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With global restrictions being loosened and enabling the travellers of the world to once again roam new and exciting places, we have gathered what we believe are the most interesting new additions to Denmark’s tourism scene. As the news on this list are spread over the entire country, we hope to inspire you to visit some of these places.
New attractions in 2022:
1 Lalandia is already a known and loved holiday resort in both Billund and Rødby. However, a new and exciting addition is opening in 2022 in Søndervig. Here, guests will be able to stay very close to the sea and have access to the special clean and crisp air by the seaside. Even if the weather is rough, there is still loads of fun to be had in the activity centre and Aquadome, where the entire family can get together for a nice and warm splash in the many pools and slides.
2 In Oksbøl in South Jutland a new museum is set to open its doors in 2022. The museum will be called the FLUGT Danish Refugee Museum and will dive in to the incredible and thought-provoking stories of the refugees in Denmark. The museum will tell stories of the German refugees in 1945 as well as the Vietnamese, Bosnian and recent Syrian refugees who came to Denmark. FLUGT aims to inform about the refugees themselves, but also the country, who is accommodating them.
3 Further North, the Nyt Thisted Museum is opening in 2022 as well. Here, visiters will be able to discover all the highly interesting archaeological finds, which have been found in the area. Some of these date back thousands of years and can help us understand how Danes lived back in the Viking-days. The museum also sets to tie together the long history of the area with the culture and lifestyle of today.
4 One of Denmark’s best kept secrets is set to be unveiled in 2022 when the Cold War bunker REGAN Vest opens to the public as a museum. The construction, which is hidden away deep in Rold Skov Forest in North Jutland, comprises four black boxes and has been inspired by the decades-long mystery surrounding Denmark’s secret 1960’s nuclear-proof bunker. Nestled 60 metres underground, the building contains seven exhibition sections providing different perspectives on the Cold War.
5 Close to Copenhagen, on the other hand, the Classic Car House museum is also set to open in 2022. This museum will welcome all kinds of car enthusiasts not limiting itself to a certain group of people as their target visitor. The Classic Car House also aspires to have multiple annual gatherings for people who love cars as much as they do. As the owners themselves are passionate about cars, they wish to share their interests with other enthusiasts.
6 In early 2022, Designmuseum Danmark will reopen for the first time in 1,5 years. The new museum will showcase the beautiful historical buildings even better than earlier and also have the comfort of the visitors as one of the main priorities when they view the wonderful statues and other showcased artforms. Though the museum has been able to open a digital exhibition in 2021, the newly restored museum is something else and should be considered as part of a Copenhagen trip.
Designmuseum Danmark. Photo credit: Pernille Klemp
7 In the Southern part of Zealand, yet another new and exciting attraction is opening next year. Sukkerfabrikken Møn will allow its visitors to explore, relax, have good night’s sleep and have lots of fun in the factory’s multifunctional holiday village. Here, the visitor will be able to go to an exploration centre to discover the production of sugar, visit the waterpark and wellness building, stay close to the water and much more!
Hotels and accommodation:
8 The holiday resort chain Landal GreenPark in North Jutland expands its capacity with 75 new holiday houses, which is available from May 2022. This is happening on the basis of the huge demand in holiday resorts following COVID-19. The popular resort will have different types of holiday houses ranging from”comfort” to “Luxury Wellness Plus” and thereby accommodates all types of visitors.
9 Next House Copenhagen is also opening next year and will be Northern Europe’s largest luxury hostel with 433 rooms and 1650 beds. With their innovation check-in and key system, visitors will be able to check in to the hotel and have a key for their room all in the hotel’s app. The hotel will feature a movie theatre, yoga studio, two rooftop terraces and much more.
Culture and history:
10 The UNESCO World heritage white cliffs of Stevns Klint on the South East Sealand coast are considered one of the best locations to see the sediments caused by the asteroid that wiped out more than 50 percent of life on the earth 66 million years ago, including the dinosaurs. In 2021, a new visitor centre will be established in Boesdal Kalkbrud, a former limestone quarry, to enable visitors to descend into the limestone bedrock and discover its many geological layers, a feature known as the ‘UNESCO Wall’. An exterior path will also lead visitors through the rock formation to the dramatic coastal cliffs.
Stevns Klint. Photo credit: Frame&work
11 In the Old Town in Aarhus, 2022 will be an exciting year, with a highly interesting addition to their trip back in time – namely the new 2014-section. In this part of the Old Town, visitors will be able to experience two typical Danish households as they were living in 2014. It may be surprising to some, but quite a lot has changed over the later years, which makes this trip down memory lane unforgettable.
12 Another historically interesting experience to have in several different places in Denmark are the Viking ring fortresses. These could be designated UNESCO World Heritage in 2022, as they are a unique way for visitors to experience the everyday lives of the Vikings first-hand. The fortresses are believed to have been built by King Harald Bluetooth as a means of protection of the villages inhabited by Vikings in AD 975-80.
13 One of the abovementioned Viking ring fortresses are taking one step further in their storytelling. In Trelleborg, a reconstructed Viking ring fortress will open in 2022. Visitors of the site will thereby be able to visualise the Viking lifestyle in a real way and new walls as well as the great scenery will provide the basis for a highly educational and interesting day-trip for the entire family.
Nature and wildlife:
14 In the middle part of Jutland, another highly popular attraction will be expanding and adding on to their visitor experiences. In Kattegatcentret, which is a large aquarium featuring more than 250 different species from the Danish and international seas, 2022 will bring a new Penguin centre as well as a lab for educational purposes. The new centre will be an exiting addition to the centre, which already gives guests the possibility of learning about the oceans, witnessing the feeding of the animals and much, much more!
15 Not far from the city centre of Copenhagen, a 35km2 urban natural park opens 7 new visitor points in 2022. The park Amager Fælled is already a highly popular and loved nature area, where many visitors, locals as well as tourists, go for walks and exploration every day. With the new addition to the park, visitors will have excellent possibilities of experiencing the nature in a new way by enjoying water activities, interesting landmarks and peace and quiet all in the same, beautiful park.
Other exiting things to experience in Denmark in 2022:
16 For the visitors who want some extra speed during their trip to Denmark, North Jutland has the perfect new attraction. The rollercoaster park of Fårup sommerland opens Denmark's largest and fastest roller coaster in April of 2022. This ride will feature the world’s first so-called stall loop, where the riders will experience 2,5 seconds of weightlessness before the second half of the loop. With a top speed of 95 km/h and a height of 40 metres, this ride is a monumental addition to the already amazing park of Fårup Sommerland.
17 Back in Copenhagen, the reopening of The Theatre Museum at the Royal Court Theatre will provide visitors with interesting history on the traditions, costumes and soul of the 250 year-old theatre. The theatre has housed a museum for almost 100 years, but is now being restored and will open its doors to new and fascinating experiences to an even wider audience than before.
18 The World’s Tiniest Cruise will embark on its first journey in 2022 as well. This cruise is a completely unique way for travellers to visit three of Denmark’s beautiful islands in three days filled with exploration and joy. The islands on the trip are Endelave, Tunø and Samsø, which all have their own charm and history. On the islands you will get the opportunity to try local foods, view lovely nature and much more!
19 In other news, Denmark hopes to have night trains from Europe that will stop in Kolding, Odense and Copenhagen from 2022. This could end up changing the way people travel greatly as well as being a very important step towards greener mobilities. The routes will start in Sweden and will hopefully take travellers to many different places in Europe in an easy, calm and sustainable way.
20 2022 is a good year to go on a city break fit for a queen. January 14 will mark the 50-year Jubilee of Her Royal Highness Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. Several festivities will take place around the country, to celebrate the monarch’s 50 years on the throne. Kick-start the celebration this year with a visit to Tivoli Gardens during Christmas, where the Queen herself is behind the costumes for the Christmas ballet, Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen. During the jubilee, it is possible to visit new exhibitions opened by the Queen or even see the royal family as they stand on the balcony of Christian IX's palace.
Guards in front of HM the Queen's residence in Copenhagen, Amalienborg. Photo credit: Tuala Hjarnø
21 Another very interesting cultural phenomenon to discover in 2022 is when the Tour de France starts in Copenhagen and continues through multiple other towns in South Denmark. As Copenhagen is famous for being one of the most bicycle-friendly cities on the planet, this event is sure to spark the interest of many enthusiasts as well as other visitors, who may be familiar with the Tour. For visitors in Denmark, there will be plenty of options to experience the first part of the Tour, since the first three stages will be on Danish turf.
22 Since the start of the pandemic, one of the hardest pills to swallow has been the cancellations of festivals. The biggest festival in Denmark, Roskilde Festival has been forced to postpone its 50th anniversary from 2020, but now hope to be able to celebrate and host the amazing musical inputs in 2022 instead. The festival strives to be for everyone, celebrates diversity and hopes to be able to continue doing so in 2022.
Orange Stage, Roskilde Festival Photo credit: Peter Troest
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