Denmark: land of Vikings

Denmark: land of Vikings

The Danes have given the world many great gifts. From innovations in physics from the likes of Tycho Brahe and Niels Bohr to the often terrifying but always excellent fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, or the equally terrifying but excellent philosophical musings of Søren Kierkegaard, Denmark has supplied much for which the rest of the world can be grateful. Nor are Denmark’s accomplishments limited solely to the realm of the mind, as the fabulous cheese pastry named after this culture will remind you. The Danes have a masterstroke, too, since they were the ones who invented Legos.   Getting in, out, and about   Denmark is a party to the Schengen Agreement in Europe, which allows for near-borderless travel throughout much of Europe. For US travelers, you do not need to apply for a special visa to enter any one of the Schengen countries, and once in one of them, you can travel to others without needing to get an additional visa. Most Schengen countries will want you to get your passport stamped when you enter, however. Your US passport should have two blank pages and remain valid for up to 90 days beyond your intended departure date from the Schengen area, including Denmark. Once you enter the Schengen area, you can stay for up to 90 days within a six month period. Denmark does require you to report entering or leaving with more than €10,000 in cash, or the equivalent.   Denmark has some of the best health care in the world, and its food and water standards are at the very least the equal of that in the US. You can drink the tap water safely. Nevertheless, the US Center for Disease Control recommends that all travelers should be up to date on the common vaccinations when traveling to another country. In some cases, travelers may want to consider getting additional vaccinations against Hepatitis A & B, and rabies. Whether these are necessary for you depends in large part on what your vacation plans entail. Your best practice is to consult with your local doctor well in advance of your vacation to determine if any additional vaccinations would be appropriate for you.   The landscape in Denmark is relatively flat or rolling, with forests and rivers. Renting a car is one way to get around outside of Danish cities. Keep in mind that gasoline is heavily...

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