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Kronborg Castle, Helsingør
Tourists in Denmark consist mainly of people from neighboring countries, especially Germanymarker, followed by Swedenmarker, Norwaymarker, and The Netherlandsmarker. With 4.7 million visitor arrivals in 2007, Denmark ranked 43rd in the UNWTO's World Tourism rankings. Statistics show, however, that the total annual number of overnight stays in Denmark is currently declining.

Denmark has many sandy beaches which attract mainly German tourists. Swedish and Norwegian tourists often come to visit the relatively lively city of Copenhagenmarker while many young Scandinavians come for Denmark's cheap and readily accessible beer, wines and spirits.

As Europe's oldest kingdom and the home of Hans Christian Andersen, Denmark is often marketed as a "Fairytale country". The term is so engraved that it is still used in international news reports, especially when the news is of a nature contradicting the image such as the Copenhagen riots or the Cartoon crisis.

Copenhagen and Sealand

Copenhagen's old harbour, Nyhavn

The capital

In 2004 Copenhagen Region had 136 hotels with a total of 4.9 million nights spent. There were 250 cruise liners calling at Copenhagen Port with more than 350,000 passengers.

Among the major tourist attractions are Tivoli Gardensmarker, the Freetown Christianiamarker and The Little Mermaidmarker, all located in Copenhagen. A survey conducted by the newspaper Berlingske Tidende in July 2008 listed The Little Mermaid as the most popular tourist attraction in Copenhagenmarker.

Surrounding area

The old road north from Copenhagen to Helsingørmarker follows the scenic coastline passing through Klampenborg with its vast Dyrehave Parkmarker and the Bakken amusement fairmarker, Rungsted with the Karen Blixen Museummarker and Humlebaek with the Louisiana Museum of Modern Artmarker. The most impressive sight is howeverKronborg Castlemarker in Helsingør, famous for its associations with Shakespeare's Hamlet.

Southern Sealand, Lolland, Falster and Møn

In view of its proximity to Germanymarker, one of the most popular areas of Denmark for visitors is the South of Sealandmarker and the neighbouring islands. Mønmarker, with its magnificent chalk cliffsmarker, Liselund Park and its sandy beaches is one of the main destinations. Falstermarker has a number of sandy beaches including those at Marielyst. The area also has several tourist attractions including Knuthenborg Safari Park on Lollandmarker, BonBon-Land near Næstvedmarker and the GeoCenter at Møns Klintmarker.
Svaneke harbour, Bornholm


Bornholm

The island of Bornholmmarker in the Baltic Sea to the south of Swedenmarker offers tourists a variety of attractions includingrocky seascapes, picturesque fishing villages and sandy beaches. Among the quaint towns worth visiting are Gudhjemmarker, Sandvigmarker, Svanekemarker and Rønnemarker. The magnificent ruin of Europe's largest castle, Hammershusmarker, is the island's most famous monument. There are ferry services to Bornholm from Køgemarker near Copenhagenmarker, and from Ystadmarker in the south of Sweden. There is also an airport at Rønnemarker.

Funen

Ærøskøbing on the island of Ærø
Funenmarker, linked to Sealand by the Great Belt Bridgemarker, has strong associations with Hans Christian Andersen who was born in Odensemarker. The small coastal towns of Fåborgmarker and Svendborgmarker are popular with tourists both as attractions in their own right and as centres for visiting the surroundings, particularly the castles of Egeskovmarker and Hvedholmmarker and the unspoiled islands of Thurømarker, Tåsingemarker and Ærømarker with their narrow streets and thatched cottages.

Jutland

Major cities

Jelling's runic stones
The cities of Aalborgmarker, in the north, and Aarhusmarker, in the east, attract a considerable number of visitors, whether for business or pleasure. Aalborg's 14th century Budolfi Churchmarker, 17th century Aalborghus Castlemarker and the Jomfru Ane Gade (a lively old street close to the city centre) are major attractions. In Aarhus, Den Gamle Bymarker (the Old Town) is in fact a museum village in which old houses from various parts of Denmark have been brought together.
The beach at Løkken


Regional attractions

Among Jutland's regional attractions are Legolandmarker close to Billund Airportmarker, the easterly village of Ebeltoftmarker with its cobbled streets and half-timbered houses, Skagenmarker in the far north famous for its seascapes and artist community and the north-west beach resorts of Løkkenmarker and Lønstrup. Finally the island of Morsmarker, famous for its natural beauty, attracts tourists to its Jesperhus Flower Parkmarker and to the cliff at Hanklit which overlooks the sea.

Jellingmarker, near Vejlemarker in the south-eastern part of Jutland, is a World Heritage Site, famous for its two great tumulus mounds erected in the late 900s and its runic stonesmarker erected by King Harold.

Near Esbjergmarker on the west coast stands Svend Wiig Hansen's enormous scultpure of four chalky white figures gazing out at the sea. Known as Mennesket ved havet or Men at the Sea and standing 79 m high, it can be seen for miles around.

Cuisine

The most typically Danish meal of the day is the traditional lunch or smørrebrød consisting of open sandwiches, usually on thinly sliced rye bread. Traditionally, the meal begins with fish such as marinated herring, smoked eel, crab, or breaded plaice filets with remoulade and moves on with slices of roast pork or beef, frikadeller (meat balls), hams and liver paté. The sandwiches are richly garnished with onion rings, radish slices, cucumbers, tomato slices, parsely, remoulade and mayonnaise. The meal is often accompanied by beer, sometimes also by shots of ice-cold snaps or akvavit.

In the evening, hot meals are usually served. Traditional dishes include fried fish, roast pork with red cabbage (the national dish), pot-roasted chicken, or pork chops. Game is sometimes served in the autumn. Steaks are now becoming increasingly popular.

Transport

Air

Copenhagen Airportmarker is the largest airport in Scandinavia. The airport is located at Kastrupmarker, 8 km from central Copenhagenmarker. It is connected by train to Copenhagen Central Stationmarker and beyond as well as to Malmömarker and other towns in Swedenmarker.

For the west of the country, the major airport is Billundmarker although both Aarhusmarker and Aalborgmarker have smaller airports with regular connections to Copenhagen.
Motorways in Denmark


Rail

Denmark has a good national railway network. There are also frequent train services to Malmö and other parts of Sweden. Germany is connected both by rail services using the ferries from Puttgardenmarker to Rødbymarker and by services across the Flensburgmarker-Padborgmarker land border in the south of Jutland.

Road

Motorways are well developed across the country, the only tolls being on the major bridges (over the Great Belt and to Malmö).

Bicycles

Outside of the towns and cities there are often bicycle tracks parallel to, but separated from, the roads between towns. During the summer months, there are free "city bikes" stationed at various spots in the downtown area of Copenhagen. The idea is that anyone can take a bike from one of the spots and ride it to one of the other spots and leave it there for the next person.

There are numerous national and regional bicycle routes throughout Denmark. They are all marked and include rest areas with benches and other necessities.

Sea

International overnight ferry services connect Oslomarker, Norway, to Copenhagen (every day) and Harwichmarker, south-east England, to Esbjergmarker, west Jutland, (three times a week).

There are also a number of ferry services connecting the Danish islands.

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