Denmark is an island country. There are many excellent resorts that are popular in Europe. It includes more than 400 islands, while Greenland and the Faroe Islands have an autonomous status.
Autonomous status has another "country", which is located right in Copenhagen. Several quarters wished to secede from Denmark, and declared their own republic - Christiania. After a long standoff, the hipsters were left alone. Today this place is a tourist exotic, a small piece of Amsterdam.
Thanks to the efforts of the current monarchy, about 600 castles, palaces, and fortresses have been preserved in Denmark. They are distinguished by richness and splendor in exteriors and interiors. Almost all existing variety of styles is present in the architecture of buildings. The country has rich art galleries, collections of sculptures, a huge number of museums. Sometimes there are embodied in the life of the ideas of the modernists of our time, carrying forward for centuries. Visit Red Square in Copenhagen or the ARoS Museum.
What to see in Denmark?
The most interesting and beautiful places, photos and a brief description.
The ancient harbor of Nyhavn is called the heart of Copenhagen. Colorful houses on the embankment remember G.Kh. Andersen, who managed to live in almost every one of them. Nowadays, rooms are rented not only in houses, but also in medieval boats moored in the harbor. The street is full of various souvenir shops and cafes.
The summer residence of the Danish kings was built according to all the rules of Renaissance architecture. Today it is a castle-museum, which stores the treasures of monarchs, attributes of power, large collections of paintings, porcelain, etc. On the territory of the palace park there is a cafe, a puppet theater, and you can see Andersen's statue.
The northernmost point of Denmark is famous for the fact that two seas meet here - the Baltic and the North. To see a completely visible border, you need to walk along the spit, often overcoming a sandy drift. Swimming in this place is strictly prohibited due to strong leaks. In the 15th century, a lighthouse was built on the shore, which is still in operation. Another attraction of this place is a warning church to those who build their house on sand, not on stone. An entire floor of this building was covered with sand, and the parishioners left it.
The Øresun line connects Denmark with Sweden and is a highway and railway line. The design includes a bridge, an artificial island and an underwater tunnel. It has a length of more than 7 thousand meters. The fare is paid - about 46 euros. King Carl Gustav and Queen Margaret attended the opening of the bridge in 2000.
Church of Our Savior in Copenhagen
The Church of Christ the Savior is easy to recognize by the unusual appearance of the tower, which is somewhat similar to a cake. Gradually, the steps leading from the inside go out in the form of a spiral, gilded staircase. At the top, a spire with a sphere and a four-meter statue of Christ sparkles. The Savior holds a banner in his hand. This is the main temple of Copenhagen, which, among other things, is unique with a functioning organ of the 17th century and a carillon of 48 bells.
Opening its fabulous gates in 1843, Tivoli (Aarhus) became one of the first amusement parks in Europe. From May to September, cheerful music and children's laughter do not stop, street performers give free performances. In addition to extreme entertainment, there is a pantomime theater, a huge hall for classical music, and celebrities often perform here. During the day, Tivoli is buried in flowers, and at night in fireworks.
Museum of Contemporary Art in Aarhus (ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum)
One of the most unusual panoramas proposed by the authors and employees of the Museum of Art is to look at the city through the multi-colored glass of the rainbow halo above the roof of the building. ARoS is a major installation center for creative experiments by contemporary artists. The five-meter sculpture of a squatting boy by artist Ron Mueck has become a kind of hallmark of the museum.
The two towers of this magnificent cathedral have always attracted Danish artists who painted views of Denmark. The temple became a repository of the spirit and history of the Danes; the country's monarchs were buried here for almost a thousand years. Many tombs are real works of art. The first wooden church on this site, according to the evidence of the found runes, was built by the first king of Denmark, Harold Blue-toothed, back in the days of the Vikings. Carved benches of the 15th century, a skillful altar and bas-reliefs have been preserved in the cathedral.
New Carlsberg Glyptothek
King Carl Jacobsen not only created the well-known Carlsberg brand of beer, but also established an amazing museum in Copenhagen, which has no equal in Europe. The Glyptothek has a large collection of sculptural paintings of ancient, Roman, Egyptian, and Etruscan designs. Extensive collections of works by Rodin, Degas. The second floor is occupied by a collection of paintings by great masters: Van Gogh, Monet, Cezanne, Gauguin.
In the small town of Billund, the Danes created a wonderland - LegoLand. Every child at least once in his life heard about it and dreamed of getting there. The park covers 100,000 sq. m and consists of 8 zones. For its construction, the creators needed about 50 million cubes. For the little ones, the Duplo zone with a soft surface is open. A train goes around the fairy-tale country, there is a children's driving school, its own operating fire department, which also consists of light cubes.
The famous king of the brewer Karl Jacobsen became the founder of the museum in the Frederiksborg castle in the city of Hillelerd, which made the life and history of the Danish kings tangible for the curious public of tourists. This palace is a kind of symbol of the monarchy, which has never been interrupted in Denmark. In the center in front of the castle is the fountain of Neptune. The walls are richly decorated with sculptures, columns, bas-reliefs. All the monarchs of Denmark were crowned in the castle chapel.
Runestones in Jelling
The first written mention of Denmark as a state was found on rune stones, which are kept in the snow-white church of Elling. Scientists attribute the inscriptions on the stones to 955. The large stone was erected by King Horus in honor of his wife Thyra, and the second one by his son Harold, who baptized Denmark. Currently, the stones are dressed in glass sarcophagi to protect them from destruction.
Shakespeare made the city of Elsinore famous all over the world by placing Hamlet in Kronborg Castle. Thanks to the playwright, Crown Castle became the castle of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. Legends say that another prince of Denmark, the hero Ogier, the guardian of his native land, sleeps in the cellars of Kronborg Castle. In case of danger, he will come to life, he will rise from sleep and protect his people.
Dierhavsbakken amusement park
The oldest amusement park in 1538 was arranged on the market square of Klampenborg at the Royal Deer Park. Today, the organizers are trying to keep it in the style and spirit of the Middle Ages. Like many centuries ago, the audience is entertained by Pierrot tricks, circus artists. Ride a bike to see the grazing deer in the Deer Park. The entrance is free.
Little Mermaid Statue
The Little Mermaid from Andersen's fairy tale, beloved by the townspeople, has become the symbol of Copenhagen and all of Denmark. Few people are not familiar with the sad, and at the same time life-affirming, story of this touching heroine. In 2013, it was 100 years since she appeared in the port. Edvard Eriksen made a sculpture especially for the beer king Karl, after His Majesty was impressed by the eponymous production in the theater.
State Museum of Arts
The greatest collection of paintings, sculptural compositions of the museum includes 9,000 priceless exhibits of global significance. Titian and Rubens, Rembrandt and Michelangelo, Picasso and Durer, Matisse and Modigliani, a huge number of sketches, sketches by other famous artists. The initiator of the creation of the collection was the court curator of the Chamber of Arts G. Morel.
The pearl of the Baltic Sea, the island of Bornholm is famous for its excellent beaches and mild climate. Cherries, apricots and walnuts grow here, and the inhabitants are skilled glass blowers. The island surprises with a variety of landscape. Mountains, fields, forests, hills and even white sand dunes will please the most sophisticated travelers. Round churches and windmills have become the visiting card of the island.
Chalk cliffs of Myon
The snow-white cliffs of the island, reflected, dilute the blue of the sea. It seems that the artist outlined Maine with blue paint. The steep banks stretch for 6 km and rise to a height of 128m. The highest place was called the Queen's Throne. The island was loved by swallows and swans. 20 species of orchids grow freely here, which are protected by local laws.
Old town in Aarhus (Den Gamle-By)
In the botanical garden of Aarhus there is an open-air city-museum. The creators brought here old houses from all over Denmark, recreating them in great detail. Cobbled narrow streets, a mint, a port, mills, workshops that operate and offer to buy products, “residents” dressed in ancient clothes - as if you are transported to the distant past ...
18 islands have autonomous status in Denmark. All of them are of volcanic origin. Picturesque pictures of green hills, shaggy sheep grazing, houses with green grassy roofs - it is hard to imagine a more idyllic picture. Grass grows even on the roofs of concert halls. The inhabitants raise sheep and fish. The only thing that spoils the impression of the Faroese is the bloody festival of killing dolphins.