If you’re heading to Denmark on your next luxe-for-less holiday, the good news is that many of the country’s biggest and best attractions are completely free for all to enjoy. Our pick of the lineup sights begins with Nyhavn, the colourful Copenhagen harbour where Hans Christian Andersen once lived. It’s located right in the city centre, and a stroll along the water here is essential on any trip to Denmark’s capital city, particularly at sunset, when the locals come out to enjoy a coffee or a cold beer, and catch up with friends. Another must-do in the Danish capital is climbing to the top of Christiansborg Palace, Denmark’s parliament and former home of kings, to enjoy great views of Copenhagen. A photo-op with the famous Little Mermaid statue on a rock Langelinie should also be on your list, and fans of Hans Christian Andersen should aim to take a walk around Assistens Churchyard in Nørrebro, the last resting place of many great Danes, including the writer.
Around an hour’s drive south from the Danish capital, the dramatic white cliffs at Mønare are one of Denmark’s most iconic landmarks, offering walking trails as well as views from above and the beach below. Stevns Klint, which is also only an hour from Copenhagen, is home to one of world’s most important fossil records on the cliff face, while Trelleborg is an impressive Viking ring fortress from the 900s. Råbjerg Mile is a shifting sand dune which has been moving at an incredible pace for the last 300 years, and you can see the trail it has left behind on the North Jutland countryside, as well as climb to the top for panoramic coastal views. And finally, the Viking rune stones at Jelling in East Jutland were Denmark’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, and at Rubjerg Knude, climb the sand dunes to see Denmark’s famous abandoned, buried lighthouse before it disappears completely!