Fancy sleeping in an old crane? Try The Krane. Photo: Rasmus Hjortshøj
Fancy sleeping in an old crane? Try The Krane. Photo: Rasmus Hjortshøj


Seven very different ways to stay in Denmark

Want to sleep with your pillow underneath a shark, wake up with the animals of the savannah or go to bed in a hobbit house? These are all things you can do at some of Denmark's more unusual places to stay.

Hygge in a hobbit cabin

If you're taking the family to Bornholm, you'll find a very different kind of accommodation in Hasle Camping's hobbit village. There's a handful of barrel-shaped hobbit houses here, each of which can accommodate 2 adults and 2 children, as well as a hobbit sauna with a view and a barbecue hut. If you get cabin fever, you can head for the sea and an excellent natural beach, which are just 200m away.

Hasle Camping

Fælledvej 30, Hasle

Season: 10/5-29/9. Price: DKr300-550 per night.

Central Hotel has only one room. Photo: Jon Nordstrøm

The world's smallest hotel

The Central Hotel and Café has enough personality to feature in a Jim Jarmusch film. The world's smallest hotel is located on Copenhagen's Parisian-style street, Værnedamsvej, and has just one room, which is decorated with dark wood, patterned wallpaper, beautiful linen and ingenious details. There's a coffee shop downstairs, plus breakfast at the atmospheric Granola and the loan of two bicycles are included in the price.

Central Hotel

Tullinsgade 1, København

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Price: DKr2,100 per night for two people

Stay in a National Park

Stay in the great outdoors at Karpenhøj Naturcenter in the Mols Bjerge National Park. Here you'll find solid shelters and campfire pits and you can hike, mountain bike, climb trees and much more in the beautiful glacially created landscapes. If you're mad about the outdoors, the nature center organizes lots of open-air activities. You can learn how to gather your own herbs, for example, cook camp food over an open fire or relax in the outdoor hot tub. Accommodation is free if attending a course, but shelters can also be booked privately, subject to availability.

Karpenhøj Naturcenter

Dragsmurvej 12, Knebel

Price: DKr50 per night

Sleep in the glass tunnel in the shark tank. Photo: Kattegatcentret

Sleep with the sharks

It's not every day you have the opportunity to go to bed under a school of sharks. But at the Kattegatcenter in Grenaa, the whole family can lie side-by-side in a glass tunnel under the tropical shark tank and do some shark-spotting by flashlight before they go to bed. The experience also includes dissecting squid, hand-feeding sharks and plenty of shark facts.Incidentally, the Kattegatcenter was named Best Aquarium in the Nordic region by Swedish website Barnsemester.se in 2016.


Færgevej 4, Grenaa

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Price: DKr450 per person.

Sleep on the savannah

You can still get a glimpse of the savannah, even if you're on Jutland. Ree Park safari in Ebeltoft has its own savannah, where the ostriches, zebras, rhinos, giraffes, antelopes and wildebeests roam free. Enjoy a full-on safari experience by staying overnight in your own sleeping bag in a safari lodge built on a platform next to the savannah. The animals come up really close and they even like sleeping under the platform itself. Included in the price is a guided tour of the park, where you are driven around the savannah and learn lots of facts about the wildlife.

Ree Park Safari

Stubbe Søvej 15, Ebeltoft

Price: DKr3,800 per night, with room for four people. Your stay begins at 4pm and ends at 9am the following day.

The Krane in Nordhavn is in fact a luxurious retreat and spa. Photo: Rasmus Hjortshøj

A crane for the discerning

The sky and the sea will be your nearest neighbors when you stay at The Krane, an old coal crane dating from 1944, which is now a hotel suite, meeting rooms and spa. From the outside, the crane in Nordhavn still looks like a piece of industry, but inside it oozes exclusive Danish design, mostly as black as coal itself. The engine room has been turned into a bedroom, the cab is now a lounge and what was once a container has now been transformed into a spa. The crane is 15m high and the view takes your breath away, as may the price at €2,500 for an overnight stay for two people. Includes free use of a BMW.

The Krane

Skudehavnsvej 1, København

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2500 € for en enkelt overnatning for 2.

Treetop house

The Treetop house at Kaløvig Center on Djursland was actually intended as a different kind of meeting room, but the view, the tree canopy and the scent of the cedars was so popular that they decided to rent the house out as a hotel room as well. The Treetop house can be used all year round and is located in beautiful surroundings near the sea and the Mols Bjerge National Park. They serve excellent organic food and the friendly brother and sister team who run the place are on hand to help make the experience complete.

Kaløvig Center

Præstekravevej 46, Rønde

Price of a stay: DKr1,996 for two people, including afternoon coffee and cake, dinner and breakfast.

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