It is said to be one of the happiest countries in the world. Renowned for its “hygge” way of life, a Danish word used to describe a joyful and comforting moment, Denmark attracts tourists every year curious to discover its capital, Copenhagen, but also its wild natural sites unspoiled by tourism. massive.
Located in northern Europe, Denmark is a neighboring country of Germany, Norway and Sweden, with which it is connected by the Øresund bridge.
If you are wondering what to do in Denmark, here is the list of outdoor places not to be missed for nature lovers.
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Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse
Rubjerg Knud Lighthouse is located in Hjørring, on the west coast of Denmark. Built in 1899 but plagued by quicksand and soil erosion, this 700-tonne monument was moved in 2019 to avoid its collapse due to gradually rising water.
It no longer emits light signals since August 1968. Transformed into a museum, it was then closed to visitors.
Mons Klint and its chalky cliffs
Reachable in just 2 hours from Copenhagen, Mons Klint offers a sublime setting for visitors to the island of Møn.
Its chalk cliffs dating back more than 70 million years rise 120 meters in height to plunge steeply into the Baltic Sea. Classified as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, it is also the first Dark Sky Reserve in Scandinavia.
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Wadden Sea National Park
With its 1466 km2, it is the largest national park in Denmark. This migration site for millions of birds also has a large number of plant and animal species.
The Wassen Sea National Park has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2014 and recognized as a Natura 2000 area.
It is possible to get there from Copenhagen by train, bus or car.
The Little Mermaid of Copenhagen
Probably one of the most touristic places in the Danish capital, the bronze statue of the Little Mermaid, perched on a rock, is located on the port of Copenhagen, in Churchill Park.
After admiring and touching – because it seems to bring good luck – this work by Edvard Eriksen, head towards Kastellett, considered to be one of the best preserved fortresses in Northern Europe.
This wild area preserved by the Danish government is home to many species of birds, such as the white-tailed eagle.
The lake is also popular with locals and tourists for picnicking, cycling or camping in the middle of nature.
Copenhagen Botanical Garden
Spread over nearly 10 hectares, the Copenhagen Botanical Garden is home to many plants. Don’t miss its large greenhouse, built in 1874 and considered one of the most beautiful in Europe.
Free and free access.
The former hunting grounds of King Christian V
An ideal place to retreat into nature, this former hunting ground in North Zealand was created between 1670 and 1680 by King Christian V. To shape the territory, the sovereign was inspired by the Palace of Versailles by setting up star and grid lanes.
Today, this expanse of nature is appreciated by visitors who travel the paths on foot, by bike or on horseback.
Allow 25 to 40 minutes to get to the park by car.
Reffen street food in Copenhagen
Located in the industrial area of the city, Copenhagen Street Food – Reffen offers many outdoor street food stalls by the water. It is the ideal place to discover the local cuisine and have lunch or dinner while enjoying a warm and typical setting.
The place has also been designed with respect for nature with compostable cutlery and organic and local ingredients.
Råbjerg Mile Dune
Nicknamed the “Danish desert”, Råbjerg Mile, located on the southern outskirts of Skagen, is the largest moving dune in Northern Europe. It measures 1 kilometer by 40 meters in height and is made up of 4,000,000 m3 of sand. Each year, the dune moves more than ten meters.
This natural place appreciated by hikers offers a magnificent view at the top of the dune. However, beware of the risk of quicksand.
The island of Funen in the south of Denmark
The third largest island in the country, Funen – Fyn in Danish – is located to the south. Nicknamed “the garden of Denmark”, the island has many parks and gardens as well as mansions and castles.
Start in the small village of Odense, birthplace of Han Christian Andersen, before driving to the port town of Kerteminde, home to one of Denmark’s Viking gravestones. The hiking trails through the valleys of southern Funen will also delight hiking enthusiasts.
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