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20 unique things to do in Denmark

Foto: © Thomas Kadziola. Photographer: Sophia Bergholm

So, you've seen the Little Mermaid, said hello to Hamlet at Kronborg Castle and now you're looking for something a little different? Try any of these weird, wonderful and unique things to do in Denmark and see Scandinavia's smallest kingdom from a whole new perspective!

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Foto: Daniel Rasmussen - Copenhagen Media Center
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Ski in downtown Copenhagen

Leave it to Danish architect Bjarke Ingels to realise this ingenious new secondary use for a waste-to-energy plant - a ski slope! Known locally as Copenhill, this new man-made slope not only allows locals and visitors to enjoy skiing without leaving Copenhagen, it helps the country in its continued sustainability and green initiatives.

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Two people walking in Your rainbow panorama, ARoS Aarhus Art Museum
Foto: Robin Skjoldborg © Olafur Eliasson: Your rainbow panorama
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Look out from inside a rainbow

Take in unbroken 360 degree views of Aarhus from the easily recognisable rainbow rooftop at ARoS Art Museum. Created by Danish/Icelandic artist, Olafur Eliasson, Your Rainbow Panorama has become one of Aarhus' top attractions.

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Explore a huge building made of LEGO® bricks

OK, it's not actually made of LEGO® bricks, but it sure looks like it and is filled with enough to do to keep the whole family entertained. LEGO House offers red, blue, and green-themed zones, nine play terraces, three restaurants, a Masterpiece Gallery, LEGO history and much more.

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Climb above the treetops at Camp Adventure

Camp Adventure's Treetop Experience is the perfect spot to relax, get outside and marvel at the views of South Zealand from the top of the tower. Plus, it's only 50 minutes outside of Copenhagen!

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Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse and sand dunes, North Jutland
Foto: © Mette Johnsen
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Hike to a buried lighthouse

Rubjerg Knude lighthouse is a famous and popular landmark in Denmark, visited by thousands each year. It remained in operation until 1968 but now stands abandoned, waiting to be overcome by sand. Climb the dramatic dunes to see it before it gets buried completely!

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Bridgewalking Lillebælt on Fyn
Foto: © Lillebæltsbro (1935) - Anker Engelund. Fotograf: Mitch Wiesinger
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Go bridgewalking

Denmark is the only place outside Sydney where you can try bridgewalking! Take in spectacular views and get your adrenaline pumping over the top of the old Little Belt Bridge!

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Foto: Thomas Høyrup Christensen - Copenhagen Media Center
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Attend the largest cultural festival in Northern Europe

The ancient city of Roskilde - home of a marvellous cathedral and Viking ships - is also known as quite the music city as over 100,000 music lovers gather every year at one of the biggest festivals in Europe! If you want to join the festivities in front of the festivals iconic Orange Stage be sure to book yourself a ticket for Roskilde Festival which takes place in the first week of July - or go on a day trip from Copenhagen which is only 20 minutes away by train.

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Råbjerg Mile North Jutland
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Climb a mountain of sand

Close to Skagen in North Jutland you'll find the largest migrating dune in Northern Europe. The Råbjerg Mile has been shifting northeast by up to 18 metres a year for the last 300 years, with over 250,000 people visiting it every year, you too can join them and see the trail it's left behind.

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The Øresund Bridge connects Denmark and Sweden
Foto: Daniel Rasmussen - Copenhagen Media Center
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See an underwater bridge

You may know this dramatic bridge from the hit TV series, The Bridge (Broen). But did you know that half of it disappears underwater, to let ships pass into the Baltic Sea? You can often see fantastic views of the bridge before landing at Copenhagen Airport, but you can also see it disappear beneath the sea from Copenhagen's beaches.

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Relax on your own ‘parkipelago’!

First of all, just look at it! Copenhagen Islands are an award-winning series created for everyone to enjoy floating in Copenhagen’s harbour. You can rent electric boats (GoBoat) and head to your own little paradise, right in our capital. Now doesn’t that sound relaxing?

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Watch 1 million starlings dance across the sky

Every year in late August, about 1 million starlings move in unison over the marshland in South Jutland. Don't ask us why but we guarantee you, this is one dance party you don't want to miss!

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Hitta din inre viking på Vikingaskeppsmuseet i Roskilde
Foto: Martin Heiberg - Copenhagen Media Center
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Sail a Viking long boat

Set sail for a day on a Viking ship! The Viking Ship Museum offers adventure on the high seas for everyone, including visitors without sailing experience. You'll be an active part of the crew and can enjoy swimming in Denmark's fjords and hear stories from the area on board.

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The white cliffs of Møn are located south of Copenhagen
Foto: Sascha Bendix
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Look for fossils at Møns Klint

Møns Klint is one of Denmark's must-see landmarks. Aside from the dramatic scenery and lovely walks on top of the cliffs and the beach, you can also gather pieces of prehistoric times on fossil hunts, in association with Geocenter Møns Klint. Or even, take a kayak out and admire it from the sea!

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The Sand Buried Church North Jutland
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Find a buried church

St Laurence's Church at the very north of Denmark, where, in the 18th century churchgoers had to dig their way in through the door to get to Sunday service! The church, named after the patron saint of seafarers, was finally given over to the sands in 1795 and today, only the tower is visible.

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M/S Maritime Museum of Denmark
Foto: Rasmus Hjortshøj - Copenhagen Media Center
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Head underground at the Maritime Museum

The Maritime Museum of Denmark in Helsingør (Elsinore) is a sight to behold. Designed by famous Danish architect, Bjarke Ingels, the Maritime Museum takes you deep underground in the shadows of Hamlet's castle, Kronborg. Delve into Denmark's fascinating maritime history and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kronborg on a day trip from Copenhagen.

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Forage oysters in a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Did you know that you can experience a UNESCO World Heritage Site whilst foraging for a gourmet dinner? Well, in Denmark that's just what we call an average Tuesday (at least for those of us living next to the Wadden Sea National Park). You can go on an oyster safari where you'll learn about the area's flora and fauna as well as stuffing your face with a world-class gourmet snack.

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Experience Floating Art in Vejle

Don't care much for indoor art exhibitions? Don't worry, the architectural city of Vejle has got you covered! During the summer you can attend the Floating Art exhibition. All you have to do is get yourself in a kayak, and start paddling out to the art installations floating around the city's inner harbour. So, you'll be able to get a bit of an exercise in whilst being a culture vulture. Perfect.

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Visit the home of Hans Christian Andersen

Once upon a time, a quirky little boy named Hans Christian Andersen was born in the town of Odense. He grew up to become one of the world's most beloved fairy tale authors, writing stories such as The Ugly Duckling, The Little Mermaid, and The Snow Queen. You can visit his home town and may even be inspired to write a fairy tale yourself?

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Relax with a clean conscience in Samsø

If you're looking for a place where you can truly disconnect from the busy everyday, you might want to check out Samsø. This island is known both as Denmark's vegetable island (don't miss out on the strawberries and potatoes) and the Energy Island (the entire island is fuelled by renewable energy). It's the perfect place to retreat for a getaway that'll tickle your taste buds and let you relax with a clean conscience.

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The sculpture Men by the Sea in Esbjerg
Foto: © Svend Wiig Hansen. Photographer: Lasse Lagoni
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Stand beside giants

Svend Wiig Hansen’s monumental sculpture, Man meets the Sea, guards Denmark's West Coast near Esbjerg. These unmissable giants have been drawing visitors to them since they were built in 1995. See them on a trip to Denmark's dynamic West Coast.

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