Denmark's third-largest city has a rich cultural heritage, least of all as H.C. Andersen's hometown, but also has a modern flair with its shopping districts and nightlife. This unofficial capital of the island of Funen, known to many Danes as the "center of Denmark," is a 90-minute train journey west of Copenhagen.
It represents a wonderful opportunity to get to know and experience Denmark's history for those willing to make the trip out.
Just west of Copenhagen, in the region of West Zealand, Roskilde is an ancient Viking city with a number of important historical sites as well as modern attractions and events.
Established over a millennium ago, Roskilde was once considered one of the most important settlements in Denmark due to its ecclesiastical significance, and while it is quieter and lower-key now, both its Viking and Christian heritages remain on proud display, and the annual Roskilde Festival inspired by Woodstock gives it a chance to show its loud side.
The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is located in the fishing village of Humlebæk, on the shore of the scenic Øresund Sound. An impeccable blend of culture, environment, and architecture, LMMA features rotating and permanent exhibitions and a sculpture garden that takes full advantage of the surrounding sea views.
In summer months it is possible to swim at the beach before or after a visit. Unpretentious, zen, and contemplative, Louisiana awakens the senses and heightens appreciation of both art and nature.
Helsingør (Kronborg Castle & Maritime Museum)
On the Northern most crest of the Øresund coast and less than an hour from central Copenhagen lies the port city of Helsingør. Recently revived with a vibrant waterfront cultural center Helsingør is most famous for Kronborg Castle, a renaissance era royal powerhouse and the presumed setting of Shakespeare's Hamlet.
With picturesque views across the sound to Sweden beyond, and the architecturally award-winning M/S Maritime Museum of Denmark embedded in a dry dock, Helsingør offers a compelling insight into Denmark's seafaring past in a perfect day outing.
Malmö was one of the earliest and most industrialized shipping towns in Scandinavia. Although located in Sweden, its close location to Copenhagen makes it the perfect day trip away from all of the hustle and bustle.
After some of the city's leading industries went bankrupt in the 1970s, many people lost faith in the city and moved to suburban homes or cities in the surrounding areas. However, with the opening of the Øresund Bridge in 1999 linking Denmark to Sweden, traffic and trade through the region soared. Malmö has undergone a major transformation with architectural developments, biotech companies, and particularly students through the establishment of Malmö University.