10 Darling Danish Towns you Don’t Want to Miss in Denmark

I love a Cinderella story. I like to cheer for the underdog. And while I live in the big, modern Danish capital and really do love it, I often seek out the simple. The slow. The little and quaint. For a bit. For the balance. And Denmark can do that. Charm you and court you with lots of little tiny town choices. What does it take to be the most darling Danish town? It depends.

A Danish village comes complete with cobblestone promenades and half-timbered houses. Colorful facades and maybe a fancy castle. Some sit near farms that are plum full of fresh produce. For me, it’s perfection if they are situated near water. But you if you’ve been reading along, you know that. So let’s take a look. These are the best. Don’t ask my teen, for he may disagree. But these are the towns that do it for me.

Let’s start on the west side of the country and work our way east towards the capital. I’m jumping to Jutland.


JYLLAND |  JUTLAND

1. EBELTOFT

Gem of Djursland, Ebeltoft sits on the east side of Jutland. Chock full of cobblestoned charm, little Ebeltoft is the perfect gateway to explore nearby Mols Bjerg National Park which lays claim to the highest hill in Denmark. That’s saying a lot around here. Half-timbered houses and purveyors of ice cream will surely make you happy after you’ve been swimming in summer.

DON’T MISS:
  • Put on your hiking shoes and make your way to Mols Bjerg National Park.
  • Check out the ancient castle ruins in nearby Rønde; Kalo Slotsruin.

2. LØKKEN

Lovely little Løkken sits on the northwest coast of Denmark. It is rugged and windswept with wide sand beaches. But don’t worry, this adorable wee village sits snug and calm behind the dunes with coffee shops and cafés and candy to create.

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3. SKAGEN

Sitting at the very tippy top of Denmark is Skagen. But don’t say SKA-gen. It’s more like Skā-en, minus the g. However you say it, you’re sure to be swayed by the beautiful light and little yellow houses. This fishing village is famous for its painters and you can see why. It’s beautiful here. See where the North Sea and the Baltic combine.

DON’T MISS:
  • Take the Sandormen, the “Sandworm” tractor ride out to where the Baltic and the North Sea meet.
  • Climb up inside the Tilsandede Kirke, the (not-so) sand covered church.
  • See the Danish masters and meet their fisherman muses at the Skagen Museum.
  • Play in the surf at Gamle Skagen.

FUNEN | FYN

4. KERTEMINDE

Find your way to Funen, the oft-overlooked island that sits in the middle of Denmark. While Fyn may be tired of her big sister Marsha, er I mean Copenhagen, she has plenty to offer. With fields full of rye and poppies and fewer people, you’ll find wide open spaces here to explore. We love quaint Kerteminde right on the water. It is a perfect base to explore the area and try the produce.

DON’T MISS:
  • Find your way to Fyns Hoved and smell the sea air with views over the Odense Fjord.
  • Meet the sea creatures and seals at the Fjord & Bælt Museum.
  • Fish for Seatrout in the early summer as the pass close to shore.
  • Buy fresh produce from a farm stand. Pick apples in fall.
  • Explore a Viking ship burial in nearby Ladby.

SJÆLLAND | ZEALAND

5. DRAGØR

Dragør was my first and definitely still my favorite darling little Danish village. Don’t you know about Dragør? You might want to drop everything and drive right on over. It’s adorable and so close to Copenhagen.

DON’T MISS:
  • Wander through the old town and out to the harbor.
  • Share yummy brunch with your family at Fru Munk.
  • Take a dip in the warm Øresund with views out to Sweden.

6. HELSINGØR

Take the regional train from Copenhagen or the ferry from Sweden and head up to Helsingør. Here you will find Hamlet. Or his castle that is. So say the Danes. Kronborg Castle sits on the water majestic and magical. Time your visit in summer and see Shakespeare come alive with actors and action. Plenty of places to pause for a bite along the old town squares.

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7. HILLERØD

Here in Hillerød, you will find the fabulous Fredericksborg Castle. This is different than the Frederiksberg Slot in the Frederiksberg neighborhood of Copenhagen. Believe me, you aren’t the first to be confused. Take the Line B on the S-togs to the terminus in Hillerød. Trek towards the cute town and out to the castle.

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8. HORNBÆK

I don’t need to toot too loud my love for Hornbæk, pearl of the Danish Riviera. With wide swaths of beach and forested trails, it pleases many. Add in fresh fish markets, antiques to peruse, boutiques to shop, cozy coffee shops for hygge and Hornbæk ticks all the boxes for most darling Danish town.

DON’T MISS:
  • Wade in the water and wiggle your toes in the wide golden sand at Hornbæk Strand.
  • Linger along the lush green paths that lead through the trees in the Hornbæk Plantage.
  • Take a hygge break at Albi’s Kaffebar and Second Hand Shop in town.

9. ROSKILDE

Roskilde rocks even when the world famous music festival isn’t on. This city has ancient roots with both Vikings and Royals. And it really is darn right cute to boot. Run, don’t walk, but I’ll allow you to rock right on over to Roskilde.

DON’T MISS:
  • View Viking vessels dredged up from the nearby Roskilde Fjord at the well done Viking Ship Museum.
  • Visit the stunning Roskilde Church and feel the spirit of the Danish royals buried therein.
  • Rock out at Ragnarok, not the Viking apocalypse, but the museum dedicated to the music and culture that dominates the Roskilde Festival.

10. SJÆLLANDS ODDE

Most people drive right through here on their way to the ferry, but they would be amiss. Stop. Slow down and please try the fish. Odde’s not odd, but super quite delightful. Fishing boats and fish shacks add color and charm.

DON’T MISS:
  • Toodle around Odde Havn, the harbor.
  • Wait with the locals for delicious smoked fish at Odden Fisk.

Did I do it? Did I tempt you? Do you know of these towns? Did I miss one? Do tell me. Here’s what left on my little town Denmark wish list:

UP NEXT: Svaneke and Gudhjem on the island of Bornholm.
WISH LIST: Ribe and Fanø

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55 thoughts on “10 Darling Danish Towns you Don’t Want to Miss in Denmark

  1. Stine

    I was going to suggest Fanø, but glad it’s already on your wish list! My parents moved there about 10 years ago, so now we get to go every summer 🙂 I think you’ll love Bornholm, it’s my favorite Danish island, see if you can make it to Christiansø while there, worth a visit.

    I’ve never been to Ebeltoft before, but we’ll go there this summer to check out Fregatten Jylland, but now I’m looking forward to exploring the town too. 🙂

    1. oregongirlaroundtheworld

      Oh – yes – we’ll definitely do Christiansø and I must get to Fanø – one of those places that only Danes recommend to me and I take that seriously! Cheers, Erin

    1. oregongirlaroundtheworld

      Oooh – enjoy! At that time, you might even be able to row in a Viking ship at the museum! Have a blast – cheers!

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  3. This is my favourite kind of blog post – so many charming places I’ve never heard of brought to my attention! From the photos and descriptions, so many of them sound like dream destinations for me. Definitely pinning so I can come back here if I’m able to plan a trip to Denmark in the future.

    I should probably read up on my Shakespeare in the meantime, though – I didn’t know that about Kronborg Castle and the Hamlet connection. 🙂

    1. oregongirlaroundtheworld

      Thanks kindly Lorna! My kids are actually studying parts of Hamlet in their school – I only know a few scenes… “something’s rotten in the state of Denmark perhaps?” Cheers from Copenhagen, Erin

  4. These are so gorgeous – I can imagine whiling away hours (days) wandering around the streets, looking at the architecture, and Hamlet, Vikings and beach are a definite bonus. Hmmm. Danish road trip? #farawayfiles

    1. oregongirlaroundtheworld

      PS – please let me know if you do ever decide to drive over this way! Would love to meet!

    1. oregongirlaroundtheworld

      Yes! You do! Come to Denmark she said! Nice work on the trivia (I’m guessing it has to do with the Viking heritage there?) Cheers from Copenhagen, Erin

  5. pigeonpairandme

    Thanks for this – my knowledge of Denmark’s towns isn’t great, so it’s very helpful! I think Skagen would be my favourite, although I’d have to go to the home of Hamlet, of course! #FarawayFiles

  6. So many cute towns! I love wandering through a quaint, cobblestoned town and usually prefer it to the big city. You’ve covered a lot of territory! #farawayfiles

  7. I’d say you’ve definitely tempted me. Visiting small towns, for me, is a great break from Chicago. Old fishing towns are my favorite. #FarawayFiles

    1. oregongirlaroundtheworld

      Mine too! I love all that a big city has to offer, but love a break from it too! Cheers from Denmark!

  8. Wherejogoes

    Beautiful places and all different. I’m going with Lokken and Dragor for my wishlist, although actually now I’m eyeing up Hornbaek, it’s a tough choice! You are right they do make you want to drop everything and head for Denmark! The only one I have been to is Roskilde to see the Viking ships. Thanks for hosting #FarawayFiles

  9. How gorgeous, this would make a lovely road trip. What beautiful dinky towns. “Half-timbered houses and purveyors of ice cream”. Throw in cozy coffee shops and it’s basically all I want from my holidays

    1. oregongirlaroundtheworld

      We loved Løkken in April. I heard it gets really crazy busy in peak summer. But that the town is buzzing and the beach is hopping then!

  10. Ruth

    On some of those relaxed days, when I am feeding my travel wish and bucket lists, I start to look for info about Denmark. Have to admit it is not that easy to kind good info about places to visit in Jutland. Most guides tend to focus on Zealand. So, I really liked to see your favorites in the peninsula. If I visit Denmark, I would like to get a taste of that area. #FarawayFiles

    1. oregongirlaroundtheworld

      Ahhh… yes, Copenhagen gets lots of credit in Denmark. Maybe I need to make a guide to Jutland! Good idea!

  11. All of these look wonderful! I’m super impressed with the amount of exploring you’ve done! Fyn, looks so nice, and I loved your Marsha reference, am I correct in assuming you mean Marsha of Brady fame? I love to see other people’s travel photos and this post is full of real gems! #farawayfiles

    1. oregongirlaroundtheworld

      Haha – yes! Marsha, Marsha, Marsha! Fyn is definitely the middle sister in Denmark’s family. Cheers! Erin

  12. jphowze

    These places do look adorable. Also, appreciate your pronunciation lesson — I hate to go somewhere and mispronounce the name! #farawayfiles

    1. oregongirlaroundtheworld

      In Denmark – you’re pretty much sure to mispronounce most places! Danish is very difficult! Don’t worry – Danes speak many languages – so you are sure to find one way to communicate! Cheers, Erin

  13. (not sure if my previous comment went through)

    Coming from Asia, I would give anything to spend time in these gorgeous Danish towns! I can imagine fresh clean air, clean streets and beautiful environment 🙂 #farawayfiles

  14. So many great towns to explore – I do love those quaint seaside towns. I really would love to visit Denmark and am bookmarking this for inspiration when hopefully we do plan a trip. Thanks for hosting #FarawayFiles

  15. So on my last visit I really wanted to explore Denmark far away from Copenhagen but next time, I need to make sure to head to the capital again cause there seem to be so many gems in the region I haven’t been to. Roskilde, Dragør, Helsingør and Hillerød all seem absolutely charming!

    1. oregongirlaroundtheworld

      I think you would love them all for different reasons Vanessa! I get the desire to explore more than the capital – it gets a lot of credit for most travelers time in Denmark (and not without cause!) but it happens!

  16. You have a knack for seeking perfect little towns out Erin! Kerteminde is my favourite from this list. I think we’ll need a lifetime to explore Denmark, let alone the world!

  17. How far is Dragor to Copenhagen? Yes, you have convinced me to visit Denmark…these little towns and villages are gorgeous! I love the looks of the seaside towns too, especially Lokken. Oh, so many beautiful places in that part of the world!

  18. That’s it – I’m moving to Denmark! How amazing are these gorgeous little seaside towns. I love the painted buildings, the seafood, an occasional castle on the hill and of course the lifestyle. It all looks so idyllic. #FarawayFiles

    1. oregongirlaroundtheworld

      Both are so awesome – but Skagen is on the opposite side of Denmark from Copenhagen – just keep that in mind! Cheers, Erin

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