Denmark is a beautiful destination, & I might suggest, THE most under-rated destination in Europe, if not the planet!
The countryside is lush & unspoilt, while its coastline, especially the Baltic peninsula, which it shares with Germany, is worth visiting just for the views of tranquil skies, & the many charming smallholdings, each with its own wind turbine...
I fell in love with the place at first sight, need I say more?
Fondest memory: My first view of the Danish coastline, came from taking an overnight coach from Copenhagen to Berlin, & though it happened a decade ago, the memory remains like a perfect dream...
The journey is worth taking for its own sake, because the scenery along the way is simply stunning!
It also turned out to be 'a blessing in disguise', that 1 of the ferry crossings along the scheduled route, was overloaded, so the driver had to turn around & take a detour to find another ferry...
The time added to the journey, was well worth the experience of driving along the Baltic coast roads, as it happened during evening, when a pink sky cast even greater charm over the estuarine landscape...
In case of an emergency you can dial 112, which is a new european emergency number operating in many countries. It connects you to a general line so no need to dial separately for the fire department, the police, or an ambulance, or to report a sea or air accident.
What is great about Denmark is also that Emergency calls from public telephone kiosks are free (no coins needed).
This might not be a news for us Europeans but I thought it might be useful to mention the difference in voltage between some countries. When you are comming to Denmark remember that
the Voltage is generally 220 volts. However in many camping sites, 110-volt power plugs are also available. If your devices operate on different (for example British or American) voltage adapters and transformers may be purchased in Denmark.
If you are not sure if the plug for your device is right, it's always best to check at your hotel desk before using an electrical outlet.
Don’t worry be happy ….you know the song!
Well sometimes and somewhere, it is just more easy to follow this positive song then others. Denmark is well one of the easiest places to be happy and there are many things to it, democracy, welfare, good economy, safety the list of things is long but Denmark is often on top of the list of happiest nations so something might have been done right …or well better compared to other places. A funny thing is that Danes often likes to complain over lots of thing but maybe that is good so we can identify and fix the problems.
This was taken on the west coast area of Jutland. There are so many charming scenes like this throughout Danmark that I enjoyed the opportunities to drive from one place to another.
If I had been a regular tourist, I might have missed much of these views. As it happened, I was visiting friends and they were generous to drive me all round the country so I was able to see large cities, small villages, beaches at several seas and wooded lakes such as pictured here.
If you have the chance to rent a car and travel around. It doesn't take too much time to get from one scenic place to another and there are lovely sights along the way.
Early in the morning the train to Danmark arrived in Copenhagen. I was instructed to meet Sten near the clock. This is the "meeting place" everyone agrees upon, so if you plan to meet up at the Copenhagen train station, tell your friend that the Clock is the place to be.
Read more on my Copenhagen page
Fondest memory: It was an adventure for me to travel by train, as I had never done that before. One of my biggest fears was that I might fall asleep and miss my stop! I avoided the temptation of enjoying the trip by having a meal of bread, cheese, fruit and wine. This overnight journey would have been the perfect opportunity for such an impromptu meal. What if drinking the wine caused me to oversleep? So, no wine.
I slept well but the noise, of the train being coupled and uncoupled as we reached the body of water to cross over to Danmark, woke me up a bit too early. Another hour's sleep would be nice and off I went into dreamland.
I slept too well.
Woken by the conducter's sharp rap on the window of my compartment, I soon realized that time had passed and the train had stopped. I was the lone traveler on the train or platform.
My friend who waited patiently near the clock until the last--almost--passenger disembarked from the train, seemed quite relieved when he saw me struggling down the platform with my luggage.
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Getting to know Danish people was a great reward!
This livingroom is in the converted old train station of Hellum and you can read a bit more about this very small country town on my Hellum page.
Fondest memory: Fondest memory of Danmark is meeting my pen-pal, Connie and her family for the first time. Exploring her world and finding out that even though we knew each other only by letters, albeit twenty seven years of letters, we knew each other as well as if we had been living next-door to each other all our lives.
The picture is of Connie’s living room where we spent hours talking about "Old Times."
The official currency of Denmark has been around since 1873 and was formed as part of the Scandinavian Monetary Union along with Norway and Sweden who each use their own version of the Krone.Sweden is also a member of the European Union and like Denmark and the United Kingdom refuses to have the Euro as its currency,in fact Denmark had a public referendum in 2000 on adopting the Euro and it was refused by 53% of the population.However,Denmark as a nation qualifies for the right to adopt the Euro in the future should it choose to do so.The Euro can be spent in certain places such as airports and goverment venues and facilities.
The Krone is divided into 100 ore.Denominations for coins are 25ore,50ore,1Dkr,2Dkr,5Dkr,10Dkr and 20Dkr.Notes are 50Dkr,100Dkr,200Dkr,500Dkr and 1000Dkr.
When travelling through Danmark you will see some great vintage-cars still driving around in everyday trafic. And you will also find some great technical museums in Danmark as well:
My favorite car-museum in Denmark is Egeskov with an excellent collection of cars, a seperate collection of Falck-cars (Falck is the private company in Danmark that is dealing with firefighting, rescue etc.), some airplanes, hundreds of motorbikes and a lot more.
In my main photo here: A motorhome in a truck of 1953, A Danish painter had it built in order to stay for several years in Spain with his wife and 2 children
In my last 2 photos:
The Train-museum in Odense with some excellent exhibits of royal train-coupes, cars that are running on rails etc.
My only complaint about Denmark had to do with not being able to use my credit card at all stores and restaurants. Being from the USA, my credit cards do not have the smart chip or the PIN. This was a bigger issue in Aarhus than it was in Copenhagen (because of all the tourists, perhaps) and I never feel that comfortable carrying around cash. Always ask the cashier if they accept credit cards without PINs before they start the transaction... you might have to make a trip to the ATM if you don't have enough!
(Sometimes I was able to use my debit card with my PIN, but other times it didn't.)
Structure, cleanlyness, safety an beauty.
Denmark is a very well organized country with great infrastructure. The welfare system is among the highest in the world. The attitude towards the environment reflects clearly through how clean and tidy everything is.
This impression you also get from the Scandinavian countries in general.
The people are forward and helpful. Perhaps even more so in the provinces and the western part of the country.
The area that was to become Copenhagen was first settled in the eleventh century, probably by farmers and cattlemen. Over time, a small settlement grew but never developed into an important town. However, in 1160 King Valdemar I gave the area to Absalon, Bishop of Roskilde. Under his rule, churches and abbeys were established, and the economy expanded due to a busy fishing trade. It was around this time that the town was named Købmannahavn, which is Old Danish for "Merchant's Harbor."
Because Copenhagen controlled the approach to the Baltic Sea and the north Germanic trading towns of the Hanseatic League, the city grew in importance, wealth, and power. It also became the target of the Hanseatic League, which saw the city as a threat. Copenhagen was attacked on several occasions by forces of the Hanseatic League.
Despite frequent attacks by various forces, Copenhagen continued to grow and prosper. It attracted foreign merchants who set up businesses, and craft guilds that established trades. However, around 1830 the local economy declined and remained in a slump through the Second World War.
After the war, however, Copenhagen's fortunes improved, and the city grew in prosperity and population. Nowadays, it is the largest city in Scandinavia, with 2,390,000 inhabitants, and is perhaps the most lively.
New Year's Day
(January 1) - Nytårsdag
(Thursday before Easter) - Sk¿rtorsdag
(Friday before Easter) - Langfredag
Easter Day - Påskedag
(day after Easter) - 2. påskedag
Labour Day - May 1.
An unofficial public holiday observed at some work places and public offices.
Common Prayer's Day (fourth Friday after Easter) - Store Bededag
(40th day after Easter) - Kristi Himmelfartsdag
(7th Sunday after Easter) - Pinsedag
(8th Monday after Easter) - 2. pinsedag
(June 5) - Grundlovsdag
(December 24 from 12noon) -Danish Christmas celebrations begin
(December 25) - Juledag
(December 26) - 2. juledag
If a public holiday falls on a weekend, no compensation is made. This means that shops and banks are open as normal from the Monday following the holiday.
These are really amazing facts about Denmark, that I couldn't resist from borrowing this from the Internet:
Denmark has the oldest capital city and the oldest flag in Europe.
There are more pigs than humans in Denmark!
Denmark actually gets its name from the Danes, people from Sweden who moved to the country in about 500 AD.
Greenland is geographically part of the North American continent, but is part of the Kingdom of Denmark.
Denmark has 500km of clean sandy beaches, and the cleanest sea in the European Union.
In the past Denmark has had Kings called Harold Bluetooth and Sweyn Forkbeard
Denmark has the oldest monarchy in the world – it goes back over 1,000 years.
Although it’s near to Canada and has it’s own government, Greenland is actually a part of Denmark.
Greenland is the world's largest island with an area of 2,175,600 sq km.
Nearly a quarter of all Danes have the surname Jensen, Nielsen or Hansen.
Two-thirds of the population have a surname ending in ‘sen’.
I just got back home to London from a holiday to Denmark, and I am missing it already! Truly one of the nicest places I think I have visited. The only bleamish was that fool that ran onto the pitch to attack the referee at the Denmark v Sweden Euro 2008 Qualifier I was at (and supporting Denmark!), which if the match is awarded to Sweden could cost the Danes a place in the competition!
The Danish people are ultra friendly. Being an Australian I was made extra welcome, as you may know Princess Mary "was" Australian before meeting Prince Fredrick! Honestly though, they are a lovely couple and still visit Australia reguarly for the record.
I loved Copenhagen, honestly I could live there! I am sure I shall be heading back to Denmark as soon as possible.
A found this a great Hilton property to use with early flights out of Copenhagen. It is an easy...more
A cosy 4 star hotel. We were glad we stayed here for the night. They have very friendly personnel....more
Fredens Torv 12, Arhus, Jutland, 8000, Denmark
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