My visit to Denmark during Easter was all about taking it easy and exploring what Denmark had to offer beside Copenhagen. After all, I've been to Copenhagen three times now and even stayed there for an entire month one summer, so it's fair to say that I know the city well.
Up until this year however, I had never visited any other Danish town.
Sure, there are lots of people who say that Denmark has nothing to offer beside Copenhagen anyway or that the countryside is boring. If you've been following this blog for a while though, you know that I love nothing more than discovering off the beaten path destinations all around the Nordics.
I mean, my favourite place in the entire world is Greenland so it can't get more off-beat...
So for my Easter vacation I decided to go on a roadtrip around Denmark to explore what the country has to offer outside of its capital. And what better way to start a roadtrip, than by going to Denmark by ferry?!
Taking the slow route from Oslo to Fredrikshavn with Stena Line was the best way to get into the vacation spirit and unwind before a week full of adventures in Denmark!
So where did I go and which towns should you put in your bucket list?
After arriving in Fredrikshavn, I took the train to Aalborg which is a lovely town in the province of Jutland in the North of Denmark.
Apart from a gorgeous old town and half-timbered castle, Aalborg is also known for its location at the Limfjord - yes, Denmark actually has quite a few fjords! - and for the ancient Viking burial mounds, situated at Lindholm Høje.
I have to admit, wandering around burial mounds in the middle of nowhere, with no one else around, while the wind was howling, was quite spooky at first but Lindholm Høje definitely made for a memorable experience you shouldn't miss!
My base during this trip was the gorgeous town of Aarhus, Denmark's second biggest city and European Capital of Culture 2017.
The city deserves a post on its own but just to summarize, it offers the most interesting art museum I've ever visited at AROS, a fascinating open air museum giving insight into life in the olden days at Den Gamle By, breath-taking architecture at the new town quarter Aarhus Ø and the building block "Iceberg", as well as an interesting display of a 3rd century BC bog body at Moesgaard Museum.
It's well worth a visit anytime but if you can make it in 2017, you should totally go! There are lots of events and special exhibitions happening all around Aarhus due to it being the Capital of Culture this year, and especially so in the summer!
Odense is the birthplace of the famous Hans Christian Andersen, the fairytale writer and founder of the quote every travel blogger seems to live by: "To travel is to live".
H.C. Andersen died in 1875 but its heritage is still alive and thriving, and the lovely town of Odense on the Danish island of Funen does its best to educate visitors of Andersen's life and works.
It is therefore that the town's best sights are Andersen's childhood home and the Andersen museum, apart of course, from the lovely alleyways with colourful and tiny houses that can be found on every postcard from Denmark!
Ribe is the oldest town of Denmark, and while I of course knew about Aalborg, Aarhus and Odense before my trip, I'd never heard of Ribe before - and that's such a shame!
Situated close to the North Sea, Ribe is a charming coastal village (or small town at best) with a well preserved medieval centre and an interesting Viking museum called "Ribes Vikinger". During the summer, Ribe even offers an entire Viking village where you can experience what it was like to be a Viking for a day.
Now Esbjerg itself is an industrial town at the North Sea and not really worth the trip itself. However, the art installation "Man meets the sea" at the harbour is too impressive not to make the detour from Ribe.
Designed by Svend Wiig Hansen for Esbjerg's 100th anniversary, the four nine metre high sculptures are the first thing you see of Esbjerg when arriving by ship, and are a symbol for purity. That, and they make for an impressive motif for pictures - don't you think?!
There are of course many other places I haven't visited in Denmark yet. Roskilde and Bornholm are currently high on my list but maybe you know another one I should keep in mind?
Either way, bring this myLike list if you decide to venture out of Copenhagen on your trip to Denmark as well!
Have you visited any of these places? Any other recommendations for towns I should visit?
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