Founded by the Vikings, Aalborg has developed into one of the busiest trading centers in Denmark and its fourth-largest city. Its proximity to Limfjord makes it an attractive tourist destination. Called the "little Paris of the North," Aalborg has a great atmosphere and a lot of fine old buildings. The 15th century Budolfi Cathedral - dedicated to the English St. Botolph - and the Monastery of the Holy Ghost from 1431, Denmark's oldest social welfare institution, are two of the most impressive historic sights. The old castle Aalborghus Castle (Aalborghus Slot) built in 1550 and some picturesque houses of the 17th century located in the center of the town, are not to be missed. Nearby Aalborg, you can enjoy the white beaches of the North Sea, the forest of Rold, the lovely Rebild Hills or the slopes of the Jutlandic Ridge.
Aarhus is the second largest city and the principal port of Denmark. The main attraction is Den Gamle By (The Old Town) - a fascinating open-air museum featuring 75 restored buildings from all around Denmark dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. Architecturally impressive sights include the 13th century cathedral in the centre of the city - Arhus Domkirke - the tallest cathedral in Denmark.The Aarhus City Hall is a uniquely designed building drawn by renowned architect Arne Jacobsen, located in the city centre. The city hall is included in the national educational canon for culture as an example of important architectural work. Take a trip to the Tivoli Friheden, a fun-packed amusement park located just outside the city centre offering rides, clown shows, spectacular flower gardens and many cafés.
Founded in 1968, Legoland Billund is the original Legoland Park. All children who play with lego dream of visiting this park. It is split into themed areas which appeal to children in various age groups offering an experience full of creativity and fun. Every building, boat, train and car is constructed from millions of Lego blocks in detail, with incredible craftsmanship. There are models of famous landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty and the Taj Mahal and a section called Miniland, which is accurately modeled on areas in other countries such as the Rhine in Germany and Amsterdam in the Netherlands. The Dragon is their oldest coaster, and miniland is a symbol of the country. There are several rides, including a boat ride through pirate caves and train rides.
Wonderful Copenhagen is one of the world's great walking cities. A cozy European capital, it's filled with stunning architecture ? classic and modern, historic sites, world-class museums, and some of the best shopping and dining in Europe. No matter what your interests, Copenhagen has a whole lot of sightseeing and entertainment on offer: the graceful statue of Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid, Tivoli Gardens, a charming all ages "Pleasure Park" in the heart of the city, the Danish crown jewels at Rosenborg Palace, shops on Strøget, eclectic art and antiquities collections at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Botanic Gardens, and other many beautiful parks.
Located on the northeast coast of the Jutland peninsula, Frederikshavn is an important traffic portal with its ferry connections to Sweden and Norway. The port of Frederikshavn has a modern and efficient infrastructure, and logistically the users of the port and their customers profit from the easy access to the European motorway and railway networks. Frederikshavn's oldest building, Fiskerklyngen, dates back from the mid-1500s. In 2015, Frederikshavn will be the first medium-sized city in the world to be exclusively supplied with electricity, heat and power for transportation from renewable energy sources. The electricity will be supplied from wind turbines, heat from heat pumps, solar panels and biogas plants, while cars will be powered by electricity or biofuel.
Helsingor (also known by the name Elsinore) is world famous as the setting of William Shakespeare's Hamlet. The Rerum Danicarum Historica (1631) claims that the history of Helsingor can be traced back to 70 BC, but Helsingor as we know it today was founded in the 1420s by the Danish king Eric of Pomerania. The oldest parts of the cathedral of Helsingor date back to the 1200s and attests the importance of this fishermen's village in history. Overlooking the border of Sweden, Kronborg Castle is the main tourist attraction of the town. Its unique architecture and beautiful tapestries are unforgettable. Hamlet has been performed several times in its courtyard.
Only 30 km northwest of Copenhagen, lies Hillerod - one of the most important towns in the Scandinavian history. The main tourist attraction is Frederiksborg Castle, which for a long time was the seat of the Danish kings. Started in 1560 by King Frederick II, the palace became the royal residence of King Christian IV. Nowadays, the castle is open to the public and houses the Frederiksborg Museum/The Museum of National History. It is surrounded by a splendid baroque garden. Also well worth a visit is the Town Museum ("Bymuseet") hosting a permanent exhibition regarding the history of Hillerod. The ruins of Aebelhold monastery, dating from 1175, appertain to the largest monastery in the northern countries that belonged to the Roman Catholic monastic order, The Augustinians. The site also contains a museum showing its history.
Situated close to Odense Fjord on the Odense River, the city of Odense is the third largest city in Denmark. The city is more than a thousand years old and various museums tell about the history of Odense and of Denmark. It lies within a short distance of beaches and has much to offer to its visitors. Saint Canute's Cathedral was formerly connected with the great Benedictine monastery of the same name, and is one of the largest and finest buildings of its kind in Denmark. It is constructed in a pure Gothic style. Odense is known as the city of birth of the world famous fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen. A visit to his museum is a must. Odense also boasts a large number and wide range of museums of international and regional interest, including everything from traditional Danish art at the Funen Art Museum to international art and photo exhibitions at Brandts Klaedefabrik.
Ringsted is a beautiful city located in the middle of the Danish island of Zealand, approximately 60 km away from Copenhagen. The most important toursit attraction is Saint Bendt's Church (Skt. Bendts Kirke). It was built around 1080 by Svend Nordmand, the bishop of Roskilde. The lay-out of the church changed four times as it is shown by miniature models inside. The church has a very nice interior and it houses a coin collection and also some old equipment that was used during masses for example. The church also houses the tombs of several Danish kings of the 12th-13th centuries. In front of the church is the statue of Valdemar the Great.
Dating back from the Viking Age, Roskilde is an important stop between Copenhagen and the western regions of Denmark. The city prides itself with one of the most impressive cathedrals in Denmark. Built in the 12th and 13th centuries, the Roskilde Gothic Cathedral was the only cathedral in Zealand until the 20th century, attesting the city's early importance.The cathedral is the burial site for Danish monarchs and since 1995, it has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Connected to the church is Roskilde Palace, built during 1733-36. Another attraction in the city is the Viking Ship Museum (Vikingeskibsmuseet). The centrepieces of its collection are the well-preserved remains of five Viking ships, excavated from nearby Roskilde Fjord in the late 1960s. The museum also undertakes research in experimental archaeology centred on Viking shipbuilding and seaworthiness.
Located in the largest Lake District in Denmark, Silkeborg is famous for its beautiful nature, with the River Gudena and Denmark's largest connected forest area. Besides the breathtaking views, you can also experience art and culture, as well as cozy shopping in the small pedestrian streets, or spa pampering. Another attraction is the Aqua Freshwater Aquarium - largest fresh water aquarium in Northern Europe, housing the rare freshwater otter, together with birds, fish, newts, frogs, insects and plenty of aquatic plants from lakes, streams and ponds. You can also take a trip on the world's oldest operative paddle steamer, the oldest steamboat in the world which still remains in its original form. The steam engine is the original engine used on the boat's first sailing on the Silkeborg lakes on June 18th 1861.
Vejle is a picturesque town located at the head of Vejle Fjord. The most impressive sight of the town is St. Nicolai Gothic church - one of Vejle's oldest buildings, dating back to the 1250s. The church contains one of Denmark's finest bog findings, an Iron Age woman from the year 450 BC, discovered in the Haraldsaer bog in 1835. Other landmarks are: the windmill built on the slopes of the hills to the south, which is a symbol of the town, the Egtved Girl, that was discovered in 1921 and is one of the best preserved Bronze Age findings in Denmark. On the site where she was found a barrow with a diameter of 22 metres and a height of 4 metres has been built. Norup Church dates back to the 13th century and contains a Romanesque font as well as a number of plaques commemorating the Danish soldiers who fell during the 1848 and 1864 wars.
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