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Leisure in Denmark

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Denmark is a prosperous Scandinavian country with rich historical, natural, and modern heritage. From castles to amusement parks, it offers leisure activities for any mood or interest.

Castles and manors

Zealand (Sjælland) is famous for some fantastic castles (Frederiksborg Castle with its beautiful gardens and museum; and Kronborg Castle, which is described by William Shakespeare in Hamlet), but there are many other castles throughout Denmark that are worth a visit. Spøttrup Castle in West Jutland, for example, is Denmark’s best preserved medieval castle; and the spectacular Egeskov Castle on Funen (Fyn) is an award-winning destination from the Renaissance period.

In addition to the castles, there are many lovely manor homes and estates located around the country.

Viking heritage and open-air museums

As the historical and spiritual land of Vikings, Denmark is still very attached to its Viking past. If learning more about the ancient raiders is your interest, you will be happy to find many museums and landmarks dedicated to Viking history.

Open-air museums — Viking themed and otherwise — are also popular attractions in Denmark. Some museums highlight different periods such as the Middle Ages or the Iron Age. Others show aspects of agriculture and craftsmanship as they’ve been practised over the last couple hundred years.

Music festivals

For music lovers, moving to Denmark will not be a sacrifice. There are yearly festivals for all types of music: electronica, Nordic, folk, jazz, international, rock, dance, opera, classical, and more.  Some festivals are small and local, while others draw thousands from all over the world. Roskilde, Tinderbox, NorthSide, and Tønder are just a few of the great music festivals in Denmark.

Amusement parks

In addition to the famous Legoland and Tivoli Gardens, Denmark has a surprising number of other amusement parks, play parks, zoos, and safari parks for people of all ages. Fårup Sommerland, Djurs Sommerland, Ree Park Safari, and Lalandia are some of the more popular destinations. Bakken, just north of Copenhagen, is the world’s oldest amusement park, and the North Sea Oceanarium is the biggest aquarium in Northern Europe.

It is often possible to camp or rent a summer house in the vicinity of the attraction, and some places like Legoland have dedicated hotels for guests.

Sports

As mentioned elsewhere in this guide and in the article ‘Leisure in Copenhagen’, cycling is a way of life in Denmark. More than just a simple leisure activity, biking can help you discover the country in a unique way.

If you aren’t keen on biking, don’t worry—there are plenty of other sports for you to try. Though not a mountainous country, Denmark has plenty of natural areas for hiking, fishing, and hunting. Golfers can choose from numerous courses, and 7,000 km of coastline means easy access for sailors, kayakers, and other watersport fans.

Finally, as mentioned in the article ‘Lifestyle in Denmark’, joining a club or association is a popular way to get involved in sports, also for children. Football, handball, volleyball, gymnastics, and tennis are just a few of the options.

 Useful links:

Visit Denmark: Top attractions in Denmark
Visit Denmark: The Vikings
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