3. Adventurous idyll
The soft rolling farmland of the Jungshoved Peninsula on Zealand is the perfect off-the-beaten track destination for cycling and meditative moment with views to the green archipelago. A short cut allows you to limit the 34 km route to a scenic 16 km. Attractions include a tiny fishing hamlet known as Denmark’s smallest and a chicken farm which has been converted into a small open-air theatre staging performances of fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen – in Danish, although the imaginative sets and costumes let you appreciate the spectacle. The more than 600 year old heritage town of Præstø with its cobbled streets, townhouses and tranquil bay also offers a chance to discover one of Denmark’s foodie hideaways, Hotel Frederiksminde. Located in a parkland mansion by the marina, the hotel is known for its new and creative Nordic-centred cuisine and is helmed by executive chef Jonas Mikkelsen, who honed his skills at several of Copenhagen’s Michelin-starred restaurants. In 2012, he was also the winner of the Nordic Chef Challenge. Apart from serving top-gourmet experiences rooted in farm-fresh local produce, the hotel also hosts intimate concerts and events. Also located in the town is MadMarket, a store and deli dedicated to locally sourced artisanal produce.
The Jungshoved peninsula offers a wide range of camping grounds, inns and cottage B&B, making it a great destination for pedal powered holidays at your own pace.
Copenhagen is famed for its gourmet cuisine and Nordic-centred eateries, such as the famous restaurant Noma, currently listed as the World’s Best by The World’s 50 Best Restaurant (2014). Some of Denmark’s top culinary experiences, however, headed by the nation’s best-known chefs, are to be found at seaside hotels and other coastal destinations nationwide. Read more about Denmark’s new coastal foodie trail.
Powered by Cycling: Panorama is a new initiative that makes it easier for holidaymakers in Denmark to experience some of the best the nation has to offer. The Panorama initiative offers 26 new looped cycling routes that branch out from two of Denmark’s most scenic national cycling route - the West Coast Route and the Berlin-Copenhagen Route. The short routes have been upgraded with new cycling infrastructure and an international hospitality quality labelling system - Bike+Bed. Many of these routes offer a unique chance to explore nature, heritage and family attractions in Denmark by pedal power.