The Kingdom of Denmark is one of the oldest monarchies in the world, dating back to approximately 900 AD. It is believed that the royal lineage descended from the Danish King, Gorm the Old. Historical evidence suggests that Vikings originated in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. It is unclear as to how the Vikings became the feared seafarers who raided, pirated, and traded their way through parts of Europe from the 9th to 11th century, but it is believed that they started as humble farmers and fishermen in the 7th century. Today, the Viking legacy is prevalent throughout the country with a plethora of museums celebrating their contribution to Danish culture, history and heritage. If you are interested in Viking history, The National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen (the Danish capital) houses the country’s largest collection of Viking-age artefacts. Denmark proudly boasts the title of the happiest country in the world, and it is easy to see why. This colourful country is after all home to Lego, Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales and of course the Danish cookie!
Your stay at the fabulous 4- star Absalon Hotel in the heart of Copenhagen’s most eccentric neighbourhood, Vesterbro, will undoubtedly provide you with a delightful experience. Vesterbro pulsates with creative energy and boasts the city’s trendiest bars, restaurants and art galleries. The hotel has been in the same family for the past three generations and has gradually expanded from 11 to 161 units. Despite its expansion and popularity, it has retained its warm, welcoming touch throughout the years. What’s more, the hotel is within walking distance (200 m) from one of the world’s oldest amusement parks, Tivoli Gardens. Copenhagen is a smorgasbord of experiences, best explored on foot or by bicycle (these can be rented from reception). Popular attractions include the seasonal Tivoli Gardens shows; the charming historical city centre of Indre By (Danish for Inner City); the colourful Nyhavn quay and the trendy Christiania. This enthralling city has so much to offer including: shopping avenues, palaces, castles, museums, church monuments, gourmet restaurants, Viking trails, green spaces and gardens.