The littlest and most southern of the Scandinavian countries, Denmark offers a puppet-theater mix of lively cities and rural countryside. Ancient castles, ring forts, jazz festivals, the sleekest modern design you'll ever see and the people who invented Lego - who could ask for more?
Danish Vikings once took to the seas and ravaged half of Europe, but these days they've filed down their horns and forged a society that sees itself as a benchmark of civilization, with progressive policies and a liberal social-welfare system.
Denmark is a small country in Northern Europe. Part of it, Jutland, lies on a peninsula north of Germany while a number of islands, including two major ones, Zealand and Funen, are spread across the Baltic Sea between Jutland and Sweden.
Once the seat of Viking raiders and later a major north European power, Denmark has evolved into a modern, prosperous nation that is participating in the general political and economic integration of Europe.
Although Copenhagen offers plenty of good dining options, from old-fashioned Danish pubs to trendy fusion cafes, nothing epitomizes Danish food more than smorrebrod (literally 'buttered bread'), an open-faced sandwich that ranges from very basic fare to elaborately sculpted creations.
Copenhagen is a 24-hour party city. For free entertainment simply stroll along Strøget, especially between Nytorv and Hojbro Plads, which in the late afternoon and evening is a bit like an impromptu three-ring circus with musicians, magicians, jugglers and other street performers.
The cultures (not to mention the size) of Denmark and Germany are very different, but Scandinavia is closer to Western Europe than most realize. So why not travel them both with one rail pass: the Eurail Denmark-Germany Pass. The pass provides unlimited and flexible train travel on the entire national rail networks of Denmark and Germany. Seeing Germany by rail is not only fun and relaxing, it may very well be the best way to explore the country. That’s because the German rail system is highly efficient, and you can reach almost every city in Germany via train.