Experience the best Danish architecture

Photo: © Isbjerget (2013) – CEBRA, JDS Architects, Louis Paillard and SeARCH. Photo: Dennis Borup Jakobsen

Danish architecture is world-renowned, the perfect infusion of cutting-edge design and practical functionality. We've picked some of Denmark's most famous and iconic buildings that are definitely worth seeing!

Photo: Ulrik Jantzen - Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

It's worth taking a trip to Humlebæk, north of Copenhagen, to see the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. The museum is world-famous for exhibitions as well as its exquisite location and beautiful buildings. Louisiana comprises several wings and a series of exhibition pavilions connected by a picturesque glass corridor. At Lousiana, the buildings and surroundings are as much a work of art as the exhibitions themselves.

Photo: Astrid Marie Andersen

BLOX - The Danish Architecture Centre

BLOX is a massive building housing a range of creative and cultural institution on Copenhagen’s harbour front where new creative and cultural offerings will unfold, including the exhibitions of Danish Architecture Centre.

ARKEN Museum for Moderne Kunst near Copenhagen
Photo: Henrik Jauert

ARKEN Museum of Modern Art

Take a trip south of Copenhagen to the seaside art museum, ARKEN Museum of Modern Art. Designed by Danish architect Søren Robert Lund, ARKEN Museum of Modern Art opened in 1996. You can enjoy collections by Danish, Scandinavian and international artists at ARKEN.

M/S Maritime Museum of Denmark
Photo: Rasmus Hjortshøj - Copenhagen Media Center

M/S Maritime Museum of Denmark

Combine a visit to Kronborg Castle in Helsingør with an underwater adventure at the Danish Maritime Museum. The Danish Maritime Museum is a one-of-a-kind submerged building designed by Bjarke Ingels and it's won a host of awards!

Copenhagen Opera House
Photo: Wonderful Copenhagen

Copenhagen Opera House

Copenhagen's opera house has become one of the city's most iconic buildings. The Royal Danish Opera was given as a donation to Denmark by the A.P. Møller and Chastine McKinney Møller Foundation and was designed by Henning Larsen Architects.

The Royal Library "The Black Diamond" in Copenhagen
Photo: Daniel Rasmussen - Copenhagen Media Center

The Black Diamond - The Royal Library

The Black Diamond is a dramatic modern extension to Denmark's Royal Library. You can walk in and around this unique building on Copenhagen harbour and also see it from the water on canal tours of by the harbour taxi boat.

GDK Royal Danish Playhouse
Photo: VisitCopenhagen

The Royal Danish Playhouse

The Royal Danish Playhouse sits dramatically on Copenhagen harbour. You can walk around its oak-boarded promenade on the water, or enjoy views of the water from its glass-fronted cafe. The Royal Danish Playhouse will soon be joined by an exciting open-air entertainment area right next door, Ofelia Beach.

Utzon Centeret i Aalborg
Photo: Bang Clemme Film & Openhouse

Utzon Center

One of the world’s most famous buildings, the Sydney Opera House, was designed by a Dane but not located in Denmark... Now we’re not bitter or anything, but we have built an entire centre with the sole purpose of telling everyone who’ll listen that the opera house in Sydney was designed by Danish Jørn Utzon. So, why travel all the way to Australia when you can easily pop by the vibrant city of Aalborg? 

Bølgen (The Wave), an apartment building in Vejle, Denmark, that looks like a wave
Photo: VisitVejle

The Wave (Bølgen)

Drive across Vejle Fjord and you'll see The Wave (Bølgen) resting on the shoreline. The Wave is a stunning residential building by Danish architectural powerhouse, Henning Larsen Architects. The building has won numerous awards.

Photo: © Isbjerget (2013) – CEBRA, JDS Architects, Louis Paillard and SeARCH. Photo: Dennis Borup Jakobsen

The Iceberg (Isbjerget)

Easily recognisable, the dramatic Iceberg (Isbjerget) building on Aarhus' waterfront is part of a wave of interest in and development of exciting architecture in Aarhus. Visit the harbour area of Denmark's second city to see many new developments and cultural attractions taking shape.

GDK Danish Jewish Museum
Photo: Wonderful Copenhagen

The Danish Jewish Museum

Designed by world-renowned Polish-American architect Daniel Libeskind, the Danish Jewish Museum was opened in 2004 and is housed within the Royal Danish Library's Galley House. Inside the Danish Jewish Museum, you can explore the history of the Danish Jews that were saved from the Nazi's during WWII.

Photo: Your rainbow panorama, Olafur Eliasson, 2006 - 2011, ARoS Aarhus Art Museum. Photo: Robin Skjoldborg.

ARoS Art Museum

ARoS Art Museum is a cultural hub in the dynamic city of Aarhus. You can easily recognise ARoS on Aarhus' skyline, thanks to the stunning installation on its roof, Your Rainbow Panorama, created by the artist Olafur Eliasson. Take a walk through Your Rainbow Panorama for unique views of Aarhus.

Moesgaard Museum, Aarhus
Photo: Kim Wyon

MOMU Moesgaard Museum

The past is brought to fascinating life at the Moesgaard Museum in Aarhus. Prehistory presented innovatively in a breathtaking architectural setting makes for a world-class museum experience.

Musikkens Hus in Aalborg, North Jutland
Photo: VisitAalborg

House of Music

Aalborg's eye-catching House of Music (Musikkens Hus) was built in 2014 and is a buzzing cultural centre in the heart of Aalborg. You can visit Musikkens Hus, home of the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra and The Royal Academy of Music, on Aalborg's Music Square.

A view of 8TALLET  Bjarke Ingels Group in Copenhagen, Denmark
Photo: Ty Stange

8 House (8 Tallet)

One of Bjarke Ingel's most recognisable projects in Denmark, the 8 House (8 Tallet) is a residential building in one of Copenhagen's newest districts, Ørestad. The 8 House was the largest private development in Scandinavia when it was finished in 2010.