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Grand Denmark Road Trip

Copenhagen - Helsingor - Roskilde - Aarhus - Aalborg - Herning - Ringkøbing - Esbjerg - Odense - Næstved - Køge

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11 Stages 690 mi 1.3 h/stage

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Grand Denmark Road Trip Itinerary

Denmark Grand Tour is a marvellous adventure taking you on a ride around the Northern and Southern Denmark. During this 12-stage trip, you will have an opportunity to admire excellent landmarks, traditional Danish design, and the atmosphere of `hygge` permeating all places on your road map. To fully soak up the Danish atmosphere, relax, buckle up, and hit the Danish roads that are smooth as a table.

14 number of days
690 mi route length
high budget
family good for
on the right traffic direction
low accident level

Denmark Grand Tour starts at the Copenhagen Airport and takes you north to such cities as Aalborg, Herning, or Ringkobing. However, do not worry you will have an equally great opportunity to explore the southern part of the country with such urban jewels as Naestved, Ronnede, Koge, or Odense. At the very end of your road trip, you reach the Copenhagen Airport again. Your Danish adventure can be continued to the capital of Denmark, where you will gain a greater insight into its culture, architecture, and cuisine.

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  Copenhagen
Distance: 677 mi, Driving time: 15.6 h, Pace: fast
Airports: CPH

Your journey starts at the Copenhagen Airport. It is precisely the place where you can collect your rental vehicle.

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1 Copenhagen - Helsingor
Distance: 42 mi, Driving time: 0.8 h, Pace: fast
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Denmark Grand Tour starts at the Copenhagen Airport, where those who would like to rent a vehicle can pursue this option. There is a wide selection of car hire companies waiting for tourists who would like to opt for this means of transport. After choosing the most convenient car make, hit the road and head north by taking E47 road to Helsingor, located almost 70 km away.

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Along your way to Helsingor, you will travel thorough such places as Horsholm, Langstrup, and Kvistgard. All of them are perfect instances of eastern Danish settlements with plenty of examples of small-town architecture and relaxing ambiance. Helsingor is most popular for a marvellous medieval fortification, namely Kronborg Castle which is a top-notch tourist attractions, especially among the fans of history. You can also head for the town centre, where you will find a number of dining venues serving local delicacies.

2 Helsingor - Hillerød - Roskilde
Distance: 42 mi, Driving time: 1.3 h, Pace: modest
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This stage entails a trip through Hillerod to Roskilde. The second destination of this stage is situated at a distance of 25 km from Helsingor. Take road no 6 and travel for around 30 minutes through such places as, for example, Fredensborg. Through your car window, you will have an opportunity to admire the beauty of Eastern Denmark and North Zealand. Hillerod can boast a number of interesting sites to visit that will cater to the needs of the most demanding globetrotters.

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Hillerod offers a wide choice of attractions. If you want to purchase a holiday souvenir, it is best to head for one of the two main shopping streets. Those who are into sightseeing should definitely try the Town Museum, Frederiksborg Castle, or Esrum Abbey. However, the lovers of delicious food will surely find some interesting dining spots in the very town centre. After a short stay in Hillerod, head for the finishing line of this road trip stage, namely Roskilde.

3 Roskilde - Havnebyen - Aarhus
Distance: 115 mi, Driving time: 2.8 h, Pace: fast
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You enter Roskilde through road no 6. The city dates back to the times of pre-Christian Viking Age. Owing to that, it will provide you with well-grounded insight into the era of Viking conquests. The city`s beautiful architecture is most evident in such edifices as the former City Hall, Roskilde Cathedral, Roskilde Palace, and the Sugar House. The Viking Ship Museum is a must-see attraction. Inside, you will find a number of original Viking warships. After a short tour around the city, head back to your car and travel for almost 80 km by taking road no 21 to reach Havnebyen.

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In Havnebyen, you take a ferry to reach Aarhus, the second-largest city in the country. It is situated on the eastern coast of the stunning Jutland Peninsula. It has its roots in the era of the Vikings when it was established as a fortified settlement. Over the centuries, it has evolved into a cultural and economic centre eagerly visited by motorists and tourists from all over the world. It is characterised by perfect tourist infrastructure and a plethora of entertainment venues.

4 Aarhus - Hobro - Aalborg
Distance: 73 mi, Driving time: 1.3 h, Pace: fast
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Stroll along the Aarhus harbour, try the best local delicacies at one of its fancy restaurants, and take a tour back to the past by sightseeing around its greatest landmarks. After some time spent in the city, get back on the road and continue your journey by taking E45 road to Hobro. Along the way, you can take an additional stopover in Randers or Asferg, depending on whether you are more into more urbanised or more idyllic surroundings.

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Hobro developed into a market and a railway town and will be an ideal choice for all the motorists who would like to take a longer break during this road trip surrounded by peaceful scenery. Even though there are not many notable landmarks in the city, you can always try some of the local delicacies at one of the restaurants situated in the town centre. Hobro is surrounded by picturesque hilly terrain and is located just at the head of the scenic Mariager Fjord. Nearby, you will also find the Fortress of Fyrkat, a symbol of the Viking past. After a short break, head for Aalborg.

5 Aalborg - Viborg - Herning
Distance: 82 mi, Driving time: 1.9 h, Pace: fast
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Head further north to Aalborg, which is the fourth largest city in Denmark. The city holds many interesting attractions for the visiting motorists, starting from fancy entertainment places and finishing with an array of historic buildings that will enrich your knowledge on Danish architecture. Among the most interesting things to see, you will find Aalborghus Castle, Old City Hall, and Jorgen Olufsen`s House, one of the best preserved merchant`s Renaissance mansions in the region.

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From Aalborg, you head south by taking E45 road and then road no 13 to Viborg. Its top-rated attraction that lures thousands of tourists on an annual basis is Viborg Castle dating back to the Middle Ages. Interestingly, the city is one of the oldest settlements in the whole country with its roots in the 8th century. After a short stroll around the castle walls, hop in your car to head for Herning located around 50 km away.

6 Herning - Ringkøbing
Distance: 31 mi, Driving time: 0.8 h, Pace: fast
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Herning is a fairly young town that dates back to the end of the 18th century. It developed from a small commercial centre into a town that bases its economy on textiles and tourism. It will welcome you with very relaxing and up-beat atmosphere. Try visiting the Herning Museum to learn more on the town`s past and economic activity.

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After a short break in Herning, drive to Ringkobing located on the western coast of the Jutland Peninsula. According to archaeologist, the place already existed as a small settlement in the 13th century. Throughout most of its history, it was a market town. Today, it is mostly characterised by atmospheric old streets leading to the nearby fjord. You can also pay a visit at Ringkobing Church dating back to the 15th century, a religious edifice notable for its Baroque facade.

7 Ringkøbing - Hvide Sande - Varde - Esbjerg
Distance: 67 mi, Driving time: 1.8 h, Pace: fast
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While travelling the distance of 25 km from Ringkobing to Hvide Sande, you wuill have an opportunity to admire the beautiful western Danish coast on your left-hand side and the gigantic Ringkobing Fjord on your right-hand side. Hvide Sande is located near an artificial canal that connects the fjord to the North Sea. Its economy is mostly based on tourism so you will probably be surprised by the well-developed infrastructure that this small town offers.

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Travel further south by taking road no 181. After approximately 55 km, you reach the next destination of this stage, namely Varde. While in the town, be sure to see such sights as the Church of St Jacob, the Old Town Hall, and the beautiful Vejers Strand. Among the most popular highlights of this place, you will also find the Tirpitz Museum. After a stopover in Varde, head for the finishing line of this lap, namely Esbjerg.

8 Esbjerg - Kolding - Odense
Distance: 91 mi, Driving time: 1.7 h, Pace: fast
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Esbjerg is one of the more popular seaport towns of Denmark. It can be found on the western coast of the country with plenty of things to do around it. It is recommended to visit such places as the Courthouse, Esbjerg Water Tower, and the Church of Our Saviour. After a hearty meal in one of the local restaurants, you can hit the road again and travel approximately 72 km east to reach the second destination of this road trip stage, Kolding.

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Kolding enjoys a scenic location at the head of Kolding Fjord. Its interesting architecture and a number of smaller landmarks will be a breath of fresh air after so many Danish cities literally packed with attractions. The place is characterised by blissful ambiance and plenty of interesting dining spots. After a visit in Kolding, you take E20 road to Odense, situated 70 km to the east.

9 Odense - Korsør - Slagelse - Næstved
Distance: 66 mi, Driving time: 1.6 h, Pace: fast
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Odense is the third largest city in the country. It offers a great insight into the Danish culture, architecture, and cuisine. You will be taken aback by the diversity of highlights that it offers. St Alban Church is probably one of the most interesting religious edifices in the region. You should also visit City Hall, Odense Palace, and Hans Christian Andersen`s Birthplace. Afterwards, return on the road and head for Korsor, located around 60 km away.

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From Korsor, you head towards Slagelse, which is an important commercial centre. One of its most interesting sights is the 11th-century church. The town will also be a great starting point for a car trip to Trelleborg, a Viking bastion. Interestingly, Hans Christian Andersen was a pupil at a grammar school located in Slagelse. After a short stroll around its streets, you take road no 22 to travel to Naestved, located around 40 km away.

10 Næstved - Rønnede - Store Heddinge - Køge
Distance: 42 mi, Driving time: 1.2 h, Pace: modest
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Naestved is a small Danish town that will enchant you with its tranquillity and small-town architecture. Its roots reach as far back as the 1st century BC. While in the town, it is worth visiting such places as St Martin Church or Naestved Museum that will give you an insight into the place`s history. After a short stay in Naestved, take road no 54 to reach Ronnede. You will reach the town after about 20 minutes of driving.

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You can take a longer break at Ronnede or continue your journey by taking road no 154 to reach Store Heddinge. It dates back to the 13th century and will be a perfect place to try some of the most delicious specialties of the region. The Old Town consists of only a few streets, but the place has unique atmosphere that will charm even the most demanding globetrotters. Afterwards, hop in your car and head for Koge, located around 25 km away.

11 Køge - Copenhagen
Distance: 27 mi, Driving time: 0.5 h, Pace: fast
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Part of your trip while travelling to Koge will entail driving parallel to the Danish coast with a view on the sweeping and forceful waves crushing against the towering promontories. Koge is a seaport characterised by historical architecture that can be found mostly around the town centre area. Here, you will find the oldest dated half-timbered edifice in the whole country. Interestingly, the same building is the oldest dated edifice that did not belong to the nobility or the clergy in all Nordic countries.

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After a short break in Koge, leave the town to head for the ultimate destination of this scenic road trip, namely the Copenhagen Airport again. If you opted for a hired vehicle, you should leave your car at the airport. Remember, this does not have to be the end of your journey with the Danish hygge. Use metro, train, or bus 5A to reach the centre of the capital. You can also take a taxi and freely explore what Copenhagen holds in store for the visiting tourists.

  Copenhagen
Airports: CPH

Copenhagen is full of brilliant restaurants, great entertainment venues, and a plethora of beautiful landmarks. At every corner of this city, you will feel the relaxed atmosphere that Denmark is famous for around the world. The Danish capital has a distinctly European feel which is topped up with the vibrant cafe`s culture that will remain in your memories for a long time. The city will be ideal for a variety of tourists, art lovers, history fans, aimless wanderers, and culture freaks.

The number one must-see attraction is the Tivoli Gardens, located at a stone`s throw away from Town Hall Square. Also, check out Christiansborg Palace located on the small island of Slotsholmen. Those who are into museum tours should also consider a visit at the National Museum of Denmark and the National Gallery of Denmark. You will encounter stunning architecture around the Nyhavn Harbor, where you also find an array of diverse ships and vessels. Nearby the harbour, you come across the Round Tower that houses a tiny collection connected with astronomy. After an eventful day spent in the Danish capital, it is time to head back to the Copenhagen Airport, where everything started.

Grand Denmark Road Trip Summary

Hopefully, the presented itinerary idea gave you numerous inspirations for your future holiday excursions.
The plan we’ve prepared can be used as a foundation that you can recreate in its entirety or only partially and that can be enriched with interesting attractions.
If you are planning on travelling by car in Denmark, there are a number of important road rules to follow and a number of elements to remember to make your journey smooth. These tips will surely become useful for travellers who opt for car rental or camper hire.
Moving around Denmark in a car requires you to obey the local road rules. When moving around Denmark in a car, try to avoid alcohol. The amount of alcohol that the driver can consume is extremely low and amounts to only 0.5‰. In order to avoid a speeding fine, it is best to never exceed 31mph, which is the maximum allowed speed when travelling around the the city streets. Around rural areas, there is a possibility to travel at the maximum allowed speed of 50mph. You can drive at the allowed speed of 81mph on highways. In order to stay safe, it is best to equip your car with a first aid kit and fire extinguisher and drive with your headlights on during the day.
You’re probably wondering about the costs of the whole trip. Depending on the budget option that you aim for, the money that you have to pay for your holiday expenses may differ. A wide range of budget possibilities is showed below.
We estimate that the cheapest option when it comes to fuel to cover the planned 690mi while travelling around Denmark may cost around 85 GBP. Within the economy offer, accommodation options will cost roughly 896 GBP. Holidaymakers who take advantage of this option will spend about 717 GBP on food and restaurants. If you also choose the cheapest rental car offer, you will pay about 239 GBP. Thus, the estimated travel expenses amount to around 1,699 GBP without car hire and 1,938 GBP with vehicle hire.
When it comes to the standard offer, you have to spend the maximum of 111 GBP on the gasoline needed to cover the tour. Cost amounting to 1,793 GBP can be expected by all travellers who are looking for standard hotels. Travellers can expect that the standard option in terms of food and restaurants will cost approximately 956 GBP. Travellers who want to cover the trip in a standard rental car can expect a cost of roughly 299 GBP. Drivers who would like to rent a car will pay approximately 3,159 GBP for the whole Grand Denmark Road Trip, whereas those who are not interested in vehicle rental will spend more or less 2,860 GBP.
The highest level of comfort of the premium option will meet the expectations of the most demanding holidaymakers. When it comes to this offer, the estimated cost of the road trip will total approximately 4,568 GBP for holidaymakers who are considering car rental and 2,860 GBP for those who will not be renting. Travellers who want to cover the trip in a premium rental vehicle should expect a cost of more or less 598 GBP. In the premium option of the itinerary, the fuel cost will amount to 145 GBP. Travellers who will go for top services in all aspects of their adventure should expect to pay more or less 1,434 GBP for restaurants and food and roughly 2,391 GBP for hotels.
Our itinerary will also be excellent for all camper lovers, as it can be easily adjusted to their needs. If you are considering this transport option, the costs will be up to around 1,793 GBP. Holidayers will spend more or less 171 GBP on gasoline allowing to cover all stages of the trip. Holidaymakers who opt for camper rental should expect to pay approximately 299 GBP for accommodation and more or less 717 GBP for expenses connected with food.
The Road Trip Costs section shows all the above expenses in detail.
The period between May and September is perfect to visit the part of Denmark described in our road trip idea. There are numerous picturesque road trips and scenic drives that we offer on our website if you’d like to see other of our road trip options. We hope that the wide spectrum of road trips will definitely meet the expectations of the most demanding holidaymakers.
  • Road Trip Costs
  • How much does it cost to go on a Grand Denmark Road Trip in Denmark?
  • Economy
    Low budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
    • rent & more 239 GBP
    • drive & more 85 GBP
    • sleep & more 896 GBP
    • eat & more 717 GBP
    • Total (est. for 2 prs.) 1,699 GBP
    • Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 1,938 GBP
  • Standard
    Mid budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
    • rent & more 299 GBP
    • drive & more 111 GBP
    • sleep & more 1,793 GBP
    • eat & more 956 GBP
    • Total (est. for 2 prs.) 2,860 GBP
    • Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 3,159 GBP
  • Premium
    High budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
    • rent & more 598 GBP
    • drive & more 145 GBP
    • sleep & more 2,391 GBP
    • eat & more 1,434 GBP
    • Total (est. for 2 prs.) 3,970 GBP
    • Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 4,568 GBP
  • Camper
    On the road in RV, overnight at camp grounds with self cooking. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
    • rent & more 1,793 GBP
    • drive & more 171 GBP
    • sleep & more 299 GBP
    • eat & more 717 GBP
    • Total (est. for 2 prs.) 1,187 GBP
    • Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 2,980 GBP

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Facts for safer driving in Denmark

drink drive limit
0.5
max speed urban
31 mph
max speed rural
50 mph
max speed highway
81 mph
headlights at daytime
off
fire extinguisher
no
tolls
no
seat belts
yes