Denmark’s Gems: 7 Cozy Cities to Visit besides Copenhagen

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When we talk about Denmark, Copenhagen is the first destination that comes to mind. Indeed, the capital is striking in its diversity. This city with its oldest amusement parks in the world, trendy shops, and nightclubs seems like heaven on earth to every traveler. However, the true spirit of Denmark goes far beyond its main city. 

The island nation offers picturesque landscapes and unique historical sights lost in small iconic cities. Therefore, it would be a great idea to visit them. 

Do you like this idea? Pick up a rental car and go on an adventure! A highly developed road system contributes to a pleasant travel experience. At the same time, cheap rental SUV prices allow you to count on a budget trip. 

If you’re ready to start planning your auto trip, consider the following cities you shouldn’t miss in Denmark…

Aalborg 

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Located in Danish Jutland, Aalborg is the fourth largest city in terms of population. Travelers are particularly familiar with its lively promenade on the Limfjord. It gives easy access to the city center, and a simple road junction will help you to go to any other point. 

Other popular attractions in Aalborg include the Aalborg Castle, the Kunsten Museum of Modern Art and the Akvavit distillery. If traveling with children, visit the local zoo full of giraffes, tigers, lions, leopards, elephants, and other exotic animals. The nature around the city is also very picturesque. So, jump in the car and explore some scenic scenery. 

Frederikshavn 

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Tourists know the city more as a port from which ferries leave for Norway and Sweden. In addition, it’s a fishing town that contributes significantly to the Danish economy. Unfortunately, many travelers unfairly deprive Frederikshavn of attention when they refer to it as a ferry crossing. The city in the northern part of the country offers a number of interesting sights. 

These include the Bangsbo Museum, dedicated to local resistance during World War II and the history of the development of local sailing. The city also has an old fort with a museum, as well as the Kloos tower, which was made an observation point because of the wonderful views of the surrounding area.

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Skagen 

Skagen is the northernmost Danish city and fishing port with a well-developed harbor at the same time. A large number of tourists come here every year. Around the harbor, you will find many restaurants where tourists often hang out in summer. Also, many snow-white beaches near the city provide various leisure options in the warm season. 

Those who come to Skagen often head from here to Grenen, the northernmost city of continental Denmark, and the meeting point of the North and Baltic Seas. Here you can see the Grenen Museum, the Skagen lighthouse, the buried church, and the Bolcheriet sweet factory.

Roskilde

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With a population of around 50,000, the city is well worth a visit on your trip to Denmark. Roskilde has many historical sights. The most significant among them are the still functioning shipyard next to the harbor and the Viking ships dating from the first century. 

Every year in June-July, over 130,000 guests from all over the world come to Roskilde to attend the local festival. During this time, you can enjoy a variety of arts, music, and other activities, a large selection of entertainment, and delicious treats. 

The rest of the time, the city becomes much quieter, but tourists who accidentally visit it can still find interesting sights. You can also travel west from the city to explore Viking and Stone Age life in an interactive open-air museum. 

Esbjerg 

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The small Danish port city of Esbjerg is in the west of the Jutland peninsula. At one point it was the largest fishing harbor in the country, and to this day, fishing is the backbone of Esbjerg’s way of life and economic prosperity. 

Usually, people drive past it on their way to Legoland, which is an hour away. However, it would be a great idea to stop there and spend some time. The main attraction of Esbjerg is the Fisheries and Maritime Museum – the largest on this topic in Denmark. It contains items related to fishing and life at sea and in the coastal Danish territories.

Sønderborg 

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The old town of Sønderborg is the best place to experience the atmosphere of modernity. The narrow channel Als Sund passes through the city. Here you can take a walk along the picturesque promenade and enjoy the view of Danfoss. 

Sønderborg retained close ties with Germany, especially with the nearby Flensburg. The city offers excellent sightseeing opportunities. Visit the majestic Sønderborg Castle surrounded by ramparts. Also, go to the museum on its territory. The collection represents the history of the entire region, starting from the Middle Ages. In addition to historical expositions, it offers a small art gallery with works by local artists.

Helsingør 

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The port city of Helsingør occupies the eastern part of Denmark. Its most notable architectural landmark is Kronborg Castle, built in the 15th century. It gained fame thanks to Shakespeare, who settled there the Danish prince Hamlet from the tragedy of the same name. 

People who are interested in everything related to the sea will certainly be happy to visit the Maritime Museum. It tells about the glorious centuries of exploration of the seas by Danish sailors. Some exhibits here are over 600 years old. Other notable attractions in Helsingør include the Museum of Science and Technology, Marienlist Castle, and Øresund Aquarium.

Summing it up, Denmark is a unique Scandinavian country with a rich history. Visiting its small towns gives you a great opportunity to feel its spirit and find many wonderful places away from the beaten tourist routes.

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