Denmark Coach holidays
Currency: Danish Kroner
Time Zone: GMT + 1 Hour
Tipping: A service charge is generally added to restaurant bills, however if not or you are exceptionally happy with service, tipping between 10-15% is standard practise.
Denmark - an Introduction
The smallest of the Scandinavian countries but great in stature thanks to Hans Christian Andersen, the Vikings and the indomitable Lego, Denmark is an attractive lowland of fertile farms, beech forests and plains.
As in the fairy tales, a Denmark coach holidays are likely to result in a happy ending, even though the slightly higher cost of living means it's a little more on the expensive side. But even the prices don't deter travellers from holidaying in Denmark. Tours here make it possible to see palaces and spires that might have inspired the world's most magical stories, roam a map of picturesque cycle paths, or toast your hands with a hotdog from one of Copenhagen's many stands.
Denmark coach holidays could see you cruising around the coastline to combine Norway's Oslo or Sweden's Stockholm, which make breath-taking scenic diversity, to make the most of this northern tip of Europe. As well as popular Danish cakes, don't miss a chance to taste the hugely favourite Smorrebrod (open sandwich) which the Danes have enjoyed since the 19th Century. Shopping in vibrant cities, coastal walks on romantic shorelines and historical castles and theme parks mean that whether you're looking to rest and recharge the batteries or keep active with an adventure, it's all possible in Denmark.
Things to do
Denmark isn't just about pastries and Hans Christian Anderson connections, even in both are extremely popular with tourists. Here are some key places to visit on an escorted tour of Denmark.
The capital of Denmark packs a tourist punch with so much to see and do. Tivoli Gardens are surrounded by opulent buildings and open air theatres and a wealth of flowers at every turn. Every Saturday evening fireworks light up the sky to glow the area in colour. The Royal family of Denmark are very popular and many wish to visit the state home Amalianborg Royal Palace and Rundetarn Tower. Nyhavn Canel is a popular area for drinks and leisure.
Shakespeare's Hamlet has made Kronborg Castle in Elsinore famous all over the world, a key reason why it attracts more than 200,000 visitors a year. This important Renaissance castle in northern Europe has much to explore, starting with the Royal Apartments. Large paintings, tapestries and mesmerising furniture fill either the Royal Chambers, The Ballroom (Largest in Northern Europe) and the Little Hall. Venture down into the Casemates, where soldiers hid during sieges and bombardments, or take time to see and listen to exhibitions telling stories of the prisoners of war for a fascinating story.
Home to the fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen, if literature is of interest to you then the medieval city of Odense is a must-see. As well as visiting the Hans Christian Andersen Museum, there's an opportunity to see other buildings and attractions with links to the writer, such as his childhood home and school where he went as a young boy. Odense Castle and Funen Village, an open air museum with working 18th and 19th century environment and farm, both offer insight to the history to this region.
This region of Denmark is diverse with offerings from fun-filled days at LEGOLAND (the iconic brand first manufactured in Denmark) to Viking ruins, coastline for relaxing walks and lush countryside thanks to the last glaciation 14,000 years ago. You are sure to enjoy Aarhus, known as Denmark's second city, with great cafe life and fashionable areas.
Thinking of travelling to Denmark? Check out the average temperatures for when you plan to visit courtesy of BBC Weather
Tips & Advice
The beauty of travelling in an escorted tour is that you'll be in the safest hands when it comes to holidaying in foreign lands. However, to help you have an enjoyable holiday in Denmark, take a look at these useful tips and advice provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO):
Health and Travel Insurance
If you plan to visit Denmark it is advised to get a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before travelling. This does not substitute travel and medical insurance but allows you to receive the same state treatment as would be received by Danish nationals. The EHIC does not cover non urgent medical treatment or repatriation, so purchasing travel insurance is advised prior to departure. Most tours offer the chance to purchase one-trip travel insurance at the time of booking.
Crime levels are generally low in Denmark but tourists can be targeted by bag-snatchers and pickpockets in busy areas. Keep a close eye on your baggage at train stations and at airports, as there have been incidents where baggage has gone missing. Areas of Christiania and Norrebro in Copenhagen are generally trouble free, but occasions of violence have known to break out between locals, so it is advised to take extra care in these areas.
Local Laws and Customs
Although a liberal society, drugs use of any kind in Denmark is illegal and laws will be enforced. If found with drugs for personal use police can fine up to DKK 500. Drug dealers can receive very heavy sentences.
For stays up to 3 months your passport only need be valid for the duration of the stay.
As a British Passport holder, no visas are required to travel to Denmark for stays of up to 3 months. For longer stays a residence permit should be applied for.
Greenland and the Faroe Isles are not members of the European Union. Visas are not required for tourist purposes, but a residence permit is required if you intend to work or live here.
UK Emergency Travel Documents are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from Denmark.
Any other nationality looking to visit Denmark must contact the local embassy to check visa requirements.
For more information about visiting Denmark, check out the official tourist board website at denmark.dk.