8 reasons why you should explore beyond Copenhagen

With everything from stunning nature to world-famous castles - and even a different country - just a short train ride or drive away, the reasons to go beyond Copenhagen are many. Here are eight of our favourite ones.

#1 To channel your inner VikingThe Viking Ship Museum, Roskilde | Martin Heiberg

The Viking Ship Museum is the only place in the world where you can go sailing in an actual Viking boat (the sailing season is from May 1 to September 30). It's located in the historic city of Roskilde, just 30 minutes west of Copenhagen by train.

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#2 To go 63 million years back in timeFaxe Quarry

The limestone quarry at Faxe is the biggest man-made excavation in Denmark, and contains fossils and chalk that go back 63 million years. Plus, it's only an hour's drive outside of the city centre.

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#3 To enjoy island life and rocky shoresCoast of Bornholm

Bornholm is a cherished holiday destination among Danes only a 35 minutes flight from Copenhagen. With its rocky shores and dramatic nature, the island is truly a different kind of Denmark.

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#4 To admire the most famous Danish castle of them allKronborg Castle

Kronborg is arguably the most famous Danish castle of them all - for which it probably owes a lot to a certain English playwright and the role of the castle in his seminal 'Hamlet' play. More than 400 years later, it's still there in all its glory - and totally worth the 40 minute train ride North of Copenhagen to the old harbour town of Elsinore, where its located.

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#5 To visit another countryMalmö

One of the perks of being a small country with a well-functioning public transport system is that you can get from A to B quite quickly - even if 'B' means another country. This is where Malmö, Copenhagen's 'little brother' and main city of Southern Sweden, comes in. Taking just 30 minutes from Copenhagen by train, the trip does require a passport, as there is a temporary border control in Sweden.

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#6 To find out what a beach looked like in the 1950sRaageleje Beach

Rågeleje Beach is located on the northern tip of Sealand, and is home to these impossibly retro-looking, candy-striped beach houses. The beach and its surrounding areas are some of the most well-preserved in Denmark. 

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#7 To see where the Danish royals go huntingThe Royal Hermitage - photo by Kim Wyon

Apart from serving as the official hunting grounds for the royal family of Denmark, The Deer Park is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. It's located just north of Copenhagen, and is reachable by train in just 15 minutes from the city.

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#8 To find these wooden giantsOne of the Six Forgotten Giants in the woods outside Copenhagen

In the woods of six suburban municipalities West of Copenhagen city, artist Thomas Dambo built his impressive wooden giants from scrap wood to get locals out and enjoy these beautiful nature spots. You should do the same.

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Vikings on Roskilde Fjord | VisitCopenhagen

Guide: The Vikings' Roskilde

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