The borders are closed, but luckily that does not mean that visiting Denmark is completely off limits. All around the US, little pockets of Denmark are waiting to be explored, while we are dreaming of the travels to come.
Right from the iconic Nyhavn in Copenhagen to the idyllic villages on the island of Funen, Denmark is known for its cozy, cobble-stones streets of colorful houses. To get a bit of that cosy Danish feeling in the US, visit the Danish capital of America, Solvang, in California’s Santa Ynez Valley. Here, you can also see a copy of the famous sculpture of the Little Mermaid and try Danish specialties. For a bit of Danish Christmas, attend their annual Julefest to experience Danish Christmas traditions.
Danish history with modern design and architecture goes way back. In recent years, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has been at the absolute forefront of the development design everything from the new Noma restaurant to a ski slope on the roof on top of a power plant. Experience the light and sustainable elements that make Danish architecture unique at some of BIG’s buildings in the US such as Via 57 West in New York, the Isenberg School of Management in Massachusetts, The Heights Building in Virginia and Grove at Grand Bay in Miami.
Hans Christian Andersen may very well be the most famous Danish poet. Born in Denmark’s third largest city of Odense, he went on to live much of his live in Copenhagen. Now, Danes can visit his statue right between the City Hall Square and the Tivoli Garden’s H.C. Andersen Castle. In the US, he can be seen reading his classic The Ugly Duckling in Central Park. Next year will be a great one for fans of his fairy tale universe as the new Hans Christian Andersen Museum designed by Kengo Kuma is opening in Odense.
Danes take their bread and cakes very seriously with a baked good for absolutely every holiday of the year. While a soft ice filled croissant from Andersen & Maillard Bakery or a slice of sour dough bread from Hart Bakery are perfectly good reasons to travel, Americans won’t have to wait for the borders to reopen to have a tasty of the Danish favorites. The Danish Ole & Steen have several bakeries in New York selling their takes on Danish rolls, loafs, pastries, cakes and tartes.
Many know the Danish brewery Carlsberg and maybe even the popular brewery Mikkeller, but Denmark is home to a wide array of large and small breweries making classic and innovative beers around the country. In Brooklyn, New York, you can try a bit of Danish brew for yourself at Evil Twin Brewing, which was started by Jeppe Jarnit- Bjergsø the twin brother of Mikkeller founder Mikkel Borg Bjergsø. For an at home beer tasting, hit their web shops. Mikkeller even do a beer Christmas calendar with 24 surprise beers to drink in the running up to Christmas.
Thanks to Danish artist Thomas Dambo, trolls are alive all over Denmark. Dambo is known for his quirky “Hidden Giant” trolls made from recycled wood that make for family friendly treasure hunts. Over the year, new trolls have been created with an encouragement to go explore new nature areas. While waiting to visit the new trolls in Denmark, Americans have their own trolls hiding out in Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee and Florida.