While entry restrictions to Denmark remain tight, avid travelers and the Danish travel industry are hopeful that 2022 will see an early comeback for international travel after nearly two years of coronavirus restrictions.
If you’re planning a trip to Denmark in 2022, there are several new attractions expected to open that you may want to consider adding to your itinerary.
A year full of fairy tales
First of all, don’t forget one of the biggest cultural attractions to open in Scandinavia in 2021. The opening of the Hans Christian Andersen Museum in Odense was big business in Denmark, but global travel restrictions have meant that ‘it has escaped the attention of many international travelers.
The work of Denmark’s most famous writer has inspired everything from Disney films to ballets over the years. Today, almost 150 years after the writer’s death, fans have the chance to immerse themselves in the fantastic worlds of Andersen.
New hotels in Copenhagen
Scandic’s investment in the Danish capital continues until 2022. After the opening last year of the CPH Strandpark hotel near the city’s airport, the Scandinavian hotel chain will open the Scandic Nørreport and the Scandic Spectrum. With 632 rooms, it will become Scandic’s largest hotel in Northern Europe.
Elsewhere in the city, the former Canadian Embassy will become Villa Canada, available for booking as a full venue for parties or a luxury stay. Finally, the 25Hours Hotel Indre By will occupy a 19th century building formerly used as a porcelain bar and university campus.
Three new museums in Denmark
Oksbøl in South Jutland hosted German refugees in the years following World War II. Danish architects Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) transformed the building into a refugee museum telling the stories of these refugees and those of the most recent refugees from places such as Vietnam, Bosnia and Syria.
Deep in a forest in North Jutland, the Danish Cold War bunker intended to house the government in an emergency was a state secret for many years. This year it will open to the public as a Cold War museum.
In the Østerbro district of Copenhagen, the former Post and Telecommunications Museum has become ENIGMA, an interactive communication museum covering topics such as surveillance, digital communication and fake news.
The return of the design museum
The restored Design Museum of Denmark returns in June 2022 after a two-year hiatus to repair its crumbling infrastructure. While much of the work was on the building itself, the museum returns with new exhibits and new public spaces for its collection of handicrafts, art industry and design. industrial.
A faster trip to Bornholm
The popular Danish island of Bornholm sits in the middle of the Baltic Sea between Denmark, Germany, Poland and Sweden.
Best known for its sun and sandy beaches, Bornholm is also home to fascinating geological features and historical sites. There are traces of human settlement dating back thousands of years.
Summer visitors will find it easier to visit later in 2022, when the Bornholm Express 5 enters service. The world’s largest high-speed catamaran ferry will carry 1,610 passengers and 450 cars.
A royal feast
Finally, January 14 marks the 50th birthday of Her Royal Highness Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. While the initial celebrations are likely to be low-key given current restrictions, keep an eye out for commemorative events postponed until later in the year.