Danish Vikings

West Zealand culture and heritage

Artistic heritage

The special light on the exposed Odsherred peninsula has always attracted many artists. You can see their work at a great selection of galleries and exhibitions in the area. The Painters' Farm (Malergården) is the former home of local artist Sigurd Swane and his family, near Plejerup, and is open to the public as a museum.

West Zealand islands

West Zealand islands

Sejerø

Sejerø is a beautiful and peaceful island, with undulating landscape and many small swimming beaches. Visit the old church, with its fine fresco paintings, or any of the many burial mounds on the island. You can reach the island by ferry from Havnsø.

Nekselø

This small island is also reachable by ferry from Havnsø. You’ll find beautiful nature on the island, which is easily accessible as a day trip.

South Sealand's towns and villages

Towns and villages in South Zealand

Næstved

You’ll find Næstved makes an interesting day trip, as its location on the River Suså has made it an important trade town since medieval times. Explore the town’s old churches, streets and houses. Næstved’s old monastery today houses Denmark's most prestigious boarding school.

Moesgaard Museum

East Jutland culture and heritage

Museums galore in East Jutland

Louisiana Museum

North Zealand culture and heritage

Kronborg- Hamlet's home

Kronborg Castle

Towns and villages

Helsingør (Elsinore)

World-famous as the home of Elsinore, the castle of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Helsingør has long held a strategically important position at the mouth of the Baltic Sea. Feel the legacy of power here, with a trip to see Kronborg Castle, or walk the cobbled streets lined with half-timbered houses. The cathedral and monastery in town are also worth a visit.

Quaint Fishing Villages of Bornholm

Bornholm is lined with wonderfully quaint little fishing villages, each with its own charm and welcoming community. The towns are within easy reach of one another, making for a nice bike tour of the island. Get to know the country towns and coastal harbors and all their culinary delights below. 

Bornholm Culture

Bornholm culture and heritage

Crafts

Bornholm has a strong tradition of craft artisans, particularly within the fields of glass work and ceramics. You can visit open workshops all over the island and see the artisans in action at places such as Hjorth's Fabrik, Bornholm's Ceramics Museum in Rønne. 

Bornholm Round Church

Bornholm's round churches

Baltic fortresses

Four of Denmark's seven medieval round churches (rundkirke) are located on Bornholm. The round churches were used as fortresses, as well as places of worship, and the fact that such a high concentration of them are found on Bornholm, is testament to the island's strategically important location in the Baltic Sea. 

Egeskov Slot

Funen culture and heritage

Art

You can experience works by the artists' movement known as The Farm Painters (Fynboerne) at Faaborg Museum and at Johannes Larsen Museum in Kerteminde. You'll find temporary exhibitions of contemporary art at Brandt's in Odense and Grimmerhus near Middelfart, where you'll also find Denmark's Ceramics Museum. 

Funen cities and towns

Funen's cities and towns

Odense

Odense is Funen's main city and the third largest city in Denmark. It is first and foremost the birthplace and childhood home of fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen, and you can experience his world in two of the city's museums. Odense is located by a small river and a fjord and has a great variety of attractions. 

North Jutland Culture and Heritage

North Jutland culture and heritage

Artistic enclave

One hundred years ago, Skagen was home to the artists' movement known as The Skagen Painters. You can now see their popular paintings in North Jutland’s museums, as well as in some of the artists' homes in Skagen. 

Denmark history

The history of Denmark

c. 12500 BC - The first hunters inhabit Danish lands.

3900 BC - Basic society built on agriculture and animal husbandry.

400-700 - Urbanisation begins.