47 days in Denmark, Germany & Vaxjo Itinerary

47 days in Denmark, Germany & Vaxjo Itinerary

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Copenhagen, Denmark
— 5 nights
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Vordingborg, Denmark
— 5 nights
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Odense, Denmark
— 9 nights
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Soenderborg, Denmark
— 6 nights
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Vaxjo, Sweden
— 6 nights
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Lubeck, Germany
— 6 nights
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Hamburg, Germany
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Copenhagen, Denmark

— 5 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.
Get in touch with nature at Gudmindrup Beach and Borreby Mose. Step off the beaten path and head to Fredensborg Palace and Eskebjerg Vesterlyng. Explore Copenhagen's surroundings by going to Hojby Kirke (in Hoejby), Roskilde (Viking Ship Museum & Roskilde Domkirke) and Kronborg (in Helsingoer). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Naturpark Aamosen, step into the grandiose world of Frederiksborg Castle, enjoy the sand and surf at Nordsjaellands Kattegatkyst, and take a memorable drive along Tadre Molle.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Copenhagen online visit planner.

Berlin, Germany to Copenhagen is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also take a train; or take a bus. July in Copenhagen sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Vordingborg.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Vordingborg, Denmark

— 5 nights
Vordingborg is an old ferry town in Vordingborg Municipality in Denmark. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cold War Museum Stevnsfort and Maribo Domkirke. Visit Vordingborg Slots Ruiner and Fanefjord Church for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vordingborg: Naestved (Vejlo Kirke, Herlufsholm Kirke, &more), Knuthenborg Safaripark (in Maribo) and Vesterhavegaarden Vingaard (in Karrebaeksminde). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Fuglsang Kunstmuseum, appreciate the history behind Klekkendehoj, take a memorable drive along Praestoe, and don't miss a visit to Praesto kirke.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Vordingborg trip planner.

Traveling by car from Copenhagen to Vordingborg takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Copenhagen in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 19°C in Vordingborg. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Odense.

Things to do in Vordingborg

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Odense, Denmark

— 9 nights

Odin's Shrine

The capital of the island of Funen, Odense represents the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen, who penned such classics as "The Little Mermaid" and "The Ugly Duckling." Denmark's third-largest city proudly displays its link to the famous writer with museums, sculptures, and public art installations dedicated to Andersen and his stories.
Step off the beaten path and head to The Funen Village and Johannes Larsen Museet. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Danish Railway Museum and Bellinge Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Odense: Svendborg (Svendborg Idraetscenter, St. Jorgen's Church, &more), Nyborg (Vor Frue Kirke, Holckenhavn Slot, &more) and Broholm Castle (in Gudme). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Odense Cathedral - Sct. Knuds Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Dreslette Kirke, have fun and explore at Arresten, and see the interesting displays at H. C. Andersens House.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Odense trip planner.

You can drive from Vordingborg to Odense in 2 hours. Traveling from Vordingborg in July, Odense is little chillier at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Soenderborg.

Things to do in Odense

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Soenderborg, Denmark

— 6 nights
Sønderborg HistoryPrior to the Second Schleswig War of 1864, Sønderborg was situated in the Duchy of Schleswig, a Danish fief, so its history is properly included in the contentious history of Schleswig-Holstein. Step off the beaten path and head to Ribe Domkirke and Ribe Vikinge Center. Visit Blaavand Beach and Vejers Strand for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Soenderborg: Koldinghus (in Kolding), Boersmose Strand (in Oksboel) and Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church (in Jelling). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Sonderborg Slot, catch some excitement at Universe, look for all kinds of wild species at Marbaek-Omraadet, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Gendarmstien.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Soenderborg journey planner.

You can drive from Odense to Soenderborg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Odense in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Soenderborg, with lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Vaxjo.

Things to do in Soenderborg

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Vaxjo, Sweden

— 6 nights
Växjö is a city and the seat of Växjö Municipality, Kronoberg County, Sweden. We've included these beaches for you: Tappet havsbad and Revhaken Havsbad. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at IKEA Museum and Teleborg Castle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vaxjo: Malilla Algpark (in Malilla), Naturum Vattenriket (in Kristianstad) and Torsas Church (in Torsas). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Smalandet Markaryds Algsafari, get in on the family fun at Astrid Lindgren's Worlds guest, get engrossed in the history at Karlskrona Porslinsmuseum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Fredrikskyrkan.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Vaxjo holiday site.

You can drive from Soenderborg to Vaxjo in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Lubeck.

Things to do in Vaxjo

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lubeck, Germany

— 6 nights

City of Seven Spires

Lubeck is the only northern German city with a largely intact medieval old town comparable to sites farther south.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Marienkirche and Alter Strom. Sankt Marien Kirche and Leuchtturm Buk are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Schwerin (Schwerin Cathedral & Schwerin Castle (Schweriner Schloss)), Kirche St. Georgen (in Wismar) and Warnemunde (Ostseebad Warnemunde & Strand Warnemunde). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Kuhlungsborn Beach, take a stroll through Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown), step into the grandiose world of Jagdschloss Gelbensande, and get outside with Travemunde.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Lubeck road trip planner.

Getting from Vaxjo to Lubeck by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hamburg.

Things to do in Lubeck

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hamburg, Germany

— 7 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.
Visit Ev.-Luth. Kirche and Historische Altstadt for their historical value. Museen Boettcherstrasse and HafenCity are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Wildpark Lueneburger Heide (in Hanstedt), 28Grad Strandbad Wedel (in Wedel) and Familienlagune Perlebucht (in Busum). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Wildpark Schwarze Berge, identify plant and animal life at OTTER-ZENTRUM, pause for some serene contemplation at Hauptkirche St. Jacobi, and wander the streets of Alster.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hamburg online trip planner.

Drive from Lubeck to Hamburg in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Hamburg sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Hamburg

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Denmark travel guide

4.2
Theme Parks · Historic Walking Areas · Castles
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.

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.