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7 days itinerary for Denmark

Denmark offers many attractions, so we’ve put together this guide to show you what you can do with seven days in Denmark, starting and ending in Copenhagen. From the famous canal district in Nyhavn to the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen in Odense, here are some highlights for a week-long trip.

Before you leave

You paid good money to get here, so you want to get the most out of your trip, without being pressed for time. Seven days and nights in Denmark provide plenty of time to explore the beautiful island of Zealand, home to the country’s capital Copenhagen, and relax on the island of Funen.

Trains are an easy way to travel to and from major cities in Denmark, but if you want to plan your itinerary yourself, renting a car is the best option for most visitors. This allows more freedom to move and change your route as you see fit.

Day 1 and 2: Copenhagen

Copenhagen is a bustling city full of history, art, and entertainment. Spend the first few days enjoying and fully exploring the city before continuing. Copenhagen combines the old with the new, history with modern life. It is also a city of fairy tales and mermaids.

Nyhavn is the famous canal district, once home to Hans Christian Andersen. Quaint street cafes are scattered where you can enjoy a slow lunch and delicious Danish beer. In the evening, stroll down the Strøget pedestrian street for a remarkable shopping experience. Be sure to plan a trip to the Tivoli Gardens on your second night. It is one of the most magical places in Copenhagen, with the second oldest amusement park in the world, lush gardens and cozy restaurants.

Day 3: Nakskov and Svendborg

Depart Copenhagen and head to the port city of Nakskov to catch a ferry to the beautiful island next door. The 169-kilometer journey shouldn’t take long, so you have time to stop at all the little towns that stretch along the route.

Enjoy the laid-back beauty of the quiet town of Nakskov. Here you can book one of the comfortable hotels and explore one of the two main attractions. The biggest attraction in the port of Nakskov is the Russian submarine U-359. Nakskov also housed Denmark’s largest sugar factory, now known as the Sugar Museum.

Alternatively, you can head straight to Svendborg if you arrive early enough in the day to catch a ferry.

Day 4: Svendborg

If you are coming directly from Nakskov without sleeping, it is advisable to spend at least one night in Svendborg. However, if you are well rested after spending a night in the port city, nothing will stop you from covering the 45 kilometers to Odense for another day there. (Go to the next step to do this).

There are a few minor sights in Svendborg, but the highlight of this trip is exploring the nearby islands, each linked to Svendborg by bridge. Use Svendborg as your base as you travel to Tåsinge with its top attractions, including the old church tower at Bregninge Kirkebakke with its expansive views over the islands.

Day 5: Odense

Odense boasts some of the top sights, including the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen. The cobblestone streets will take your breath away, and you can spend hours enjoying the historic houses. In Odense, you will have many entertainment options and good restaurants. Plan a trip to the Egeskov Castle, the Odense Zoo or the historic Railway Museum.

Before leaving for Roskilde, be sure to visit Funen Village, an open-air museum depicting life in the 1700s. About 19 kilometers northeast of Odense, you can still see the ruins of a real 10th century Viking ship. .

Days 6 and 7: Roskilde and Hillerød

For your sixth and seventh day in Denmark, return to Zealand, via the port of Nyborg, where you will cross the Great Belt Bridge, leaving Funen behind. After the 133-kilometer journey, you can take a 90-minute boat tour of the Roskilde Fjord.

Roskilde is famous for both its cathedral and its authentic Viking Ship Museum. You can spend the night in Roskilde or travel the additional 40 kilometers north to Hillerød. Hillerød has magnificent surroundings and many areas to explore. Fredensborg Palace is surrounded by a beautiful park and the peaceful Esrum Lake. Fredensborg is one of the highlights of the trip.

Hillerød is 37 kilometers from Copenhagen, making it the ideal place to stop before rapid transit back to the capital.

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