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Nationalmuseet. Photo: The National Museum of Denmark

Address Ny Vestergade 10; 1220 Copenhagen K
by Vester Voldgade
Neighbourhood Indre By – Vester Kvarter | See on map
Metro København H [A, B, C, E, H, DSB], Kongens Nytorv [M1, M2]
Telephone +45 33 13 44 11
Website http://www.nationalmuseet.dk/
Price Free.
Hours Tues-Sun 10-17.

Denmark’s national museum houses a collection of the country’s cultural gems inside a beautiful 18th century mansion. If the weather’s up to scratch, step outside to the open air museum modelled on the days of fairytale legend Hans Christian Andersen, otherwise just get on with it inside.

The self-guided tours only take an hour and are a great way of discovering Danish history without the hand-holding of a museum-rep. Start with the prehistoric reindeer-hunters, venture out with the Vikings, check out the golden alters of the God-fearing Middle Ages before moving onto scientific discoveries made during the Renaissance, and work your way through modern times right up until the present day.