Enjoy the unique tidal marshlands in this part of Denmark and explore the way the dynamic relationship between land, sea and wind shapes not only the culture of the region but also the local produce. On a gastronomic tour of South-West Jutland you’ll have the chance to sample exceptional produce from passionate food artisans and to escape into one of Denmark’s most unique national parks, soon to join the list of World Heritage Sites.
BBC Lifestyle recently showcased Denmark’s delicacies, with eight Nordic Cookery programmes focusing on traditional Danish food. During the course of the series, Tareq explored South-West Jutland, the Limfjord, North Jutland and East Denmark, cooking with locals, enjoying outdoor pursuits and trying exceptional local produce. He also went to Fyn, North Zealand, and the Lake District of mid-Jutland.
Fancy trying Denmark’s best duck? Or tasting cheese right where it’s produced? You can in the Limfjord region! This part of Denmark is famed for its seafood and you can pick up fresh fish and seafood at the fish market in Thyborøn or oysters at Glyngøre. Cycle your way round the region’s local farm shops and microbreweries and pack your own picnic basket full of local goodness.
Shielded from the sea breeze by grassy sand dunes and pine forest, the thatched heritage farm, Strandgaarden (literally, ‘The Beach Farm’) on the island of Læsø offers modern chalet accommodation and gratifying gourmet dining – even the breakfast is homemade and locally sourced.
With waves lapping at the restaurant door and with its dreamy sunset vistas, Villa Vest (i.e. Villa West) offers a true lands-end feeling. Located in the seaside town of Lønstrup close to some of Scandinavia’s mightiest drifting sand dunes and the romantically sand-engulfed Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse, the restaurant is uniquely set in some of Denmark’s most magnificent nature.
In 2013, CNN Travel hailed the romantic beachscapes of Skagen as one of the world’s 100 top seaside destinations. But gourmet dining at classic seaside hotels is another inspired reason to visit Denmark’s northernmost town. Ruths Hotel is nestled in the picturesque Old Skagen (Højen). Until recently, the hotel restaurant, Ruths Gourmet, has served fine French cuisine.
A picture-postcard village with thatched cottages, Møgeltønder in South Jutland is home to the Queen of Denmark’s youngest son, Prince Joachim. The tree-lined cobbled village lane is also the location of a 300-year-old heritage wayside inn of royal license, Schackenborg Slotskro.
The heritage castle from the 1800s originally dates back to 1746 where it was erected on an estate belonging to the royal country residence of Hirschholm Castle, which was demolished in 1810 following the illustrious and scandalous ‘Royal Affair’ between a Danish queen and the king’s physician (featured in the award-winning 2012 movie The Royal Affair directed by Nikolaj Arcel).
Hindsgavl Castle privat is a historic destination located on the island of Funen. In 1814, during the Napoleonic Wars, King Frederik VI of Denmark surrendered sovereignty of Norway to Sweden at this very castle. In 2014, the castle celebrates the bicentennial of this historic event. The castle itself dates back to 1231.
A royal experience at castles and manors
A kingdom with 1,000 years of royal history, Denmark has many manors and castles. A great many are open to the public and you can even dine and stay like royalty at castle hotels nationwide. Watching the sunrise over a heritage estate is a true royal experience.
Denmark is an international food hotspot, with award-winning chefs, award-winning restaurants and new food trends sweeping through Danish cities. Feverish interest in Danish food has meant that even traditional Danish dishes, such as the famous smørrebrød (open sandwich), have enjoyed a modern revival. Throughout the year, Danes come together to celebrate food both Danish and foreign, new and old, at the many food festivals around the country.
Copenhagen is full of festivals throughout the year. Music, film, food, art, comedy - the Danish capital has an event for everyone. Here's a selection of great festivals taking place in Copenhagen this year.