dialects as Danish language pronunciation wasn’t hard enough. And why not take the chance and visit Faroe islands while in Denmark. An unspoiled paradise just a couple of hours flight from Copenhagen.

OVERRATED (Be warned!):

-Don’t expect customer service of North American standard
-Denmark lives up to its reputation as an expensive country
-Not much scenery to talk about
-Weather. Cloudy, windy and rainy most of the time.
-Driving in big cities must be done with lots of care due to the large amount of cyclists. Don’t expect customer service of North American standard

UNDERRATED (Cool unknown facts):
-The Danish food is very underrated! Lots of deli stuff and meat products of the highest quality.
-The beer. Danish beer is among the top beers in the world.
-A very well organized public transport
-Most cities are bike friendly
-The beaches. Weather permitting that is.
-English is spoken pretty much everywhere at a very good level

What did you realize it’s overrated about Denmark after you visited? Leave a comment and if so inclined. a picture!

Denmark, Helsingor
Denmark
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  1. Denmark is not only Copenhagen, I recommend visiting Helsingor and the castle of Hamlet as well. Driving is easy in Denmark, roads are every good and drivers respectful and polite.

  2. Castle Helsingor is a very nice place to visit. You can book a ticket to watch the Hamlet play in the big hall in the castle. They have also concerts in the castle and the town is very nice.

  3. I recommend visiting the Christiania neighbourhood in Copenhagen, it’s something very unique to Denamrk and Copenhagen

  4. When in Denmark the Helsingor castle must be on the list of places to visit. They even have Shakespeare plays there and concerts.

  5. Since I live across from Copenhagen in Malmo, I travel to Denmark a lot. Tivoli gardens is nice to visit. and Helsingor castle.

  6. Danmark is very safe. We have high prices here yes but it’s not that bad. You are welcome to visit. Copenhagen is the flight hub for other Scandinavian countries and easy train ride to Malmo in Sweden.

  7. Denmark is very flat and doing a bike tour is rather nice. We did it once and we liked it a lot. Friendly people, everyone spoke English, quite expensive if I were to find something not so good.

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