Top attractions in Copenhagen Countryside
Take a closer look at the top attractions that Copenhagen Countryside has to offer.
Dragsholm Castle is one of Denmark's oldest castles and has stood on the beautiful Odsherred peninsula for more than 800 years, as wars have raged, noblemen and women have been married in the castle church and prominent prisoners led over the castle courtyard.
Today, Dragsholm Castle is open to the public as a hotel with 41 double rooms, three acclaimed restaurants, one with a Michelin star, and a church for weddings and services. The ambition remains to welcome guests with a total experience. The art is to preserve and convey the historical authenticity and the character of the region, while also bringing the castle and its cultural history into the 21st century's functionality and aesthetic.
Experience the Viking Age. Visit King Harald Bluetooth’s best fortified castle from the year 980 and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Tude Ådal. Listen to the fascinating history of the castle and see how the world of the Vikings was a 1000 years ago. Try some of the fun and exciting activities during the yearly Viking Festival, for example - make Viking food, mold your own jewelry, shoot with a Viking longbow or join the popular warfare training.
Viking Ship Museum
Feel the presence of history when you stand before the five original Viking ships that bear witness to war, trade and sea voyages to distant places.
The Viking Ship Museum focuses on the Vikings' maritime craftsmanship and their impressive ships.
Follow the work in the Boatyard, visit the large boat collection in the Museum Harbour and try your hand at Viking crafts.
From May 1st to September 30th, you can sail out on Roskilde Fjord every day and experience what it was like to be a Viking on board one of the Viking Ship Museum’s traditional Nordic boats, which are the direct descendants of Viking ships.
Land of Legends
Land of Legends was founded in 1964 to create new knowledge of the past through experiments. Land of Legends in Lejre is a unique, beautiful and exciting excursion destination with houses and environments from the Stone Age, Iron Age and Viking times. There is also open workshops and breeding of old animal races.
In the Land of Legends you can explore the ancient landscapes, houses, gardens and workshops, gather knowledge from Viking women, Iron Age men, Stone Age hunters and craftsmem. You can also stand face to face with bulls, boars, sheep, goats and geese, let the children have fun in the Båldalen, where they can sail tribal boats, paint flour, chop firewood beside other things and lastly you can meet scientists and craftsmen in their work to create new explanations and interpretations of the past
The Naturepark Aamosen in West Sealand extends from the Great Belt to the Great Aamose between Sorø and Kalundborg. The nature park contains stories from all of Danish history and lots of nature experiences at Tissø. There are several bird towers in the nature park and the opportunity to experience sea eagles, kingfishers and cranes.
Also visit Fugledegård at Tissø, where there are plenty of nature experiences for everyone. Fugledegård is also on the hiking or cycling route called Sjællandsleden.
Nature Park Åmosen was the first nature park to receive the Danish Nature Parks brand.
Geopark Odsherred has been admitted as Denmark’s very first Geopark to the International and UNESCO subsidized Global Geoparks Network.
The Odsherred Peninsula landscape, situated about 100 kilometers west of Copenhagen, was formed only 17.000 years ago during the latter part of the Weichselian era. The Odsherred arches are key localities to understanding the principles of glacial landscape formations from this period. They are also a classic geomorphological example of glacial depressions, end moraines and melt-water flood plains. The glacial series of Odsherred, with its variety of distinct shapes, is surrounded by the sea to the east, north and west.
Geopark Odsherred also works with sustainable (social, environmental and economic) business development. This applies not only to tourism, but also to the development of new products and concepts. For example, the development of local foods, which is the result of the special conditions (soil, climate and location).
Several wineries have great success with the production of quality wines, eg Vejhøj Vingaard with its south-facing slopes has the optimal conditions for growing and producing wines. Guided tours and tastings can be arranged.
Dansk Tang (Danish Seaweed) also springs from the landscape of the area. Here, for example, seaweed safaris and other bespoke events are offered for business.
Both the wildly growing and locally produced are introduced, used and served at the Wild Kitchen. From here you can also arrange trips for groups with Silva Danica, where in addition to walks in the countryside, wild herbs, berries, mushrooms and more are harvested.
See also Natur Kok which also offers tours where teambuilding and wild game food are the focal point.
At the top of the Sealand Alps and overlooking the Lammefjord is Denmark's largest observatory Brorfelde Observatory.
Brorfelde Observatory was in the period 1953-1996 a vibrant workplace for astronomers, students, artisans and other staff. They were all so absorbed in their occupation that they stood there night after night, driven by curiosity and quest for knowledge of the heavens.
Later, as technology was digitized, the world-famous telescope construction on Brorfelde became less necessary, and the place closed in 1996.
In 2016 - 20 years later - the doors fortunately opened again, for a new discovery center focusing on astronomy, geology, engineering and biology, explored each day by schoolchildren, companies, associations, families and many others.
Brorfelde is open to schools and companies on weekdays and is open to all curious souls every weekend, where you can hear the center's magnificent past and exciting development.
Roskilde Cathedral UNESCO World Heritage Site
Experience an architectural masterpiece, where 1000 years of Danish history lies buried under beautifully decorated vaults and in dark crypts. You can explore the entire Danish Royal history in one place with the tombs of 40 kings and queens. The Cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage site – just 25 minutes by train from Copenhagen Central Station.
Roskilde Cathedral has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995. With its many unique royal chapels, the Cathedral reflects the changing European architectural history across 800 years and is an early Scandinavian Gothic cathedral built in bricks.