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DENMARK

Home of the Vikings and Fairy tales, LEGO and Bang & Olufsen, Denmark gives you a pleasant mixture of a very modern and stylish culture combined with a historic and traditional past. Discover the history and influences from its brutal Viking roots and the Worlds oldest Monarchy, or revel in the magic of there most famous landsman Hans Christian Andersen. Or wonder in the modern architecture arising without spoiling the skyline.

The country is split into three different areas; the mainland of Jutland and the two connected islands of Funen and Zealand. There is actually also a forth island belonging to Denmark, Bornholm and is located south of Sweden in the Baltic Sea. It should also be mentioned that both Greenland and the Faroe Islands are also under Danish rule.

Zealand: Where the capital Copenhagen is located, which offers many wonderful sights from castles and royal palaces, Nyhavn, the old Carlsberg brewery site, and a visit would not be complete without seeing the Little Mermaid. Visit some of the other beautiful parts of Zealand to see the Viking town of Roskilde, Hillerod’s Frederiksborg castle and Kronborg castle in Helsingor made famous from Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Funen: Home of Hans Christian Andersen, visit his childhood home In Odense and learn how he grew up in those times and where his thoughts and imagination came from. Or visit the beautiful Egeskov slot castle complete with magnificent maze and gardens.

Jutland: Aarhus is Denmark’s second largest city, a must visit is to the old town "Den Gamle By", a collection of over 75 old historical house from different periods, laid out to make its very own little town to give you a real idea of how it was like to live in the past. Visit the new Rainbow view point at the top of Aros art museum for some fantastic colourful views over the city. Other areas to visit are the Lake District surrounding Silkeborg, Fjords of mid-Jutland, Aalborg and Skagen in the North, and the origin of LEGO - LEGOLAND at Billund.

Bornholm: also known as the sunny island, and famed for its round churches. Places to visit are; Dueodde beach of fine white sand that was used in hourglasses, the medieval fortress ruins Hammershus, white round churches - Bornholm landmark, the "Paradise Hill", the rocky coast, "Helligdomsklipperne" white cliffs, picturesque fishing villages with half-timbered houses, Smoked Herring (specialty of the island), boating to the rocky island "Christiansø" or visit some of the many galleries and shops where you can view the manufacturing of ceramics and glass.

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Photo: Marselisborg Castle/Cees van Roeden