Denmark's easternmost island in the Baltic sea is a sight to behold. The island receives many hours of sunshine and its extraordinary light has a long history of attracting artists. This slow-paced, friendly place is the only place in Denmark where you can walk craggy, granite coastline. Known for pure, white beaches, you can enjoy a unique island culture of round churches, regional delecacies, and quaint fishing villages, all among postcard-perfect scenery.
Fyn often gets overlooked for the bright lights of Copenhagen and Aarhus, but it shouldn't be that way. The island is home to Denmark's vibrant third largest city, Odense, is the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen, and offers farm fresh cuisine and laid back countryside living. Continue below to get a closer look at this Danish hidden gem.
If you're looking for things to do in Copenhagen and have time to go a little further afield, then head north along the Danish Riviera of North Zealand. It's the perfect place to venture out on day trips from Copenhagen, or to extend your holiday with a stay in North Zealand's hotels, inns or holiday homes.
Copenhagen is rich in history. The Danish capital was officially founded in 1167 by Bishop Absalon, but research suggest that the location was inhabited already in the late Viking age. Copenhagen was a busy and strategically important merchant city throughout the medieval period where it controlled much of the lucrative trade and traffic to and from the Baltic Sea.
Koldinghus Castle Ruin is a treat in itself, but it also houses some interesting museums, including one dedicated to Danish silver. Just outside Kolding, you’ll find the Trapholt museum, where you can enjoy contemporary art, handicrafts and design.
In Tønder, the city's old water tower has been made into a museum for townsman and architect Hans J. Wegner and his world-famous chairs.
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.
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.
Denmark has a rich history which dates all the way back to c. 12500 BC. We've gathered some of the key historical events that have shaped the country which is now known as Dennark.