Denmark

Things to do in Denmark

The Ordrupgaard houses one of Europe’s largest collections of French impressionist art, as well as a substantial collection of Danish works.

Bordered by the sprawling botanical gardens and 17th-century Rosenborg Castle (where the crown jewels are on view), the palatial national gallery holds the broadest survey of Danish art (including masterpieces by Kristoffer Eckersberg, father of Denmark's 19th-century Golden Age of art), along wi

Named after a popular line of Danish candies, this 33-acre amusement park in southern Denmark is rife with depictions of bodily functions—vomiting rats, lactating cows, and urinating ants.

Designed by Boje Lundegaard and Lene Tranberg, Skuespilhuset, Denmark's Royal Playhouse, is a landmark of modern Danish architecture and was completed in 2008.

A handful of the best new Scandinavian ceramicists—including Ditte Fischer and Anne Black—have pieces at Designer Zoo, a workshop-gallery that also sells jewelery and clothing.

Valdemars Slot is on the quiet little rural island of Tåsinge, two hours southwest of Copenhagen.

The opulent Royal Danish Opera House, donated by the A.P. Møller and Chastine McKinney Møller Foundation, was opened by Queen Margrethe in 2005.

A compact museum filled with the collection amassed by Carl Jacobsen (founder of Carlsberg beer), including ancient sculptures and more than 40 Gauguin canvases. Highly recommended: coffee and marzipan cake in the domed, flower-filled Winter Garden café.

When touting Copenhagen’s serious caffeine cred, javaheads usually cite this java joint, founded by World Barista Champion Klaus Thomsen in the scruffy-chic Nørrebro district.The shop serces direct-trade beans from the developing world that are hand-roasted on site.

Behind a windowless, black tile facade adorned only with the bar's name in white tile, patrons of Rust discover three floors of bars, a dance floor where DJs spin four nights a week, and a stage for live concerts by up-and-coming alternative acts.

The resort-influenced collection—all flirty caftan dresses in bold prints, diaphanous silk shirts, and wide-leg trousers—brings to mind Bianca Jagger circa 1972.

Stretching to the west of central Copenhagen's picturesque cobblestones and church steeples, Vesterbro's 19th-century apartment blocks and storefronts have never lacked for color.

Denmark’s premier interior design store, this family-owned shop was created by Jørn Utzon, the man behind the design of the Sydney Opera House. A sort of upscale IKEA, the store houses national and international designer pieces from the likes of Vernor Panton and Charles and Ray Eames.

The airy five-story building is both exhibition hall and modern design research center.

Admire candies being made with old-fashioned equipment. Former pop icon Charlotte Vigel (a.k.a. Tiggy) and friend Tina Ipsen opened Karamelleríet, where they produce hard and soft caramels in many flavors (licorice, mint, cinnamon) in an old-fashioned copper pot.