Exploring Denmark: The Most Visited Tourist Attractions In The Country

Tivoli's Moorish Palace, the Nimb Hotel and Restaurant.
Tivoli's Moorish Palace, the Nimb Hotel and Restaurant.

Denmark has a thriving tourist industry which is a major economic contributor in the country. The major tourist flow in Denmark comes from the neighboring countries, mainly Germany, followed by Sweden, Norway, and the Netherlands. In 2010, the country received 8.7 million visitors. The country hosts vast stretches of sandy beaches, lively cities, cheap and readily accessible spirits, wine, and beer, and more. Denmark is often marketed as the “fairytale country” as it has served as the seat of Europe’s oldest kingdom and the home of the fairytale writer, Hans Christian Andersen. Here, we discuss the top tourist attractions in the country and enlist the 50 most visited attractions in the nation.

Blue Planet Aquarium - Aquarium/Zoo

The National Aquarium of Denmark or the Blue Planet Aquarium is a public aquarium in Denmark located in Kastrup, a suburb of Copenhagen. It is the largest aquarium in Northern Europe. The aquarium aims to educate the public on marine life and allow students to perform science projects. The entire complex encompasses an area of 12,000 square meters. There are 53 exhibits in the complex of which the five main ones are The Rainforest, The African Great Lakes, Cold Water, The Warm Ocean, and the Evolution and Adaptation.

Copenhagen Zoo - Zoo

Founded in 1859, the Copenhagen Zoo is a famous zoological garden in Denmark and one of Europe’s oldest zoos. Located in the Frederiksberg municipality, the zoo encompasses an area of 11 hectares and is sandwiched between the Søndermarken and the Frederiksberg Gardens. The zoo is the center of a significant number of European breeding programs. Some of the most notable animals of the Copenhagen Zoo include the American flamingos, California sea lions, chimpanzees, lions, Dalmatian pelicans, scarlet ibises, Bactrian camels, and more.

Legoland - Amusement park

The Legoland park in Denmark, now known as the Legoland Billund, was opened in Denmark on June 7, 1968. It is the third most visited attraction in the country. The park is located in the proximity of the country’s second busiest airport, the Billund Airport. Legoland hosts several attractions including four roller coasters: Dragen (The Dragon), Polar X-plorer, Timber Ride, and X-Treme Racers.

Dyrehavsbakken - Amusement park

Dyrehavsbakken is an amusement park located about 10 km north of Copenhagen. The park that was opened in 1853 is the oldest operating amusement park in the world. The Dyrehavsbakken originally opened with the aim to serve as a place to obtain clean spring water, is currently a thriving amusement center filled with modern rides and amenities. The park hosts six roller coasters, the most famous among which is the Rutschebanen, a wooden roller coaster. Pjerrot, the mascot of the park, performs every day for the children visiting the park. Live music is performed in bars and lounges across the park. Various restaurants serving international cuisine are also located here.

Tivoli Gardens - Amusement park

The Tivoli Gardens is Denmark’s most visited tourist attraction. Opened on August 15, 1843, the attraction grew in popularity over the years as a major amusement park and pleasure garden in the country. The Tivoli Gardens is most well-known for its wooden roller coaster, Rutschebanen that was established in 1914. The park also houses The Star Flyer, the second tallest carousel in the world. The 80-meter high carousel offers panoramic views of the city. The recent ride, Aquila, a giant swing, and spinner, was inaugurated on April 11, 2013. Other popular attractions at the Tivoli Gardens include bumper cars, The Dragon, Galley Ships (roundabout boats), The Golden Tower (a drop tower), and more.

Exploring Denmark: The Most Visited Tourist Attractions In The Country

RankAttractionTypeLocationVisitor number
1Tivoli GardensAmusement parkCopenhagen4,200,000
2DyrehavsbakkenAmusement parkCopenhagen2,500,000
3LegolandAmusement parkBillund, South Jutland1,700.000
4Copenhagen ZooZooCopenhagen1,433,368
5Blue Planet AquariumAquarium/ZooCopenhagen1,086,856
6ARoS Aarhus KunstmuseumArt museumAarhus816,468
7Djurs SommerlandAmusement parkEast Jutland752,183
8National MuseumMuseumCopenhagen727,727
9Louisiana Museum of Modern ArtArt museumNorth Zealand724,580
10Fårup SommerlandAmusement parkNorth Jutland656,004
11Lallandia BilundAquadomeBillund, South Jutland618,114
12Lalandia RødbyAquadomeLolland-Falster507,403
13Den Gamle ByOpen-air museumAarhus480,270
14RundetårnHistoric buildingCopenhagen477,005
15Aalborg ZooZooAalborg468,566
16BonBon-LandAmusement parkZealand428,631
17Tivoli FrihedenAmusement parkAarhus394,078
18Odense ZooZooFunen381,439
19Danish National GalleryArt museumCopenhagen355,835
20Ny Carlsberg GlyptotekArt museumCopenhagen339,336
21Givskud ZooZooSouth Jutland316,364
22Madsby LegelandAmusement parkSouth Jutland303,351
23ExperimentariumScience museumCopenhagen287,390
51Randers Tropical ZooZooEast Jutland272,435
25Post & Tele MuseumMuseumCopenhagen265,572
26Rosenborg CastleHistorical building and museumCopenhagen258,127
27Kronborg CastleHistoric buildingCopenhagen Area242,583
28FrilandsmuseetOpen-air museumCopenhagen236,496
29JesperhusResort and flower parkNorth Jutland230,000
30Knuthenborg Safari ParkZooLolland-Falster223,000
31Skallerup Seaside ResortAquadomeNorth Jutland203,500
32Frederiksborg PalaceHistorical building and museumNorth Zealand196,854
33Egeskov CastleHistorical building and museumFunen195,180
34Royal ChristiansborgHistorical building and museumCopenhagen190,720
35Carlsberg Visitor CentreVisitor centreCopenhagen190,000
36Ree Park – Ebeltoft SafariZooEast Jutland182,771
37Danish Natural History MuseumMuseumCopenhagen176,890
38Nordsøen OceanariumAquariumNorth Jutland159,537
39Arken Museum of Modern ArtArt museumCopenhagen Area158,161
40Jyllands Park ZooZooWest Jutland158,100
41Sommerland SjællandAmusement parkNorth Zealand144,844
42Hvidbjerg Strand VadelandAquadomeWest Jutland130,186
43AQUA Aquarium & Animal ParkAquarium/ZooCentral Jutland129,119
44Tycho Brahe PlanetariumScience centreCopenhagen126,590
45Utzon CenterMuseumAalborg126,102
46KattegatcentretAquariumEast Jutland124,531
47Viking Ship MuseumMuseumRoskilde120,874
48Graceland RandersMuseumEast Jutland118,110
49Fisheries and Maritime Museum, EsbjergMuseum/AquariumWest Jutland117,615
50Danish Film InstituteMuseum/CinemaCopenhagen104,739

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