Denmark has five spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Sites, covering a diverse range of universally important cultural, historical and ecological treasures.
Kronborg Castle at Helsingør (Elsinore) is of immense symbolic value to the Danish people and played a key role in the history of northern Europe from the 16th to 18th centuries. This renaissance castle is world-renowned as Elsinore, the setting of Shakespeare's Hamlet. Kronborg is located in North Sealand, an hour north of Copenhagen and has been a World Heritage Site since 2000.
Built in the 12th and 13th centuries, Roskilde Cathedral was Scandinavia's first Gothic cathedral to be built of brick and it encouraged the spread of this style throughout northern Europe. It has been the mausoleum of the Danish royal family since the 15th century. You'll find Roskilde Cathedral, a World Heritage Site since 1995, an hour west of Copenhagen in West Sealand.
Only an hour south-west of Copenhagen you can see one of the world's most outstanding visible records of the mass extinction at the end of the Cretaceous period. Striations across the striking white cliffs, Stevns Klint, are testament to over 65 million years of history. See the cliffs from the quaint Old Højerup Church at the top, built by a sailor after he was rescued at sea.
The Wadden Sea is one of Denmark's newest UNESCO World Heritage Sites, inscribed on UNESCO's list in 2014. The park is Denmark's largest national park and the world's biggest unbroken system of intertidal flats. 12 million migratory birds pass through the Wadden Sea National Park each year and here you can witness the phenomenal Black Sun.
The Jelling burial mounds and one of the runic stones are striking examples of pagan Nordic culture, while the other runic stone and the church illustrate the Christianisation of the Danish people towards the middle of the 10th century. Visit the Rune Stones in East Jutland, a short drive from Aarhus.
Find out more about what you can see and how to get to Denmark's UNESCO World Heritage Sites.