Travel to Denmark – Episode 606

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Travel to Denmark - A One Week Itinerary in Denmark (Podcast)

Hear about travel to Denmark as the Amateur Traveler talks to Joe Trevillion about a country where he has lived at times and where he has traveled recently.

Joe says, “In my opinion, Denmark is one of the most underrated countries in Europe. A lot of people skip it because it’s very small. People, when they think of Europe, think of London, Paris, Germany, Italy, France, Spain. Denmark often gets overlooked.”

Joe recommends starting in Copenhagen, where you will likely fly in and then heading the islands further west Zealand and then the mainland of Jutland and Aarhus which is the second biggest city in Denmark.

In Copenhagen, we talk about visiting the picturesque “new” harbor Nyhavn, which is a colorful touristy area that dates back to the 17th-century waterfront. From there you can get a tour boat to see some of the islands near Copenhagen. Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen is the oldest amusement park in the world. It is small and can be seen in less than a day. He also recommends a visit to the hippy area of Christiania. Joe recommends looking for a good restaurant in the Meatpacking District and in Nørrebro.

In Zealand, Joe recommends a visit to Helsingør where you will find Kronborg Castle which provided the setting for Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”. Helsingør can be done as a day trip from Copenhagen.

He also recommends a visit to the old capital of Roskilde and its Viking Ship Museum. The Roskilde music festival is well known in Europe. It also has a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is its cathedral.

To the west is the islands of Funen and the city of Odense which is the birthplace of the prolific Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. His house and street still look as they would have in the 1800s. Odense also has the “best zoo in Denmark”.

South of Funen is a small island of Ærø that Joe says is worth cycling around. He particularly recommends the town of Ærøskøbing which he says is “just like a fairy tale”.

On the mainland, many people will want to visit Legoland near Billund, but Joe also recommends a visit to the University town of Aarhus. There is a section of Aarhus called Den Gamle By (The Old Town) which is an open-air folk museum. Aarhus also has a pre-history museum, the Moesgaard Museum.

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Show Notes
Reasons to Visit
Copenhagen Street Food
Tivoli Gardens
Copenhagen Central Station
Meatpacking District
National Aquarium Denmark
Copenhagen Opera House
The Little Mermaid
Kastellet, Copenhagen
Christiansborg Palace
Church of Our Saviour
National Dish of Denmark
Viking Ship Museum
Roskilde Festival
Roskilde Cathedral
Odense Zoo
Legoland Billund Resort
The Old Town
ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum
Moesgaard Museum
Grauballe Man
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Travel to Denmark - A One Week Itinerary in Denmark (Podcast)

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Chris Christensen

by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

2 Responses to “Travel to Denmark – Episode 606”

Jeff Ohlfs


Another memorable episode taking me back to my youth. My Great-grandfather came from Denmark. What always makes me smile is the mention of Lego Land. In 1977, my parents would not take me to Lego Land. We went to Rebild National Park instead. Rebild is Denmark’s “first” national park. It’s a memorial to Danish Americans and includes a replica of Abraham Lincoln’s log cabin. Needles to say, I got to Lego Land in California some 20 years later!



Denmark has been on my wishlist for a while now. Let’s hope that this post help me in my venture.

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