Interrail in Denmark: a country guide 🇩🇰

Interrail in Denmark: the ultimate country guide 🇩🇰

Beautiful architecture

Excellent food

Fascinating history

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Denmark overview

Denmark is easily one of the most beautiful holiday destinations in the world. Linked to its neighbour Sweden by way of the Oresund Bridge, it has quaint coastal towns, incredible architecture and delicious cuisine to indulge in. 

With so much to see and do in Denmark, you could easily spend a weekend or more exploring it. Whether you spend your time strolling the cobbled streets of Copenhagen, tucking into a  Smørrebrød (open-faced sandwich) in Aarhus or heading further afield to one of its five national parks, you won’t be lost for activities. 

It’s also the perfect getaway for those wanting to interrail due to the inexpensive and very accessible public transport. Often hailed as one of the easiest places to get around by train, you can buy your tickets online or at the train stations on the day of travel. So whether you explore Denmark on its own through the One Country Pass, or add it onto a trip across multiple European countries (which the Global Pass is perfect for!) you can enjoy flexible travelling without breaking the bank. 

Even though it’s the smallest Scandinavian country, it consists of an incredible 1,419 islands – 78 of which are inhabited and have a population of over 5 million. It also has a changeable climate due to its location, with low temperatures in the winter months and mild weather in the summer. 

So what are the top cities that you should visit when interrailing in Denmark? Here is a list of our favourite four to help you plan your unforgettable trip. 

The top 4 cities to visit in Denmark


Denmark’s breathtaking capital, Copenhagen is visited by over 3 million tourists per year, and it’s not hard to see why. From the moment you arrive at Copenhagen Central Station, you’ll be in awe of its beauty. Situated on the coastal islands of Amager and Zealand, it’s a favourite of interrailers due to its captivating scenery and abundance of attractions. 

For example, Nyhavn. A 17th-century waterfront located in the east of the city, it has pastel-hued houses, bars, cafes and restaurants. With a buzzing atmosphere, it embodies Copenhagen’s beauty at its finest. It also features a building that was once home to the beloved fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen and a harbour that canal tours frequently go from. 

Another top attraction in the city is Tivoli Gardens. A charming amusement park, it’s over 175 years old. Perfect for all ages, not only does it have one of the world’s oldest wooden rollercoasters, but beautiful architecture, quaint shops and awe-inspiring scenery. Even though it’s not the cheapest to get into (with adult tickets just under £20), it will be one of the most unique amusement parks that you’re ever going to visit.

Arguably the most iconic attraction to come out of Copenhagen is the Little Mermaid statue. A bronze statue created by Danish sculptor Edvard Eriksen, it depicts a mermaid sitting on a rock looking out towards the sea. Located by the waterside of the Langelinie promenade, it’s a top attraction for anyone visiting the city due to the popularity of the story. 

If you’re looking for a bite to eat during your trip to Copenhagen, then why not stop off at the Lille Bakery? Once a warehouse, this magnificent building is now home to a bakery that offers delicious Danish pork sausage rolls, fresh fish and homemade bread. 

Alternatively, you might want to indulge in a refreshing tipple. Although there are plenty of bars and cafes to choose from, a favourite of both tourists and locals alike is Den Vandrette. A cosy, candlelit wine bar situated just round the corner from Nyhavn, it has a wide selection of natural wines to choose from; as well as mouth-watering Nordic delights such as scallops and smoked celeriac.

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The largest city on the Jutland peninsula, Aarhus is a hidden gem. A mixture of modern and historic architecture, the variety of things to do here makes it a popular place to visit by both Danish natives and tourists. Just under three hours away from Copenhagen by train, it’s well worth the trip for anyone looking for the vibe of Copenhagen, without the busyness of the capital. 

An elegant mix of small- town charm and a bustling city, it has a collection of sumptuous restaurants, vibrant bars and numerous attractions to keep you busy. One of the most popular places to live in Denmark due to the variety on offer here, it’s a must-see for those interrailing around the country. It also has a lively cultural scene, with world-class museums such as the Moesgaard, ARoS and Den Gamle By. 

The latter being one of the most popular attractions in the city. Den Gamle By is a large open-air museum showcasing what Danish life looked like in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. An interactive experience, there are 75 historic buildings to see and a large cast of actors retelling the social history of the era.

On the other end of the spectrum is ARoS. Dating back to 1859, it’s one of Europe’s largest art museums. In its nine exhibition spaces, there is an extensive selection of 19th Century Danish works and several temporary exhibitions showcasing architecture, film, sculpture and more. There’s even a rainbow-coloured circular viewing platform boasting incredible views of the city. 

And finally, the Tivoli Friheden. Located within the Marselisborg Forest, this extraordinary amusement park has 44 rides including four rollercoasters, a 5D cinema, and several restaurants to enjoy. Offering something for everyone, this huge amusement park should be on your list of things to do when in Aarhus. 

If you get peckish throughout your time in Aarhus, there is a range of both international and native restaurants for you to try. For the former, head over to Burger Boom. Located in the heart of the city, it’s affordable and the perfect spot to refuel after a day of exploring. 

Alternatively, if you’re feeling like something a little more authentic, then Restaurant Klokken is ideal. With beautiful decor and a cosy atmosphere, this Danish restaurant might have a small menu but every dish on it is delectable.


The third largest city in Denmark, Odense is full of culture and history. The birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen, the fairytale-like feel to the city makes it feel like you’re stepping back in time. 

With characterful streets, friendly locals and a unique list of attractions to take delight in, you won’t run out of things to see there. It’s also only 167km from Copenhagen and less than 2 hours from Aarhus, making it a great place to visit for a day or several throughout your Danish getaway.

So what are the top things to see and do there? Well, firstly there are several flea markets that pop up all around the city. Although this might not initially seem like it should be a top attraction, the variety of things they have on offer at them makes it a great activity to do for those with all budgets and tastes. 

For those looking for something a little more traditional, you can visit the Old Town in the east of the city. Dating back to medieval times, this beautifully-preserved neighbourhood has cobbled streets and colourful houses that are Instagram worthy.  

And last but not least is Hans Christian Andersen’s house. A small, yellow house in the city, it’s now a museum dedicated to the beloved writer that tells the story of Andersen’s treasured tales including the Ugly Duckling and The Little Mermaid that’s surrounded by enchanting gardens. 

Food-wise there’s lots to choose from, from Restaurant Flammen (a popular steakhouse), to the more casual Eydes Gastro Pub. No matter whether you have a craving for Danish, Japanese, French or another type of cuisine, Odense is abundant with options.

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The final Danish destination we recommend you visit is Skagen. This magical coastal town is located at the north of the Jutland peninsula. Busiest during the summer due to its picturesque beach and mild climate, this port town has a relaxed feel that gives off a different vibe to the hustle and bustle of Copenhagen.

The ultimate place to visit for art lovers due to its museum and distinct trademark house paint (‘Skagen yellow’), the beauty of the town makes it easy to see why so many artists made it their muse. And for those history buffs, the Local History Archive is well worth a trip. Set within the former courthouse, it illustrates the maritime history of the town. 

If you’re looking for a relaxing activity during your trip to Skagen, then you could alternatively head over to the stunning Grenen Beach in the northeastern outskirts of the town. About an hour’s walk from its centre, this beach not only offers natural beauty, but gives you the opportunity to see WWII bunkers during your walk along it.

In the centre of Skagen, there are lots of different eateries and bars to frequent during your stay. For example, there’s Highway 66, an American diner that’s guaranteed to whet the appetite. Or for those that love seafood, Skagen Fiskerestaurant will tantalise the tastebuds. 

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Sweden 🇸🇪

Travel between Copenhagen and Malmö in under one hour by train. Stay on the train for another 4 hours 30 minutes and you'll reach Stockholm.

Germany 🇩🇪

Get to neighbouring Germany very easily, with regular direct trains running between Copenhagen and Hamburg. On some routes, your train will board a ferry!

Norway 🇳🇴

The easiest way to travel between Denmark and Norway is by ferry, with regular connections running between Copenhagen and Oslo.

Netherlands 🇳🇱

It's possible to travel from Copenhagen to Amsterdam in one travel day. A connection in Hamburg will see you setting off in the morning and arriving in Amsterdam in the evening.

Which Interrail pass do I need to travel around Denmark?

Interrail Global Pass

The only travel pass that lets you ride on trains in 33 different countries and discover over 40,000 destinations. Available in 1st or 2nd class.
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Interrail Denmark Pass

Explore the whole of Denmark with this country-wide Interrail pass. 3 day, 4 day, 5 day, 6 day, 8 day passes available.

Do I need to make train seat reservations in Denmark?

Reservations are required for SJ high-speed trains, InterCityExpress trains (to and from Germany), and SJ Euronight trains. 

Reservations aren’t required on InterCity (IC), EuroCity (EC) or InterCityLyn (ICL) trains but it is recommended for longer journeys during busier periods.

Where to stay in Denmark

Woodah Boutique Hostel - Copenhagen

This hostel is on a mission to become one of the leading boutique hostels in the world. They are a small, family owned boutique hostel in the heart of Copenhagen. Offering Japanese-style pods for added privacy in the dorm rooms.

Book1 Design Hostel - Aarhus

Located 5 minutes' walk from Aarhus Art Museum, this hostel offers a great atmosphere with buzzing social areas to meet other travellers. Very cleverly designed rooms to make the most efficient use of space, complete with lockers operated with your room key. And, there's even a sauna!

Danhostel City - Odense

Danhostel Odense City is located in the former Park Hotel next to Odense Banegårds Center (the bus and train station), with views of the Royal gardens. All dorms have private en-suites as well as luggage lockers. 24 hour check-in by just swiping your credit card.

Skagen Bo Godt Kirkevej - Skagen

Conveniently located in Skagen, close to the central harbour area with the train station and a big supermarket close by. Each room comes with a kitchenette so you can cook your own meals and save money. In a quiet area that doesn't feel too touristy so you can enjoy Skagen as a nice, relaxing stop on your Interrail trip.

Events in Denmark

Copenhagen Light Festival

Copenhagen's February gloom is illuminated by the Copenhagen Light Festival. International and Danish artists create the festival's light art. Copenhagen is one of the darkest cities in Europe so is the perfect setting for these poetic, temporary spaces. The festival takes place across Copenhagen but with a particular focus on the harbour, canals, and inner-city squares.

Aarhus Festival

For 10 days every street and alley, club, stage, gallery, and museum in Aarhus swarm with art and entertainment where renowned traditions flourish side by side with the new and unexpected. Each year in August, the festival has a theme serving as a frame for the more than 1000 different events and 100 venues. The events vary widely and cover all aspects of art and culture.

Hans Christian Andersen Festival - Odense

Every year in late August, Odense comes alive for a week as part of a celebration of the city's most famous son, Hans Christian Andersen, with more than 500 cultural and musical events and activities for people of all ages.

Skagen Festival

Skagen Festival is Denmark's oldest music festival having been held each summer since 1971. The annual event takes place on a number of stages in Skagen in the far north of Jutland over the first weekend of July.

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