Top tourist attractions in Denmark
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Tivoli Gardens is a famous amusement park and pleasure garden in Copenhagen, Denmark. The park opened on August 15, 1843 and is the second oldest amusement park in the world, after Dyrehavsbakken in nearby Klampenborg. With 4.033 million visitors in 2012, Tivoli is the second most popular seasonal theme park in the world, the most visited theme park in Scandinavia and the fourth most visited in Europe, only behind Disneyland Paris, Europa-Park Rust and the Efteling.
Kronborg is a castle and Stronghold in the town of Helsingør, Denmark. Immortalized as Elsinore in William Shakespeare's play Hamlet, Kronborg is one of the most important Renaissance castles in Northern Europe and has been added to UNESCO's World Heritage Sites list. The castle is situated on the extreme northeastern tip of the island of Zealand at the narrowest point of the Øresund, the sound between Denmark and Sweden. In this part, the sound is only 4 km wide, hence the strategic importance of maintaining a coastal fortification at this location commanding one of the few outlets of the Baltic Sea. The castle's story dates back to a stronghold, Krogen, built by King Eric VII in the 1420s. Along with the fortress Kärnan, Helsingborg on the opposite coast of Øresund, it controlled the entranceway to the Baltic Sea. From 1574 to 1585 King Frederick II had the medieval fortress radically transformed into a magnificent Renaissance castle. The main architects were the Flemings Hans Hendrik van Paesschen and Anthonis van Obbergen, whereas the sculptural work was coordinated by Gert van Groningen. In 1629 a fire destroyed much of the castle, but King Christian IV subsequently had it rebuilt. The castle also has a church within its walls. In 1658 Kronborg was besieged and captured by the Swedes who took many of its valuable art treasures as war booty. In 1785 the castle ceased to be a royal residence and was converted into barracks for the army. The army left the castle in 1923, and after a thorough renovation it was opened to the public.
The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid is a bronze statue by Edvard Eriksen, depicting a mermaid. The sculpture is displayed on a rock by the waterside at the Langelinie promenade in Copenhagen, Denmark. It has a height of 1.25 metres and weighs 175 kilograms. Based on the fairy tale of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen, the small and unimposing statue is a Copenhagen icon and has been a major tourist attraction since 1913. In recent decades it has become a popular target for defacement by vandals and political activists.
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek is an art museum in Copenhagen, Denmark. The collection is built around the personal collection of Carl Jacobsen, the son of the founder of the Carlsberg Breweries. Primarily a sculpture museum as indicated by the name, the focal point of the museum is antique sculpture from the ancient cultures around the Mediterranean including Egypt, Rome and Greece, as well as more modern sculptures such as a collection of Rodin works which is considered the most important outside France. However, the museum is equally noted for its collection of painting that includes an extensive collection of French impressionists and Post-impressionists as well as Danish Golden Age paintings. The French Collection includes works by painters such as Jacques-Louis David, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Degas and Cézanne, as well as those by Post-impressionists such as van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec and Bonnard. The museum's collection of Rodin sculptures is considered the most important collection of Rodin's sculptures outside France. The museum's collection also includes all the bronze sculptures of Degas, including the series of dancers. Numerous works by Norwegian-Danish sculptor Stephan Sinding are featured prominently in various sections of the museum.
Statens Museum for Kunst
Statens Museum for Kunst is the Danish national gallery located in Copenhagen. The museum collects, registers, maintains, researches in and handles Danish and foreign art dating from the 14th century till the present day, mostly with their origins in western culture circles.
Legoland Billund, the original Legoland park, opened on June 7, 1968 in Billund, Denmark. The park is located next to the original Lego factory and Denmark's second busiest airport Billund Airport. Over 1.9 million guests visited the park in 2011 and since the opening more than 50 million guests have visited the park. This makes Legoland the largest tourist attraction in Denmark outside of Copenhagen. The Legoland parks that have since been built are modelled upon Legoland Billund, most noticeably the Miniland area which is made up of millions of Lego bricks.
Copenhagen Zoo is a zoological garden in Copenhagen, Denmark. Founded in 1859, it is one of the oldest zoos in Europe. It comprises 11 hectares and is located in the municipality of Frederiksberg, sandwiched between the parks of Frederiksberg Park and Søndermarken. With 1,161,388 visitors in 2008 it is the most visited zoo and 4th most visited attraction in Denmark. The zoo is noted for its new Elephant House designed by the world-famous British architect Sir Norman Foster. The zoo maintains and promotes a number of European breeding programmes and is active in the safeguarding several endangered species.
Dyrehavsbakken, commonly referred to as Bakken, is an amusement park near Klampenborg, but which belongs under Lyngby-Taarbæk Kommune, Denmark, about 10 km north of Copenhagen. It opened in 1583 and is the world's oldest operating amusement park. With 2.5-2.7 million visitors per year, it is the second most popular attraction in Denmark, after the more widely known Tivoli Gardens amusement park.
Rosenborg Castle is a renaissance castle located in Copenhagen, Denmark. The castle was originally built as a country summerhouse in 1606 and is an example of Christian IV's many architectural projects. It was built in the Dutch Renaissance style, typical of Danish buildings during this period, and has been expanded several times, finally evolving into its present condition by the year 1624. Architects Bertel Lange and Hans van Steenwinckel the Younger are associated with the structural planning of the castle.
The Old Town, Aarhus
The Old Town in Aarhus, Denmark, is an open-air town museum located in the Aarhus Botanical Gardens. It consists of 75 historical buildings collected from 20 townships in all parts of the country. In 1914 the museum opened as the world's first open-air museum of its kind, concentrating on town culture rather than village culture, and to this day it remains one of just a few top rated Danish museums outside Copenhagen serving some 3.5 million visitors pr. year. The museum buildings are organized into a small town of chiefly half-timbered structures originally erected between 1550 and the late 19th century in various parts of the country and later moved to Aarhus during the 20th century. In all there are some 27 rooms, chambers or kitchens, 34 workshops, 10 groceries or shops, 5 historical gardens, a post office, a customs office, a school and a theatre. The town itself is the main attraction but most buildings are open for visitors; rooms are either decorated in the original historical style or organized into larger exhibits of which there are 5 regular with varying themes. There are several groceries, diners and workshops spread throughout the town with museum staff working in the roles of town figures i.e. merchant, blacksmith etc. adding to the illusion of a "living" town.
Djurs Sommerland is an amusement park, situated 3 kilometers north of Nimtofte on Djursland, 23 kilometers west of Grenaa, and 36 km east of Randers, Denmark. The park was opened in 1981, and it has been expanded every year since then. The park is, like the name suggests, only open in the summer. It opens around May 10 and the season lasts until mid-September. Djurs Sommerland has about 600,000 visitors each season, which makes it the seventh largest tourist attraction in Denmark.
BonBon-Land is a Danish amusement park located in Holme Olstrup in the South of Zealand, about 100km from Copenhagen. This 34-acre park attracts about 450.000 each season, the park is truly wacky in design; humour is widely employed in the design of the rides and the architecture of buildings and in fun items on display such as a peeing ant, farting dog, etc.
Arken Museum of Modern Art
Modern Art Museum
ARKEN Museum of Modern Art is a private non-for-profit charity, state authorized, contemporary art museum near Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark. The museum was conceived and created by Copenhagen County.
Tivoli Friheden is an amusement park located in Aarhus, Denmark. The park was visited by more than 365.000 visitors in 2009, and the figure is rising.The park is situated about 2 km to the south of the city centre. It has several themed sections with different types of attractions. There are more than 40 attractions. The water section covering an area of 5.000 square meters. It has themed rock with unic scripture as "ias iaa hat og brnllez", which in today's language can be interpreted as "I's has a brain". There is also the Chinese Pagoda, and the African themed part of the park.
The Funen Village
The Funen Village is a Danish open air museum located in the Fruens Bøge district of Odense. It features 25 buildings from Funish villages, most of which date to the 18th and 19th century. The Funen Village was founded as a public works project in 1942, during the German occupation of Denmark, and opened to the public on 1 April 1946. Among the guests attending the opening were King Christian X. The museum's open air scene opened to the public already in 1944, and was used for patriotic song festivals during the Occupation.
Givskud Zoo is a zoo and safari park in Givskud, 20 kilometres north west of Vejle in Denmark. The park opened in 1969 under the name of "Løveparken" with lions as the only animals. In 1970 elephants arrived and today the park has more than 700 animals representing more than 70 species. The zoo is one of only ten attractions to be awarded 5 stars by the Danish tourist guide Jyllands Attraktioner and receives about 325,000 visitors a year. Givskud Zoo has been home to several famous animals, among them the white rhino "Brutalis", who was very aggressive towards stable equipment, other rhinos and humans. Eventually he was shipped to the private game reserve Ongava in Namibia, in spite of the fact that he was born in captivity and raised by zoo keepers. He lived in the reserve for 6 years before he died in a territorial battle with another male rhino. Another famous animal from the park is the silverback Samson, a western lowland gorilla, who has appeared several times on Danish TV. Givskud Zoo is best known for its large enclosures, which the guests can drive through in their own cars. Some of the most well known and popular animals in the zoo are Asian elephants, white rhinos, gorillas, chimpanzees, and lions. The lion pride in the park is the largest pride in Europe.
Aarhus Cathedral is the main religious edifice of Aarhus, Denmark, in the Jutland peninsula in the western part of the country. The cathedral is dedicated to the patron saint of sailors, St. Clemens, and located at the address Domkirkepladsen 2, 8000 Århus C, Denmark, on the port-side of the central market of the town, Store Torv. The church is the longest in Denmark: it is 93 m long and is also the tallest church in Denmark with 96 m, with seating for around 1200 people, and its building started at the end of the 12th century.
Ordrupgaard is a state-owned art museum situated near Jægersborg Dyrehave, north of Copenhagen, Denmark. The museum houses one of Northern Europe’s most considerable collections of Danish and French art from the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. Ordrupgaard was founded 1916–1918 by former Hafnia managing director, titular Councillor of State Wilhelm Hansen and his wife Henny Hansen.
The Middelaldercentret is an experimental living history museum in Denmark, which depicts the middle ages in the Denmark of the late 14th and early 15th centuries. It is located in Sundby Lolland, some 4 km northwest of the centre of Nykøbing Falster. It features a village, boats, market, and siege weapons of the period such as a trebuchet and a ballista. All of the items are built on site using period tools. Activities include live firing of the weapons, archery, tournaments of knights, and demonstrations of crafts and tasks from the late 14th century.
Danish Railway Museum
The Danish Railway Museum is the national railway museum of Denmark, located in the city of Odense. Established in 1975, it is situated in a former engine shed adjacent to the city's main railway station. It is the largest railway museum in Scandinavia. Covering 10,000 square metres, it contains some 50 locomotives and railway carriages on 20 railtracks from all periods of Danish rail history, plus some original buildings of Danish railways. Items from DSB's history include an E class steam locomotive used to haul the funeral train of King Frederick IX of Denmark, a NOHAB diesel locomotive, an original 1930s Copenhagen-area S-train carriage and a 1950s Lyntog diesel multiple unit. In School holidays, the Museum also runs a live steam-hauled train on a little railway that museum owns. These usually consist of a Class Hs loco and two carriges.
Karen Blixen Museum
The Karen Blixen Museum, located 10 km outside of Nairobi, Kenya, "at the foot of the Ngong Hills", is the former African home of Danish author Karen Blixen, famous for her book Out of Africa which chronicles life at the estate.
Aarhus Botanical Gardens
Aarhus Botanical Gardens is a botanical garden in Aarhus, Denmark. It is located north of the Old Town open-air village museum and was founded in 1875. Nowadays it covers an area of 21.5 hectares, with 5 hectares for the Old Town. The park provides an attraction of interest to those who wish to inspect the thousands of plant species on display here. All are labelled in the Danish language and Latin. The landscape presenting the plants, are quite varied and there is also a large tropical greenhouse, where guided tours are available. The gardens have an openair amphitheatre, two small lakes, a children’s playground and it is all in all a popular location for picnics, gatherings and events of all kinds year round. There have been a heavy renovation of the greenhouses in recent years and a large tropical dome have been added, amongst other facilities. The Greenhouses have been closed for the public since 2011 and will open in part in the beginning of 2014.
Danish Tramway Museum
The Danish Tramway Museum is a museum placed in Jystrup, Denmark, between Ringsted and Hvalsø. It is close to the Estate Skjoldenæsholm and it often referred to as The Tramway Museum of Skjoldenæsholm. The museum opened on May 26, 1978 and is today driven by Sporvejshistorisk Selskab. The exhibition contains numerous buses, trams, locomotives, and other materials concerning public transport. The museum is founded on some of the remains of Sjællandske Midtbane, a railway that was closed in 1936 and went from Næstved to Frederikssund over Ringsted and Hvalsø.
Karolinelund was an amusement park located in Aalborg, Denmark.
Nordsøen Oceanarium is a public aquarium and museum that opened in 1998 on the shores of the North Sea in Hirtshals, north Jutland, Denmark. Their main tank, which holds 4,500,000 litres, is the largest in Northern Europe, but the Oceanarium also has several smaller habitat aquariums and an exhibit with seals. Most displayed species are native to the oceans around Denmark. The Oceanarium is part of the Nordsøcentre, which also houses a conference centre.
Bornholm Art Museum
The Bornholm Art Museum is situated on the Danish island of Bornholm, above the Sanctuary Rocks about 15 kilometres north-west of Gudhjem. The building was constructed in 1993 and enlarged in 2003. The museum's permanent collection consists principally of paintings by artists with connections to Bornholm from the early 19th century to the present day. Special attention is given to the Bornholm school of painters which emerged at the beginning of the last century when a number of modernists, attracted to picturesque Bornholm and the tiny island of Christiansø, painted landscapes and local nature. The permanent exhibition includes works by Edvard Weie, Karl Isakson, Olaf Rude, Kræsten Iversen, Niels Lergaard and Oluf Høst. In addition, numerous paintings and works of sculpture present a rich picture of artistic life on Bornholm. Covering an area of some 4,000 square meters, the museum itself is an impressive architectural achievement. Designed by architects Johan Fogh and Per Følner, it is divided into three levels as the ground the slopes down towards the sea. The galleries are situated on either side of a kind of street where water trickles down from the age-old Helligdomskilde healing spring.
Kvindemuseet is a history museum in Aarhus, Denmark focused on the cultural history of women in Denmark. Housed in the former Aarhus City Hall, Kvindemuseet was founded in 1982. As of 2012, the museum operated on a budget of 10 million Danish krone from state, municipal and private funding.
The Viking Museum is a museum located beneath the Nordea bank building in central Aarhus, Denmark. The museum is built upon the site of an archaeological excavation that revealed various Viking Age structures, items, and parts of a human skeleton. The museum also provides information regarding the history of Viking Age Aarhus and also features copies of items on display at the Moesgaard Museum, itself located near Aarhus. After a period of renovation, the museum reopened during the Aarhus Viking Town Market on May 24, 2008.
Kroppedal Museum in Denmark, 20 km from Copenhagen, was established in 2003. Kroppedal is the national museum of Danish astronomy, has a large archaeological unit, and an ethnological unit specializing in modern society. The museum has a permanent exhibition centred around the famous astromer and engineer Ole Rømer, and its collections include his only surviving pendulum clock.
Aarhus City Hall
Aarhus City Hall is the city hall of Aarhus, Denmark. It was inaugurated 2 June 1941, and it was drawn by architects Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller. The decision to build a city hall was taken during a city hall meeting in 1937. As one of just a few Danish city halls it was marked for preservation in March 1994 because of its unique architecture. On the first proposal the plans did not include a tower but due to massive public pressure it was later added to the drawings. The price for the building was 9.5 mio. DKR, including the cost of the land area and inventory which in itself comprised 1.5 mio. DKR. The city hall has a total area of 19,380 m² including the basement. The tower is 60 m tall and the tower clock face has a diameter of 7 m. The building is made of concrete plated with 6,000 m² of marble from Porsgrunn in Norway. In January 2006 the city hall was included in the Danish Culture Kanon under architecture. ⁕ Interior ⁕ Staircase ⁕ Staircase ⁕ By night
Ribe Kunstmuseum is the name of the art museum in Ribe, the oldest town of Denmark. Ribe Kunstmuseum was inaugurated in 1891. Since then it has been housed in one of the most important private buildings in Ribe: The factory owner Balthazar Giørtz' large private establishment, built 1860-64 after drawings made by the royal surveyor L A Winstrup.
Telecommunication Tower Aarhus
Telecommunication Tower Aarhus, or in Danish Søsterhøj Antennen / Søsterhøj Senderen, is the main radio/television transmission tower in Aarhus, Denmark, and the second tallest building in Denmark. The construction of it began in 1956, and the tower was finished later the same year. The tower is 216 m tall. It has been noted worldwide for its relatively unusual use of concrete as a material in the transmission tower, in the base under the wired mast.
Mindeparken is a memorial park and recreational area in the south of Aarhus City, next to Marselisborg Palace. The Park itself was inaugurated in 1925 by king Christian X and was originally thought to be the place for larger gatherings of visiting Danish citizens living abroad. That role soon diminished and disappeared, as the annual gatherings in Rebild gained momentum. In 1934 a large monument in limestone engraved with the names of and commemorating the 4,140 Danes killed in World War I was erected. Designed by the Danish architect Axel Ekberg and Danish sculptor Axel Poulsen, they choose limestone from Euville in the Meuse department in France; a major battlefield in World War I. The memorial site is still in active use today and on the 11th of November, there are held an annual ceremony in memory of the dead. In 2012, a memorial stone for Danish soldiers abroad, was erected at the site. Surrounding the memorial monument is a large park area, used extensively for all kinds of gatherings and recreational activities by the citizens of Aarhus. The area was extended in 1939 and again in 1944. In the south of the park lies the Donbæk Houses, built in 1828 and 1850. They originally served as residential areas of the servants to the baron of Marselisborg Manor, located where Marselisborg Gymnasium have residence now. The old Marselisborg Manor caught fire several times in the early 1900s and does not exist anymore. The Donbæk Houses are thus not related to the Marselisborg Palace.