Denmark might be small, but it provides voyagers with tons of things to do and see. Danish cruises can focus specifically on Denmark, or be parts of larger trips. Some travel European rivers as far as Russia while others voyage the open sea. Denmark itself is a beautiful country surrounded by sea, with the North Sea to the West and the Kattegat Strait -- fed by the North Sea -- to the East. Despite being surrounded by sea, Denmark is a great destination that adds variety to a number of European river cruises.
Denmark river cruises are a great way to see much of Europe. The country, located in Scandinavia along the European coast, has easy access to some of Europe's most popular rivers for cruising. Rhine River voyages are some of the closest. They connect travelers with even more exciting places, with cruises to Amsterdam and more.
These cruises most commonly stop in Copenhagen, the country’s largest city. Copenhagen’s metropolitan area has just over 2 million residents. Because of its large and diverse population, there’s always something to get into when your cruise stops in Copenhagen. Presently, the Scandinavian city is one of Europe’s largest economic centers. It’s also a hub for modern design, home to all kinds of great art and architecture. Travelers will find great food of all kinds. In addition, Copenhagen is an incredibly bicycle-friendly city, much like its neighbor, Amsterdam. This ensures travelers always have an easy way to tour the city’s sights, whether on their own or on a tour.
Denmark’s great climate for traveling
Visiting Denmark is always a great idea. Though it doesn’t have too many large cities and is a fairly small country, it has a moderate climate that’s always decent for traveling. Average temperatures in the winter are around 40°F or 4°C. In the summer, they’re closer to 60°F or 16°C.
Despite its fairly temperate climate, the country is no stranger to snow or rain. It’s always best to bring a raincoat or umbrella just in case. Overall, cruisers visiting Denmark can expect weather that’s decent, making traveling the country even more enjoyable.
Most popular things to do in Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen cruises bring travelers to a hub for the Scandinavian minimalist design style. The minimalist style relies heavily on simple, muted colors like black, gray, and white, and natural wood. You’ll catch glimpses of it all over Copenhagen, whether in award-winning restaurants, small boutiques, or modern art museums like the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. The city also has a decent amount of Neoclassical architecture, with the Church of Our Lady being the most prominent example.
Danish cruise travelers who’ve visited Copenhagen know there’s almost never enough time to see everything the Nordic city has to offer. Copenhagen has a wide variety of activities. One of the easiest ways to tour the city is the Copenhagen Canal network, which travels around several of the most popular landmarks. Whether you’re looking for unique architecture, great shopping, dining, or even beaches, Copenhagen has it.
Those less interested in the city's excellent architecture will find the shopping and dining scene to be one of the best. Strøget is a popular pedestrian-only street that houses many shops and restaurants. Designer boutiques populate this Copenhagen shopping hotspot. Nearby restaurant Kong Hans Kælder serves up French-Nordic cuisine. It was also Copenhagen’s first establishment to receive a Michelin star. There’s plenty more places and Michelin stars that are just as great across the entire city.
Other Danish cities worth visiting
A perk to often being a start or end point to European voyages is that travelers can schedule a bit more time to explore. If you have the chance to head out of Copenhagen and into the rest of Denmark, you’ll find there’s much more to the small country. Here, we’ve listed a few other great smaller cities that these Scandinavian cruises have to offer:
- Aarhus, Denmark
- Odense, Denmark
- Aalborg, Denmark
- Esbjerg, Denmark
These cities all have lots to offer. Visitors will get to see old Norse-style buildings and be immersed in the country’s easygoing nature. Since Denmark isn’t a large country, it’s a breeze to travel around.
The perfect beginning or end to your European cruise
Though Copenhagen is the most common port in Denmark for cruises to stop at, the country is always a great place to visit. Whether your cruise stays in the area or goes all the way to Russia, Denmark is a fantastic spot to be.