Cheap Holidays to Denmark
Denmark Holidays and Hotels
Hotels in Denmark
From local B&Bs to 5* spa hotels and boutique apartments, you’ll find all kinds of places to lay your head in Denmark. Although it’s notoriously an expensive country for a holiday, Denmark boasts accommodation that’ll suit all budgets, helping leave plenty of pennies left over for uncovering more fun activities!
Less than a two-hour flight from London, Denmark is the ideal destination for quirky weekend getaways. The Scandinavian country is awash with history, folklore and family attractions, and offers up something new each time you visit. Whether you visit during the height of summer or during the festive Christmas markets, Denmark will undoubtedly leave you with memories to last a lifetime.
Where to stay
With its colourful buildings and bucket-list sights, Copenhagen is undoubtedly Denmark’s most popular city for holidaymakers. First-time visitors often find themselves in a hotel around the picturesque Nyhavn; while busy, it’s ideal if you’re short on time as it’s in the middle of all the city action. Over on the other side of the river is Christianshavn, known as the coolest place to stay in the city. Owing to its myriad of waterways and canals, it’s also considered one of the most romantic areas and perfect for a couple’s holiday.
Interest in Aarhus has soared since it was named the European Capital of Culture in 2017. Direct flights from London take you to Aarhus in next-to-no time, leaving you with a wealth of museums, amusement parks and gardens to explore. Stay in the city centre for colourful nightlife, the Latin Quarter for picturesque, cobblestoned streets, and Frederiksberg for an abundance of hotels and easy access to the city’s most delicious restaurants and cafes.
Located in the north of Denmark, little-known Aalborg is the country’s fourth largest city. It’s gone under the radar until now, but it’s becoming a more popular holiday destination during the summer months for its wealth of festival entertainment, and during December for its traditional Christmas market. It’s a very walkable city, with many of the hotels sitting within the Theatre District; luckily, this is the best place to be if you want to be in the heart of everything.
What to see
There’s no shortage of attractions in Copenhagen, from the iconic Little Mermaid statue to the 17th-century Round Tower, complete with an observation deck at the very top. Get your cameras at the colourful 17th-century waterfront district of Nyhavn, where you’ll find plenty of waterfront bars and cafes. It’s also where you’ll find the former home of famous Danish fairytale writer, Hans Christian Andersen. Another of the most popular spots in Copenhagen is Tivoli gardens, an outdoor amusement park that boasts rides, concerts and a boating lake - plus a traditional Christmas market during December.
Over in Aarhus, immerse yourself in Danish art at the ARoS Aarhus art museum, Denmark’s oldest public art museum outside Copenhagen. Get to grips with the country’s history at the underground Viking museum, plus explore the restored area in Den Gamle By, made to look like it would have done during the 19th century. Located around 2km out of the city centre is Aarhus very own Tivoli Friheden, an amusement park that’s home to over 40 attractions and rides. Other key attractions across Denmark include Legoland Billund and Råbjerg Mile, a huge sand dune at the northern tip of the country.
Copenhagen buzzes with activity until the early hours of the morning. Traditional Danish pubs known as bodegas are the perfect place to head to if you want to experience a local side of Copenhagen’s nightlife whilst on holiday, but there are also more contemporary cocktail bars, jazz clubs and bars specialising in local craft beers. The city centre is also home to a number of nightclubs, mostly open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights until the early hours of the morning. Aarhus, on the other hand, has a more laid-back nightlife. Although it has a handful of nightclubs, most of the nightlife centres around cosy pubs and cocktail bars.
What to eat
You haven’t tasted Danish pastries until you’ve tried some in Denmark. These multilayered, laminated sweet pastries are a treat to behold, and should be soaked up for breakfast, dessert and afternoon snacks! Elsewhere, smørrebrød is quite simply an open sandwich, made up of buttered rye bread and your choice of ingredients, from cheese to cold cuts of meat or fish. Pancake Puffs are another must-eat in Denmark; as the name suggests, these are spheres of pancakes which are dipped in powdered sugar and your choice of jams.
Denmark is home to cutting-edge fashion and quirky homeware, making this the perfect place to pick up the perfect souvenir or gifts for loved ones back home. Strøget is Copenhagen’s main shopping street, and it’s where you’ll find a range of Danish and international brands. However, for something a little different, be sure to check out Remisen Flea Market, an indoor market that runs every weekend. The theme of the market changes each week, so be prepared for retro electronics, vintage clothes and more, perfect for picking up some holiday souvenirs.
Fast facts about Denmark
Direct flight time from London: From 1 hour 30 minutes
Transfer time: Varies
Time zone: GMT+1
Currency: Danish krone
Average price of a domestic beer: 45kr
Average price of a bottle of wine: 60kr
Number of Brit tourists per year: 850,000