The capital of Denmark is the perfect start for your road trip. Park your car and hop on a bike – the city is ideal for sightseeing like that. Since 2014 there are even own streets just for bikes. Once you are on your bike, you can go and see the Little Mermaid. Unfortunately, she has lost her head already a couple of times, but currently, she is fully restored and looking over the sea at Langelinje Pier. Also the Amalienborg Palace, the National Gallery or the Rosenborg Castle should be on your list of sights.
If you visit Copenhagen in July, you can also think of going to the famous Roskilde musical festival. This year it will be held from 27th June till 4th July. Last year it hosted more than 170 bands from all over the world.
Not far away from Copenhagen is the next stop on your road trip list. Along the coast of North Sealand, which is the Northern area of the island, is the so-called Danish Riviera. It features lots of stunning landscapes as well as beautiful castles.
From all the beaches is probably the sand in Tisvildeleje the most beautiful. Only an hour drive away, and you will find yourself in the beautiful small town of Tisvilde. It’s worth to rent a wee hut and relax for a while before driving to the next stop.
After you spend some time in Tisvilde, it’s time to drive to the West. On your way to the mainland, you can stop in Odense. The third-largest city of Denmark is the home of Hans Christian Andersen who wrote many famous fairy tales like “The Little Mermaid” or “The Snow Queen”.
The city with its dreamy, colourful streets looks like a little fairy tale, too. Since Odense is relatively unknown to international tourists, you can walk around the town without having a selfie stick in your picture.
The next stop on your road trip should be the 2017 European Capital of Culture. Aarhus is an interesting mix of historic houses and state of the art architecture. At the harbour, you will find the contemporary art museum which has a rainbow-coloured roof installation. But also, the “Isbjerget” which is a residential building in the form of an iceberg is a great example of Aarhus’ modern art.
The city itself is very vibrant due to its high number of students. The perfect start for a night out in Aarhus is to have dinner at the Street Food market, which is open the whole year. You can choose from more than 30 kitchens that offer various international food. After that, head down to one of the many bars in the city centre.
If you want to go out to a club, you won’t need to turn up before 12pm as most clubs will be empty at that time. Most of them are open till 5am, so be prepared for a long night.
After long night outs in Aarhus, the perfect end of your trip should be at the very top of Denmark. With its remote beaches and wild landscape, it’s guaranteed that you will find some places to let your soul dangle. Drive up to Skagen, and you will be able to stand at the very top of Denmark where the North Sea meets the Baltic sea.
How to Get To Denmark
Depending on where you live in the UK, there are several options for you to get to Denmark. First of all, you will need to think about whether you want to rent a car in Denmark or rather drive your own. Driving your own vehicle comes with the convenience that you have the wheel on the right side, which can be better if you are not confident enough with sitting on the left side. You can then either drive along the coast of France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany, or take the ferry from Immingham to Esbjerg. However, the ferry is with almost £800 quite expensive.
The alternative is to fly to Denmark. If you want to find a cheap flight, then you are probably lucky with Copenhagen as the destination airport. From there you can rent a car and then drive all the way through the country and take the flight back from Aarhus. Also, Aalborg in the very North operates flights back to London and might be perfect if you don’t want to miss out North Jutland.
Even if you don’t follow this suggested route for your road trip, your visit to Denmark will still be an experience you probably won’t regret. The Danish are generally very friendly, and every town has a lot of culture as well as hidden sights. You also don’t need to worry too much about not speaking Danish. Of course, it’s always a bonus if you can speak a few words, but even the older generation is usually fluent in English.
Look forward to incredible dunes and scenic streets that are entirely different from the ones in the UK.