Denmark boasts 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, in addition to one on Greenland. UNESCO sites truly preserve our heritage. The Danish UNESCO sites are listed below with nearby Danhostels.
Christiansfeld is a Moravian Church settlement founded in the latter part of the 18th century. This planned settlement, with its honey cake shops, well-preserved yellow buildings and mostly red tiled roofs, is a worth a visit. A walk through town reveals that this is no ‘ordinary’ settlement. It was once a close-knit, egalitarian society, and the cemetery, God’s Field, affirms this – the neatly placed headstones, past and present, are the same shape and size. Danhostel Kolding lies close by, in a super location, which overlooks the city and lake.
The Jelling Mounds and Runic Stones highlight Denmark’s religious background and conquests. Danish King, Harald Bluetooth, erected a monument (the larger stone) in memory of his parents, Gorm and Thyra, and included his achievements of Christianising the Danes and conquering Norway and Denmark. His father, Gorm, also left a monument (the older Jelling stone) to his wife, Thyra, naming her “Denmark’s ornament”. Danhostel Vejle is located close by and welcomes all to learn about this fascinating Danish history.
Kronborg Castle, a renaissance castle, is the well-known home of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. With colourful tapestries, a grand ballroom, and Shakespeare enactments every year, a tour is well worth the trip. Learn about how sailors who sailed past the castle contributed to King Frederik II’s wealth by paying dues or risked being shot by one of the many guns pointed directly at the Sound. Danhostel Helsingør, which has its own private beach, is just a stroll away from Kronborg Castle.
Par force hunting landscape in North Zealand comprising the areas of Gribskov, Store Dyrehave and Jægerborg’s Dyrehave (Deer Park) and Hegn, was once the hunting grounds of Danish King, Christian V. The par force hunting idea originated when Christian V visited French King, Louis XIV and took part in His par force hunting. The King liked the idea so much that he returned to Denmark and set up his own hunting grounds; even seizing a whole town to achieve this! Learn more when you visit Danhostel Hillerød, which is neighbour to the hunting grounds.
Roskilde Cathedral is the first Gothic Cathedral made of brick. It took about 100 years to build and is the burial place of more than 40 Danish monarchs. It is perfected situated on a hill that overlooks Roskilde Fjord. The Cathedral hosts many concerts each year. Danhostel Roskilde, which lies in the middle of Roskilde harbour, is close to the Cathedral.
Stevns Klint (Cliff) is a 15 km long coastal cliff located in East Zealand. Take advantage of the footpath from Bøgeskov Harbour to Rødvig and visit the harbour, chalk and limestone quarries, lighthouse, cold war museum and nature centre. Danhostel Store Heddinge is located just 25 minutes by bicycle from the Cliff.
Wadden Sea National Park in Denmark stretches from Blåvandshuk to Rudbøl. It is Denmark’s largest park, great for seal and oyster safaris and for viewing the fantastic phenomena called Sort Sol (Black Sun), where thousands of migratory birds fly off together into the sunset. Tour the home of a host of fish, mussels, oysters, plants and animals, and visit the islands of Rømø, Fanø, and Mandø. This UNESCO site has the most Danhostels close by. They are Danhostels Agger, Blåvandshuk, Esbjerg, Henne Strand, Hvide Sande, Nymindegab, Ribe, and Tønder.