Published on : Thursday, January 5, 2017
Cinema-goers across the world have in recent months been introduced to the adventures of the first Trolls animation movie. The fun-loving Troll characters with their stand-on-end hair were originally toy figurines created in 1930 by Thomas Dam, son of a Danish fisherman. Since then the Trolls have become synonymous with a happy-go-lucky way of life.
Denmark is often surveyed as being the world’s happiest country and there are many reasons for life satisfaction in Denmark.
One of the secrets is the creative and fun-loving way that children learn – at school and in everyday life. Families in Denmark also enjoy a unique work-life balance, offering quality time for everyone. Community values mean a lot to the Danes. There is a high level of mutual trust in Denmark, which makes it a friendly and easy country to live in – and to visit. The Danes also enjoy a high level of personal freedom – to choose their goals in life and pursue personal happiness.
Another key to happiness in Denmark is the easygoing and welcoming way the Danes love to share life’s simple pleasures – what they call “hygge”. Hygge allows you to enjoy the richness of the moment in good company – in a cosy, warm-lit setting. The Danish concept of “hygge” has inspired the world recently, with books and magazine articles in many languages on the topic.
Read more about Hygge in Denmark: The Guardian – Hunting for Hygge, the new ingredient in Denmark’s recipe for happiness.
What better way to learn about happiness and hygge in Denmark than to visit the country yourself? Visitors need look no further than two of the kingdom’s top family beach resort areas, which offer a combination of holiday homes nestled in wide-open coastal nature – with plenty of hygge – and some of the world’s most fun, creative and inspiring family attractions. And naturally, the Danish capital is also one of Europe’s most family-friendly city destinations.
2017 is also a great year to visit Denmark with the opening of new family attractions and experiences that offer even more inspiration.
Three of Denmark’s top family holiday regions:
Billund LEGOLAND Resort
Denmark’s top family attraction is the world’s first – and still Europe’s largest – LEGOLAND, which is a theme park dedicated to the fun and educational LEGO brick, which is also a Danish invention. Opening in the town right next to the park in late 2017 is the world’s first LEGO museum, called LEGO HOUSE. There are more fun, hands-on museum experiences in the region, including Viking Age monuments, and one of Scandinavia’s oldest towns, Ribe. Visits to the Billund area can easily be combined with a stay in a holiday cottage nestled by Denmark’s sandy west coast. Here among the dunes you also find the new, interactive Bunker Museum, designed by Danish star architect Bjarke Ingels, opening in June 2017.
Aarhus and Djursland
European Capital of Culture 2017, the city of Aarhus is a great family destination with a hands-on museum of human history, Moesgaard, cutting into the green hilltops, and an art museum, ARoS, with a rainbow skywalk that lets you experience the city bathed in every hue of the spectrum. There are activities citywide throughout the festival year of culture. At the Classic Race Aarhus you can experience a historic drive through the city of Aarhus with approximately 300 classic vehicles from Denmark and abroad. At ClimatePlanet 2017, as a part of European Capital of Culture 2017, a 20 meter high globe will be installed on the harbour next to the profilic Dokk1 and Navitas. The globe is decorated in a high quality print of our beautiful planet. Inside the globe is another 4 meter wide globe where you can see Earth from space – in a live feed.
Just north of Aarhus lies the historic shire of Djursland with a national park and a wide range of family theme parks and experiences, including the Scandinavian Wildlife Park and Scandinavia’s biggest summer land, Djurs Sommerland. Visits to Aarhus can easily be combined with a stay in a holiday home in the woodlands by the sandy coast in Djursland.
Copenhagen and Odense
The Danish capital has often been cited as one of Europe’s most family-friendly cities. A bikeable, walkable city, Copenhagen has many family attractions, such as one of the world’s oldest amusement parks, Tivoli Gardens. By the city’s 5km sandy beach you also find Europe’s second-largest aquarium, the Blue Planet. In the middle of the city you find Copenhagen Zoo, which houses over 3,000 animals, however not including the Trolls!
In February 2017, the city’s hands-on science centre, Experimentarium, will reopen as one of Europe’s largest and most modern of its kind. A stay in Copenhagen can easily be combined with a visit to Odense, the hometown of fairytale storyteller Hans Christian Andersen. The city’s family attractions include sailing upstream through the woods in a riverboat to the Funen Village open-air museum that recreates rural life of the 1800s in original farmhouses and mills.