A spit of land and islands attached to Germany’s Baltic coast, and reaching northward to its Scandinavian neighbors, Denmark is one of the most comfortable and relaxed places in Europe. And, according to those international quality-of-life polls that come out every decade or so, the Danes are the happiest people in the world, as well. You can’t help but wonder about the connection there.
Denmark is a mash-up of Vikings, Hans Christian Andersen, sleek design, Hamlet and toy soldiers. And its capital of Copenhagen has become a popular spot for international foodies during the past few years. (Michelin led the charge, bestowing more stars on the capital’s restaurants than any other northern European city in 2010). It’s a comfortable city and easy to get around, and there are plenty of museums and shops to keep one busy.
Beyond Copenhagen enjoy a bucolic countryside peppered with quaint villages and ancient Viking ruins. Visit Arhus and Aalborg, and pay homage to Hans Christian Andersen, the creator of “The Little Mermaid”, “The Ugly Duckling” and other childhood favorites in Odense.
When you get back to Copenhagen say hello to its Little Mermaid, and then while away an evening in Tivoli which has been playing its part in helping keep all those Danes happy for 150 years.
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Tips for Copenhagen
Tour part of Copenhagen via the waterbuses that cruise its canals. The hop-on and off-boats provide great views of the city and such sites as the Little Mermaid.
Denmark’s Viking Heritage
If you’re looking for a window into the life of the Vikings, Ribe, Denmark’s oldest town, is a good place to start.