Denmark and a bridge too far

Denmark and a bridge too far

Dark dramas and captivating Scandi Crimes are something of a Danish TV specialty. Not only has Denmark brought the world The Killing and Borgen, but it is also responsible for five other Emmy-winning drama series, many of which are Scandinavian crime dramas.

So you may be surprised to learn that Denmark was recently voted the happiest country to live in in the world and the fourth best for quality of life.

It is also a holiday haven: an incredibly safe and relaxed country and there’s never far to go to the next great experience, be it fun, challenging or full of things to learn.

All across the country you’ll find a wide variety of family-friendly accommodation, accessible restaurants, efficient services and welcoming staff. From world-renowned attractions such as Legoland, to unique experiences, such as ghostly tours of castle dungeons or a week in a prairie wagon, Denmark has something for the whole family.

Home of the Vikings, Lego and Hans Christian Andersen, Denmark is an affluent and unspoiled country with a great balance between modern, urban living and the great outdoors.

Denmark’s climate is milder than Norway, Sweden or Finland’s and is closer to that of Germany, Holland or Belgium than that of its Nordic neighbours. Its landscape is not quite as rugged or dramatic as the rest of Scandinavia, but it still has areas of outstanding natural beauty.

Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen, is a city for all seasons which attracts visitors year-round. Peak travel is around July and August, but there is always something going on in the ultra-hip capital. Grab breakfast in the Toverhallerne Market, or take a trip to Christiania, the city within the city which was set up by a commune of free spirits and hippies in the 70s. Other attractions in the area include Bakken, the world’s oldest amusement park, Tivoli and the Blue Planet Aquarium for nature lovers.

Tourists also regularly flock to the Little Mermaid statue, inspired by the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale. Copenhagen also has a buzzing live music scene, with a variety of genres taking over venues all around the city, whether you’re looking for a wild night at the jazz club or more modern, electronic music, you’ll find an eclectic mix available.

Denmark is not all about Copenhagen; however, other big cities include Aalborg and Aarhus, which both have plenty to do for tourists of all ages. Take your car across to Denmark and you can experience driving through the Marguerite Route. The Marguerite route provides an excellent itinerary for people on a driving holiday in Denmark.

Follow a scenic journey around Denmark, taking in ruins, castles, museums, Viking towns and villages, museums, forests and stunning coastlines. The route is marked with road signs with a yellow and white marguerite daisy on a brown background. Just one small section of the route is on a motorway, the rest of the route meanders through the countryside or hugs the coast to show off the very best views of Denmark.

It is accessible for cars and motorbikes but is occasionally a narrow road making it difficult for caravans and buses. You could, of course, choose shorten your driving holiday and split the route down and do sections of the route such as Jutland.

A different sort of visitor attraction is the Oresund Bridge which takes you to Sweden.

It sounds out of this world, but Denmark has a bridge that disappears underwater! The Øresund Bridge, which connects Denmark to Sweden, was the original location for The Bridge TV series. Take in great views of the unique Øresund Bridge from Amager Beach, south of Copenhagen or the coast road to the north of Denmark’s capital.

Certainly to cross it is on my bucket list!