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Denmark's Himmelbjerget

If you really want to get to the heart of Denmark, there’s no better way than driving along the Marguerite Route. Taking in nearly 200 of Denmark's best attractions, the drive allows you to explore this Scandinavian gem’s glorious countryside at your own pace.

This route is thought to be the most delightful way of discovering Denmark. It was much enjoyed by Queen Margrethe 11, nicknamed Daisy, and you'll spot the Daisy (or Marguerite) road signs along your journey.

Here are some of the things you definitely should do if you visit:

1. See Denmark's oldest, permanent indoor market

Det Bla Marked (The Blue Market) in Lasby is Denmark’s oldest, permanent indoor market.

Antiques, old furniture, glassware and paintings are available, as well as crafts and traditional market wares, with prices being decided and purchases made through a great deal of bargaining and discussion.

This is not a problem for Brits as most Danes speak excellent English, and the experience shines a light on how the local market traders and craftspeople operate.

2. Explore the past at the Old Town museum

Old Town MuseumDen Gamle By (The Old Town Museum) in Aarhus is a national open-air museum of urban history and culture. It's a town made of reconstructed buildings, many brought from elsewhere and re-built at the museum to create a traditional 19th-century Danish market town.

Here you can step back in time to understand how people lived and worked in the past, whatever their position in life.

It’s possible to buy fresh sugar pretzels and vanilla rings in the baker's shop, to use proper ink in the booksellers and to buy gadgets at the ironmongers.

All the houses and shops have appropriately dressed actors within them who will tell the tales of their lives and work.

3. Enjoy stunning work from international avant-garde artists

The ARoS Art Gallery in Aarhus houses work from international avant-garde artists, with installations and experimental works as standard.

The Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson takes pride of place with the installation on the roof, creating an exceptional experience called 'Your rainbow panorama'. The visitor walks along a glass skywalk, with glass panels of all colours of the rainbow, while enjoying a 360-degree view of the city from a wonderful vantage point. It’s also quite a marvellous creation to see from the ground.

4. Ride the oldest, original, working paddle steamer

Paddle steamer in SiikeborgSilkeborg and the river Gudena, which has the oldest, original, working paddle steamer in the world. Passengers are taken on a gentle voyage across the tranquil Lakeland, just as travellers have for 150 years.

It's an area of real beauty with woodlands alongside the water scenery.

Danes are very keen to immerse themselves in the outdoors, so cycling, walking, fishing, sailing, canoeing and more are all widely available and enjoyed.

5. Learn Veijle's fascinating industrial past

The Vejle Museum contains a fascinating exhibition about how industry developed in the Vejle area early in the last century.

One particular region is called Denmark’s Manchester as it was responsible for the cotton and textile industry here. The museum also houses exhibitions on Scandinavian bog stories and what life was like here in the Iron Age.

6. Discover the famous Viking monuments

The Royal Jelling Visitor Centre is based at one of Denmark’s most historic sites and is a place of national identity.

It's based around the rune stones, burial mounds and a church that has links to the 10th century and the Vikings King Gorm the Old and Harald Bluetooth. The area was recognised as a World Heritage site in 1994.

This article is brought to you by Silver Travel Advisor.

You can read a personal account of a tour of Denmark on the Silver Travel Advisor website.

Further information

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