Welcome to Denmark! This beautiful country has something for everyone, but especially for book lovers, with a rich literary tradition and a thriving contemporary book scene. From stunning landscapes to captivating stories, Denmark is home to some of the most iconic literary destinations in the world.
There are numerous bookshops and libraries to explore, as well as cultural events and literary festivals to attend. From the iconic works of Hans Christian Andersen to the modern thrillers of Jussi Adler-Olsen, Denmark has a wealth of literature to explore.
Below, we explore the top literary destinations in Denmark, from the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen to the hauntingly beautiful setting of Hamlet’s castle. Whether you’re interested in classic literature, contemporary fiction, or non-fiction, you’ll find plenty of options to choose from in Denmark.
So grab a book and start exploring this wonderful country and all it has to offer!
1. The Royal Danish Library (Kongelige Bibliotek)
The Royal Danish Library is the largest library in Denmark, and one of the leading research libraries in Europe. Founded in 1648 by King Frederik III, who donated his personal collection of books to the library; the library is home to an impressive collection of over four million books, manuscripts, and other items.
It is also a masterpiece of architectural design. The amazing combination of the preserved old design with the newly built connected glass building makes the Royal Library possibly one of the most amazing architectural pieces in the whole of Scandinavia!
The new building – also called “Black Diamond” because of its color and shape, offers a great view of the river.
The library’s reading room is open to the public, and visitors can also explore the library’s extensive collection of books, photographs, maps, and other items.
2. The Book Loft (Bog & Idé)
The Book Loft is one of Denmark’s largest and oldest bookstores. Located in the heart of Copenhagen, the store has been in business since the late 19th century and is renowned for its extensive selection of books and other items.
The Book Loft carries a wide range of books, from the latest bestsellers to classic literature. The store also houses a café where patrons can enjoy a cup of coffee and browse through the selection.
3. The National Museum of Denmark (Nationalmuseet)
The National Museum of Denmark is one of the oldest and largest museums in the country. Founded in 1807, the museum is home to an impressive collection of objects, including artworks, artifacts, prehistoric exhibits, and books.
If you are into history, but especially passionate about Viking history, this is the place for you.
The museum also houses a library, where visitors can explore its extensive collection of books and other items related to Danish culture and history. The library also features an extensive collection of books on musical instruments and the life of music in Denmark.
4. The Hans Christian Andersen Museum (Hans Christian Andersen Huset)
The Hans Christian Andersen Museum is a museum dedicated to the life and works of the famous Danish author. Located in Odense and only just recently opened in 2021, the museum brings Hans Christian Anderson’s stories to life.
Sounds, lights, and scenography artist displays immerse visitors. The museum also features a beautiful outdoor garden, that features an eatery, where snacks, drinks, and lunch are served.
5. Karen Blixen Museum Rungstedlund (Rungstedlund, Hørsholm)
The Karen Blixen Museum is the old home of Nobel Prize-winning author and dramatist, Karen Blixen.
Now a museum, Rungstedlund showcases a variety of Blixen’s personal belongings, from furniture and books to letters and photographs. The museum also features a display of Karen Blixen’s jewelry, which has been found to be an inspiration in many of her stories.
Walking around the house and garden is a pure pleasure and a scrumptious lunch at the café is a perfect finish. This place deserves to be included on any list of top literary destinations in Denmark.
6. Sankt Hans Torv
Sankt Hans Torv is a charming square in the heart of Copenhagen. It is home to a number of literary-themed monuments, including a statue of Ludvig Holberg, a bust of Hans Christian Andersen, and a monument honoring the memory of poet and playwright, Adam Oehlenschläger.
Visitors will find the statue of Adam Oehlenschläger and Ludvig Holberg in front of the entrance to the Royal Danish Theatre.
7. Politikens Boghal
Located in the heart of Copenhagen is a seemingly small bookstore that is actually quite spacious inside. If you’re in the mood for a cultural experience, this bookshop is a must-visit.
Not only do they have a wide range of English books including fiction, non-fiction, and classics, but they also have a knowledgeable staff. From classic literature to cookbooks and travel guides to the latest bestsellers, you’ll find it all at this bookstore. Plus, the staff here are actually avid readers themselves, so you can trust their recommendations.
If you’re just looking to browse and be inspired, or if you have a specific book in mind, this organized and well-stocked shop has you covered. Don’t miss out on this gem right on the main square.
If you enjoy the combination of a modern bookstore and cafe, this is the perfect spot for you. The atmosphere is cozy and inviting, making it a great place to have a chat with a friend over a cup of coffee.
The staff is friendly and the chairs are comfortable, so you can relax and stay awhile. Enjoy a latte and some tasty Rybrød bread with cheese. It’s a nice place to grab a drink and take a break from the hustle and bustle.
9. The Booktrader
This used bookstore has been curated with care, and you can tell that the owner has put a lot of effort into making it a special place. There are so many books to choose from, you’ll want to set aside some time to browse through all the shelves. The prices are also very reasonable.
The only downside is that the store is only open from Monday to Friday until 5 pm, which may not be convenient for those who work during the week. Despite this, the store has a wonderful atmosphere with the scent of used books and photographs of famous visitors.
The English section is almost as large as the Danish one, making this a paradise for book lovers. If you’re in the area, be sure to check out this cozy second-hand bookstore in a lovely neighborhood of Copenhagen.
10. Vangsgaards Antikvariat og Forlag
Rare book store. Gorgeous little books store with loads of old beautiful books. Both in Dutch and English, but you have to hunt for the English ones – so worth it!
These are just a few of the top literary destinations in Denmark. With its rich literary heritage and stunning scenery, Denmark is an ideal destination for those looking to explore the world of literature.
From the Danish Royal Library to the Hans Christian Andersen Museum, there is something for everyone to explore and enjoy. So if you’re looking for a unique and inspiring literary experience, Denmark is the place to go.
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