Now for sightseeing farther afield. There is a good four-day tour called “The Fairy Tale Tour,” for approximately $80, which covers most of the places described below. You can have it adapted to suit your time and travel plans beyond Denmark. Or you can go on your own. The Danish Tourist Office or travel agencies will be glad to help you plan it.
You can also visit southern Sweden on a one-day tour from Copenhagen. Aarhus . Denmark’s second largest city is Aarhus. Located on the Jutland peninsula, overnight by boat from Copenhagen or 6 hours by train. The Town Hall is striking, ultra-modern; the cathedral, part Romanesque, part Gothic. The University is beautifully situated in an extensive park. The open-air museum is very interesting.
The deer parks and wood of Riiskov preserves are wonderful. The leading hotel in Aarhus is the Royal, but the Ritz and Regina are both up to date. Thirty-one miles from Aarhus is Silkeborg, resort center of the Jutland region. In the heart of the lake district, Silkeborg is a charming little town. The sailing is great, the beaches are lovely, and fishing is also very popular. Travel through the crystal lakes in shiny little lake steamers. The good hotel in Silkeborg is the Dania. Rates average around a dollar a day.
Odense … is an enchanting city, the capital of the Island of Funen, second largest in Denmark. It is the fairy-tale Land of Hans Christian Andersen. Andersen was born in Odense and his house has become a museum, open to the public daily. The thirteenth-century Gothic church is one of the most delightful in Denmark. See the Funen Village, an open-air museum of Danish peasant life. It looks like something out of Andersen. The zoo is also very interesting. Excursions can be made among the lovely rolling hills. Quaint thatched farm houses and picture-book scenery abound. The Grand Hotel in Odense is superb.
Town Hall Square in the cosmopolitan city of Copenhagen, often ten called the “city of spires.”