57 days in Germany, Denmark & Sweden Itinerary

57 days in Germany, Denmark & Sweden Itinerary

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Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
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Rothenburg, Germany
— 2 nights
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Dresden, Germany
— 3 nights
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Leipzig, Germany
— 2 nights
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Weimar, Germany
— 2 nights
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Nuremberg, Germany
— 3 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 5 nights
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Hohenschwangau, Germany
— 1 night
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Stuttgart, Germany
— 3 nights
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Baden-Baden, Germany
— 2 nights
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Frankfurt, Germany
— 2 nights
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Trier, Germany
— 3 nights
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Cologne, Germany
— 3 nights
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Bochum, Germany
— 2 nights
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Bielefeld, Germany
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Hannover, Germany
— 2 nights
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Hamburg, Germany
— 4 nights
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Aarhus, Denmark
— 2 nights
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Gothenburg, Sweden
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Berlin, Germany

— 2 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Brandenburg Gate, explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Zoo Berlin, and contemplate the long history of Charlottenburg Palace.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Berlin itinerary tool.

New Delhi, India to Berlin is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -4.5 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Rothenburg, Germany

— 2 nights

Medieval Heart of Germany

An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
On the 30th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Jacob's Church (St. Jakobskirche), see the interesting displays at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), get a sense of history and politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber, then steep yourself in history at Rodertor, then contemplate the long history of Town Walls, and finally examine the collection at Historiengewölbe mit Staatsverlies - Museum zur Stadtgeschichte in Rothenburg o.d.T.. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: test the waters at Franken-Therme Bad Windsheim, get engrossed in the history at Reichsstadtmuseum, make a trip to Klingentor, then explore the historical opulence of Topplerschlosschen, and finally stop by Anneliese Friese.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Rothenburg tour planner.

Getting from Berlin to Rothenburg by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Rothenburg are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Shopping

Side Trip

Dresden, Germany

— 3 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Dresden is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at The Dresden Zwinger, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Frauenkirche Dresden, admire the striking features of Bruehlsche Terrasse, and explore the world behind art at Albertinum.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Dresden trip planner.

Getting from Rothenburg to Dresden by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Dresden can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Leipzig.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Leipzig, Germany

— 2 nights

Little Paris

Leipzig is not only world-famous for its long tradition of trade fairs, but also for its vibrant music and cultural scenes.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): enjoy breathtaking views from Bitterfelder Bogen, buy something for everyone on your list at Hauptbahnhof Leipzig, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Nicholas Church (Nikolaikirche), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Thomas Church. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the resident critters at Zoo Leipzig, steep yourself in history at Schillerhaus, then explore the world behind art at Museum der Bildenden Kunste, then contemplate the long history of Das Chemnitzer Rathaus, and finally take an in-depth tour of Bach Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Leipzig tour planner.

Traveling by car from Dresden to Leipzig takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Leipzig are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Weimar.

Things to do in Leipzig

Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Weimar, Germany

— 2 nights

Home to Poets and Philosophers

Weimar more than makes up for its relatively small size with a wealth of historical, cultural, and architectural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Schillers Wohnhaus, see the interesting displays at Liszt Haus, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Erfurt Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of Bachhaus, and finally explore the galleries of Goethe National Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Schloss Neuenburg and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Toskana Therme Bad Sulza.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Weimar trip planning site.

You can take a train from Leipzig to Weimar in an hour. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 2°C in January, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can take a train to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Weimar

Historic Sites · Spas · Museums

Side Trips

Nuremberg, Germany

— 3 nights

Gingerbread Capital of the World

Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Nuremberg is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Germanisches Nationalmuseum, don't miss a visit to Ehekarussell, get a taste of the local shopping with Handwerkerhof, and step into the grandiose world of Kaiserburg Nurnberg.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Nuremberg itinerary site.

You can take a train from Weimar to Nuremberg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Shopping

Munich, Germany

— 5 nights

Village of a Million People

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Munich is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, browse the eclectic array of goods at Viktualienmarkt, explore the world behind art at Alte Pinakothek, and examine the collection at Munich Residenz.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Munich vacation tool.

You can drive from Nuremberg to Munich in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Munich are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hohenschwangau.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Hohenschwangau, Germany

— 1 night
A picturesque village nestled in a green valley on the shores of a lake, Hohenschwangau receives nearly two million visitors every year.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pilgrimage Church of Wies, step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hohenschwangau, then take in the views from Queen Mary's Bridge (Marienbrucke), and finally make a trip to Schloss Neuschwanstein.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Hohenschwangau travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Munich to Hohenschwangau takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. January in Hohenschwangau sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Stuttgart.

Things to do in Hohenschwangau

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Stuttgart, Germany

— 3 nights

Cradle of the Automobile

Stuttgart spreads across a variety of valleys, parks, and hills--many of them covered by vineyards.
Step out of Stuttgart with an excursion to Erlebnispark Tripsdrill in Cleebronn--about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Mercedes-Benz Museum, get in on the family fun at Sensapolis, don't miss a visit to Palace Square, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wilhelma Zoologisch-Botanischer Garten.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Stuttgart road trip planning site.

Getting from Hohenschwangau to Stuttgart by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In January in Stuttgart, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Baden-Baden.

Things to do in Stuttgart

Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Baden-Baden, Germany

— 2 nights

Belle Époque Europe's Summer Capital

Scenically located at the edge of the Black Forest, Baden-Baden offers scenery, culture, and relaxation in addition to a vibrant nightlife and dining scene, specializing in traditional German dishes.
On the 20th (Wed), explore the ancient world of Hohenbaden Old Castle, admire the masterpieces at Museum Frieder Burda, and then relax and rejuvenate at Caracalla Therme. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Merkur, pause for some serene contemplation at Stiftskirche Baden-Baden, and then contemplate the long history of Trinkhalle.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Baden-Baden trip planner.

Traveling by car from Stuttgart to Baden-Baden takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. January in Baden-Baden sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Baden-Baden

Historic Sites · Spas · Nature · Parks

Frankfurt, Germany

— 2 nights

Mainhattan

A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
On the 22nd (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Stadel Museum, then try to win big at Kurhaus, and then don't miss a visit to Marktkirche. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at Royal Thai Massage, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mainz Cathedral, and then contemplate the long history of Goethe House.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Frankfurt trip planner.

You can drive from Baden-Baden to Frankfurt in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daytime highs in Frankfurt are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Trier.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Casinos

Side Trips

Trier, Germany

— 3 nights

Oldest City in Germany

Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
Trier is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Rhineland Museum (Rheinisches Landesmuseum), delve into the distant past at Porta Nigra, explore the world behind art at Stadtmuseum Simeonstift, and contemplate the long history of Bischofliche Weinguter Trier.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Trier road trip site.

You can drive from Frankfurt to Trier in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. In January in Trier, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cologne.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Shopping

Cologne, Germany

— 3 nights

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Cologne is known for historic sites, museums, and fun & games. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cologne Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Wallraf-Richartz Museum, don't miss a visit to KolnTriangle, and test your problem-solving skills at Team X - Agentur fuer Zeitreisen, Quantenmagie und Abenteuer.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cologne road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Trier to Cologne takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bochum.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trip

Bochum, Germany

— 2 nights
Once a booming mining city and a critical piece of Germany’s heavily industrialized Ruhr region, Bochum today has morphed into a major hub of the service sector.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): get to know the resident critters at Zoom Erlebniswelt and then find something for the whole family at Freizeitpark Ketteler Hof. On the 31st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at LWL-Industriemuseum Zeche Nachtigall, then make a trip to Historische Stadthalle Wuppertal, and then don't miss a visit to Tetraeder Bottrop.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Bochum trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Cologne to Bochum takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bielefeld.

Things to do in Bochum

Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Bielefeld, Germany

— 2 nights
Historically a center of Europe’s linen industry, Bielefeld today combines rich local culture with a tradition of innovation and commercial development.
On the 1st (Mon), examine the collection at LWL-Open-Air Museum Detmold (LWL Freilichtmuseum Detmold), then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Vogelpark Heiligenkirchen, and then make a trip to Hermannsdenkmal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue): meet the residents at Heimat-Tierpark Olderdissen, pause for some serene contemplation at Paderborn Cathedral (Dom zu Paderborn), and then explore the historical opulence of Kreismuseum Wewelsburg.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Bielefeld online travel route planner.

Drive from Bochum to Bielefeld in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Bielefeld, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hannover.

Things to do in Bielefeld

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Hannover, Germany

— 2 nights

City of Fairs

Hannover, northern Germany's major urban center, may be best known for hosting annual commercial trade fairs.
On the 3rd (Wed), get to know the resident critters at Erlebnis Zoo Hannover, then relax and rejuvenate at Tuina & Qigong Massage, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Marktkirche. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): look for gifts at Markthalle, get a sense of history and politics at The New Town Hall, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Michaelis, and finally step into the grandiose world of Marienburg Castle.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hannover itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Bielefeld to Hannover takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in February, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Hamburg.

Things to do in Hannover

Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Hamburg, Germany

— 4 nights

Gateway to the World

As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
Change things up with a short trip to Heide Park in Soltau (about 1h 5 min away). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Miniatur Wunderland, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Petri Kirche, admire the landmark architecture of Chilehaus, and make a trip to Townhall.

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Traveling by car from Hannover to Hamburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. February in Hamburg sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Aarhus.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trip

Aarhus, Denmark

— 2 nights

City of Smiles

Located on the sea, Aarhus blends a world city with a small-town feel. Home to a young population, the city has a reputation for producing internationally known pop and rock musicians.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Musikhuset Aarhus, admire the landmark architecture of Aarhus Rådhus, look and learn at Aros Aarhus Kunstmuseum, then examine the collection at Moesgaard Museum, and finally get into the urban bustle at Dokk1. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Den Gamle By and then admire the landmark architecture of Aarhus Universitet.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Aarhus travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hamburg to Aarhus takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February in Aarhus, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Aarhus

Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Copenhagen, Denmark

— 4 nights

City of Beautiful Towers

Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Copenhagen is known for parks, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Tivoli Gardens, make a trip to National Museum of Denmark, step into the grandiose world of Rosenborg Castle, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Frederiks Kirke (Marmorkirken).

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Copenhagen trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Aarhus to Copenhagen by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In February in Copenhagen, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can fly to Gothenburg.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Museums · Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites

Gothenburg, Sweden

— 2 nights

Little London

Situated on Sweden's western coastline, Gothenburg attracts visitors with cultural festivals, a lively music scene, and a blend of classical and modern architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): look for gifts at Saluhallen, then get to know the resident critters at Slottsskogen, then see the interesting displays at Volvo Museum, and finally step into the grandiose world of Bohus Fastning. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Skansen Kronan and then find something for the whole family at Liseberg amusement park.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Gothenburg trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Copenhagen to Gothenburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Gothenburg can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can fly to Stockholm.

Things to do in Gothenburg

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trip

Stockholm, Sweden

— 4 nights

Beauty by the Water

One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Stockholm is known for museums, historic sites, and childrens museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Vasa Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Stockholm City Hall, examine the collection at ABBA The Museum, and explore the engaging exhibits at Junibacken.

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Traveling by flight from Gothenburg to Stockholm takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.

Denmark travel guide

4.2
Piers & Boardwalks · Gardens · Monuments
Known for its old-fashioned charm, Denmark often is referenced as a fairy-tale setting by visitors and locals alike. With quaint cobblestone streets leading the way to art galleries, museums, and historical sights, plus a modern and easily accessible public transportation system, Denmark seamlessly blends its rich history with modern advancements. Be inspired by the works of local legends, including the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, the symphonies of Carli Nielsen, and the astronomy work of Tycho Brahe, then play a bit at amusement parks like Legoland. Visitors often find themselves developing "hygge," the untranslatable Danish trait that encapsulates a sense of coziness and contentment, which is thought to have a great deal of influence on Denmark's standing as one of the happiest nations on the planet.

Sweden travel guide

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History Museums · Specialty Museums · Historic Walking Areas
Mother Svea
Once the land of the Vikings, Sweden today combines a long and fascinating history with a propensity for the very modern. The grand Romanesque churches that dot the countryside contrast with the clean, simple lines and partiality for organization the country is known for. With its reverence for the shy, reserved, and considerate, the nation exudes a sensation of being comfortable. Peek into the quiet lives from afar, gather around traditional "fika" coffee with loved ones, or dine on meatballs, herring, and potatoes. Immerse yourself in nature among the forests and trails so respected by their citizens, and take in the latest design and cultural offerings in this modest yet aesthetically savvy country.