Map of Denmark

View an interactive map of Denmark.

Click on the map above to see a larger interactive version.

Denmark is located north of Germany,(has 68 kilometer shared border), west of Sweden (divided by the Øresund and Baltic Sea) and south of Norway (divided by the Skagerrak) and east of Great Britain (divided by the North Sea). It is about 43,000 square kilometers in size. Denmark is the smallest of all the Scandinavian countries.

Denmark is divided into 3 main areas:

Jutland [Jylland] Peninsula, which shares a border with Germany to the south and is about 30,000 square kilometers

Zealand [Sjælland], which is the main island where Copenhagen [København] is located and covers a little over 7000 square kilometers, but has the largest Danish population

Funen [Fyn] at a little under 3000 sq. km., the island where you will find Odense, the home of Hans Christian Andersen,

Note: The names in brackets are the Danish names.

On the map, you can see that there are a lot of islands. In fact Denmark has 407 islands, including Sjælland and Fyn, which are both islands. Only Jutland is not an island ... it is a penninsula. The rest of Denmark is made up of islands!

Another popular island is Bornholm, which is located east of Denmark in the Baltic Sea, just south of Sweden, west of Russia. You will need to move the map of Denmark pretty far east (to the right) to find it. If you have it at 2 or 3, you will see the name Rønne, which is the main city of Bornholm.

Greenland and the Faroe Islands are provinces of Denmark. Greenland is off the east coast of Canada and the Faroe Islands are located about halfway between Iceland and Scotland. Both are still provinces of Denmark at this time. (might change soon - June 2009)

Some other islands you may wish to check out are Lolland, Møn, Samsø, Langeland, Rømø and Als. There are many more and I will discuss those on another page.

Map of Denmark

The Danish countryside is generally very flat and that is why bicycle riding is such a great way to get around. Yes, there are hills, but the highest point on the map of Denmark is only 171m.

There are a few disputes over which of 3 places is the highest. The difference between the 3 is only centimeters. The official highest point is Møllehøj, which is located in Skanderborg. A millstone sits atop the summit.

Yding Skovhøj is located in Horsens. It has been called the highest because it had a Bronze Age burial mound on its summit which made it 3 meters higher, but the land it is on is actually a few centimers lower than Møllehøj.

The third spot is Ejer Bavnehøj, which is also in Skanderborg, but again it falls short by a few centimeters in its claime to be the highest natural landmass in Denmark.

None of them are mountains, so basically Denmark is very flat. But there are plenty of hills, especially when you are on a bike and riding into the wind.

You will find lots of open fields, forests, moors and lakes. You are never far from the ocean, since Denmark is surrounded by water (except at the German border). They say that you are never more than 50 km from the sea, no matter where you are in Denmark. Check out the map of Denmark and see for yourself!

Since there is over 7300 kilometers of coastline and numerous lakes in Denmark, you are sure to find water nearby!

To the west is the North Sea and Great Britain is directly west of Denmark. On the east is the Baltic Sea. To the north you will find the Skagerrak and Kattegat Straits, which separate Denmark from Sweden and Norway.

When traversing Denmark, you will find many lakes, but there is only one official river in Denmark and that is the Gudenå, which is located in Jutland near Tinnet Krak and runs southeast for 158 kilometers. Very popular with canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts.

P.S. You need a permit to use the river.

Most of the land is used for agriculture (approx. 65% is farmland), while another 14% is forest. Leaving a little over 20% for industry and housing.

When looking at the interactive map of Denmark, you can change the view to "luftfoto", which will give you an aerial view of Denmark.

Map of Denmark
Road System

The road and rail system is quite vast and makes exploring and getting around Denmark quite easy. Learn more about ways of getting around Denmark.

One of the major routes in Denmark is the E45, which is the motorway that goes from the German border up through Jutland / Jylland. It ends at Frederikshavn near the northern tip of Denmark.

Along the E45 you will find the following major cities: Aabenraa, Kolding, Vejle, Horsens, Aarhus, Randers, Aalborg and, finally, Frederikshavn. The road is about 350 km in length and will take 3.5 hours to drive from one end to the other safely.

The other major route is the E20, which leads from Kolding to København (Copenhagen) and continues to Malmo, Sweden, across the Øresund Bridge. If you travel the E20, you will pass through Odense in Fyn, Slagelse, Ringsted, Køge and then into København.

When traveling the E20 from Sjælland to Odense, you will cross the Storebælt Bridge. The Storebælt Bridge is a toll bridge and you will pay a toll to cross. You will be shocked at the fee for crossing if you are used to toll roads in the US. The fee is 215 kroner -- one way. There are a few discounts when traveling on weekends or at night, but generally you will pay the 215 kroner for a normal size car. Larger vehicles cost more. You can learn more about the bridge and its fees here..The E47 travels north and south from København / Copenhagen. Going north on the E47, you travel along the eastern coast of Sjælland. You won't see the coastline, but it will get you quickly north to Helsingør, traveling near many of the large suburbs north of Copenhagen, like Lyngby, Hørsholm, Espergærde and ending in Helsingør.

If you travel south on the E47, you will share the E20 until you get to Køge, where the E47 breaks towards Lolland/Falster. The first major city you will pass through is Sakskøbing, finally reaching Rødby, where you can catch the ferry to Germany.

The road system in Denmark is quite good and it is easy to navigate around the county with plenty of major and minor motorways/highways.

If you plan to drive and travel around Denmark, I highly recommend you get a physical map, which can help you orient yourself. There are also plenty of apps like google maps and, gps, etc., which will guide you from destination to destination, yet a physical map gives you a better oversite. Krak puts out a series of map books which can be found in local bookstores including ones for major cities like Copenhagen, Aarhus, Odense and Aalborg.

Another option is of course the trusty satellite navigation system, which there are plenty to choose from.

The other option is to use the above interactive map of Denmark, where you can put in your starting point and destination and get detailed directions on how to get from place to place.

There is lots more to learn about Denmark here.

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