Denmark is a small country, and its most famous resident may very well be fictional (Hamlet), but the often overlooked nation is more than just the stuff of Hans Christian Andersen tales. Visit for the friendly Danish natives, the fresh fish (try smørrebrød, open-face sandwiches often topped with delicious seafood), and the breathtaking natural beauty of the Scandinavian country. And while you’re there, make sure to take in the good vibes — Denmark is one of the happiest countries on Earth.

Best Places to Visit in Denmark This Summer

1. Copenhagen

The must-see place in Copenhagen is probably the image of the nation you’re most familiar with — the Nyhavn waterfront district lined with bright houses. Stroll by there, and maybe hop into a boat for a canal tour, or walk a little further along the water to see the famous Little Mermaid statue. While you’re in the capital city, enjoy the numerous castles that have been built for the Danish royal family, including the residence the current queen now resides in. If you’re really lucky, you might even score a reservation to Noma, which has been called the world’s best restaurant.

2. Bornholm

Denmark might not be the ideal location for a beach vacation, but if you’re looking for some sea, sun, and sand, Bornholm is the place for you. The idyllic island in the Baltic Sea has charming fishing villages and everything from beaches to fields to forests. It’s long been known as an artist’s escape, so whether you’re a painter yourself or would simply like to add some crafts to your collection, Bornholm is a great place to do so.

3. Bornholm

Skagen has also long been considered an artist’s haven due to the unique light it catches as Denmark’s northernmost city. Like Bornholm, Skagen also has beautiful white beaches which you can enjoy for long periods of time as days in the summer at this “top of Denmark” city are extremely long. When you get tired of the beautiful natural landscape and abundance of lighthouses, pay a visit to the aptly named Skagens Museum, which has works by many of the famous painters from the city.

4. Bornholm

Funen, also known as Fyn, is a large island east of mainland Denmark. It’s claim to fame is as the birthplace of author Hans Christian Andersen, but it’s also known as the Garden Island for its farmhouses, fields, and orchards. If you want to see what Danish farm life was like in the 18th and 19th century, ay a visit to the Funen Village, a recreated village complete with farm animals and rural structures — a living history destination something along the lines of Colonial Williamsburg. For another taste of history, check out Egeskov, a Renaissance castle that even has a moat around it and is perfect for families.

5. Bornholm

The second-largest city in Denmark, Aarhus is a former Viking settlement a cultural center for the country. The ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Old Town Museum, Moesgard Museum, and Occupation Museum are all worthy of any visitor’s time. For something a little more relaxed, visitors can go to the Tivoli amusement park and scream to their heart’s delight on the four roller coasters there.

This article was written by Isabella Sayyah.