Since the Viking raiders left to conquer other lands in one of the world's greatest mysteries, Denmark has evolved into a modern and prosperous nation. One of the world's most popular toys, the Lego originated from Denmark. Top if off with a rich, well preserved cultural heritage and their legendary sense of design and architecture, are what make Denmark one intriguing holiday destination.
Denmark in depth
With over 400 islands, 4.800 kilometres of coastline, 500 yachting harbours, white sand beaches that rival the Caribbean and the warmest water in the Baltic Sea, it's the briny that defines Denmark.
The roots of the Danish monarchy extend back to Hardegon a chief of the seafaring Vikings who invaded in the 9th Century.
Vikings were feared throughout northwest Europe. They left a legacy throughout the Baltic States extending to Britain and as far away as the USA. Their culture can be experienced at the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde and the burial site in Ålborg.
It's hard to rectify how, a society born out of marauding northern hordes, can go on to deliver the design elegance of Arne Jacobsen, Bang & Olufsen and Georg Jensen plus the inimitable imagination of Hans Christian-Anderson and existential philosopher Soren Kierkegaard.
The low rolling hills, beech forests, extensive heathlands, lake district, sand dunes and white cliffs resembling Dover are enough to pacify the fieriest traveller.
Renaissance cities and castles like Egeskov, Rosenburg and Kronberg in Helsingor watches over resund and the nearby Swedish coast which gave Shakespeare's literary king, Hamlet a home.
Half-timbered houses and crooked cobbled streets radiate out from a 12th Century Cathedral in Ribe, a medieval trading centre and Scandanavia's oldest town dating back to 869.
The University towns of Arhus where the royal family take their summers and Christian-Anderson's birthplace Odense are as well known for their nightlife as they are their open-air museums.
An alternative explorer's hotspot is Christiana, Copenhagen's "free town" which was founded on hippy principals back in 1971. This fascinating place operates as an alternative economic zone, with its own systems for commerce, education and media.
Ferries, tunnels and bridges provide vehicle crossings all across The Great Belt, a body of water between the main islands of Zealand (where Copenhagen sits,) Funen and the peninsula of Jutland, which is connected to Germany.
Not to mention the awesome 16km bridge linking resund to Sweden. The interior is eminently suitable for cycling horse riding and cycling.
Train network in Denmark
Over 2,600 km of tracks make up the railway network of Denmark. The national railway operator is the DSB (Danske Statsbaner), also known as the Danish State Railways in English. The main cities on all islands are connected to the rail network. DSB operates express trains called Lyntogs, which provide long-distance, non-stop travel. Intercity IC3 trains are faster and more direct. Seat reservations are compulsory.
A tunnel / bridge link connects Copenhagen with Malmö in Sweden. There are direct trains from Copenhagen to Gothenburg and overnight trains to Köln / Dortmund, Munich and Stuttgart (Germany)
Tickets that get you around Denmark
- Point to Point Tickets
- Denmark Single-Country Pass
- Eurail Select Pass (2 Countries) - Choose your 2 adjoining countries out of the 28 participating countries.
- Eurail Select Pass (3 Countries - Choose your 3 adjoining countries out of the 28 participating countries
- Eurail Select Pass (4 Countries) - Choose your 4 adjoining countries out of the 28 participating countries.
- Eurail Global Flexi Pass - 28 countries - 5/7 days in 1 month or 10/15 days in 2 months.
- Eurail Global Continuous Pass - 28 countries - 15, 22 days or 1, 2 or 3 months.
- Scandinavia Eurail Pass