Round of 16, Midsummer, Hygge! Everyone is talking about Denmark at the moment. What is actually so fascinating about this small kingdom and which traditions are celebrated on the longest night of the year?
Every year on the evening of June 23rd the day before Sankt Hans, the midsummer festival or the midsummer solstice is celebrated throughout Denmarkand Norwaywhere you burn a straw witch. The custom, in which the “offering” burning in the fire symbolically is supposed to keep the evil forces away, came from Germany to Scandinavia at the end of the 19th century. Many people pick flowers and create flower wreaths that they wear all day on midsummer. Some wear traditional folk costumes to honor their regions. In the Scandinavian countries, the midsummer festival is a festivity with happy togetherness, which the Swedes, Danes, Norwegians and Finns celebrate almost as much as Christmas. All people in the area, friends, neighbors and relatives come together to dance, sing, laugh and eat and honor the longest day of the year. In my opinion, everyone should experience midsummer in Scandinavia, because there is a fantastic atmosphere and a good mood is inevitable.
Vacation between the North and Baltic Seas:
In Denmark this is possible despite the corona pandemic!
With a mere 43,000 square kilometers, Denmark is not even as big as Lower Saxony. For vacationers, the country between the North and Baltic Seas has a lot to offer. The travel destination is very popular with Germans: In 2018, around 15.5 million overnight stays by German tourists were counted in Denmark. The Scandinavian travel destination will also be particularly popular in 2021. Find out herewhich Corona rules apply in our neighboring country and what should be observed on site:
What are the entry requirements to Denmark?
In the meantime, German tourists can enterDenmark again without a valid reason. A negative Covid test (PCR or Rapid test) that is not older than 48 hours is required. Another corona test must be carried out no later than 24 hours after entry. There is no test or quarantine requirement for vaccinated and convalescent people. The ten-day quarantine has been lifted. For vacationers out Schleswig-Holstein there is also a special rule. Anyone who lives there and presents a negative test result that is not older than 72 hours is also exempt from the quarantine obligation. Regular vacation should be possible again in Denmark from June 26th, when the introduction of an european-wide Corona passport has been completed.
What borders can you enter Denmark over?
Entry across the German-Danish border is currently possible at all points. Please note that this can change at short notice. Random border controls are also carried out.
Which corona requirements apply in Denmark in everyday life?
It is mandatory to wear a mask on public transport. A distance regulation of two meters to other people who do not belong to your own household applies.
Are hotels, museums, shops and restaurants open again?
The retail and shopping centers are open again. Museums and leisure facilities can also be visited subject to strict conditions and submission of a corona test that is no more than 72 hours old. Restaurants, bars and cafés are also allowed to reopen, but in some cases only with a table reservation and a negative test result or a complete vaccination. Hotels, pensions, holiday apartments and holiday homes are partially in operation.
Three good reasons to spend midsummer in Denmark
There are certainly 1000 good reasons to travel to Denmark –
Here you can find a small selection of reasons
Copenhagen is casual. The Danes simply know how to combine the beautiful with the practical. Copenhagen is not only the center of Danish design, but is also called the Venice of the North because of its numerous canals. The Danish capital is clean all around. The streets, the air and the omnipresent water make your pulse drop and your mood rise. A day in Copenhagen is really a vacation day! Copenhagen has already been named the best bicycle city in the world twice. Royal castles in the middle of the city, modern architecture, bathing in the harbor, small alleys with buten houses, Gourmet restaurants – Copenhagen is all that and much more.
Active vacation between the North and Baltic Seas
The nature in Denmark is unique and there is a lot to discover: 14 official nature parks, five national parks, seven UNESCO World Heritage sites, numerous beaches and many other highlights. Denmark is ideal for an active holiday simply because of its incredible landscape: nowhere is the distance between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea greater than 50 km. Forests, fields and heathland offer great opportunities to hike or go on exciting bike tours. Whether windsurfing, sailing, canoeing and kayaking, everything is possible here. And the anglers don’t miss out either and find their happiness in Denmark!
Hygge and Lifestyle
Hygge is an important part of Danish culture and influences very different areas of life. However, there is no clear translation for the term – it lies somewhere between comfort, warmth and security. Denmark is often praised for its social values, sustainability, creativity and work-life balance. This way of life is also gladly shared with visitors to the country. The well-known hygge is certainly a big part of their identity, but it’s also about everyday life: there is a lot of cycling, friends and family are met and whenever possible, people eat, laugh and have a good time together . Hygge is easy to find in the little moments.
Do you feel like going on a trip to Denmark now?
Then simply book a wonderful holiday home here.
Would you like to experience the solstice live in Denmark or let yourself drift through Copenhagen on a sightseeing tour? – No problem! Book a wonderful holiday home here and spend a “hygg” time in Denmark.