Denmark may be one of the smallest countries in Europe, but this land of quaint port towns, cool cities and breathtaking beaches has charmed travelers for centuries. Whether you want to go clubbing in Copenhagen, scale the heights of Kronborg Castle (the setting for Shakespeare’s Hamlet) or just embrace the great outdoors, Denmark has something for everyone.
Denmark is known for its friendly locals, clean towns, efficient public transport…and high prices. But a holiday to Denmark needn’t break the bank.
There are hundreds of hostels in Denmark, from charming B&Bs by the sea, to boutique hostels in the heart of Copenhagen. Forget cramped dormitories stuffed with drunk backpackers, hostels are no longer just a resting place for cash-strapped students. Many hostels today have all the facilities of a modern hotel, with private rooms, ensuite bathrooms and extras like free breakfasts that will really help stretch your budget further.
There are hostels all over Denmark, but choosing where to stay can be tricky – the country is spread over several islands, and aside from the well-known capital Copenhagen, many of the smaller towns and beaches are unknown to first-time visitors. To help you plan a tour around this fascinating country, here’s a guide to the best hostels in Denmark:
This historic hostel is located in the Camp of Avedøre, a part of the old fortification of Copenhagen. In a grand old building surrounded by parkland, the former soldiers’ dormitories have been converted into a thoroughly modern hostel, with clean and comfortable rooms, and superb facilities – with a TV room and kitchen and free Internet in the Internet Café.
The hostel even rents out bikes for exploring the countryside, or cycling into the center of Copenhagen. The Hostel Belægningen is in a pretty suburb outside the city center – check out this Copenhagen hostels map to see the exact location.
This chic and modern Copenhagen hostel is right in the city center – in the hip Vesterbro quarter, packed with design stores, quirky boutiques and cafés. Rooms are a cut above your average hostel – each have flat screen TVs and private bathrooms or washbasins. There’s a cool lounge area and bar for relaxing after hours, and a huge free continental and Scandinavian breakfast to help you fuel up for a day of sightseeing.
Youth Hostel Enderupskov
This hostel is in Gram, a village on the southern tip of the idyllic Jutland Peninsula. Surrounded by peaceful forests and lakes, this is the perfect base to explore an area of outstanding natural beauty. Go fishing in the lake, try your hand at horse-riding, or go for long walks in the forest.
The hostel is a real rural retreat, with its own swimming pool, restaurant and rustic cabins with warm and cozy rooms. Perfect for outdoorsy types and families, the hostel has its own mini-golf, playground, bonfire and an outdoor barbeque for cooking the catch of the day!
Peaceful southern Fünen has a fairytale landscape of unspoilt beaches backed by dense woodland, old cottages and castles. Faldsled Hostel is only 100m from the beach and Helnæs Bay.
This homely hostel has only 10 rooms, including family suites with their own ensuite bathrooms, and a scenic dining room that opens out onto the terrace, with magnificent views of the harbor and neighboring islands.
This picturesque Danish home is in Møn, a scenic island in the East of Denmark. Møn’s towering cliffs, spotless beaches and interesting sights (like Elmelunde church and its 12th century frescoes), are a delight to discover and Copenhagen and Zeeland are within easy reach.
Set in extensive parkland, the friendly owners offer a free breakfast, a kitchen and internet café, laundry rooms and bikes for cycling to the beach. The rooms are tastefully furnished and boast views of the surrounding countryside.