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One month until we leave for Copenhagen

We are now counting down the days, instead of the months, until we leave. We have plane tickets and a place to stay in Copenhagen. Beyond that we need your help if possible.

map of denmark and parts of germany and sweden

I will be teaching in Copenhagen on Mondays and Wednesdays which means that we will have four-day weekends in which to explore areas beyond Copenhagen. The plan is to spend one of those weekends in Sweden (close to Denmark–not Stockholm), another in Germany (close to Denmark–not Munich, Frankfurt, or even Berlin), and we may spend the others in different parts of Denmark. After Denmark we will be flying to Paris for five days.

Do any of you have any specific recommendations for places to stay (or avoid!) including town names and lodgings given the above parameters? We’ll probably stay two nights on our weekend trips to other parts of Denmark, Germany, and Sweden, and we need a place for five nights on our Paris trip.

Any help, suggestions, or past experiences that you have had would be much appreciated!

3 Responses to “One month until we leave for Copenhagen”

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    If you rent a car, you can reach all parts of Denmark in about 4-5 hours.

    Skagen – the northernmost city in Denmark is a great place. But you should probably book a room ahead, because it is very popular in the summer. On the way you can see the west coast of Jutland and maybe visit Legoland – the LEGO theme park.

    You can find logging at Hotels Combined ( for most parts of Denmark.

    But there are also many great places close to Copenhagen. Roskilde (about 40 kilometres west of Copenhagen) has a museum with Viking ships, a very impressive church (where the kings and queens are buried) and just outside the city a kind of “theme park”, where you can experience the life in the Stone Age.

    Lonely Planet’s “Denmark” is a great book for more inspiration.

  2. 2

    Is renting a car (4 people), including gas, less expensive than taking the train? Can I drive in Denmark with a U.S. drivers license?

  3. 3

    I don’t think there is a problem driving in Denmark with a U.S. License.

    It is expensive to rent a car in Denmark (and it is a lot smaller than the one you will have in U.S.) – but on the other hand it is not cheap to take the train either. And some places is a little complicated to get to by train (but there will always be a bus, so it is not impossible).

    Remeber if you are going to Jutland, you have to pay to use the bridge (about $40 each way).

    All the large car renting agencies are represented in Denmark. For prices check e.g. AVIS.