Denmark is one of those destinations you probably won’t put on the top of your travel bucket list, but you will be surprised by the beautiful ( unknown ) places you can visit.
A little while ago I went on a road trip from the Netherlands to the Eastern part of Denmark and visited the Island Falster and Copenhagen. Here are the places and things I discovered during my trip to Eastern Denmark and which you can easily explore in one week.
Falster is an island in south-eastern Denmark, located at the Baltic Sea. The connections to Copenhagen and the other Danish Islands are very good via motor and railway and the Farø bridges.
With its marinas, sandy beaches and cycle tracks, Falster attracts tourists who wish to have relaxing holidays in unspoiled surroundings. One of the most popular places is Marielyst.
Nykøbing is the biggest city of Falster and offers a number of attractions including its old-town atmosphere with narrow streets. One of the most famous things to visit in Nykøbing is the Middle Ages Centre, an open-air museum build around 1400.
Situated only 1.45 minutes from Copenhagen, Marielyst is a true gem by the Baltic Sea and is one of Denmark’s prime beach-vacation areas. Marielyst Beach is a part of the approximately 20 kilometers of sandy beach to be found on the east coast of Falster.
The beach is child-friendly with shallow, calm water and several sandbanks with lovely soft white sand. There is a wealth of possibilities for building sand castles for the toddlers and collecting mussel shells along water’s edge for the older kids.
There are also many windless sheltered areas for relaxing and sunbathing and for the active souls, there are lovely walking and cycling paths in the area as well.
Where to stay in Marielyst
With Marielyst being a popular tourist beach destination, there are several accommodations to choose from, but the most popular are the summer holiday houses. Perfect for families or a group of people. There are over 6000 of them and Airbnb has some really cozy holiday homes which are amazing and spacious for the perfect family holiday.
Visit Monts Klint in Denmark
One of Denmark’s natural wonders! Møns Klint emerged at the end of the last ice age when the ice melted. These days, it is still possible to find fossils of different types of shellfish as the sea continues to erode the chalk.
Møns Clint means ‘the white cliffs’ and when you visit, you know why 😉
The pure white chalk cliffs are massive and with the reflection of the green/blue ocean below, it’s a wonderful view from standing on top of the cliffs. There is a wooden boardwalk that leads you along the edge of the cliffs and the views are breathtaking.
When you walk down the pathway and you stand on the beach and look up to the white cliffs, you will feel soo small. Some of them are over 120 meters high.
The area around Møns Klint is also beautiful with woodlands, ponds and steep hills, including the Aborrebjers, which is with a height of 143 m, one of the highest points in Denmark. Because of the chalky soil, you can find many rare plants in the area, like a variation of orchids.
And then, of course, we have the Capital City Copenhagen, where you can easily spend a few days. I went to Copenhagen for just 1 day and we managed to see the most popular highlights, but if you want to take it slow and discover more of Copenhagen, I would say stay at least 2 nights.
♥ Food in Copenhagen ♥
Copenhagen is becoming more and more a culinary Scandinavian city with 15 Michelin starred restaurants, which is more than any other Scandinavian capital city. Modern and Popular food concepts with organic produce fresh from the farms are popping out in the city.
Especially during summer, Nyhavn is the perfect place to end a long day. Have dinner at one of the cozy restaurants or do like the locals and buy a drink from a nearby store and chill out along the water’s edge.
Nyhavn was originally a busy commercial port where ships from all over the world would dock. The area was packed with sailors, hookers, and pubs. The houses were lived in by mainly artists and writers. Also, Hans Christian Andersen from the world famous fairytales lived in a few of the houses at Nyhavn.
Today the beautiful colorful old houses have been renovated and filled with restaurants and Nyhavn is the place to be for a relaxed vibe, jazz music, and good food.
♥ Shopping in Copenhagen ♥
Copenhagen is of course also great for shopping Danish Designs. Clothes, world famous furniture, interior design items, you name it and Copenhagen has it. Strøget is one of Europe’s longest pedestrian streets and Copenhagen’s largest shopping area in the heart of the city.
Strøget holds a wealth of shops, from budget-friendly chains like H&M, Vero Moda, and Zara, to some of the world’s most expensive brands like Prada, Max Mara, Louis Vuitton and more. The stretch is 1.1 kilometers long and is also very popular among street performers.
♥ Culture in Copenhagen ♥
If you are more interested in Culture, Copenhagen definitely scores high on that one too. We all know Copenhagen’s most famous tourist attraction: The Little Mermaid, inspired by the famous Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale.
Well, I can tell you, She IS little. At first, we couldn’t even find her. We were walking along the Langelinje Pier for a while thinking she might have disappeared, or she had her head chopped off again( which happens more often sadly caused by vandalism.) Then there was this group of Chinese tourist stacked on top of each other making a million of photos, and yes, there she was.
To be honest: It’s kind of the same as the Manneken Pis in Brussels. You expect this massive statue, but when you are there and you see it, you can’t help but think’ Is this it? But the story behind it, and the fairy tale are great 🙂
Apart from the little mermaid in Copenhagen, there are much more cultural offerings.
Amalienborg Palace is a must for anyone with a taste for royal history and the life of Denmark’s royal family who still resides inside the palace.
My favorite was the Marble Church and its impressive Dome. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make a picture inside the dome, but it was one of the most impressive ones I have ever seen. Just stunning. And so massive! You just have to see it yourself.
Another impressive church I found was the Church of our Saviour (Vor Frelsers Kirke in Danish) This one is built in Dutch Baroque style and has an impressive spire and external staircase that can be climbed to the top, where you will be rewarded with amazing views of Copenhagen.
And there are many many more beautiful places to discover in Copenhagen. As I said before, I only went 1 full day, but I would definitely recommend to stay at least 2 nights in this great Scandinavian City!