Currency: Danish krone
Size: 16,641 square miles (43,075 square kilometers)- about twice the size of New Jersey
Border countries: Germany (also just southwest of Sweden and south of Norway and borders both the Baltic and North Seas)
National tourist office: www.visitdenmark.com
At a glance
This southernmost Nordic country is famous for its culture, architecture, literature and art. Because of its stunning natural landscape, Denmark's government ensures that conservation and eco-friendliness is a top priority, leaving some of the best-preserved natural landscapes in Europe. Its storied history also lends itself to the beautiful cities and towns with their architecture. Relying heavily on cured meats and fish, Danish cuisine is hearty and delicious.
Copenhagen, Denmark's capital, is guarded by the famed mermaid statue inspired by the short stories of Danish fairytale author Hans Christian Anderson. Because of Denmark’s long and complex history, Copenhagen has some of the most interesting museums in Western Europe.
Why cyclists love it
Denmark is one of the most bicycle-friendly countries in Europe. Because of the country's focus on being eco-friendly, green travel is encouraged and bike tours are popular. Biking is central to Copenhagen’s urban culture, making it a popular stop for Denmark bicycle tours.
Denmark's expansive coast alternates between jagged cliffs and white, sandy beaches, offering ever-changing scenery for a bicycle tour. Quaint fishing villages are charming lunchtime stops and reminders of Denmark’s Viking ancestors. Island hopping on a Denmark bike and boat tour is a great way to experience the maritime traditions of this Scandinavian country.
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This classic bicycle tour spans northern Germany and Denmark. On your way you can enjoy the gorgeous lake district, take a ferry from Rostock to the white cliffs of Møn Island, and cycle along the Danish coast and into the center of Copenhagen.
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The Danish South Sea (Dansk Sydhav) is the Danish part of the Baltic Sea situated south of the Little and Great Belt. On this bike and boat tour, you’ll explore magnificent manor houses, cozy villages, and traditional farm houses with reed roofs. Discover prehistoric dolmen and barrows, watch the wild horses on Langeland island, and experience the fairytale world that inspired Hans Christian Anderson.
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