Exploring Denmark on your own

Would you like to explore Denmark beyond Aarhus? Despite being a small country, Denmark has a lot to offer. Below you can find tips on how to plan day- and weekend trips to our top picks of places to explore on your own.

Copenhagen

Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark. It is much bigger than Aarhus and has a lot to offer. Our top picks for a weekend trip to Copenhagen are:

  • Tivoli – the world’s oldest amusement park. Whether you want to enjoy some of the best rollercoasters in Europe, feel the breath of History or just enjoy a beautiful park, Tivoli is worth a visit.
  • The Little Mermaid – Out on Langelinje – one of the oldest parts of Copenhagen – you can find a statue of Hans Christian Andersen’s most famous adventure: The Little Mermaid. The statue is of cast bronze by Danish sculptor Edvard Eriksen, but was given to Copenhagen city by brewer Carl Jakobsen, the founder of Carlsberg.  
  • Christiana – if you think hippie culture is dead, you just haven’t been to Christiania yet. The Freetown of Christiania is a hub for artists, musicians, alternative lifestyles and, unfortunately, drug dealing. The area is completely safe to explore, as long as you refrain from taking photos around the area of Pusher Street.
  • Castles – If you want to release your inner Disney Princess or Knight in shining armor, we recommend you visit some of the many historic castles in Copenhagen. There is Amalienborg, the residence of the Queen and her family, Rosenborg, home of the Danish crown jewels, Christiansborg, which doubles as seat of the Danish Parliament, and of course, Kronborg, Hamlet’s own castle. With the exception of Kronborg, all these castles are located within Copenhagen city and can be reached on foot. Kronborg is just a short train ride away in Elsinore.

Fees and entry: all of the sights above have different entrance fees. For a cheaper experience, consider buying a Copenhagen Card. This card grants you free entry into all the sights described above and many more. On top of that, it lets you use all public transport in Copenhagen for free for 24-120 hours, depending on which card you buy. The card can be purchased at Copenhagen Central Station, most 7-Elevens in the city, or online at: https://copenhagencard.com/cart

Transport to Copenhagen – Aarhus and Copenhagen are extremely well connected by both train, bus, ferry and car.

Trains leave twice every hour, but can be quite expensive. A one-way trip to Copenhagen is DKK 291. Tickets can be booked via https://www.dsb.dk/en/ For a cheaper alternative, try one of the many bus companies. Flixbus can take you to Copenhagen for just DKK 99. Tickets can be booked on: https://www.flixbus.dk/

For a more relaxing trip, consider Kombardo Expressen, another bus company which will take you from Aarhus to Copenhagen via ferry. Prices start at DKK 99. Tickets can be booked on: https://www.kombardoexpressen.dk/ 

Odense

With its 178.210 inhabitants, Odense is the third largest city in Denmark. Despite its tiny size, Odense has a lot to offer. It is most famous for being the birth place of famous writer Hans Christian Andersen. If you decide to visit Odense, we recommend you check out:

  • H. C. Andersen’s Museum – the museum is a collection of buildings that were significant in Hans Christian Andersen’s life, including his childhood home and his old school. Besides the old buildings, the museum also has a whole house in Central Odense, dedicated to his fairytales, artworks and life. We recommend you buy a 5-in-1 ticket, which will grant you access to all the H. C. Andersen related attractions in Odense this summer. The price is DKK 125 per person. You can find more details in the attached document.

Transport: Odense can be reached via both train and bus.

Trains leave regularly from Aarhus Central station, prices start at DKK 189 with student discount. https://www.dsb.dk/en/

Flixbus also has daily departures from Aarhus. Prices start at DKK 59. https://www.flixbus.dk/ 

Skagen

At the very tip of Northern Denmark, you find Skagen. Despite being a small town of just 8000 people, Skagen has a lot to offer in terms of nature, culture, art and history. We recommend you check out:

  • Grenen: the sandy tip, where the two oceans, Skagerrak and Kattegat, clash. To get to Grenen, you first need a car to the parking lot north of Skagen town. From here you can either walk the few kilometers along the beach, or take the “Sand Worm”. A ride with the Sand Worm costs DKK 30 (cash only) but is worth the money on a windy day – which is most days in Skagen.
  • Skagen Art Museum: Because of the unique light during the white summer nights, Skagen became a hub for artists in the late 1800’s. In Skagen Art Museum, several world class paintings are on permanent display. Tickets are DKK 110 for adults.
  • Råbjerg Mile: also known as Sandmilen, is the largest wandering desert in Europe. The otherworldly landscape is located just two kilometers south of Skagen, and is open to anyone all year round.
  • Den Tilsandede Kirke: near Råbjerg Mile, you find the remains of Saint Laurentius Church. The church was built in the 14th century, but because of the many wandering sand dunes, it has been buried in sand through the centuries, and had to be abandoned in 1795. Today, only the tower is visible.

Transport: it is possible to take the train to Skagen, but it takes up to 4 hours, and local transport in Skagen is very poor. The best way to get around is by getting together 4-5 people and renting a car, either via https://gomore.dk/ or http://www.lejetlig.dk.  

Jelling

For those interested in Vikings, Jelling is a must. The small town in Southern Jutland contains some of the most significant relics of Viking Age Scandinavia, many of which are on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. We recommend you check out:

  1. Jellingestenene: These ancient stones bear the runes of the first Christian king of Denmark. While you are there, you can check out the famous Jelling Church, which is one the oldest known church sights in Denmark.
  2. Kongernes Jelling: this widely praised museum is dedicated to Viking kings, culture and belief. Entrance is free. 

Transport: A train ticket to Aarhus is DKK 87 for a youth ticket: https://www.dsb.dk/

Legoland

No holiday in Denmark is complete without a trip to Legoland. In the LEGO themed amusement park, you can try over 100 different rides, and in the newly opened LEGO House, you can express you inner child and play with LEGO all day. Entry into Legoland is DKK 265 for adults. You can also buy a Combi ticket to both Legoland and LEGO House for DKK 469 at https://www.legoland.dk/billetter/priser-billetter/

Transport: Getting to Legoland from Aarhus can be a little tricky, as you will need to take a train to Vejle, Fredericia, Kolding or Give and change to a local bus. https://www.rejseplanen.dk can help you find a good route. Otherwise, consider renting a car on https://go<input type="image" class="c-inputButton" name="_saveandclosedok" src="http://www.au.dk/typo3/clear.gif" title="Save and close document" />more.dk/ or http://www.lejetlig.dk