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Many feeder lines for the principal train line in eastern Jutland are now operated by British company Arriva. Other small rail lines are operated by other companies. Eurail passes are valid on all DSB and Arriva trains. Danish trains are very comfortable, very modern and very expensive. To ensure on-time departure, the doors of the trains are closed and locked in stages between one minute and 15 seconds before scheduled departure time. Tickets can be purchased at station ticket offices, from vending machines in the stations valid for travel only on date of purchase and with time stamp and via DSB's website.
Most trains have V power outlets. Wi-Fi service is available on most trains between Copenhagen and Aalborg. Internet access is included on first class tickets and on standard class 7 hours access can be bought for 29 DKK with a credit card.
If you are not travelling on a rail pass, try asking for a Orange ticket, these are a limited number of heavily discounted tickets that are available on most departures. They are often sold out way in advance, but it never hurts to ask - and you do need to ask, in order to get the discount. All trips with trains and local buses can be scheduled electronically through Rejseplanen.
Ordinary InterCity trains are generally less crowded, and the time difference is often negligible on trips of an hour or less. The only way get to most of the smaller islands is by ferry. There are 55 domestic ferry routes in the country. The two most important ferry companies are Nordic Ferry  and Mols Linien . Ferries are the best way to get to Bornholm , a Danish island in the Baltic Sea, although it also can be reached by plane.
Since the opening of the bridge to Sweden, the easiest route from Copenhagen to Bornholm is by train and then ferry from Ystad. Driving in Denmark between cities is very easy, with well-maintained roads everywhere. Danes generally drive by the rules, but may not be very helpful to other drivers in ceding right of way, etc. Touring Denmark by car can be a wonderful experience and highly recommended. It is marked by brown signs with the white Marguerite Daisy flower and is also marked on most roadmaps. Speeding occurs frequently, especially on motorways, though recent years dedicated effort by the Danish police on speeding, has made more people aware of speed limits.
Headlights must be switched on when driving at all times and dipped during sun hours , regardless of weather conditions or whether it is a night or day, so switch them on. Though required under law, little use is made of indicators on roundabouts, so generally if the car isn't indicating it is leaving the roundabout, give way as it is invariable going round.
When changing between lanes on motorways use of turn signals prior to- and during the lane change is mandatory. On open roads, especially those with an accompanying cycle path, expect drivers turning right to come to an almost dead stop to check that they are not cutting in front of a cyclist, even if there is no way even an Olympic cyclist could appear from nowhere on an entirely cycle free horizon. Denmark allow drivers to have 0. Watch out for the bicycles in the cities, especially when turning across bicycle lanes, the bicycles always have right of way.
Special care should be taken at Roundabouts! Cyclists in general seem suicidal to drivers from other countries, as they will not look, or slow down if turning onto the road in front of you. After sun hours, lights on bikes seem to be voluntary - especially in the bigger cities - even though it is in fact compulsory. You must always carry your driving license, vehicle registration document, and certificate of motor insurance in the car.
It is compulsory to have a Warning triangle in the car, and to use it if you experience breakdowns on highways or on regular roads where you are not able to move your car out of the way.
The road signs in Europe differ substantially to those e. The warning signs are triangular but have symbols that should be understandable. These are some European signs that could need explanation for foreign visitors. Ease of driving inside cities is a different story. Congestion in and around the major cities, especially during rush hours can be a trial for some people. If you are in your own car, it is wise to park it in a convenient central place and walk or use public transport, bike or taxi to get around the big cities.
The rules state that the hour hand should be set to the next "full" quarter hour. If you for instance arrive at PM at a parking space with 30 minutes parking you should set the parking disc to , and you will only be due back at your car at PM. Some places require a parking ticket from a nearby parking ticket vending machine to be placed in the car, in the lower right corner of the dash-board, readable from outside the car.
Some more modern parking ticket systems allow the purchase of parking tickets using text-messages from cell-phones, though this can be a very expensive affair from foreign numbers. The majority of the parking ticket vending machines, accepts international credit and debit cards, however this is still a large quantity that only accepts Danish national credit cards or coins. Note that in some areas - especially in the Copenhagen area - have multiple vending machines with different parking coverage.
In this case the coverage is indicated with a map on left or right side of the machine.
Be sure to check that the machine you purchase a ticket from, actually covers the area you have parked. Renting a car is a convenient, efficient and though relatively expensive way to explore Denmark, especially if you intend to visit more remote areas, where train and bus services may be less frequent.
Prices starts an approx. It is not uncommon for the car rental chains to require the drivers to be at the age of 21 or higher and require that payment be done with an international credit card. Be aware that Scandinavia is no exception to the widespread European scam of adding hidden charges to your car rental bill, and not including services like auto assistance.
Carefully read the rental agreement before you accept your car. If possible renting a car in Sweden just across the Sound from Copenhagen and Elsinore or Germany just south of the border in Jutland can be an economically sound move. Car rentals in Sweden and Germany are less than half the price of Danish rentals and mostly comes with free mileage. Remember to check if the rent allow for driving in Denmark and what auto assistance is included.
If you need auto assistance, you should generally inquire with your insurance company, as they will usually have made arrangements with a local company. Biking in Denmark is, in general, safe and easy. Drivers are used to bikes everywhere, and all major cities have dedicated, curbed bike lanes along the main streets.
Denmark is quite flat, but can be windy, cold or wet on a bike. Bikes are generally allowed on trains separate ticket sometimes needed. Official marked routes across the country can be found on this page: . It is quite easy to hitchhike in Denmark. People who pick up hitchhikers usually speak English. Destination boards are recommended. For safety reasons, it is illegal to hitchhike on the expressways, so it is better to use the on ramps and service areas.
When crossing by ferry, try to get into a car that already paid for the ticket. If you hitchhike from the southern part of Denmark direction from Hamburg or Kiel, Germany , and continue in direction to Copenhagen, make sure the driver doesn't stop in Kolding. If he does, ask him to stop at the last gas station before Kolding. On the Kolding expressway crossing there is no place to hitchhike and it is one of the worst places in Europe for hitchhikers. Scandinavian Airlines  and Norwegian  operate domestic routes, both of them either from or to Copenhagen Airport. There are no domestic routes between regional airports.
Since most of the country's airports were built as military airfields during the Second World War, they are often inconveniently located far from town centers, which as a general rule make train travel nearly as fast from town center to town center for destinations less than 3 hours by train from Copenhagen.
For destinations further afield, trains will often get you where you want to go a lot cheaper. But competition is heavy and it is sometimes possible to find plane tickets cheaper than the train if you book well ahead of your planned departure or can travel at off-peak hours.
This is especially true for the Copenhagen - Aalborg v. Some of the more remote islands, if there is any such thing in a country as small as Denmark, also sees regular taxi flights from Roskilde airport to their small airfields, on-board small propeller aircraft. These flights tend to be fairly expensive though, with the price hovering around DKK for a one way ticket.
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Denmark's national language is Danish Dansk , a member of the Germanic branch of the group of Indo-European languages, and within that family, part of the North Germanic, East Norse group. However its sound is more influenced by the guttural German language, rather than the lilting languages found to the north and understanding spoken Danish may be a trace more difficult to those who only speak Swedish or Norwegian. It is also more distantly related to Icelandic and Faroese, though spoken Danish is not mutually intelligible with these languages.
Danish school children start their English lessons in third grade, and regular English lessons continue until students finish high school, and many Danish university courses are fully or partially taught in English. In this regard, it is worth noting that Denmark is probably one of very few countries in the world where, as a foreigner, you get no extra points for trying to speak the native language, and Danes in general have very little patience with non-fluent speakers.
So except for a few words like Tak thank you or Undskyld excuse me , English-speakers are much better off just speaking English than fighting their way through a phrasebook. If you do try, and the person you are talking to immediately switches to English, don't feel bad as it is not meant to condescend or belittle, but rather to display an understanding of your predicament and to show you it is quite fine to have a conversation in English rather than the notoriously difficult Danish language.
Also of note, the Danish language has no equivalent to the English word "please" so at times it may seem as though Danes are rude when speaking English. Many Danes also speak German. It is widely spoken in areas that attract many tourists from Germany, i. Elsewhere in the country, many people prefer to avoid speaking it, even when they do have some command of the language, and you will have a hard time convincing anyone outside the tourist industry otherwise: this has nothing to do with history but is merely a result of the high fluency in English, making the locals less inclined to struggle through a language they are not entirely comfortable with.
In a pinch or emergency though, people will probably step up, and do their best to help. Vice versa, across the frontier, there is a small community of Danish speakers to be found in Germany. French is also spoken to some degree, as all Danish students have received at least three years of lessons in either German or French, but given the Danes' limited contact with the French language, fluency tends to be lagging. Foreign television programmes and films are almost always shown in their original language with subtitles.
Only children's programmes are dubbed into Danish, contributing to the Danes' excellent English skills. Though not well known to casual visitors Denmark is an island nation, with 72 inhabited islands and a further uninhabited ones. Apart from the well known blockbuster Bornholm , with its rich history, mystic round churches and links to the Knights Templar, many of the small islands are rarely visited by tourists, even though they make up for some of the country's most intriguing destinations. It is rich in biological diversity, with seals and an amazing range of birds, but also have some spectacular beaches and cute villages.
Similar experiences of enjoying the Danish nature can be found throughout the five recently established national parks . Much has happened since the Danes were wreaking havoc to much of Northern Europe, but the more peaceful modern version of the Danes still take immense pride in their Viking heritage. The most visual heritage is the burial mounds dotting the landscape everywhere in the country actually, most of these are from the earlier Bronze Age period , but there are a few attractions for the inclined to visit. Easiest and perhaps most interesting are the two museums near Roskilde , easily reached on a day trip from Copenhagen - the Viking ship museum is extraordinary with some well preserved ships and the Lejre Experimental Centre, a living history museum with a recreated Viking village.
Still on Zealand but a further west in Slagelse , is the remains of the once mighty Trelleborg Viking ring castle and some reconstructed long houses. In Jutland there is another ring castle ruin near Hobro , Fyrkat, and 9 reconstructed farmhouses. Further south is Jelling , home of a pair of massive carved runestones from the 10th century, one of them celebrating Denmark's conversion to Christianity - the end of the Viking age.
Still in the South, but along the West coast, Ribe the oldest city of Denmark is home to both a Viking Museum and a Viking experimental center. The National Museum in Copenhagen, also has a good collection of Viking artifacts. The city of Frederikssund holds an annual outdoors Viking play from the summer solstice and a few weeks forward.
Mainland Denmark has 3 world heritage sites; The Jelling rune stones date back to 's have been called "Denmark's Birth Certificate", testamenting to Denmark's conversion the Christianity around that time, it was erected by what is considered the first official king of Denmark, Gorm The Old, whose son is buried in another of the sights, Roskilde Cathedral, the first Gothic church in Northern Europe build of brick, and the final resting place for most Danish kings and queens ever since.
The third, and possibly most famous, is Kronborg castle in Elsinore , home of Shakespeare's Hamlet, prince of Denmark, but also an impressive castle in its own right, guarding the main route to the Baltic sea. Denmark is renowned for its design heritage made famous by well-known designers, architects and companies as such.
Architecture, furniture, industrial design in general, and the people behind it can be seen and explored many places throughout the country. Throughout Copenhagen and its surroundings, many examples of great Nordic architecture can be experienced. For excellent guiding and suggestions for architecture tours, see Danish Architecture Guide . And each summer, particularly the west coast of Jutland, is subjected a veritable invasion of more than 13 million German tourists, usually in the many vacation homes dotting the coast from north to south.
And while the weather can be tricky in Denmark, the beaches are world class, with unbroken white sand for miles to an end, if you are fortunate enough to run into sunny weather. Denmark has a long running and proud tradition in music festivals, dating back to the first Woodstock inspired Roskilde festival in , they have become an all important fixture of the Danish summer, and there is one to fit almost every age and music preference going on between June and August, and with very impressive attendances considering the country's size.
There are actually so many that listing each and everyone of them would be ridiculous, but some of the most important ones are:. Denmark is teeming with amusement parks, and indeed features some of the most famous in world; Copenhagen's Tivoli is one of the oldest of such parks in the world, and by Walt Disney's own admission a major source of inspiration for his own Disneyland. Also in Copenhagen, nestled among majestic beech trees Dyrehavsbakken is the worlds oldest operating amusement park, and both of these parks features some of the oldest still operating rollercoasters in the world dating back to and respectively, and both receiving the ACE Coaster Classic Award.
Just as famous is Legoland in Billund, the largest and the oldest of the now global franchise, with its spectacular miniature LEGO sceneries the star attraction, and a good selection of thrill rides to entertain kids. With its large coastline, Denmark offers ample opportunity for coastal fishing - this, however requires a permit  that is available from the official web site or all post offices at a rate of DKK 40 for a day, DKK for a week and DKK for a year. On the accompanying slip, however, you are immediately informed of the allowed seasons and allowed sizes of the most common species encountered on the Danish coastline.
Sea Trout is common, as is Cod and Plait, and save for a few inland fjords, water quality and thus fish populations are reasonable. As for freshwater fishing, Denmark offers a diverse number of streams and brooks no actual rivers, though , that host Salmon, Brown, Rainbow and Sea Trout in the season , and Grayling, as well as Pike, Perch and Roach, as do a number of inland lakes which also host Zander, Bream and Tench. Freshwater fishing is a bit more complicated than coastal fishing in Denmark, however, as there is a host of local communities presiding over the rights to fish in the specific waters, usually in agreement with the land owners where the waters are situated if they aren't owned by the state, but that also means that some stretches of a specific stream or brook may be off-limits, due to the land owner's ownership.
Regulations for seasons and sizes are mandated by the state, but prices and terms for permits are regulated by the communities. Local tourist offices are usually well informed and mostly allowed to sell permits, which may be daily, weekly, monthly or yearly. Lastly, there is a significant number of "Put-and-Take" facilities that doesn't require a permit as such, but where you purchase the right to fish for a number of hours, but where the owner of the facility guarantees that there are fish present - usually Rainbow Trout - but whereas many facilities are "self-serve" in the sense that you fill out a form and dump it, and the corresponding payment, in a post box, don't be surprised if the proprietor comes by at some time to ask if you are in luck, at the same time keeping track of the number and times of the forms, hours and payments that he has collected from the box.
Hunting in Denmark is done on the basis of land owners retaining the right to hunt on their premises and then, possibly renting it out to interested parties, keeping a close check on who hunts where and when. Thus, whereas it is relevant to note that a general hunting permit DKK ,- is required, hunting is almost exclusively done with people that you know, who have the hunting rights to the land in question, so if you want to go hunting in Denmark, you would most probably need to befriend a land owner or a friend of one beforehand. Note that Danish weapons legislation is extremely restrictive.
Generally any type of weapon is illegal to own or carry anywhere! There are exceptions for hunting and weapons clubs, but this requires a special permit, and outside the shooting area hunting grounds or club the weapon must be concealed and not loaded. Many types of knives are also illegal.
Weapon types which cannot be used for hunting or shooting contents - such as knuckles - are just outright illegal anytime and anywhere. The fine for carrying an illegal weapon, especially if it is ready to use, may be severe: A heavy fine and possibly some weeks in prison. Denmark is a haven for cyclists, and where ever you go you will be met by people riding their bikes; young and old, thick and thin, for transport, fun or the sports of it. Denmark is one of the countries in the world where bikes are the most widely used.
This also means that facilities for biking are good, making it more convenient and safe than many other places. But most importantly, the country is super flat and is perfect for biking around, being it in the city or the country side. So indulging in the culture is one of the best ways to connect with the Danish spirit as well as a great and easy way to explore pretty much every corner of the place.
A good place to start is here: . The large coastline makes Denmark an excellent place for surfing, especially wind- and kite-surfing. In many places it is easy to take classes for all levels of experience which makes for a lot of fun, and it is not even as cold as it may sound. In addition to the sea coasts, there are many inland rivers, creeks and lakes that make excellent opportunities for enjoying the waterways. Canoeing and Kayaking are popular activities and renting the equipment is usually a piece of cake.
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Along the popular rivers there are located camping spots, ranging from simple, free shelters to fully equipped, commercial sites, giving all kinds of opportunities from just a couple of hours of fun to a week of "water ways safari". The national currency is the Danish krone DKK, plural "kroner" and abbreviated "kr". In the more "touristy" shops in Copenhagen, and at the traditional beach resorts along the Jutland West Coast and Bornholm Island it will often be possible to pay in Euro.
The Danish krone is pegged to the Euro to an accuracy of 2. Note that the series of banknotes are being replaced with a new series, starting with the 50 kroner note in and ending with the kroner note in , hence you can expect to see two types of bank notes circulating in the coming years, both are legal tender. Automatic teller machines are widely available even in small towns, but some ATM' s are closed during night time out of security reasons. While the majority of retailers accept International credit- and debit cards, many still only accept the local Dankort.
Virtually everywhere you are required to use a PIN-code with your card, so if this is not common practice in your country, remember to request one from your bank before leaving home. Note that a few machines will not accept PIN-codes longer than 4 characters, which can create problems for north-American or other European users. Ask the clerk operating the machine if it accepts 5-digit PIN-codes before attempting to operate the machine.
Your card may be rejected even without entering the PIN if it is incompatible. You should note that almost everything in Denmark is expensive. If you are a bit careful about your expenses a daily budget of around DKK per day is not unrealistic. Traditionally, the tip has not been common, but is being introduced by outside influence. Since service charges are automatically included in the bill at restaurants and hotels, and tips for taxi drivers and the like are included in the fare, tipping should be given only as a token of real appreciation for the service.
Be aware that the tips will most often be split between the waiters and the kitchen. Taxi drivers do not expect tips, any extra service such as carrying bags will be listed on the receipt according to rate. While tipping is not expected, nor required, tipping for outstanding service is obviously greatly appreciated.
Here is a list of famous products from Denmark, although the country is very expensive and you may well be able to purchase cheaper elsewhere:. Apart from the ubiquitous kebab shops and pizza stands, dining in Denmark can be fairly expensive, but a worthwhile cost. Traditional Danish fare includes items as pickled herring, fried plaice, and other assorted seafood items. Many meals are also accompanied by a beer, and shots of aquavit or schnapps, though these are mainly enjoyed when guests are over.
Drinking along with meals is encouraged as the foods are enhanced by the drinks, and vice versa. If looking for a quick snack to grab on the go, try the traditional Danish hot dog, served in a bun with a variety of fixings, including pickles, fried or raw onions as well as ketchup, mustard and remoulade a Danish invention in spite of the French name, consisting of mayonnaise with the addition of chopped cabbage and turmeric for color. For candy try a bag of "Super Piratos" hot licorice candy with salmiakki.
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In the past few years, Copenhagen has emerged as a very happening place for food enthusiasts and gastronomic travelers, the highlight being the world-renowned restaurant Noma. Do avoid touristy places where no Danes are to be found, popularity among locals is almost always an indicator of quality. Restaurants offering examples of international cuisine are common, mostly in major cities, especially Italian, Greek and Chinese restaurants, though Japanese, Indian and even Ethiopian restaurants can be found too.
Quality is generally high, as the competition is too sharp for low-quality businesses to survive. It is a must for all visitors to try. Danes are rightly famous for their good looks, but unlike most other places, their lucky draw at the gene pool hasn't translated into the self-assertion and confidence you normally see. And the Danes have become infamous for being closed and tight lipped, bordering the outright rude.
So while it is by no means impossible, you will still be hard pressed to find a Dane readily engaging in casual conversations with strangers. That is, until you hit the country's bars and nightclubs. As any foreigner who has spent time observing the Danes will tell you, alcohol is the fabric that holds Danish society together.
And when they are off their face in the dead of night, they suddenly let their guard down, loosen up, and while a bit pitiful, they somehow transmorph into one of the most likable bunch of people on Earth. Rather than the violence associated with binge drinking elsewhere, because it seems to serve a very important social purpose, the natives get very open, friendly and loving instead.
It takes some time getting used to, but if you want to form bonds with the Danes, this is how you do it - God help you if you are abstinent. This also means Danes have a very high tolerance for drunk behavior, provided it takes place in the weekends. Drink a glass or two of wine for dinner during the week, and you can be mistaken for an alcoholic, but down 20 pints on a Saturday night, and puke all over the place, and everything will be in order. The enforcement of this limitation is somewhat lax in shops and supermarkets, but quite strict in bars and discos, as fines of up to DKK 10, and annulment of the license can incur on the vendor.
The purchaser is never punished, although some discos enforce a voluntary zero-tolerance policy on underage drinking, where you can get kicked out if caught with no ID and an alcoholic beverage in your hand. Some would claim that the famous Danish tolerance towards underage drinking is waning in light of recent health campaigns targeting the consumption of alcoholic beverages among Danes.
As adult Danes do not approve of the government interfering with their own drinking habits, the blame is shifted towards adolescents instead, and proposals of increasing the legal purchase age to 18 overall have been drafted, but have yet to pass Parliament, neither is it likely too in the foreseeable future.
Drinking alcoholic beverages in public, including trains and buses, is considered socially acceptable in Denmark. Having a beer in a public square is a common warm weather activity, though local by-laws are increasingly curbing this liberty, as loitering alcoholics are regarded as bad for business. Drinking bans are usually signposted, but not universally obeyed and enforced.
In any case, be sure to moderate your public drinking, especially during the daytime. Extreme loudness may in the worst case land you a few hours in jail for public rowdiness no record will be kept, though. Most police officers will instead ask you to leave and go home, though. Danish beer is a treat for a beer enthusiast. The largest brewery, Carlsberg which also owns the Tuborg brand , offers a few choices, as well as a delicious "Christmas beer" in the 6 weeks leading up to the holidays.
Danish beer is mostly limited to lager beer pilsner , which are good, but not very diverse. However in the last few years Danes have become interested in a wider range of beers, and Danish microbreweries' excellent products are increasingly available. The Danish Beer Enthusiasts  maintain a list of bars and restaurants with a good selection of beers as well as a list of stores with a good selection. For Budget accommodation, Danhostel  is the national accredited Hostelling International network, and operate 95 hotels throughout the country.
Only the country's two largest cities - Copenhagen and Aarhus, have a few independent youth hostels. It is worth noting that the Danish word for hostel is Vandrehjem , which also what hostels in Denmark are usually signposted as. Another option is one of the Hospitality exchange networks, which is enjoying growing popularity among the Danes, with couchsurfing reporting a doubling of available hosts every year.
Hotels are expensive in Denmark, with an average price of a double room hovering around DKK in , hotels are mostly off limits to shoestring travelers, although cheaper deals can most certainly be found, especially for online bookings done in good time before arriving. National budget hotel chains include Zleep  and Cab-inn .
Another alternative to hotels are the many historic Old inn's - or Kro in Danish - dotting the towns and villages, most of them are organized though a national organization called Danske Kroer og Hoteller . Another overnight is in one of the more than caravan sites campingpladser in Danish. The association Danish Camping Board maintains a list of approved campsites on their website danishcampsites. You prefer to sleep in closer contact with nature? The article Primitive camping in Denmark provides additional information on sleeping in a tents , bivouacs and similar.
Its bite, however, is strong enough to be lethal to children and the elderly, so medical treatment is always encouraged. Compared to most other countries crime and traffic are only minor risks, and the most serious crime visitors are likely to encounter is non-violent pickpocketing. This is toll free, and will work even from cell phones even if they have no SIM card. For the police in not-emergencies call Health services in Denmark are of a high standard, although waiting times at emergency rooms can be quite long for non emergencies, since visitors are prioritized according to their situation.
Except for surgical procedures there is no private healthcare system to speak of, all is taken care of by the public healthcare system and general practitioners. All visitors are provided with free emergency care , until you are deemed healthy enough to be transported back to your home country.
Citizens from EU countries, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and certain British dependencies are all entitled to additional basic medical services during their stay, other nationalities should have a valid travel insurance for transportation home and any additional medical care needed after any emergency is dealt with, as this is not provided free of charge. As in the rest of the country, English speakers should not have any trouble communicating with staff in English.
One thing worth noting for several nationalities, is that Danish doctors don't strew out prescriptions or pills out at the rate common in North America, Japan and Southern Europe. There is a general trend of letting the body's own immune system take care of diseases, rather than using medicines. So if you show up at the local GP with minor illnesses like the common flu, expect to be send back to your bed to rest, rather than receiving any treatment, if you are otherwise of good health. Pharmacies Danish: Apotek are usually well stocked, but brand names may differ from those in your own country.
Staff is highly trained, and major cities usually have one 24 hour pharmacy. Many drugs that are prescription-free in other countries, require prescription in Denmark, which is not trivial to get see above , and medicines available in supermarkets and drug stores are very limited; i. Dentists are only partly covered by the public healthcare system, and everyone, including Danes pay to visit their dentist.
Danes and other Nordic citizens have some of the expenses covered by the public healthcare system, while non Scandinavian visitors, should generally be prepared to foot the entire bill themselves, or forward the expenses to their insurance company. Prices are notoriously high compared to the neighbouring countries, so unless it is urgent to see a dentist, it will probably be more economical to wait until you return home, or pass into Germany or Sweden.
Tap water is potable unless indicated. The regulations for tap water in Denmark even exceeds that of bottled water in general, so don't be offended if you notice a waiter filling a can of water at the sink. Restaurants and other places selling food are visited regularly by health inspectors and are awarded points on a "smiley scale". While pollution in the major cities can be annoying it doesn't pose any risk to non-residents. Nearly all beaches are fine for bathing - even parts of the Copenhagen harbour recently opened for bathing read the Stay safe section.
We are just about to set off on our first overseas trip for 30 days in Sweden and Denmark in our Roller team T Line We have searched the forum for useful information on, for example, bridge tolls, but there is not a lot of info on Scandinavia. We are planning to travel to Hook of Holland then to Copenhagen, across the bridge, up the east coast as far as Upsalla then across to Gothenburg, cross to Frederikshavn and then back via Jutland.
If anyone has any useful tips including elephant traps to avoid or any strong recommendations for places to visit or stay, that would be much appreciated. As it is our first trip overseas, any general advice on things to take would also be much appreciated. EHU connections should be no problem Standard EHU lead and a 2 pin Euro adaptor.
Epic contributor Posts: Location: essen belgium. Their are no elephants on the road their. But Elands. Also huge Animals. Your motorhome is not tested to avoid them, and on frontal impact. But have a nice time there. They are exenofoob like the the UK. Too late to get a tag but you can still register your registration number for the discount.
Location: Sherwood Forest. In Copenhagen there is a small camp site called Charlottenlund Fort situated about 7km outside the city centre. Heading back we went the scenic route down the west coast along the open road between sand dunes leading to Esborg then continued on the E22 and A32 towards Holland and went through some chocolate box villages with hardly any traffic.
I would recommend the latter type of touring. You will love it! Edited by Nicepix PM. Many thanks to everyone who replied. All very useful except for the "comedian" from Essen who thinks that all Swedes and English are xenophobes. Pleased to say we encountered nothing but friendliness in Sweden and Denmark. A few points for future readers: 1. We booked our ticket on the internet just before crossing, which saves a few DKK.
Rather oddly they offer a tick box for "cars" - but not vans - under 6 metres. We ticked this and drove across. The automatic gate on the other side did not recognise us - I suspect because we were the "wrong class" but the woman on the booth let us through anyway. So worth a try. We did indeed find that in most places a standard 3 pin EHU was fine but there were a couple of occasions where we needed the European 2 pin adapter.
On current exchange rates, Denmark is much more expensive than Sweden except for diesel where it is significantly cheaper. Worth planning accordingly to save a few pounds. We found the north west coast from Stromstad down to Gothenburg to be one of the nicest bits - worth making the effort. On the other hand we were a bit disappointed with the west coast of Jutland, including Skagen.
Maybe we were just unlucky and didn't find the right bits.