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Living in Copenhagen is great, but sometimes you need to escape the big smoke and get out of the city. Here are the 7 suggestions to get you out of the city and a chance to experience life as many Danes live it.

Copenhagen is such a beautiful city, but search outside the city and you’ll find that there’s much more to Danish life. This article will tell you where to go, how to get there, and some of the amazing things you can experience whilst you are there. Get to know Denmark as more than just its capital.

All transportation and pricing tips are from Copenhagen.

1. LOUISIANA MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

Address: Gl Strandvej 13, 3050 Humlebæk.

Louisiana is one of the most famous modern art museums not only in Denmark but in Scandinavia. With everything from temporary exhibitions to live events the museum has everything an art-lover could want, and it’s a great place to spend a free day.

Transport & Budget
The museum of modern art is situated on the beautiful east coast of Denmark, around 35 km north of Copenhagen. You should take the regional train from Copenhagen Central Station in order to get there. Trains run every 20 minutes. Getting there will take around 45 minutes

2. KRONBORG CASTLE – STROLL THROUGH THE SET OF THE MOST FAMOUS OF ALL PLAYS. JUST DON’T SAY THE NAME.

Address: Kronborg, 3000 Helsingør

“To go, or not to go? That is the question” Kronborg Castle is the setting of the famous Shakespeare play Hamlet. Stroll through the castle’s ground to get a sense of Danish history. See the location where one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays was set. Walk in the footsteps of previous Hamlet’s, including Derek Jacobi, and Jude Law, Laurence Olivier.

Transport & Budget
Take the train an hour to get to Kronborg Castle from Copenhagen Central Station. (regional train towards Helsingør), 45 minutes on the train and 20 minutes on foot. It’s the same train you use to get to the Louisiana.

3. ROSKILDE – COPENHAGEN’S VIKING HERITAGE

The list of reasons to visit Roskilde is endless. The famous Roskilde Festival, the Viking Ship Museum, and the world heritage site Roskilde Cathedral will be sure to take your breath away. Another positive, with its close proximity to Copenhagen, it is the perfect destination to spend your time on one of your free days

Transport & Budget
It takes approximately 25 minutes to get to Roskilde by train from Copenhagen Central Station, with regular departures.

4. AARHUS + AROS ART MUSEUM

Address: Aros Allé 2, 8000 Aarhus
ARoS museum is located in the city of Aarhus, never heard of it!? Well, you should have, it has just been rated as Europe’s second best destination by travel experts Lonely Planet. With its relaxing atmosphere, it makes for the perfect place to spend your days off. The ARoS art museum is a must for any art lover.

Transport & Budget
The journey from Copenhagen to Aarhus takes 3.3 hours by train and around 4 hours by bus, or 40 minutes by plane, if you have money to burn.

5. ANHOLT – THE ISLAND IN THE MIDDLE OF KATTEGAT

Popular among Danes for its seclusiveness. Anholt is located in the middle of the Kattegat sea. The amazing landscape offers a chance for some amazing pictures. Over 80% of the island is covered in vegetation. The island offers a variety of activities including, yoga and a local football festival. Be sure to check the schedule and plan your trip around one of the many music festivals that take place there throughout the summer.

Transport & Budget
In order to get to Anholt, you have to take a bus to Grenaa. That’s going to take you around 4 hours. You’ll also need to take a ferry which will take another 3 hours. Those interested in staying overnight should check out AirBnB, vacation home rental (A great option can be an amazing experience it if you go as a large group). For the adventurers among you, I would recommend camping to make the most of the natural beauty.

6. JOMFRU ANE GADE – ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS BAR STREET

Address: Jomfru Ane Gade, 9000 Aalborg

When 5 o’clock comes you might want something stronger than a coffee. Head to Jomfru Ane Gade to sample the local nightlife. It is situated in Aalborg, which is the fourth biggest city in Denmark. Jomfru Ane Gade is built right by Limfjorden. While Limfjord is technically a fjord, it looks more like a river. Right in the heart of this relaxing city lies the most famous bar street in Denmark, Jomfru Ane Gade. Sample some of the local brews and mingle with the locals.

Transport & Budget
To get to Aalborg by public transport, you have three options – by air, by train and by bus. If you decide to fly to Aalborg, it will take you around 1.5 hours. Getting there by train takes around 5 hours. The bus is the slowest option as it takes around 6 hours.

7. GRENEN – LANDS-END

Not too far from Aalborg, head to the Northernmost part in Denmark, Grenen. It is located close to Skagen, a beautiful, quintessentially Danish town. A popular summer destination among Danes, it has everything to offer, and more. History, culture, and beautiful scenery are just some of the reasons this place is so popular. If you’re in town, stop by the Skagen museum. It features work from as early as 1800 and offers an insight into Danish life outside of the big city.

Transport & Budget
To get from Aalborg to Skagen, you take the train to Frederikshavn Station, then change to a local train. This will take you around 2:30 hours from Aalborg to Skagen. If that’s not your thing, you can take the train to Hjørring Station and change to Bus 99, but this is only an option between 26 June and 7 August.

Conclusion

Follow our guide and be sure no to miss out on these amazing places. The Danish transport system is one of the best I’ve experienced, making travel easy. There is much more to Denmark than Copenhagen. Don’t be afraid to experience life outside of the big city and get a taste of what it is really like to live in this incredible country.