The southernmost Scandinavian country, Denmark is consistently in the top charts for the quality of life and happiness that it provides. It's a dreamy place with brightly coloured pastel harbours, modern cities, lush islands and hidden beaches. A luxury holiday in Denmark offers a large slice of that Danish happiness and provides you with quality memories that'll last a lifetime.
There's a special saying in Denmark known as hygge, which roughly means a feeling of contentment and cosiness shared with good friends. The capital of Denmark, Copenhagen, embodies the spirit of hygge. It's a welcoming place with ornate buildings like Amalienborg Palace, along with rich museums and world-renowned galleries home to artistic masterpieces. Explore the iconic harbour of Nyhavn, a plush hangout spot laced with a few Michelin-starred restaurants.
At nearby Helsingor, also known as Elsinore, you'll find more of that hygge magic. Wander the quaint cobblestone streets and immerse yourself in the port city's medieval character. Learn more about Denmark's seafaring past at the M/S Maritime Museum and see the mighty stronghold of Kronborg. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kronborg Castle is the setting for William Shakespeare's Hamlet and the fortress is as impressive as the play itself.
A short drive north of Copenhagen, the town of Hillerod is a gateway to north Zealand with good transport links to the northern coastline, where you'll find rugged green hills and lots of beaches with gold and white sands. Hillerod is also known for Frederiksborg Castle, a palace complex built in the 17th century. It's a beautifully restored building that contains period furnishings, immaculately manicured gardens and the Museum of National History.
With its many sights and attractions, Denmark is a place to travel to at any time of the year. Each season brings a new charm to the country. In winter, nights are long with temperatures close to freezing, yet Christmas markets bring a cozy feeling (particularly in the snow).
In spring, flowers bloom colouring the landscape with sunny days. In autumn, golden hues paint the fallen leaves, perfect for romantic walks. The summer brings long daylight hours and temperatures around 20 degrees Celsius, making it a popular season to visit.
As with any holiday, it's a good idea to carry some identification with you and to keep a photocopy of your passport. British passport holders don't need a visa to visit Denmark and can stay for up to 3 months. Visit GOV.UK for more advice on passports, visas and travel.
With a focus on seasonal produce, freshly caught seafood and prime meats, expect lots of fine dining experiences at your hotel's brassiere or bistro. Enjoy local specialities cooked with care and arranged with aesthetic reverence by expert chefs. Try traditional French cuisine, Asian dishes and a range of international menus.
Be sure to sample Danish smorrebrod, a delicious open-faced sandwich that's a renowned national speciality. Otherwise, indulge in succulent meats, grilled vegetables and a selection of fish-based dishes to cater to most tastes.