Nyhavn, Copenhagen

A common mistake among visitors to Denmark is assuming its capital, Copenhagen, is the only location worth exploring. This assumption overlooks the diverse sights and settings that can be found in the rest of Denmark.

Metropolitan Denmark has three main land masses: the island of Zealand, the island of Funen and the peninsula of Jutland.


Among the three, Zealand is the easternmost island and Copenhagen is situated on its eastern shores. There are multiple castles an hour’s drive from the city such as Frederiksborg Castle, Kronborg Castle, and Fredensborg Palace. The latter is sometimes occupied by the Danish Royal Family as a summer home. There are also smaller towns like Rosklide, where music festivals are held, and Viking museums are opened.

Frederiksborg Castle, near the town of Hillerød

Fredensborg Palace, the summer home of the Danish Royal Family.

Kronborg Castle, near the coastal town of Helsingør. You may spot Sweden across the sea from the castle.


Funen is where the quaint city of Odense is located. It is Denmark’s third largest city and acts as the country’s geographical center.

Odense is home to the main campus of the University of Southern Denmark, our partner institution. It markets itself as a ‘fantastical city’ because of Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen, who was born there and famous for his fairytales such as the Ugly Duckling and The Little Mermaid. Points of interest such as the Danish Railway Museum, Hans Christian Andersen Museum, Munke Mose park are all within walking distance from the city centre. There are also seaside towns on Funen like Svenborg and Middelfart on the southeast and western coast respectively that are a thirty minutes’ drive away.

Munke Mose Park in the month of February

Bangs Boder, an old street in the central Odense.

Hans Christian Andersen Museum.

Danish Railway Musuem, directly opposite Odense Train Station.


Jutland arguably has the most diverse sights in Denmark, consisting of forests, coastlines, caves, sand dunes and flower fields. Denmark’s second largest city, Aarhus, is found on the peninsula’s eastern shoreline, renowned for its contemporary arts and design landscape and for being the birthplace of Danish rap culture.

The Lego Company and Legoland amusement park are also based in Jutland, near the small town of Billund. Additionally, Billund has the country’s second largest airport, serving as a popular destination for European low-cost carriers and travelers who wish to avoid the busier Copenhagen airport. Furthermore, those who are feeling adventurous could even travel southwards and cross the border to explore the northern regions of Germany.

Fields of rapeseed are abundant in Jutland. They are grown for making biofuels and cooking oil.

Mønsted Limestone Caverns. Some sections of the cave are currently used for storing cheese.

Grenen, the northernmost point of metropolitan Denmark. This is also the collision point of the Baltic and North Sea.

Råbjerg Mile, the migrating coastal sand dunes of Northern Denmark.

Rold Skov, an ancient forest near the town of Rebild.

Aarhus City Hall, completed in 1941 to replace an older building.

In summary, if you are visiting Denmark, I highly recommend organizing a road trip during the summer to explore the outskirts.

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