10 Night Scandinavia & Northern Europe on Voyager of the Seas from Stockholm, Sweden View to Ronne, Bornholm Island, Denmark
The 10 Night Scandinavia & Northern Europe from Stockholm, Sweden visits Riga, Latvia; Tallinn, Estonia; Helsinki, Finland; Visby, Sweden; Ronne, Denmark; Aarhus, Denmark; Copenhagen, Denmark. Explore our cruise itineraries and choose from a variety of rooms depending on your needs and budget. Start planning your next cruise vacation by selecting a destination and departure port.
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10 Night Scandinavia & Northern Europe
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Explore Voyager of the Seas
Day 1 - 2 - Stockholm, Sweden
Day 3 - Cruising
Day 4 - 5 - Riga, Latvia
Day 6 - Tallinn, Estonia
Day 7 - Helsinki, Finland
Day 8 - Visby, Sweden
Day 9 - Ronne, Denmark
Day 10 - Aarhus, Denmark
Day 11 - Copenhagen, Denmark
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View to Ronne, Bornholm Island, Denmark
View to Ronne, Bornholm Island, Denmark
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Leaving from
Stockholm, Sweden
Onboard
Voyager of the Seas
Day Port
1 - 2
Stockholm, Sweden
From Day 1, - Day 2, 4:30 PM
3
Cruising
Day at sea
4 - 5
Riga, Latvia
From Day 4, 7:00 AM - Day 5, 4:00 PM
6
Tallinn, Estonia
From 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7
Helsinki, Finland
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8
Visby, Sweden
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9
Ronne, Denmark
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10
Aarhus, Denmark
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
11
Copenhagen, Denmark
Arrives at 5:00 AM
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Voyager of the Seas® has plenty of surprises to fill your wandering with wonder. Onboard you'll find junkanoo-jamming parades on the Promenade, Far East flavors at Izumi, and thrills on every deck, from wave riding on the FlowRider® surf simulator to late night spins around the ice-skating rink.

DISCOVER ADVENTURE ON EVERY DECK

Raise the thrill factor on the Rock Climbing Wall and hang ten on FlowRider®. Lace up your skates and put your adventure on ice, or tee up for a game of mini golf. This is your epic getaway, and you decide how to seize the day.

GOURMET GLOBETROTTING

This is one epicurean adventure your taste buds will thank you for. Savor sizzling steaks at Chops Grille℠, or indulge in a five-course foodie feast at Chef's Table. Fresh-rolled sushi awaits at Izumi, and family-style favorites will satisfy your cravings at Giovanni's Table.

SHOWS THAT HIT EVERY HIGH NOTE

Settle in for a show filled with songs from classic movies in Music in Pictures, and wander down the Great White Way in Broadway Rhythm & Rhyme. On this ship, every act is epic.

Day 1 - 2: Stockholm, Sweden

Day 1 - 2
Stockholm
Sweden
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Stockholm, Sweden, Coastal old town
Coastal view of the old town in Stockholm, Sweden
Things to do in
Stockholm
From Day 1, - Day 2, 4:30 PM
As you explore Stockholm — the stylish Swedish capital, built across 14 islands connected by 57 bridges — you'll notice water and green space are never far away. Stroll through Gamla Stan, the colorful medieval Old Town, with its imposing royal palace and looming cathedrals. Browse the little shops and art galleries that line the narrow streets, or take a break in one of the many trendy cafes. Visit the large City Hall, the site of the Nobel Prize banquet, with its austere brick exterior accented by playful Venetian turrets and decorated balconies. Don't miss the grand Vasa Ship Museum — you'll see an almost-intact 17th-century warship — and Skansen, the world's first open-air museum, both located on the island of Djurgarden.
Stockholm, Sweden, Narrow cobblestone street
A narrow cobblestone street in Stockholm, Sweden

Living Museum

Stroll around Gamla Stan and the adjacent island of Riddarholmen. The Old Town of Stockholm is one of the largest and best-preserved medieval city centers in Europe. Admire the colorful buildings in the narrow, winding cobblestone streets, or visit some of the old churches and museums. And don't miss the baroque Royal Palace.
Stockholm, Sweden, Traditional house
A traditional house in Stockholm, Sweden

Sweden in Miniature

Visit Skansen, the world's first open-air museum, founded in 1891. The around 150 traditional houses provide a glimpse of how Swedes once lived. Highlights include the glass-blowers' cottage and the Nordic Zoo. Staff in costume create handicrafts or play music. Enjoy lunch or a coffee in the bakery.
Stockholm, Sweden, Colorful architecture
Colorful architecture in Stockholm, Sweden

Stylish Stockholm

Head to Moderna Museet, the city's modern-art museum. Highlights include works by Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst, plus several key figures from the Scandinavian and Russian art worlds. The museum also stages well-conceived temporary exhibits. There's a very popular restaurant with a great view over the water too.
Stockholm, Sweden, Pickled fried herring on crispbread
Pickled fried herring on crispbread

Local Cuisine

Head to the trendy Sodermalm neighborhood for some top-class husmanskost — traditional Swedish fare — in one of the hip beer halls. Pair your brew of choice with meatballs served with lingonberry jam or pickled herring served on crispbread. Or check into an upscale spot serving modern Nordic dishes like lobster with slow-cooked carrots and cauliflower shoots or pork belly with artichoke puree.
Stockholm, Sweden, Colorful swedish toy horses
An assortment of colorful toy horses for sale in Sweden

Shopping

Stockholm is a shopper's paradise. For big-name Swedish and international retail outlets, hit the Biblioteksgatan from Ostermalm to Norrmalmstorg. For artier stores and galleries, head to Sodermalm. For souvenirs browse the narrow streets of Gamla Stan, as well as a great collection of design objects arranged chronologically and by theme, head to Nordiska Museet.

Day 3: Cruising

Day 3
Cruising
At Sea
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The Perfect Storm Mariner of the Seas
Man Sliding Down The Perfect Storm
PLAY ANY WAY YOU LIKE
Wonder of the Seas Social 100 Indoor
Wonder of the Seas Social 100 Indoor

Teen Spaces

Let’s face it, teens want the freedom to choose how they spend their time onboard. Now, 13 to 17-year-olds get an exclusive new lounge to call their own with music, movies, gaming — and even an outdoor patio hangout.
Woman Surfing on Flowrider
Young Woman Body Surfing Flowrider

FlowRider®

Grab your board and get ready for 30,000 gallons of rushing awesome headed your way. The surf’s always up on the 40-foot-long FlowRider® surf simulator.
Symphony of the Seas Perfect Storm Boy Entering Slide
Perfect Storm Boy Entering Slide

The Perfect Storm℠

Up for adventure? Put on your brave face and get ready to race through twists, turns and next-level thrills on the boldest slides at sea. No matter which ship you sail on, The Perfect Storm℠ waterslides take excitement off the charts.
Boy Ice Skating with his Family
Family's First Time Ice Skating

Ice Skating

Whether you’re a beginner or you’ve got moves like the Great One, you’ll have a great time every time at the ice skating rink.

Day 4 - 5: Riga, Latvia

Day 4 - 5
Riga
Latvia
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Riga, Latvia, House of the Blackheads
The House of the Blackheads in Riga, Latvia
Things to do in
Riga
From Day 4, 7:00 AM - Day 5, 4:00 PM
Latvia's historical capital is an architecture buff's dream come true. The Gothic structures in the Old Town and the Art Nouveau buildings scattered around the city meld together to create a modern-day fairy tale. Wander the narrow cobblestone streets, and step back into the 14th century. Stroll into the bustling Riga Central Market and sample the bright, colorful produce and local products like hemp butter and amber jewelry. Or wander through the street stalls to taste some traditional Latvian cuisine — fried lampreys, a prehistoric jawless fish that's flavor is less scary than it looks. Cruise to Riga and don't miss the city's iconic site, the House of the Blackheads, the former home of a merchant's guild and expression of Riga's medieval roots.
Riga, Latvia, Autumn Park
A walkway in a park during autumn in Riga, Latvia

Get Charmed

Step into a real-life fairy tale when you visit the Old Town. Climb to the top of the tower at St. Peter's Church for views that stretch to the River Daugava and the Moscow District. Explore the House of Blackheads, a 14th-century building, before wandering down the enchanting cobblestone streets.
Insider tip
The quickest way to get around Riga is by Tram. Purchase a 24-hour ticket for 5 Euros so you can use the same ticket all day.
Riga, Latvia, Art Nouveau Architecture
The side of a building that displays art nouveau architecture in Riga, Latvia

Expand Your Architectural Palette

With over 800 existing Art Nouveau buildings in Riga, you could spend the whole day admiring the intricate architecture. Instead, take a leisurely stroll down Elizabetes street to marvel at the ornately decorated buildings.
Insider tip
Old Town is where most of Riga's hot spots are located, so try to plan most of your day in this area.
Riga, Latvia, Aerial of city and Daugava river
Aerial view of Riga, Latvia and the Daugava river

Savor the Magic

If you need to rest your feet after a few hours spent wandering the Old Town, find a bench in one of the many parks and squares around Riga and relax. Watch as the locals and tourists walk by. Grab a local burger and a cold beer from a street stall, and bask in the ambience of this magical town.
Riga, Latvia, Female holding a jar of sprats
A female holding a jar of sprats

Local Cuisine

There's no shortage of street food stalls around Riga. Expect them to be serving up speka piragi, small bacon-and-onion rolls. You can also take an afternoon to browse the Central Market and snack on sauerkraut, pickles and the local smoked fish called sprats. Or satisfy your sweet tooth with rye bread pudding topped with cinnamon, raisins, apples, plums, cranberries and whipped cream.
Riga, Latvia, Street Market
A street market in Riga, Latvia selling many different items

Shopping

Head to the Old Town to find boutiques offering up handmade traditional Latvian wooden and glass souvenirs, including the distinctive decorative lanterns. Jump onboard a Riga cruise and head to the Central Market for local, organic produce and wines made from apples, chokeberries and sea buckthorn. There, you can also find handmade knitwear, wickerwork and amber jewelry.

Day 6: Tallinn, Estonia

Day 6
Tallinn
Estonia
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Tallinn, Estonia, Old Town
Tallinn, Estonia, Old Town
Things to do in
Tallinn
From 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tallinn's fairy-tale castles, cobbled streets and warm hospitality remain one of Europe's best-kept secrets. Head to the city's Old Town, where you can see medieval Raekoja Plats (Town Hall Square) and wander hidden passageways between 17th- and 18th-century earthwork forts. Tour the ornate Orthodox Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevsky, full of detailed mosaics and traditional icons. Take a foray to the unspoiled Baltic coastline just outside Tallinn — check out popular Pirita or quiet Kakumae. Later, stop into one of Tallinn's iconic cellar restaurants to fuel up on hearty Estonian fare like mulgipuder, a porridge of barley and potatoes flavored with smoky bacon.
Estonia Tallinn Alexander Nevsky Orthodox Cathedral
Estonia Tallinn Alexander Nevsky Orthodox Cathedral

Medieval Roots

From the red-roofted towers of its Town Walls, to the Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the smoky pink Riigikogu parliament house, Tallinn's medieval Old Town looks straight out of a fairy tale. Make sure to stop in central Raejoka Plats, a charming square filled with cafes and restaurants.
Insider tip
Tallinn's Old Town is compact and easily explored by foot, but if you do take a taxi, make sure to negotiate a rate before you start moving.
Tallinn, Estonia, Aerial view of business district
Aerial view of the business district in Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn's New-School Side

Estonia was the birthplace of tech giant Skype, after all, and Tallinn's modern central business district reflects this futurism. Meanwhile, the Rotterdam District hearkens back to the pre-Russian Art Nouveau period of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Insider tip
If you don't have a lot of time, make the quick hike up Toompea Hill: From here, you'll enjoy a picture-perfect panorama of the medieval part of Tallinn.
Tallinn, Estonia, Man and woman walking on a beach
A man and a woman walking on a beach in Tallinn, Estonia

Baltic Beaches

Tallinn's beaches are the perfect opportunity to escape the not-so-hectic city center. Pirita Beach in particular is a big draw, with its broad expanse of sand and unique architecture, which dates back to when the USSR hosted the Olympics in 1991.
Tallinn, Estonia, Herring sanwich
A herring sandwich on a white plate

Local Cuisine

Estonian food mixes Baltic and Russian influences — pickled herring is a common sight on Estonian tables, as is hearty black rye bread. Check out one of the cool cellar restaurants, which are situated on the garden level of warehouse buildings. Try buckwheat blinis with whitefish roe, red onion and sour cream, or pea soup with smoked pork hock. Wash it down with a pint of the local favorite Pohjala beer.
Estonia Tallinn Local Shopping Souvenir Gift Shop
Estonia Tallinn Local Shopping Souvenir Gift Shop

Shopping

If you want to shop a range of souvenirs, local items and just about anything else you can think of, wander through the outdoor market stalls just outside Viru Gate, in the Old Town. Tallinn's most famous souvenirs include wooden crafts made with Estonian Junpier trees and local chocolates and spirits by brands like Kalev and Vana Tallinn.

Day 7: Helsinki, Finland

Day 7
Helsinki
Finland
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Helsinki, Finland, Coastal City View
Coastal city view of Helsinki, Finland
Things to do in
Helsinki
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Finland's capital is a laid-back but vibrant seaside city, surrounded on three sides by sea and tiny islands. Stroll to the heart of Helsinki to its bustling kauppatori, or market square. Admire the graceful 19th-century buildings and Havis Amanda, the lovely mermaid statue commonly regarded as the symbol of Finland. Continue to Temppeliaukio, an astonishing rock-carved church. Finish the day at a local restaurant with a dish of fresh-caught white fish with new potatoes. Join a Helsinki cruise and head to the hip Kallio neighborhood to explore Helsinki's nightlife — you'll discover a host of spots ranging from cocktail lounges to rock music venues all within walking distance from each other.
Helsinki, Finland, Grass Covered Buildings Suomenlinna Fortress
A grass covered building in Suomenlinna Fortress in Helsinki, Finland

Back in Time

Take the ferry 15 minutes to the fortress of Suomenlinna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Finland's most popular sights. Visit the museums, bunkers and fortress walls, built by the Swedes in the 18th century. Then, enjoy a picnic and hike along the cluster of car-free islands that are all connected by walking bridges.
Insider tip
Many sights are within walking distance here, but in case of snow or rain, a DIY tram tour is a great alternative.
Helsinki, Finland, Finnish Design Museum
View of the front of the Finish Design Museum in Helsinki, Finland

Innovative Designs

The Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in the city center, with its quirky metallic design by Steven Holl, is a symbol of Helsinki's modernization. Inside is an eclectic collection of Finnish and international contemporary art. There are excellent facilities for kids and a popular glass-sided cafe and terrace. Check out more of Helsinki's aesthetic history at the Finnish Design Museum.
Insider tip
Some cafes and restaurants offer an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet for a fixed price that's cheaper than dining a la carte.
Helsinki, Finland, Wooden Sauna Interior
The interior of a wooden sauna

Sweat It Out

Saunas are immensely popular in Finland — the nation claims to have about 3.5 million of them. In Helsinki, you can go to Kotiharjun, the city's only original public wood-fired sauna, dating from 1928. Cruise to Finland and try Loyly Sauna, a traditional smoke sauna set in a charming art deco complex.
Insider tip
Purchase a Helsinki Card if you plan to be visiting a lot of museums; it also includes free city transport.
Helsinki, Finland, Fish Sandwich
A fish sandwich paired with a glass on wine in Finland

Local Cuisine

Helsinki has a wide choice of restaurants, from chic Michelin-starred spots to creative bistros and even food trucks. Fresh, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients are the norm here. Famous Finnish dishes you should try during your Finland cruise include salmon stew, forest mushrooms, and reindeer. Smorgasbord is a popular buffet, with hot and cold dishes featuring plenty of seafood. Enjoy a piece of lingonberry pie or some cloudberries for dessert.
Helsinki, Finland, Outdoor Market
An outdoor market in Helsinki, Finland

Shopping

Helsinki is a design mecca. Head to the Stockmann department store in the art nouveau building at Esplanade Park, and stop by Finnish designers like Markimekko, Iittala and Artek. Head to the Helsinki Design District or Toriquarters for unique pieces of clothing, design objects, art, antiques, books and homeware.

Day 8: Visby, Sweden

Day 8
Visby
Sweden
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Visby, Sweden, Panoramic view
Panoramic view of the city of Visby in Sweden
Things to do in
Visby
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
A small town on the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea, Visby was a popular trading spot during the Viking Age. Today, it's Sweden's sunniest vacation destination and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the 3.5 km Ringmuren (Ring Wall), built in the 13th Century, and see its 50 towers and surrounding moats. Snap shots of the idyllic red rose-covered cottages, the ruined Gothic churches and the 13th-century Saint Maria Cathedral. If would like to know more about the island's history, don't miss the excellent Gotland Museum. Cruise to Visby and head 20 kilometers south to the Tofta Viking Village, a Viking-era settlement reconstructed around authentic ancient monuments.
Visby, Sweden, Defensive wall towers
The towers of the defensive walls in Visby, Sweden

Walk the Walled City

Walk along the awe-inspiring medieval Visby Ring Wall, a 3.5 kilometer fortification constructed in the 13th century. This World Heritage site has numerous gates, such as the round-arched Love gate, and more than 50 towers surrounded by moats. It's the best-preserved city wall in Northern Europe, and within the walls lie several ancient stone houses and churches.
Insider tip
Cycling on Gotland's flat countryside is very popular and there are several bicycle renting spots.
Visby, Sweden, Ethnographic museum
An open air ethnographic museum in Sweden

Viking Treasure

Pay a visit to Gotlands Museum to get a sense of the region's history. Highlights include the Spillings Hoard, the world's largest Viking silver treasure, several medieval wooden sculptures, 8th-century picture stones and human skeletons from chambered tombs dating back to the Stone Age.
Insider tip
The Tourist Office is located in the Donnerska huset, Donners plats 1.
Visby, Sweden, Old Ruins
Old ruins of a building in Visby, Sweden

Road to Ruins

Don't miss the impressive medieval ruins of the St. Karin church on Stora Torget. It was founded by Franciscans in 1233, and its memorable ruins feature distinctive high arches. Today, it's often used for performances, and in the winter, children skate on an ice rink set up inside its walls.
Visby, Sweden, Fish soup with potatoes
A bowl of fish soup with potatoes in a tomato paste in Sweden

Local Cuisine

The majority of cafes and restaurants are located around the main square, Stora Torget. Cruise to Visby and make sure to try the delicious traditional saffranspankaka, a saffron-based pancake topped with berries and cream. In one of the seafood restaurants have some fisksoppa (fish stew), fried Baltic herring and turbot, Gotland's national fish.
Visby, Sweden, Miniature horse souvenirs
A variety of colorful miniature horse souvenirs

Shopping

Gotland is known for its many artists — browse the many studios and galleries in Stora Torget. You'll find pottery, glass work and products made of wool, leather and textiles. The museum shop at Gotlands Museum also sells wood handicrafts, jewelry and glass work. Keep an eye out for painted horse figurines, a distinctive Swedish souvenir during your Visby cruise .

Day 9: Ronne, Denmark

Day 9
Ronne
Denmark
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Bornholm Denmark
Bornholm Denmark
Things to do in
Ronne
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Nestled in the glittering blue waters of the Baltic Sea between Denmark, Sweden, Germany and Poland, Bornholm is a favorite getaway among Scandinavians craving a break from the bustle of city life. This idyllic Danish isle goes by many names, too — some call it “Sunshine Island” because of its clear blue skies and mild weather, and “Rock Island” because of its dramatic granite formations, which store heat during the summer. You won’t find any big towns or crowds here, even during season — just quaint dairy farms, colorful half-timbered houses, Nordic round churches, and beautiful windswept coasts. The busiest spot on the island is Rønne, your gateway to the rest of Bornholm, but even this main port moves at slow, serene pace.
Osterlars Church), the Oldest of the Four Round Churches on Bornholm Island, Denmark
Osterlars Church), the Oldest of the Four Round Churches on Bornholm Island, Denmark

ROUND CHURCHES & RUNESTONES

Bornholm has four of Denmark’s seven iconic round churches, and they’re among the island’s most popular landmarks. Built in the 12th and 13th centuries, these edgeless structures are doubled as fortresses in times of conflict and are still in use for religious services today. The largest and oldest is Østerlars, known as much for its history as for the three ancient rune stones on its grounds.
Insider tip
Bornholm was the first place in Europe to be designated a World Craft Region, so make sure you keep an eye out for craft workshops and boutiques.
Bicycles parked by the entrance to the Baltic sea beach
Bicycles parked by the entrance to the Baltic sea beach

BIKE AROUND BORNHOLM

With over 230 km of bike tracks across the island, Bornholm is a cyclist’s haven. Zip around Rønne or venture out on a longer ride to the Gamleborg Viking fortress and the heather-covered Paradisbakkerne Hills on the island’s east coast. Stop for a fresh seafood lunch in a fishing hamlet along the way.
Insider tip
Service charges are included in your bill, but tips are always appreciated — 10% is typical if you’re happy with the service.
Hammershus castle - the biggest Northern Europe castle ruins
Hammershus castle - the biggest Northern Europe castle ruins

MEDEIVAL MARVEL

Bornholm is home to the largest castle ruin in Northern Europe — Hammershus. Perched atop a steep, rocky outcropping on the northern tip of the island, this impressive castle ruin has parts that date back to the early 12th century. Stop by the visitor’s center before exploring the castle to learn more about its history.
Insider tip
If you’re not renting a bike and prefer to get around by taxi, you can hail one on the street.
Fish and chips plate and a glass of beer
Fish and chips plate and a glass of beer

LOCAL CUISINE

You’d probably never expect it, but Bornholm has a pretty amazing food scene — especially Rønne. You’ll find it all here, from traditional Danish dishes to trendsetting street food. Try some of the island’s famous smoked fish or crispy-fried fish and chips paired with a local brew, and finish the meal with a slice of Danish apple cake.
Images from a glass blower in Bornholm, Denmark.
Images from a glass blower in Bornholm, Denmark.

SHOPPING

Arts and crafts are big in Bornholm, especially glassblowing and pottery made with locally worked clay. Rønne’s Lille Torv and Store Torv areas have lots of shops selling both, along with fashion, housewares, and more. And keep an eye out for the island’s famous grandfather clocks, considered among the finest made in Denmark.

Day 10: Aarhus, Denmark

Day 10
Aarhus
Denmark
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Aarhus, Denmark St. Pauls Church
St. Pauls Church in Aarhus, Denmark
Things to do in
Aarhus
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Founded during the Viking Age, Aarhus is a compact and vibrant city perfect for history buffs and lovers of the arts and culture. Head to the bustling Latin Quarter, lined with cafes, boutique shops and cutting-edge restaurants on your next Denmark cruise. Take a short walk to Aarhus Cathedral to see the tallest church in Denmark. Can't get enough art and history? You're in luck: Aarhus was recently named European Capital of Culture. Its myriad museums include the Moesgaard History Museum, Aros Aarhus Art Museum and Den Gamle By, nestled in an open-air botanical garden.
Aarhus, Denmark Historical Buildings
Historical buildings in Aarhus, Denmark

Medieval Town With Modern Cool

The oldest section of Aarhus is the Latin Quarter, dating back to the 14th century. Walk through its narrow cobblestone streets filled with chic shops, galleries and some of the city's best eateries. In the heart of the Latin Quarter, you'll find the cozy square Puservig Torv — its many cafes are the perfect place for a midday break.
Insider tip
If you want picture-perfect photos, you'll be hard-pressed to find anything more quaint than colorful Mollestien Lane.
Aarhus, Denmark Old Town Plaza
An old town plaza at Aarhus, Denmark

Old Ways of Life Preserved

Lined with traditional timber houses, Den Gamle By — "the Old Town" — is Denmark's national open-air museum of urban history and culture. Experience how people lived and worked at the end of the 19th century. Interested in more recent history? Check out the street that brings Denmark in 1974 back to life.
Insider tip
Take the time to explore the waterfront and the forest — they're a 15-minute bike ride away from one another.
Aarhus, Denmark, Moesgaard Museum
View of the Moesgaard Museum in Aarhus, Denmark

Futuristic Facade, Ancient Artifacts

In a city bursting with great museums, Moesgaard stands out from the rest. Interactive exhibitions take you from Stone Age artifacts, through Classical antiquity and the Middle Ages to the present. The hyper-modern architecture, with its unique climbable exterior, is worth the visit alone. Grab lunch in the cafe, which gets rave reviews.
Aarhus, Denmark Fresh Smorrebrod Sandwich
A fresh smorrebrod sandwich in Aarhus, Denmark

Local Cuisine

Grab one of Denmark's traditional smorrebrod — an open-faced sandwich, often served with smoked salmon, horseradish sour cream and fresh radishes — from one of the cafes and food markets of the Latin Quarter. If you're a true foodie, head to one of the city's four Michelin-starred restaurants, where the New Nordic Food Manifesto elevates local products — like cold-water Skrei cod and spicy plants and herbs such as ramsons and woodruff — to new heights of sophisticated simplicity.
Aarhus, Denmark Souvenir Figurines
Souvenir toy soldier figurines in Denmark

Shopping

Stop into the chic boutiques of the Latin Quarter and the high-end luxury department stores like Magasin and Salling to find out why Aarhus is one of the best shopping cities in Northern Europe. Explore the period shops of Den Gamle By for unique items that reflect Danish tradition, like glazed earthenware bowls and kitchen items, as well as traditional woolen knitwear.

Day 11: Copenhagen, Denmark

Day 11
Copenhagen
Denmark
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Copenhagen, Denmark Tivoli Garden Lake
A lake with boats, with a roller coaster in the background in Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark
Things to do in
Copenhagen
Arrives at 5:00 AM
Copenhagen has come a long way from its early Viking days. Its historic center of Frederiksstaden has its share of castles and royal-era palaces— but it’s the modern, sleek Scandinavian design and playful, hygge spirit that sets Denmark’s capital apart today. Each neighborhood offers its own unique, exciting adventures. Explore the city’s seafaring past with a canal cruise under a network of bridges, or take a stroll along Nyhavn’s colorful quay. Peek in Kødbyen’s trendy art galleries and savor world-renowned Nordic cuisine in Christiania’s quirky cafes. Adventure comes in many forms in Copenhagen, from Baltic beaches to famous fairytales.
Copenhagen, Denmark Tivoli Garden Palace
A Moorish Palace in Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark

PUT IT IN PARK

Pump up the adrenaline at Tivoli Gardens, one of the world’s oldest amusement parks. Go upside down on the 62 mph Vertigo, or feel the thrill of riding the famous wooden roller coaster that marked its 100th birthday in 2014. Arcade games, pantomime shows and live music only add to the park’s appeal.
Copenhagen, Denmark Little Mermaid
Little Mermaid statue sitting on a rock on the harborfront in the northern Kastellet area in Copenhagen, Denmark

PLOT TWIST

Inspired by the famous Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, The Little Mermaid sculpture remains one of the most visited landmarks in all of Copenhagen. Find her sitting on a rock in the harbor, in all her bronze and granite glory, looking forlorn in search of her prince on land.
Copenhagen, Denmark National Museum
The National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen

NATIONAL TREASURES

Housed in the old Prince’s Palace, the National Museum’s galleries span the Great Hall and former sleeping quarters of Danish royalty. Here you can admire furniture from the early 18th century, as well as impressive collections of classical and eastern antiquities, handicrafts, coins, medals and children’s toys.
Copenhagen, Denmark Smorrebrod
Danish smørrebrød sandwich with salmon fish and egg on wooden board, in Copenhagen, Denmark

Local Cuisine

Copenhagen has the most Michelin-starred restaurants of any Scandinavian city. Noma is consistently named “Best Restaurant in the World” for its New Nordic cuisine. But if you’re hungry for a quick lunch, try a herring smørrebrød sandwich and a dozen Limfjord oysters. Savor Danish cheese, coffee and pastries at Torvehallerne market— or sip on an ice-cold pint of Carlsberg pilsner.
Denmark Copenhagen Mini Hot Air Balloons
Denmark Copenhagen Mini Hot Air Balloons

Shopping

Hit the famous shopping strip of Strøget, one of the longest pedestrian-friendly streets in Europe, for international brands and kitschy collectibles. Copenhagen is perhaps best-known for its Danish-designed glass and ceramic home goods. Many vendors sell secondhand porcelain and silver pieces in street markets, but be prepared to bargain.

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