Denmark Travel Guide
Denmark, the southernmost and most continental of the Scandinavian countries, is an amazing symbiosis of cosmopolitan cities and rural tranquility. Ancient castles, jazz festivals, design exhibitions and a Lego plastic construction toys, what else a traveler might need? Being very friendly to travelers, the Danes are linked with their northern neighbours by ties of common history, culture and are quite well-adjusted and easygoing people. Denmark regularly ranks among the happiest nations in the world. While the Danish capital is a pretty expensive city, there is a substantial countryside with a mix of sandy beaches, fjords and lovely fishing villages, which allow to reduce the expenses a little bit. The relaxed friendliness of Copenhagen pervades the entire country. The kingdom is linked to Sweden by a Oresund bridge and to Germany by a land border. While it is a low-lying country with wide stretches of cornfields, marshes and woods, it also has immaculate towns and villages, with colourful buildings adorned with flowers, include many examples of half-timbered houses. While Denmark’s cultural events range from music festivals to local parades and concerts, there are numerous Viking ruins and sites, including ancient dolmens dating from the Stone Age. Denmark is recognized to be a peaceful and liberal country, with a well-organized transport system and a number of heritage sites inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Public transportation is very convenient in Denmark. With a relatively short distance between cities, it takes just a couple of hours to cross the country. Several internal flights connect Copenhagen with Aarhus, Aalborg and Billund. A diverse intercity bus network allows to reach the distant areas quite easily. While all highways are toll-free in Denmark, the Great Belt Bridge and the Oresund Bridge are toll bridges. Denmark has a well-developed bicycle culture, especially in Copenhagen and Odense. About one-fifth of all trips in capital is made by bike, including commuting. Cycling has become really popular means of transportation in Denmark. The underground ticket price will set you back 36 DKK, while traveling from Kastrup airport. Usually you don’t need to book your seat while traveling across Denmark, but it might be required on some international routes. The buses go everywhere in Copenhagen, fares start at 24 DKK per ride. Copenhagen card allows to get free admission to most attractions, provide discounts in some restaurants and free rides. The price depends on the validity period.
Even though accommodation tends to be quite expensive in Copenhagen, with a wide variety of options, there is always to choose from. A budget hotel room starts around 590 DKK per night with a private or shared bathroom. Some budget hotels include WiFi and free breakfast, be sure to check in advance. A dorm room is still the cheapest option here and starts around 180 DKK per night and average around 240 DKK a night. Average prices outside Copenhagen tend to be even lower. To save on accommodation, consider staying in campsites. To do that you will need Camping Key Europe pass, formerly known as Camping Card Scandinavia. For one-night stay you will need a transit card. Campsites are usually available from April to September, while some open all year round. Since all campsites are classified according to their quality, the typical cost for a three-star campsite is around 70 DKK. If you travel with kids or just want to hang out in nature than consider farm holidays or agritourism. Volunteering with WWOOF is great to get free accommodation in rural areas.
Street food like hot dogs, kebab, pizza or chips is the cheapest option so far in Copenhagen. Expect to pay around 30-40 DKK for snacks or 60 DKK for a combo meal at McDonalds. Numerous bakeries offer delicious Danish pastry, usually they serve snacks like sandwiches with a huge salad bowl for 55 DKK. Some hostels offer suitable lunch and evening meals for around 65 DKK. Traditional Danish pubs called bodegas serve food and beer at reasonable prices during lunchtime. Asian and Indian meals often start at around 68 DKK. The self-service restaurants offer meat, fish dishes that will cost around 50-90 DKK. Mid-range restaurants usually start at 200 DKK. When it comes to cooking your own food stick to the budget supermarkets like Netto and Fakta.
How to Save Money in Denmark
Book hotels with complimentary breakfast. If you stay at the hotel pick those with complimentary breakfast. It might be not as substantial as full breakfast, but allows to save some money on food.
Buy food, drinks and alcohol in supermarkets. You can save a lot of money by cooking your own food. With a weekly grocery budget of around 350 DKK (depending on your preferences) you save significant money on your food expenses. Lidl, Netto and Rema 1000 are your best friends then.
Avoid buying cookies, beer, chocolate and snacks in tourist areas. If you eager to get some cookies back home than stick to local supermarkets with lower prices.
Go cycling. For a small fee, you can feel the spirit of the country and get wherever you need.
Just walk. Copenhagen is a very compact city, with all main attractions can be visited within several days. By using numerous hiking trails around the country you get a great chance to enjoy beautiful views for free.
Get a city pass or Copenhagen Card. While the city pass allows you to save money on travel around Copenhagen, the Copenhagen Card offers free admission to more than 70 museums and attractions over the city. This card can also be used for free admission to Frederiksborg Castle and Kronborg Castle, which are outside Copenhagen.