Travel To Denmark
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Travel To Denmark
The climate in Denmark is mild, with no extreme heat or cold. Average temperatures in July and August are roughly 66º, while February is their coldest month, with temperatures reaching 34º. Because Denmark is a coastal country, it can be fairly wet and windy.
Tourists in Denmark mainly consist of people from neighboring countries such as Sweden, Norway, Germany and The Netherlands. Denmark has many sandy beaches which attract visitors, while others come to visit metropolitan Copenhagen. As the world’s oldest kingdom and the home of Hans Christian Andersen, Denmark is often marketed as a "Fairytale country".
Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish author and poet, most famous for his fairy tales. Among his best-known stories are "The Little Mermaid", "The Emperor's New Clothes" and "The Ugly Duckling". His fairy tales have been translated into well over a hundred languages and continue to be published all over the world. This statue of Hans Christian Andersen greets visitors to Copenhagen. When Hans Christian Andersen was alive, he loved being photographed, and most tourists continue to accommodate his wish.
A statue of The Little Mermaid sits on a rock in the Copenhagen harbour in Churchill Park. This small and unimposing statue is a Copenhagen icon and a major tourist attraction. The statue was commissioned in 1909 by Carl Jacobsen, son of the founder of Carlsberg beer, after he had been fascinated by a ballet about the fairytale. The relatively small size of the statue typically surprises tourists visiting for the first time. The Little Mermaid statue is only about 4-feet high.
The Oresund Bridge promotes tourism in both Denmark and Sweden. It is a combined two-track rail and four-lane road bridge across the Oresund strait. The bridge-tunnel is the longest combined road and rail bridge in Europe and connects the Danish capital of Copenhagen and the Swedish city of Malmö. Construction began in 1995. The last section was constructed in 1999.
Denmark is full of natural landmarks. Himmelbjerget, meaning "The Heaven or Sky Mountain," is one of the highest points in Denmark, with a height of over 480 feet. The high hill is a popular destination for its beautiful nature and magnificent views. On top of the hill is an 82-foot-tall tower that was erected to honor King Frederik VII.
Møns Klint, or the Cliffs of Møn, is an impressive landmark and tourist attraction along the eastern coast of the Danish island of Møn in the Baltic Sea. The bright chalk cliffs stretch almost 4 miles from the park of Liselund in the north to the lighthouse in the south. Some of the cliffs fall a sheer 390-feet to the sea below. The path along the cliff tops provides impressive views and leads to steps down to the shore in several locations.
The Sletterhage Lighthouse on the Danish peninsula gives you a beautiful view of Århus and the islands Samsø and Tunø. It has been operational since 1894.
Nyhavn, meaning "New Harbor," is a popular area in Copenhagen with both locals and tourists. The street is lined with many small bars and restaurants facing out to a picturesque harbor.
Tivoli Gardens is a famous amusement park and garden in Copenhagen. The park opened in 1843 and, except for Dyrehavsbakken in nearby Klampenborg, it is the oldest amusement park that has survived intact to the present day. The park is one of the city's most popular attractions. Set on almost 20 acres of land, the park contains miniature gardens, a merry-go-round of tiny Viking ships, and amusement park rides that include Denmark's biggest roller coaster. An Arabian-style fantasy palace, with towers and arches, houses more than two dozen restaurants. Take a walk around the edge of the tiny lake with its ducks, swans, and boats. On certain evenings, fireworks could be seen reflected in Tivoli's lake.
As for cultural landmarks, a sculpture garden and art museum right on the eastern coast of Denmark, Louisiana is one of the must-sees of the country. Its location and the art it holds, both in- and outside make Lousiana Museum of Modern Art a pleasant day trip from Copenhagen. Visitors can walk around the spacious gardens, lawns and trees where they will find sculptures, and even be able to see the Swedish coastline.
Frederik's Church, popularly known as The Marble Church, was designed in 1740, along with the rest of Frederiksstad - a district of Copenhagen. Frederik's Church has the largest church dome in Scandinavia with a span of 102 feet. The dome rests on 12 columns, and was probably inspired by the Pantheon in Rome. Building began in 1749, but construction was slowed due to budget cuts. Eventually, the church was left incomplete and stood as a ruin for nearly 150 years. The present version was finally opened in 1894.
Hammershus was a Danish fortress located on the northern tip of Bornholm and erected in the 12th century. It is located over 240 feet above sea level. Visitors to Hammershus have a spectacular view of Sweden and the sea surrounding the island. South of the castle is a deep valley, water filled hollows, and dense forest. Hammershus is the largest medieval fortification in Northern Europe. Because of the unusual pure light on Bornholm and because it has only 4 hours of darkness in summer, many of Denmark's earliest artists painted spectacular views of Hammerhaus.
The Copenhagen City Hall is in central Copenhagen. The appearance of the city hall is dominated by its impressive front, the golden statue of Absalon just above the balcony and the tall, slim tower with a clock.
Amalienborg Palace is the winter home of the Danish royal family, and is located in Copenhagen. It consists of four identical palace façades with rococo interiors around an octagonal courtyard. Amalienborg was originally built for four noble families; however, when Christiansborg Castle burnt down in 1794, the royal family bought the palaces and moved in. Over the years various kings and their families have resided in the four different palaces.
Christiansborg Palace in central Copenhagen is the most important building in Denmark today. It is the only building in the world which houses a country’s three supreme powers: the executive power, the legislative power, and the judicial power. The palace today bears witness to three eras of Danish architecture, as the result of two serious fires. The first fire occurred in 1794 and the second in 1884. The main part of the current palace, built in 1928, is in the historicist Neo-baroque style. The chapel dates to the 1800s and is in a neoclassical style. The showgrounds were built in the eighteenth century in a baroque style.