Overview

Denmark
Denmark © james j8246

Often overlooked by travellers, the Kingdom of Denmark is small yet prosperous. This thriving country in northern Europe enjoys some of the highest standards of living in the world, and contains a host of interesting attractions and experiences for visitors.

The capital of Copenhagen is lively, occupying the biggest of the offshore islands. Denmark is almost totally surrounded by ocean and its terrain is made up of the Jutland Peninsula and some 406 islands. It has excellent road and railway systems, in addition to numerous ferry connections to the myriad offshore islands.

With all this water, it's not surprising that Denmark is extremely reliant on shipping and fishing. The country also has an important agricultural sector and is famed in particular for its dairy products, with lovers of butter and cheese sure to be in culinary heaven.

The countryside is both charming and majestic, with small green farms, blue lakes and white coastal beaches. Thatched cottages, castles and windmills are sprinkled throughout rural areas across gentle landscapes perfect for cycling.

The cities are modern and bustling, while still retaining a medieval feel preserved in old districts of colourful buildings and cobblestone streets. The most important of the country's 300 museums are found in Copenhagen, while the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde is devoted to honouring Denmark's bold mariners of the past.

Other notable attractions include the annual summer music festival in Roskilde, which is one of the largest in Europe; the Tivoli Gardens amusement park, which has entertained crowds in Copenhagen since 1843; and one of the world's longest bridges, spanning 10 miles (16km) and joining Denmark to Sweden.