Zealand, Denmark: A Visual Oasis
Zealand in Denmark is the easternmost island of the nation, and coincidentally, the most populous.
In Zealand, you will find a rich panorama of Viking, Medieval, and Renaissance architecture. Fun is also a part of Zealand life with expansive beaches, great amusement parks, and cuisine that seems to evolve from city to town to country.
Copenhagen, the capital city of Denmark, was written into legend long ago by Hans Christian Anderson. Repeatedly nominated as the most livable and sustainable city in the world, Copenhagen is the only city that has accomplished a neutral carbon footprint. Bicycle paths permeate the town and are the principal means of transportation. For visitors who do not enjoy cycling, the major attractions of the city are within an easy walk of each other.
Beginning at the shores of the Baltic Sea, you can stroll along the Langelinie Pier to see the famous bronze and granite sculpture of the “Little Mermaid,” a gift to the city over a hundred years ago that was inspired by Anderson’s fairy tale.
After viewing this charming piece of Denmark’s history, take the family the short distance to the Tivoli Gardens—an elegant amusement park with exotic rides that mirror the surrounding architecture and wonderous gardens that mark Denmark as the place to go. Have a brief snack in one of the numerous parks before venturing around the next bend.
Nyhavn, the location where Anderson wrote many of his tales, is next along this short trail. After your Tivoli snack, the 20-minute walk to Nyhavn brings you the colorful houses, multi-colored terraced townhouses, and magnificent Swedish boats you see so often in photographs of Copenhagen. Nyhavn developed into the entertainment center of Copenhagen with little theaters, posh movie parks, and intersection sidewalk performers.
Wandering on brings you and yours to the world-famous architecture found on Stroget Street. Here you find high-end fashion shops and small chocolate and other goodie stores side-by-side, nestled along the street under the soaring heights of steeples. Lunching here offers a variable cuisine in Danish restaurants like the Noma which was voted the best restaurant in the world in 2014.
After the lively atmosphere of Copenhagen, North Zealand is the place for the family to relax and enjoy the scenic views, and history that makes up historical Denmark. Often called the Danish Riviera, North Zealand offers a kaleidoscope of beaches where a family can wander, envision Viking ships sailing across the horizon, and grip the golden sand with bare toes.
Castles abound along the shoreline of the Baltic. Shakespeare identified one as Hamlet’s home - Elsinore Castle. Yes, these Castles have been around for centuries and most, like Kronborg Castle - the real name of Elsinore Castle - are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Visiting these castles offers incredible views of the surrounding area.
At the “Falkonergården” falconers have taken up the old Danish tradition of training hawks for hunting. Visitors can experience falcons swoop from great heights at a speed of up to 300 kilometres an hour to grab the lure. Also the Ferruginous hawk and the Stepp eagle are trained just above the heads of the visitors, so you can feel the strength of these birds.
If you are looking for some free attractions then visit the old grocery store and museum in Karlslunde, only 30 minutes south of Copenhagen. The beautiful area offers lots of things to do and look at and it is a great day trip for you and your family.
Family activities like these abound in Zealand, Denmark. You cannot possibly take in the Island in a day. Thus, renting a holiday home in Zealand from which to base your excursions, offers the opportunity to discover the area's possibilities.
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