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Denmark - Traveling

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Entry requirements

Organizing your trip

Means of transport recommended in town

Taxis are available everywhere. Taxi lights show green when they are free, and red when they are not.
All bigger cities and towns in Denmark have an excellent bus network of city and intercity buses.

Copenhagen is the only city in Denmark with a metro system. The metro offers connections to S-trains, which are electric trains connecting the city center with the suburbs of Copenhagen. The numerous S-trains just like the metro leave at frequent intervals and form the heart of the public transportation infrastructure of the city. Metro offers an extension to Copenhagen Airport ( reachable from the central station by a 12 minutes drive).

Maps of urban networks: Map of Copenhagen Metro and S-train

Means of transport recommended in the rest of the country

The infrastructure is excellent everywhere, and all major islands and the peninsula of Jutland are inter-connected by a network of tunnels and bridges. Denmark's second largest city, Aarhus, is located on the Jutland peninsula, about three hours drive by car from Copenhagen. Visitors can also move easily from one part of the country to another by train or domestic airlines at reasonable prices.

There are twelve civilian airports, plus the Copenhagen International Airport (Kastrup), which is a major international airport and serves as the Scandinavian hub for SAS (Scandinavian Airline System). Copenhagen Airport was voted the world's second best airport in 2003 by the international airline organization IATA and the “Best in Europe” in 2005.

Rail companies: Danish State Railways
Airlines
Name Type Domestic flights International flights
Scandinavian Airline Systems Major yes Yes
Cimber Air Major yes Yes
Cimber Sterling Airline low cost yes Yes

Traveling by yourself

Recommendation: When travelling around in the country the train is recommendable as a mean of transportation. If you are in a hurry, domestic air travel is also an option.
If you on the other hand wish to explore the country by yourself there are numerous possibilities of renting a car. Even though all the road signs are in Danish, it does not present tourists equipped with a road map with any difficulties of finding their way around in the country. You should however be alert since Denmark has a high volume of bicycle traffic - so keep an eye out for bicycles in intersections and roundabouts. Another interesting fact about Denmark is that the use of dipped headlights is compulsory at all hours.

For more information check the website of the The Danish Road Directorate

Road maps: Omnimap
Find an itinerary: Google Maps

Visiting

Different forms of tourism

Historical: On the website of the Danish Palaces and Properties Agency you can read about more than 20 Danish palaces, castles and gardens and find their locations.
The Open Air Museum north of Copenhagen is one of the largest and oldest in the world.
You can read more about the Vikings and Danish history on the webpage of the Danish Tourist Board.
Cultural: Royal Jelling: The Jelling burial mounds and one of the runic stones are striking examples of pagan Nordic culture.
The National museum of Denmark is taking visitors on a journey traversing the cultural history of Denmark.
Roskilde Festival: If you are a music lover than you should visit Denmark during the summer because that's the time of festivals.
Nature: Denmark has great natural areas that you can explore and enjoy. They consist of forests, hills, lakes, meadows, swamps etc. See a list of natural areas at the website of the Danish Tourist Board.
Religious: Denmark has more than 2400 churches and has even preserved a few monasteries. More information on the website of the Danish Tourist Board.
Beach: Denmark is famous for its long and wide beaches with their soft, fine sand. For more information visit the website of the Danish Tourist Board.
Shopping: The Danish, are world famous when it comes to furniture.
Some of the tops gifts made in Denmark are their wide array of ceramics. The main shopping district in Copenhagen is centered around Stroget, one of the most popular walkways throughout the city. Prices in Denmark are high.
Tourism organizations: Danish Tourism Board

Living conditions

Health and safety

Health precautions: No specific vaccinations are required while visiting the country.
For further information on sanitary conditions: Ministry of Health and Prevention

Time difference and climate

Map of the time zone: Copenhagen (GMT+1 in winter time, GMT+2 in summer time)
Summer time period: The summer time period stretches from March until October.
Climate: Because Denmark is almost entirely surrounded by sea, it has a moderate, maritime climate. The climate is in the temperate zone. here is a lot of wind, which is stronger during the winter and weaker during the summer. Denmark has an average of 170 rainy days. The greatest rainfall comes in November. Days are short in winter, with about 6 hours of daylight in December and January. Daylight in summer lasts 16-18 hours on clear days.

Eating

Food specialties: Smørrebrød, often eaten for lunch, consists of a slice of dark bread with butter, topped with slices of meat, fish or cheese and generously garnished. It needs to be eaten sitting down with a knife and fork.
Drinks: Coffee is very popular in Denmark and is widely drunk at all hours. Denmark also has many varieties of beer, famous breweries being Carlsberg and Tuborg. Most popular is pilsner (lager) but there are also darker beers. Akvavit, popularly known as "snaps" is also found in the category of Danish national drinks.
Dietary taboos: None

Speaking

Getting some knowledge: The Travlang website contains a dictionary and gives you some typical phrases to learn in Danish.
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