Demnark! It's home to some rich royal and viking histories, an open minded people, one of the most successful welfare states in the world, fairytales, and Carlsberg. Prepare to open your hearts, your minds and your wallets! As a country that provides most of its social services for free, the taxation on everything is super high. Whatever you think you need, double it and then you're in the ballpark of what you actually need. Also keep in mind that using a foreign credit card will incur a nearly 3% surcharge everywhere by law, so taking cash out to travel is preferable.
The hostels in Denmark are mostly found in the capital city of Copenhagen. There is a whole stack of really great things to do. If you are planning on getting around most of it fairly quickly, the Copenhagen card gives you access to heaps of attractions and to the public transport system. Some of the cool attractions are out of the city, like Roskilde Cathedral where all of the Danish Royalty are buried, and the card covers these areas too. If you're on a budget, there are three different free walking tours that you can take in around the city. The National Museum is free. Glyptotek is free on Tuesdays, and is well worth a visit for its incredible sculptures. But most museums and attractions in Copenhagen are closed on Mondays, so keep this in mind when planning your trip. Hostels in the city centre are in scattered locations but you will find that most of the city is within walking distance to things or to a train station.
Majority of the other destinations in Denmark will only have one or two options for a hostel in each place. If you are travelling in peak season or school holidays you will need to book in advance, as the Danes love to get out and about and things will book up fast. Heading north about an hour you will reach Helsingør. Stay in the Helsingør hostel while exploring this small little town that is home to the famous castle of Hamlet from Shakespeare's famous play of the same name. There are a few other cool things to see and do like the Søfart maritime museum. You won't need more than a day here.
Heading west you will find yourself island hopping to the town of Odense. There aren't many hostels here and it is a popular destination as it is the birthplace of the famous fairytales author, Hans Christian Anderson. You can visit his childhood home, learn about his life in the museum, and get a feel for the man.
There are a few more hostels onward from here mostly accessible in small towns by train. As you head into Jutland, you can visit the Viking settlement of Aarhus, and the towns of Kolding and Fredericia, which all have minimal hostel space. Keep in mind that trains out this way can be quite expensive, especially considering that the population out this way is quite small. It will however give you some stunning nature and a feel for rural Denmark.
Whatever it is that you are doing, make sure you plan and book your hostels in advance. It will save you money, time and the hassle. And most of all enjoy! Don't forget to thank the locals with a giant smile and a "tak" (thank you!).
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Gudhjem is not the sleepy village it was twenty years ago. The grain storage building is gone now and the harbor area has a few more restaurants. The large open surface where fishermen used to repair their nets has not changed much. I can imagine my grandfather there as a boy, helping his father bring in the catch …
I visited Lemvig, Denmark, where my mom, my brother, and I lived with my grandparents until coming to the US. It was wonderful -- the original house is still standing -- the Danes are without a doubt the most gracious people on the planet!
I stayed in Thisted for three weeks in February 2007. I was part of a group of students from Ireland who were on work experience in Denmark. I worked at the Dragsbaek Centret. I met great people and had a wonderful time and loved every minute of my time in Thisted. I've never forgotten it and have a longing to return …
Copenhagen - what a grooooooooovy city! Sex in the city!!! ;) And tequila in the tequilabar!