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Love in the Happiest Nation in the World

Love in the  Happiest Nation in the World

DENMARK 

 Experience royal traditions with palaces and castles all over the country boasting of its 1000 years of royal history juxtaposed with modern living, and design as a part of the Danish way of life. Copenhagen A powerful fusion of traditional architecture and modern design, incredible museums and galleries, charming canals, culturally diverse neighbourhood’s, trendy cafes, lush parks- all wrapped in a fairy-tale-like fascinating atmosphere, Copenhagen is the perfect place to lose yourself and indulge. Be it shopping in the longest shopping street in Europe – The Strøget, or one of the world’s oldest amusement park – Tivoli, Legoland or the hippie Christiania, there are diverse offerings to satiate the traveller in you! A city made for bikers, it is best explored pedalling through the well designated bike lanes and bicycle bridges. During the summer months people are seen having a great time cycling around town, or simply sailing on kayaks or cruising on the solar powered picnic boats called ‘GoBoats’ through the canals.  You can also grab a picnic basket, sit and soak in the sun by the canals and jump in for a cool dip whenever you feel like! During winters everything about the city of Copenhegan is “Hygge” (cosy). Walk around the city and you will be able to absorb the essence of hygge yourself. 

There are more than 600 castles and manor houses across the country, Kronborg, Amalienborg, Frederiksborg and Christiansborg are the most well-known castles. UNESCO world Heritage site Kronborg Castle is located in the historic town of Elsinore. Every August the courtyard of the castle becomes the stage for the Shakespeare play - Hamlet. The Frederiksborg Castle, the largest Renaissance castle in Scandinavia, is surrounded by water and gardens and the Rosenborg Castle is a regal retreat showcasing 400 years of royal collection. And did you know the Danish Flag “Dannebrog” is the oldest flag in the world. 

Aarhus
An important port town and among Denmark’s top destinations, it is a great place for Nordic inspired cuisine. It’s now possible to reach Åarhus from Copenhagen in 30 minutes with Hydroplane. 

Skagen 
The romantic town is popular for its classic seaside hotels serving gourmet experiences with views of seascapes and windswept heather clad dunes. 

Ribe 
Breathtakingly picturesque and steeped in medieval history, Ribe is the oldest extant town in Scandinavia. 

Odense 
The hometown of Danish fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen-Odense is situated at the very heart of Denmark. Odense offers many exiting attractions for children as well as for adults. Don't miss the atmosphere of the old part of the city - this is also where you will find the Hans Christian Andersen House and the City Museum. 

 Other popular day trips include a visit to the historic town of Roskilde - lets you discover the inner Viking through its Viking Ship Museum which has 11th century vessels and an active boatyard. In its centre is Europe’s first Gothic Cathedral built in brick ‘Roskilde Domkirke’ which also holds the tombs of Danish kings and queens.