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Like most European countries, Denmark offers many leisure activities to its inhabitants, from amusement parks to museums and shopping malls. Find more information in this article.

As a rich and prosperous Scandinavian country, Denmark holds a huge historical, cultural and natural heritage which you can discover during your stay. Indeed, the country is deeply attached to its past as described by its magnificent architecture. So if you wish to learn more about its history and culture, why not start by strolling around, whether you are in an urban or in a rural area? Denmark definitely has a lot to offer to expatriates, regardless of their age.

History

Denmark is a charming destination for amateurs of castles. Among the most popular ones, you have the Frederiksborg Castle with its beautiful gardens, located at 30 km north of Copenhagen on the islands of the Slotso Hillerod lake. This castle hosts the National History Museum which counts more than 500 years of history with the country's biggest collection.

You will also be delighted by the Kronborg Castle, also known as Hamlet's Castle as described by famous writer William Shakespeare. Note that this castle hosts the Shakespeare Festival every summer.

Vikings

As the historical and spiritual land of Vikings, Denmark is still very attached to its past. You may enjoy your free time by exploring the Viking history through several activities and itineraries. Much of the Viking heritage is found in Aalborg and its surroundings.

Libraries

If you are keener to learn more about the country's cultural heritage, you can turn to the numerous Danish libraries where you can access to books, magazines, e-books, CDs and DVDs against a free subscription. Moreover, most municipalities will allow you to download music and watch films on streaming legally.

Parks

Denmark also hosts many amusement and theme parks for all ages. Legoland Park, for example, which is found in Billund and at some 260 km from Copenhagen, is one of the most popular and lively parks in whole Europe. Accommodation facilities are also available for the weekend. Note, however, that the Legoland Park is open from March to October and closed for two weeks in September.

Bakken, which is found in Kampenborg, in the North of Copenhagen, is one of the oldest Danish amusement parks. You will also find several water parks such as Farup Sommerland and Lalandia Aquadome, in Rodby and Billund respectively.

Sports

As mentioned elsewhere in this Guide and in the article Leisure in Copenhagen, biking is almost a lifestyle in Denmark. More than just a simple leisure activity, biking can help you discover the country in a unique way.

Note that nearly 2 million Danes have subscribed to a sports club. So you can also join it with your children if you wish to practice sports regularly. Feel free to choose among the different sports activities: swimming pools, football, handball, volleyball, etc. In summer, roller treks are held on alternate Fridays.

 Useful links:

Expat.com – Events in Denmark 
Visit Denmark – Denmark Events Directory www.visitdenmark.co.uk
Visit Denmark – Top attractions in Denmark www.visitdenmark.co.uk/en-gb/denmark/attractions
Visit Denmark – The Vikings www.visitdenmark.co.uk/en-gb/denmark/history
Legoland www.legoland.dk
Bakken www.bakken.dk
Farup Sommerland www.faarupsommerland.dk
Lalandia Aquadome www.lalandia.dk
National History Museum www.frederiksborgslot.dk
North Sealand www.visitnorthsealand.com
Kronborg Castle kongeligeslotte.dk

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