Fodor's Denmark, 2nd Edition

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Fodor's Denmark 2ed."Fodor's guides are always a pleasure."- The Chicago Tribune "Teeming with maps and loaded with addresses, phone numbers, and directions."- Newsday Experienced and first-time travelers alike rely on Fodor's Gold Guides for rich, reliable coverage the world over. Completely up-to-date, Fodor's Gold Guides are essential for any kind of traveler. Insider info that's reliable and smart Local experts show you all the things to see and do -- from top sights to off-the-beaten-path adventures, from sports to shopping, from nightlife to recommended walks. Hotels and restaurants in all price categories From B&Bs to luxury hotels, from casual eateries to elegant restaurants, we list hundreds of detailed reviews that show what is distinctive about each place. Practical info that's completely up-to-date Useful maps and background information; key contacts; how to get there and get around; when to go; what to pack; local do's and taboos; costs, hours, and tips by the thousands.

Table of Contents

On the Road with Fodor's Don't Forget to Write Smart Travel Tips A to Z
Destination: Denmark Fairy Tales and Fjords
New and Noteworthy
What's Where Pleasures and Pastimes
Great Itineraries Fodor's Choice
Copenhagen Sjślland and its Islands
Fyn and the Central Islands Jylland Bornholm Greenland
The Faroe Islands Portraits of Denmark
Denmark at a Glance: A Chronology
The Utterly Danish Pastries of Denmark Tivoli
Books and Videos Danish
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Destination: Denmark

The kingdom of Denmark dapples the Baltic Sea in an archipelago of some 450 islands and the crescent of one peninsula. Measuring 43,069 square km (17,028 square mi) and with a population of 5 million, it is the geographical link between Scandinavia and Europe. Half-timber villages and tidy agriculture rub shoulders with provincial towns and a handful of cities, where pedestrians set the pace, not traffic. Mothers safely park baby carriages outside bakeries while outdoor cafés fill with cappuccino-sippers, and lanky Danes pedal to work in lanes thick with bicycle traffic. Clearly this is a land where the process of life is the greatest reward.

While in Denmark, visitors pinch themselves in disbelief and make long lists of resolutions to emulate the natives. The Danes' lifestyle is certainly enviable, not yet the pressure-cooked life of some other Western countries. Long one of the world's most liberal countries, Denmark has a highly developed social-welfare system. Hefty taxes are the subject of grumbles and jokes, but Danes remain proud of their state-funded medical and educational systems and high standard of living. They enjoy monthlong vacations, 7 1/2-hour workdays, and overall security.

The best way to discover Denmark is to strike up a conversation with an affable and hospitable Dane. Hyggelig defies definition but comes close to meaning a cozy and charming hospitality. A summertime beach picnic can be as hyggelig as tea on a cold winter's night. The only requirement is the company of a Dane.


Without a doubt, Denmark is one of the best places for biking. More than half of the population pedals along city streets that effectively coordinate public transportation and cycle traffic and along the country paths laced through Jylland and the island of Bornholm.

Boating and Sailing

Well-marked channels and nearby anchorages make sailing and boating easy and popular along the coastline. Waters range from the open seas of the Kattegat and the Baltic to Smålandshavet (between Sjælland, Lolland, and Falster) and the calm Limsfjord in Jylland. The country's calm streams are navigable for canoes and kayaks.

Danish Design

Danish design has earned an international reputation for form and function. The best sales take place after Christmas until February, when you can snatch up glassware, stainless steel, pottery, ceramics, and fur for good prices. Danish antiques and silver are also much cheaper here than in the United States.


From the hearty meals of Denmark's fishing heritage to the inspired creations of a new generation of chefs, Danish cuisine combines the best of tradition and novelty. Though the country has long looked to the French as a beacon of gastronomy, chefs have proudly returned to the Danish table, emphasizing fresh fish and seafood from the Baltic, beef and pork from Jylland, and more exotic delicacies, such as reindeer, caribou, seal meat, and whale from Greenland. Denmark's famed dairy products -- sweet butter and milk among them -- as well as a burgeoning organic foods industry, all contribute to the freshness of the modern Danish kitchen.

Excerpted from Denmark: Expert Advice and Smart Choices: Where to Stay, Eat, and Explore on and off the Beaten Path
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