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From Copenhagen, a regional train will take you on the 30-minute journey north to Humlebæk, a 16th century fishing village. While the town itself is somewhat unremarkable (though it offers peace and quiet), the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, a mere 10-15-minute walk, ensures that it is definitely worth a visit.
Situated in an old park with beautiful views, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art holds an extensive collection of modern and contemporary art, and hosts several major exhibitions a year. With cafes, shops, and the option to sit in the park among the sculptures, the museum has grown immensely popular and with trains from Copenhagen leaving every 20-minutes, requires little planning to sample its delights.
From Humlebæk, you can continue on the same train all the way to Elsinore (Helsingør, in Danish). Elsinore was once a royal outpost that since fell on hard times. However, it is now gaining recognition for a number of new attractions, as well as its appeal as a historical, nautical town.
While this may be reason enough to visit Elsinore, the town’s main attraction is the Kronborg Castle, a renaissance-era edifice that was home to that most famous of Danish princes - Hamlet. Yes, Kronborg Castle is the setting of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, and now hosts throes of visitors, all eager to experience this piece of literary history for themselves.
Speaking of castles, why not visit perhaps the most beautiful example of its kind in Denmark? Frederiksborg Castle, built during the renaissance, is situated in Hillerød, north of Copenhagen, and is surrounded by a lake and beautiful gardens.
Its stunning surroundings and hugely impressive architecture have made Frederiksborg a tourist favourite, and can be easily reached on the S-Tog train from Copenhagen, so there really is no excuse for missing it.
If you’ve had enough of taking in the culture, or it’s simply a hot day and you feel like kicking back, why not head to the beach? The waters of the Øresund region are crystal clear, and the area is easily reachable by the S-Tog, just hop off at Klampenborg and enjoy the white sand of Bellevue Beach.
Only 10km away from Copenhagen, and situated next to the picturesque fishing village of Tårbæk, Bellevue Beach is definitely worth a visit for those who’d like to swap the cobbles under their feet, for warm sand between their toes.
While in Øresund, you should be sure to check out the architectural wonder that is the Øresund Bridge.
The 16km combined railway and motorway bridge sees all trains to Malmö in Sweden run over it, stopping at Copenhagen Airport on the way. Made famous by the Scandi-crime drama The Bridge, it’s a sheer feat of engineering worth marveling at.
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image credit: Robert Montgomery