7-Day Denmark road trip from Aarhus to Sønderborg and Copenhagen

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7 days & 6 nights
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Jan. - Dec.
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6 nights included
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7 days included
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Experience the freedom of the open road in Denmark as you embark on an unforgettable 7-day road trip! This experience caters to every traveler, featuring destinations like Aarhus, Sønderborg, Fredericia, Copenhagen, and Region of Southern Denmark. Set off on the ultimate European adventure and create memories that will last a lifetime.

This perfectly planned road trip itinerary in Denmark takes you through some of the best places to see in the country. You will spend 2 nights in Aarhus, 1 night in Sønderborg, and 3 nights in Copenhagen. Anticipate well-spent days sightseeing, eating delicious food, and experiencing the highlights of each destination!

With this travel package, you can choose from an extensive selection of accommodations along your road trip route in Denmark. We have handpicked the best hotels and places to stay across the country, including options for each budget. Whether you are in the mood for luxurious 5-star hotels or budget-friendly bed and breakfasts, we have got you covered.

Upon arriving in Aarhus, the rental vehicle of your choice will be ready for collection. From there, the road trip can begin! Experience the ultimate freedom and uncover Denmark on your own terms.

An expertly curated travel plan makes sure you don’t miss out on any of the best things to see and do on your road trip in Denmark. Tivoli Gardens and Christiania are just a couple of the bucket-list attractions that await your discovery.

As you hit the open road and drive through Aarhus, Sønderborg, Fredericia, Copenhagen, and Region of Southern Denmark, you will also enjoy plenty of opportunities to uncover hidden gems and experience the authentic charm of Denmark. Whether you are exploring enchanting towns and villages, discovering scenic routes, or indulging in local cuisine, there is always something new and exciting to experience in Denmark.

Throughout your road trip in Denmark, take breaks from sightseeing to explore your favorite destinations' top shopping streets and markets. Discover unique souvenirs that will forever remind you of your self-drive adventure in Denmark.

This package offers an all-in-one solution for your trip planning - choose flights, a rental car, accommodation, attractions, and tours that suit your needs and desires. You can customize each day of your road trip itinerary with flexible trip planning before and after booking.

The best services in Denmark fill up quickly, so book your spot early. Select a date and start planning your road trip in Denmark today!

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Included

Hotel, 6 nights
Rental car, 7 days
CDW Insurance
Step-by-step guide
Personal travel agent
24/7 travel support

Destinations

Scenic summer view of Nyhavn pier with color buildings, ships, yachts and other boats in the Old Town of Copenhagen, DenmarkCopenhagen / 3 nights
Sønderborg - town in DenmarkSønderborg / 1 night
Southern Denmark - region in DenmarkSouthern Denmark
Photo of aerial view of Fredericia, Denmark.Fredericia
Cityscape of Aarhus in Denmark.Aarhus / 2 nights

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Attractions

Photo of Tivoli Gardens is a famous amusement park and pleasure garden in Copenhagen, Denmark.Tivoli Gardens
Christiania
Photo of the Royal Palace Amalienborg is an architectural complex of the Rococo style in Copenhagen, Denmark.Amalienborg
Photo of the Copenhagen zoo, Denmark.Copenhagen Zoo
Photo of the Rundetaarn, or Rundetårn (Round Tower), is a 17th-century tower located in central Copenhagen, Denmark.Rundetaarn
Photo of Scenic summer view of Nyhavn pier with colorful buildings and boats in Old Town of Copenhagen, Denmark.Nyhavn
City Hall Square, Copenhagen Municipality, Capital Region of Denmark, DenmarkCity Hall Square
Photo of famous Rosenborg castle, one of the most visited castles in Copenhagen, Denmark.Rosenborg Castle
Photo of the main entrance to Christiansborg with the two Rococo pavilions on each side of the Marble Bridge during morning blue hour, Copenhagen, capital of Denmark.Christiansborg Palace
Photo of scenic summer sunset view of Nyhavn pier with color buildings, ships, yachts and other boats in the Old Town of Copenhagen, Denmark.Den Gamle By
Photo of Kongens Nytorv, King's New Square  is a public square in Copenhagen, Denmark.Kongens Nytorv
Photo of exterior view of Torvehallerne, a popular modern market place.Torvehallerne
Photo of Rosenborg Castle Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark with blue sky.Rosenborg Castle Gardens
ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, Aarhus Municipality, Central Denmark Region, DenmarkARoS Aarhus Art Museum
Photo of Moesgaard Museum, Aarhus Municipality, Central Denmark Region, Denmark.Moesgaard Museum
Photo of golden autumn time in Frederiksberg park, Copenhagen, Denmark.Frederiksberg Park
Greenhouses in the Botanical Garden, Aarhus Municipality, Central Denmark Region, DenmarkGreenhouses in the Botanical Garden
Madsby Playpark, Fredericia Municipality, Region of Southern Denmark, DenmarkMadsby Playpark
Photo of Park of Søndermarken, Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, Denmark.Søndermarken
Photo of aerial view of the Famous Infinite Bridge in Aarhus, Denmark.The Infinite Bridge
Photo of Marselisborg Palace is a royal residence of the Danish Royal Family in Aarhus, Denmark.Marselisborg Palace
Mariaparken

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Day 1

Day 1 – Aarhus - arrival day

  • Aarhus - Arrival day
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  • The Infinite Bridge
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Welcome to Aarhus, the perfect starting point for your road trip in Denmark! Pick up your rental car and let the adventure begin. You will spend 1 night immersing yourself in Aarhus's charm before embarking on the next leg of your journey.

Aarhus is a beautiful city with plenty to discover. Soak in the lovely atmosphere and sit down for a bit to eat or drink.

Find your way to your hotel in Aarhus. We recommend choosing a hotel in a central location for easy exploring. Check-in typically starts between 2 and 4 PM at hotels in Denmark. Settle in and make plans for the evening.

As dinnertime approaches, it's time to head out for a bite to eat in Aarhus. If you are looking to dine at a popular restaurant in the city, it's often a good idea to reserve a table in advance.

Domestic is the restaurant to visit if you’re craving culinary excellence. This 1-star Michelin restaurant has a diverse and enticing menu selection, which includes its delicious and signature modern meals.

Elevate your dining experience at a 2-star Michelin restaurant in Aarhus, Frederikshøj. At this Bib Gourmand awardee, savor a combination of exceptional flavors with a memorable dining experience. This renowned restaurant’s meal selection includes its signature creative dishes, which are sure to tickle your taste buds.

Another culinary gem in Aarhus you shouldn’t miss is Gastromé. Enjoy a menu that has earned it a prestigious 1-star Michelin rating. Delivering a food experience like no other, this Bib Gourmand restaurant’s modern menu and exceptional service make it a must-visit destination for those seeking exceptional dining in the area.

If you're looking for a bar to end the evening at, many locals recommend Tir Na nÓg - Irish Gastropub, claiming it's one of the best in the city. This bar has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,583 customers.

Another popular place to go for a drink is Sherlock Holmes Pub. This bar is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,097 customers.

Mig og Ølsnedkeren is another top-rated bar where you can spend an hour or two. This bar is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 716 customers.

Raise a toast to the start of your 7-day road trip in Denmark!

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Day 2

Day 2 – Aarhus and Sønderborg

  • Aarhus
  • Sønderborg
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Drive 206 km, 2 hours 52 min

  • ARoS Aarhus Art Museum
  • Den Gamle By
  • Greenhouses in the Botanical Garden
  • Moesgaard Museum
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Embark on another extraordinary experience on day 2 of your road trip in Denmark, where you’ll be making 2 stops. Today you will experience some of the highlights of this tour package, that is, the wonderful destinations of Aarhus and Sønderborg. At the end of the day, you will enjoy the comforts of a top-rated hotel in Sønderborg. Sønderborg will be your home away from home for 1 night.

When you’re ready for some sightseeing, make your way to ARoS Aarhus Art Museum. This much-appreciated museum is rated 4.5 out of 5 stars in 12,237 reviews.

Next up is The Old Town. This museum has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 16,896 visitors. As one of the top places to visit in the city, The Old Town welcomes 546,485 visitors annually.

Another top sightseeing recommendation is Greenhouses in the Botanical Garden. This park has been rated 4.6 out of 5 stars in 4,584 reviews.

Moesgaard Museum is another attraction you have the opportunity to visit today. This museum has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 9,934 reviews. This popular attraction gets 368,656 visits every year.

When you’re ready to jump back into the car and say goodbye to Aarhus, you’ll hit the road in the direction of Sønderborg. This drive usually takes around 2 hours 10 min. When you arrive, enjoy some sightseeing.

At the end of the day, you will drive to Sønderborg, where you'll have a room waiting for you at the perfect place to stay. Check in and enjoy some downtime.

As dinnertime approaches, it's time to head out for a bite to eat in Sønderborg. If you are looking to dine at a popular restaurant in the city, it's often a good idea to reserve a table in advance.

Enjoy an outstanding Bib Gourmand dining experience at Syttende. Holding an impressive 1 Michelin-star rating and a remarkable menu, Syttende consistently impresses both foreign and local guests, earning praise for its exceptional modern and danish cuisine.

Do not miss the opportunity to dine at Hotel Bella Italia during your stay in Sønderborg. This popular dining spot boasts a tantalizing menu, earning a remarkable rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, esteemed by 858 satisfied guests.

Savor the flavors of Fox And Hounds, a renowned dining destination in Sønderborg. Offering a menu that's sure to please, it has a gained 4.5 out of 5-star rating from 670 satisfied guests.

If you’re not yet ready to call it a day, pop into Marcello's. This bar is considered one of the best in Sønderborg and is rated an average of 4.1 out of 5 stars by 1,686 customers.

You may also want to check out SKAAL Sønderborg. Equally popular, this bar offers a great drink list and a nice atmosphere for your evening endeavors. SKAAL Sønderborg is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 170 customers.

Alternatively, head out to Cafe Mauritz. This bar has an average rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars by 367 customers and is a top choice among travelers as well as locals.

Celebrate another amazing day of your road trip adventure in Denmark!

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Day 3

Day 3 – Fredericia and Copenhagen

  • Fredericia
  • Copenhagen
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Drive 339 km, 4 hours 4 min

  • Madsby Playpark
  • Frederiksberg Park
  • Copenhagen Zoo
  • Søndermarken
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On day 3 of your exciting self-drive vacation in Denmark, you’ll soak in the magnificence of 3 destinations, Fredericia and Copenhagen. When you’re not sightseeing, take time to relax at your selected hotel in Copenhagen, where you’ll be staying for 3 nights.

Fredericia’s wonders await as you prepare for another journey on the road, leaving the breathtaking surroundings of Sønderborg behind. This drive usually takes around 1 hour 22 min. Fredericia welcomes you with a multitude of unique vacation experiences.

When you arrive, enjoy some sightseeing.

After soaking up all the sights of today's itinerary, you'll be ready to hit the road in the direction of Copenhagen. Copenhagen offers plenty of top-rated hotels and other places to stay on any travel budget. Check in at the hotel of your choice and take some time to relax before you head out to explore.

After a day of adventure, treat yourself to an exquisite dinner at one of Copenhagen's best restaurants.

Transform your dining experience at noma, one of the top Bib Gourmand restaurants in Copenhagen, holding 3 Michelin stars. Offering a diverse menu focusing on creative cuisine, noma has earned praise from numerous satisfied guests.

Indulge in culinary masterpieces at Geranium in Copenhagen, renowned as a Bib-Gourmand recipient. With its 3 Michelin star rating, it caters to the most discerning palates. The delectable creative and contemporary cuisine at Geranium is acclaimed far and wide.

Experience a symphony of flavors at Alchemist in Copenhagen. Its 2-Michelin star menu is crafted to delight your senses and transport you on a gastronomic journey. This distinguished restaurant, awarded with a Bib-Gourmand honor, offers innovative dishes that have gained widespread acclaim from satisfied guests.

One of travelers' and locals' favorite bars in the city is Bastard Café. This claim is supported by 4,360 customers who have rated it an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

If you want to continue your night somewhere else, head to another popular place like Taphouse. This bar is a local favorite, with great drinks, lovely service, and an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 2,962 customers.

The options in Copenhagen don’t end there. You could also spend some time at the excellent Mikkeller Bar. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars by 2,827 customers, this bar is one of the best places to relax after a long, adventure-filled day.

As the day draws to a close, take a moment to unwind and prepare for the next exciting chapter of your road trip in in Denmark.

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Day 4

Day 4 – Copenhagen

  • Copenhagen
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Drive 7 km, 32 min

  • Christiania
  • City Hall Square
  • Tivoli Gardens
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Day 4 of your road trip across Denmark promises a magnificent time exploring Copenhagen. You have 2 nights left in Copenhagen. Take the opportunity to experience more of the best attractions and activities in the city.

Immerse yourself in the local scene through top-rated tours and activities. You can choose from a wide variety of easy to challenging tours and easily add them to your travel package below.

Indulge in a memorable dining experience at one of Copenhagen's most popular restaurants, and connect with friendly locals for an authentic adventure.

Plan ahead and secure a table at Maple Casual Dining, an acclaimed dining establishment in Copenhagen. This restaurant and its exquisite cuisine have earned the admiration of diners far and wide. Its commitment to culinary excellence shines through its 4.9 out of 5-star rating from 599 satisfied guests.

Do not overlook the culinary excellence of Geranium while experiencing the best of Copenhagen. This renowned restaurant presents a refined menu, distinguished with an exceptional rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars, celebrated by 589 discerning diners.

Indulge in the rich flavors of Paludan Bog & Café, an elegant culinary destination in Copenhagen. A menu crafted to perfection guarantees a dining experience that will satisfy even the most discerning palate. Its stellar reputation is reflected in its 4.5 out of 5-star rating from 4,840 previous guests.

After your meal, we recommend you get a drink at one of the best bars in Copenhagen, Ruby. This bar is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,688 customers.

Travelers and locals alike also recommend Restaurant Tight. This bar has been rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,589 customers.

The Living Room is another popular place for a drink, considered one of the best in the city. This bar has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,569 customers.

Raise your glass and celebrate another amazing day of your road trip in Denmark!

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Day 5

Day 5 – Copenhagen

  • Copenhagen
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Drive 5 km, 51 min

  • Amalienborg
  • Nyhavn
  • Kongens Nytorv
  • Christiansborg Palace
  • Rundetaarn
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On day 5 of your road trip, you will have an entire day to explore Copenhagen. You’ll stay in Copenhagen for 1 night and discover all the best things to see and do in the area.

You can learn more about Copenhagen today by going on a tour. Copenhagen offers many top-rated tours and unique experiences that will inspire you. You can browse and select your favorites below.

After a long day of exploring, sit down for a delicious dinner at a top-rated restaurant in Copenhagen.

For a memorable dining experience, be sure to visit Restaurant Karla. Known for its excellent cuisine and commitment to quality dishes, this restaurant in Copenhagen has received a 4.4 out of 5-star rating from around 2,070 happy diners.

When seeking local-favorite dining spots, Next Door Cafe should be on your list. Situated in the heart of Copenhagen, it has become a beloved food venue for its delicious menu. It boasts a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 1,495 satisfied diners, a testament to its favored status.

Ready for a culinary adventure? Book a table at Bæst. This highly regarded restaurant in Copenhagen has earned a rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars, thanks to its flavorful dishes and positive reviews from 2,007 satisfied guests.

After dinner, visit Hotel D'Angleterre and experience the nightlife in the city of Copenhagen. This bar is one of the best places to cap off the night and is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 1,280 customers.

You can also hang out at Lidkoeb. This bar serves a variety of snacks and drinks and has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,310 customers.

Locals recommend Mikkeller & Friends, so definitely check it out too. Mikkeller & Friends is a place to enjoy friendly chats with locals and fellow travelers and is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,293 bar-goers.

Raise your glass to another unforgettable day in Denmark!

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Day 6

Day 6 – Copenhagen and Aarhus

  • Copenhagen
  • Southern Denmark
  • Aarhus
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Drive 311 km, 3 hours 53 min

  • Torvehallerne
  • Rosenborg Castle
  • Rosenborg Castle Gardens
  • Mariaparken
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Dive into day 6 of your remarkable road trip in Denmark. Today you will jump into the car and make your way to Copenhagen, Region of Southern Denmark, and Aarhus, where you will have the opportunity to experience all the top things to see and do. At the end of the day, you’ll unwind at one of the finest accommodations in Aarhus. You’ll stay here for 1 night.

An excellent attraction to start your day with is Torvehallerne. This market hall is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 13,500 reviews.

Continue your journey at Rosenborg Castle. This palace is rated 4.6 out of 5 stars by 18,914 travelers from near and far.

Copenhagen is also the home of Rosenborg Castle Gardens. This urban park has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 11,903 visitors.

Set your GPS to Region of Southern Denmark and hit the road. Expect a journey of approximately 2 hours 41 min without stops. Soak in the beautiful landscapes as you drive and look forward to exploring your next destination. Region of Southern Denmark beckons with new experiences!

When you’ve had your share of Region of Southern Denmark, prepare for your next destination. Admire the views and listen to some good music as you drive in the direction of Aarhus. Your travel time is around 54 min.

When you’re done exploring for the day, you’ll drive to Aarhus, where you'll have a hotel waiting for you. Check in and spend some time relaxing before you head out to explore the city.

Indulge in a memorable dining experience at one of Aarhus's most popular restaurants, and connect with friendly locals for an authentic adventure.

Make a reservation at Raadhuus Kafeen, a popular dining spot in Aarhus. Its reputation for being a popular dining spot shines through its 4.5 out of 5-star rating from 1,387 satisfied diners.

Make a reservation at KöD Aarhus while indulging in the charm of Aarhus. This restaurant offers a delicious menu reflected with a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars, cherished by 1,108 discerning connoisseurs.

Indulge in the flavors of Restaurant Madklubben Århus, a treasured establishment in Aarhus. Its diverse menu promises to tantalize your palate and elevate your dining experience. Known for its exceptional service, it has earned a 4.4 out of 5-star rating from 1,028 satisfied guests.

Lecoq is a fantastic bar many locals in Aarhus recognize. This popular bar is an excellent place to unwind after a busy day and is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 654 customers.

You can also enjoy a few drinks and some snacks at Mikkeller bar, another popular bar in the city. This bar has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 548 customers.

Die kleine Bierstube is a local favorite and a great place to hang out and socialize with other travelers in Aarhus. Customers have rated the exciting Die kleine Bierstube an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars in 564 reviews.

Say good night to Aarhus and look forward to another great day of your road trip in Denmark!

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Day 7

Day 7 – Aarhus - departure day

  • Aarhus - Departure day
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  • Marselisborg Palace
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Day 7 of your road trip in Denmark is your departure day. This is your chance to catch a last glimpse of Aarhus before saying goodbye to this wonderful destination. If you've still got time left, we recommend doing some last-minute shopping or sightseeing.

On your last day in Denmark, take time to indulge in shopping at Aarhus’s popular marketplace. Thanks to your accommodation’s strategic location, city’s bustling commercial district is only a stone’s throw away, giving you ample time to leisurely explore the area, filled with local shops.

Take time to find the perfect present, reminding you of the charms of Denmark. Each store here is brimming with unique finds.

Before you conclude your road trip in Denmark, drop by another restaurant for a last chance at a memorable dining experience in Aarhus.

You’ll then say farewell to Aarhus. Drive to the airport, return your car, and take the opportunity to get some last-minute souvenirs before you board your flight home. We wish you a pleasant journey and hope you leave with many wonderful memories of your road trip in Denmark!

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