Get to know Danish architecture

Take a trip through thousands of years of architectural history in Denmark. From Viking longhouses to award-winning modern buildings like the Danish Maritime Museum, designed by starchitect Bjarke Ingels, Denmark is packed full of interesting and unique building design from across the ages. Danish architects like Arne Jacobsen and Jørn Utzon, designer of the Sydney Opera House, have left impressive marks on architecture in Denmark and abroad. Read on to find out which buildings you shouldn't miss in Denmark and how to put together your own architecture tour.

BIG buildings

Following in the strong tradition of Danish architects and their impact worldwide, Bjarke Ingels (BIG) is leading a generation of young architects who are making their mark on Danish architecture at home and abroad. Explore BIG buildings in Bjarke Ingel's home country, Denmark.

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Bjarke Ingels on his favorite spots in Copenhagen

Watch this video to find out which of Copenhagen's architectural and cultural sights are the favourites of Starchitect, Bjarke Ingels.

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Architectural icons

For a small country, Denmark is packed with iconic buildings and its history full of great architects and designers. Visit the Utzon Center, a distinct cultural centre on Aalborg’s harbor, built in the spirit of the Sydney Opera House’s designer, Jørn Utzon. Or see how Arne Jacobsen make his mark on Danish architecture.

Kunsten Aalborg

21 iconic Danish buildings you should see!

Do you enjoy finding hidden architectural gems or seeking out buildings designed by the greats of architecture? Then start with these iconic Danish buildings.

Frederiksborg Castle

12 royal architectural gems

See Denmark's best known and most dramatic castles and how to pay them a visit, including Frederiksborg and Amalienborg, home of Queen Margrethe.

The unique and unexpected

Here's our pick of Denmark's most special buildings and structures. From the distinct round church fortresses of Bornholm to the engineering feat of the Great Belt Bridge, you'll stumble across a wide variety of unique architectural styles and achievements while exploring Denmark.

Plan your own tour of Danish architecture

We suggest you use the Danish Architecture Centre (DAC) as your starting point for exploring Danish architecture. Use this section to find the DAC, links to architectural resources and Danish architecture guides. You can also get visual ideas of what to expect from architecture in Denmark.


Copenhagen's architecture

If you have an interest in architecture, you'll love Copenhagen; a mix of old-fashioned charm and iconic, modern buildings.