If you’re heading to Denmark on a luxe-for-less holiday anytime soon, the good news is that many of the country’s biggest and best attractions are free for all visitors to enjoy. Our pick of the lineup sights begins with Nyhavn in Copenhagen, the colourful harbour where Hans Christian Andersen once lived. It’s located in the heart of 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 gorgeous Danish capital is climbing to the top of Christiansborg Palace; it’s Denmark’s parliament, and former home of kings, and from the top you’ll enjoy great views of Copenhagen. A photo-op with the famous Little Mermaid statue on a rock Langelinie should also be on your list, if only for fun, and any 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 famous writer.
Around an hour’s drive south from the Danish capital, the dramatic white cliffs at Mønare are one of Denmark’s most iconic and stunning landmarks, with walking trails as well as panoramic views from above, and from 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 an impressive, 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, you should climb the sand dunes to see Denmark’s famous abandoned, buried lighthouse before it disappears completely!