Friday, October 27, 2006

Places you should know: Denmark

Denmark is a very small country that consists of one peninsula and a number of islands.

Let me take you on a trip through Denmark, we'll start up north. Skagen the northernmost town in Denmark is a very cosy place. One of the attractions up here is the sand-engulfed Buried Church. This church got buried by the massive migrating dunes that roamed in the 18th and 19th centuries.


Photo by: Malene Thyssen

Moving further south takes us right by the land of creativity - LegoLand. This is a great playground for kids of all ages and a magnificent show-off of what you can create if you have the imagination. The picture below depicts Nyhavn a place to hang out in the summer which we will visit once we get to Copenhagen.


Photo by: Hans S

From Billund we take a short trip to Jelling. Here is the burial mound and a rune stone raised by Harald Bluetooth in the 10th century. The rune stone declares Harold as the king who made the Danes christians and united the country.

The Jelling Stone
Photo by: LadyLong

Now, however it's time to get to the beach. Since Denmark is surrounded by water the beach is never far away. My favorite is at the island Rømø where the sand beach stretches about 10km long and 1km wide.

Sunset over the beach
Photo by: Mogello

Back in the car we head straight east cross the island were Hans Christian Andersen was born and continue to Copenhagen, the capital. Just in time time to get out in the night life.

A cop of black coffee and a what is some places known as a danish is a good start of the day. In Denmark we call this kind of pastry "Vienna Bread".

A Danish danish

After this it is time to let out the inner hippie so we go to the Freetown Christiania. Let's grab a beer or a smoke here. Close to downtown Copenhagen this little haven is a self-governing society were the alternative thrive.

Concert in front of the Woodstock bar at Christiania

After we've sobered up we'll head for Rosenborg - one of the royal castles in the Copenhagen area.

Lion and Rosenborg Castle

Late afternoon we can finish of the day by going to Nyhavn (the place we saw at Legoland) for a tour of the canals or just for a nice stroll along the water.

Nyhavn

There is of course a lot of other place to go in Denmark, but this was my little tour. Here is a video tour of Copenhagen I made this summer.


4 Comments:

Blogger Aurora said...

I love Denmark ;)

12:49 PM  
Anonymous Irene said...

So.. Legoland is in Denmark, amazing...

2:02 PM  
Blogger Rebelde said...

First I was impressed with the picture of Nyhavn, it looks like a toy city, but the hippie in me is more attracted to Freetown Christiania, maybe is the rebellion against the system that attracts me. I researched a little bit and it made me very sad to know that government is doing what all governments do: trying to suck out the fun and free will of everyone.

2:33 PM  
Blogger Michael Carøe Andersen said...

Thanks for your responses :)

@irene: The first Legoland is in Denmark (built in 1968), now there are also parks in London, California and Germany.

@rebelde: Yes, Christiania is struggling to stay weird which the city/government isn't interested in. Another alternative place in Copenhagen Ungdomshuset is also in trouble with the owner of the house. For the most updated info go th their own website.

5:03 PM  

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