Published on : Tuesday, August 26, 2014
History in the loop
Cycling holidays are becoming evermore popular, allowing travellers to get close to nature and enjoy local experiences at their own pace. With more than 12,000 km of designated bicycle routes, cycle friendly cities and 11 national cycle routes, Denmark is a great destination for cycling holidays.
The initiative, Powered by Cycling: Panorama offers a unique chance to explore inspiring locations of historic interest. Denmark has a long tradition for heritage centres. Some of the world’s oldest and largest open-air museums are located by the cities of Aarhus and Copenhagen. Here authentic historic farms, mills and townhouses have been relocated from across the nation and the informative staff bring history to life. Denmark also has a unique maritime history with museum boatyards and heritage harbours such as the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde and the Nyhavn Canal in Copenhagen.
Rugged cliffs and green archipelagos
The Berlin-Copenhagen Route offers the chance to combine two great European metropolises and to discover the wide-open countryside and scenic coast of Denmark’s southern archipelago.
The Danish section of the Berlin-Copenhagen Route stretches 300 km from the town of Gedser to Copenhagen. Highlight attractions include the towering tree capped white cliffs of the island of Møn and the rugged coastline of Stevns Klint in South Zealand, soon to be designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. On Møn you find historic towns and villages, such as Stege and Nyord and a soft-rolling landscape of meadows and farmland. Close to the route along the south coast of the island of Falster, there are also sandy beaches with holiday homes.
Hundreds of miles of wide-open sandy beaches
Denmark’s West Coast Route reaches 560 km from the southern border town of Tønder to the very tip of the Jutland Peninsula. The West Coast Route is part of the 6,000 km North Sea Cycle Route, which stretches along the coasts of England, Scotland, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Denmark and Norway.
The West Coast Route runs from south to north all along Denmark’s wide-open sandy west coast. Highlight attractions in South Jutland include the open marshlands and tidal wetlands by the Wadden Sea National Park and the heritage cathedral town of Ribe, which is Denmark’s oldest city. The northern stretch of the route passes through the coastal wilderness of the Thy National Park and close to some of Europe’s largest migrating sand dunes. Seaside towns and fishing villages are dotted all along the west coast.
Accommodation along the West Coast Route can be booked from the dedicated West Coast Route or the Camping information website.
Also featuring accommodation are the regional tourism websites for the west coast area: South West Jutland or North Jutland.
Four examples of short cycling holidays in Denmark offering unique heritage experiences:
1. The Royal Marshland Route
2. Vikings and the Wadden Sea
3. Clifftop drama
4. The Sound Trail