The Danish capital’s new title as the World Capital of Architecture marks the beginning of a year full of architectural events and highlights in and around Copenhagen.

Copenhagen is known for its many bike lanes, the young, vibrant atmosphere, and historic buildings next to new and modern. And not to forget – Copenhagen has a waterfront so clean that you can take a plunge in the harbour!

It is a city that mixes a green mindset with ingenuity and fun, and a city that offers excellent opportunities to explore the city, whether by foot, bike or wheelchair.

And all over Denmark, you can find architectural wonders. From hundreds of old, royal castles and signs of Viking villages to modern and playful architectural buildings and art.

A modern, old fairy tale

The Scandinavian pearl is known for its fairy tales, architecture, monarchy, and modern, Nordic lifestyle. But how is it, that you can get everything all at once?

Even outside of the Danish capital – which itself is home to more than five royal castles – your guests can find a great variety of old and modern architecture.

When calling the ports of Nyborg or Fredericia your guests can easily visit the newly built H.C. Andersen’s House in Odense, which is listed on the New York Times list of 52 places to visit in 2023.

The ambitious building of this new attraction was designed by the Japanese star architect Kengo Kuma and realized with a crucial donation from the A.P. Møller Foundation. Architect Kengo Kuma and his design studio are also behind the new Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.

The newly built H.C. Andersen’s House in Odense ©Picture Mitch Wiesinger the Viking fortress Trelleborg are close to the Ports of Fredericia and Nyborg. ©Picture Daniel Villadsen


It is attractions like the H.C. Andersen’s House that are taking part in recreating the Danish fairytale, where old architecture and stories meet the new and modern world.

A visit to Odense can easily be combined with shore excursions to other architectural attractions like the Viking fortress Trelleborg, Egeskov Castle, Universe Science Park or Nature Park Lillebælt – just to name a few!

Danish cuisine inspired by the lifestyle.

Even the world-class cuisine is shaped like a piece of art when served at one of the many great places to eat in Denmark – especially if you visit one of the 27 Michelin stared restaurants placed both in and outside the capital.

Last year, a Copenhagen-based restaurant again enriched the title of the world’s best restaurant on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. This is the second year in a row a Danish restaurant tops the list, which strengthens Denmark’s position as one of the leading gastro destinations with some of the world’s best dining experiences – and it is all inspired by the simple Nordic lifestyle, design, and art.

Danish cuisine is known all over the world for its high quality and simplicity. ©Picture Chris Tonnesen

So, it is safe to say that this Scandinavian Pearl offers everything a cruise guest can possibly need. Both for the eyes, the soul, and the stomach.

Do you still need more reasons to put Denmark on your next itinerary? Read more on CruiseCopenhagen’s website and LinkedIn.