Travelling Danishly – Copenhagen and Beyond

Travelling Danishly – Copenhagen and Beyond

Denmark has consistenly been rated as one of the happiest, safest and most honest, one of the cleanest, friendliest and most stable countries worldwide. Maybe only the Dutch are better than the Danes at speaking English and using bikes for transportation. Are we overstating the delights? No, not really.

A lot of the great tourist attractions are concentrated in and around our capital Copenhagen. But there is so much more to discover.

“How come?” you may ask, and depending on who you ask you might get a different answer. There are a myriad of good answers to this question. Consequently we invite you to come, explore and search for the truth about all that is good and right about Denmark. Decide it for yourself.

Danish Delight – nature and culture

When you look at Danish coins, you immeditaly realize that we live in a monarchy. Not just any monarchy. Actually the oldest in the world, with the same family on the throne something like 99% of the time, going all the way back to Viking times. There have been no interruptions since 1536. Our present queen Margrethe II is held in high esteem and is an unequalled representative for our country. The same goes for the rest of the royal familiy. Royalty in other contries, watch and learn!

Her Majesty the Queen Margarethe the Second – no worse for wear.

If you really look hard, you may find a few politicians who prefer a republic because the monarchy can be considered an antiquated institution. But you rarely hear the topic being discussed in public. We have free speach but hardly anybody is interested in this discussion.

If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. And it isn’t. The royal family is universally respected and part of the attraction of Denmark. Most of the year the Queen stays at the Amalienborg Palace in central Copenhagen or in the baroque marvel Fredensborg Palace in the north of Zealand and during the summer she often stays at Marselisborg in Aarhus. Sometimes she stays at her small palace at Gråsten too. That is Gravensteen. The apples originated here,

All of the palaces can be seen from the outside and at Amalienborg Palace you can also witness the changing of the guard at noon when the queen is in residence at Amalienborg. In Fredensborg and Marselisborg you can visit part of the gardens when the queen is not in residence. Our guides will happily give you a tour of the surroundings so you can gain the most from your visit.

The Royal Life Guard on parade

Denmark – everyday fairytales

The author Hans Christian Andersen is probably the most famous Danish author of all times. He was born in Odense in 1805, right in the centre of Funen and in the heart of the Danish countryside. In those days Odense was the second largest city in Denmark, today it has slipped to the third position. This is a city where the natives are experts in the art and science of living danishly. The ambition to become the bicycle capital of Denmark is part of it.

You WILL see more bikes than one. © Kim Wyon

There is a lot of atmosphere, parks, old houses, great restaurants and hygge in many of the old streets, each with their own charm. Seeing is understanding. You are most welcome to come and check if all this is really true. Or a fairytale. And we are not just enthusiastic about Odense because Guideservice Danmark is located here. It is the other way around.

– and the blue beyond

Cities and countryside with all the green stuff and where the food grows and the cows graze. Castles. Manor houses. Medieval city centres. But how about the blue? After all, Denmark is embraced by the sea, in the west it is the North Sea. Not very logical, is it? In the the north it is called Skagerak and Kattegat. The last name means something like the cats behind. Ehrm… ’nuff said. Lets change the topic.

In the south and southeast it is the Baltic. Anywhere you go, there will be less than 50 kilometres before you can go sailing or swimming or at least paddle. In many places there are ferries zipping back and forth between the islands.

Ferry going from Spodsbjerg to Taars ©Daniel Villadsen

This one is going between Langeland and Lolland. There are seals and porpoise. As the waters are getting warmer, we are visited by dolphins more often but the porpoise are far more common – and regrettably more shy. But if you go to the eastern shores of Fyn, all the way down to the beach, find a peaceful spot and sit down and watch, there is a reasonable chance of spotting them.

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