In the kingdom named Denmark, on the island called Fyn, lies a tranquil town bathed in moonlight – Odense. In this town, there’s a street called Andersens, and down that street something wondrous can be found. A house, over two centuries old, standing as a sentinel of memories, holding within it the tale of the first son of a cobbler and his wife – the memory of Hans Christian Andersen.
But let me whisk you away to this land beyond the pages of fairytales, for Denmark is more than a realm of enchantment. It is a parliamentary monarchy, with Queen Margrethe II at its helm.
Amidst the countless castles such as Ledreborg, Voergaard, Rosenborg, and Kronborg, this is a land of joyful people who live the “hygge” way of life.
“Hygge” (pronounced “hoo-gah”) is the Danish term that encapsulates the feeling of comfort, warmth, and intimacy. It’s a concept that celebrates the enjoyment of small things, the creation of a cozy atmosphere, and a focus on the present moment. It could be relishing a cup of warm tea or unwinding at home with family and friends. Hygge is the cornerstone of Danish living, contributing to the sense of happiness and contentment.
Bicycling is a fundamental part of daily life in Denmark. Cities like Copenhagen boast an exceptionally well-developed cycling infrastructure. Its citizens spend a staggering 49% of their commute time on bikes.
The first bike lane was constructed along Esplanaden in 1892 and in 1905 the Danish Cyclists’ Federation was created. By 1912, Copenhagen already had 50 km of cycle lanes and streets were dominated by streetcars and bicycles. Aside from being Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen is truly the capital of cycling.
Should you venture to Jelling, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Jutland, you’ll discover a field adorned with runic stones, among them, one bearing the inscription of King Harald Bluetooth, the unifier of Denmark.
This land of Vikings invites us to dive into the reality of a fairytale, where every moment carries its magic, every corner harbours a tale, and every heart can connect with the true enchantment of existence.
So come, step into this timeless realm, where the lines between reality and enchantment blur, and the tapestry of Danish life is woven with threads of wonder.