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.