You’re looking through your windshield and haven’t seen a mountain for hours? Then you’re probably on the road in Denmark right now. The most important elevations, Yding Skovhøj and Ejer Bavnehøj, are just over 70 meters high. But the country has other things to offer. What, you can find out here.
For example, the oldest amusement park in the world. Of course, you immediately think of the Tivoli Park in the heart of Copenhagen. But you’re just off the mark. A few kilometers further north, you’ll find Bakken, or Dyrehavsbakken, as it’s really called. This amusement park was founded in 1583, while Tivoli was founded in 1843.
Bakken: The oldest fun park worldwide. Photo: Jacob Lisbygd.
A quick trip to the coast
Not bad either: Copenhagen’s Strøget (the line) is the longest car-free shopping street in Europe and offers 1.2 kilometers of shopping bliss. The signposted network of cycle paths covers some 10,000 kilometers. It stretches across the whole of Denmark and enchants with a magnificent landscape, including fantastic, kilometer-long coasts on the North Sea and Baltic Sea. You won’t have far to go to the sea, no matter where you are in the country. No point is further than 52 km from the sea.
Copenhagen’s Strøget, the longest car-free shopping street in Europe. Photo: Erik Hageman / Amagertorv.
The Danes also have a lot to offer in the way of culinary delights. For example, no one eats more cheese than the average Dane: around 28 kilograms per year. The Danes are also good at sausages. Everyone here eats 42 sausages a year. The hot dog known as Pølser is particularly popular. It is probably also thanks to the Danes’ hunger for sausages that more than 13 million pigs live here – more than twice as many as people.
A Danish organic hotdog. Photo: LABAN Stories.
The Danes also have a number of customs that may seem strange to outsiders. For example, cinnamon is thrown at anyone who is not married by their 25th birthday. And on New Year’s Eve, the Danes jump off a chair or armchair at midnight. This is supposed to bring good luck. At least, if you don’t injure yourself when landing.
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