March 27, 2015
Is there anything better than springtime? Invigorating, exhilarating and refreshing, spring signifies the end of cold and gloomy days and the beginning of warm and colorful ones. As the birds begin to chirp again and buds begin to peek out of their winter hiding spots, this time of year can inspire us all to get out, be active, and even explore new adventures.
With spring 2015 less than a week old, people everywhere are reveling in its arrival. Even the brief spring snow storm we experienced earlier this week can’t dampen our spirits! Mormor and her friends at The Danish Home recently celebrated the occasion with a ‘Hurrah for Spring!’ event featuring games, cocktails and, of course, flowers! She said they had a blast and can’t wait for all of the upcoming events of the season.
Likewise, spring in Denmark is also a welcomed time of year with loads to do. Like Chicagoans, Danes are no strangers to dealing with all types of weather conditions, including those harsh winters. As soon as the weather turns they are outside enjoying it. From a stroll in Copenhagen’s King’s Garden to the east, The Wadden Sea National Park to the west, and enjoying Easter holiday in the north, there is so much to do outdoors in Denmark!
Of course, you’re going to need to get around, and no place has a bike culture quite like Copenhagen. The International Cycling Union actually appointed Copenhagen the first Bike City in the world in 2008. This cycling-lovers paradise has made it easy to navigate the many attractions of the city with modern options such as electric bikes fitted with GPS and a new Cykelslangen cycling bridge that opened last June.
There are many things to do in Copenhagen this spring that exemplify all aspects of Danish culture: CPH PIX, is Denmark’s international feature film festival from April 9th-22nd; the SPOT music festival showcases Danish and Nordic music from April 30th-May 5th; the Aalborg Carnival on May 23rd is Northern Europe’s largest; and the Copenhagen Marathon races into town on May 24th. There is definitely something for everyone!
However, if you can’t make it all the way to Denmark this spring you can still enjoy all things Danish a little closer to home. Elkhorn, Iowa is home to both the Museum of Danish America, who is co-hosting the Rebild annual meeting in Omaha, Nebraska April 22nd-26th, and the Danish Windmill Museum, which features The Mill, America’s only authentic working Danish Windmill. It was originally built in Norre Snede, Denmark in 1848 and was brought to the US in 1975 and rebuilt in Elk Horn by community volunteers! Of course, you can always load up on all things Danish from the comfort of your own home by visiting our many Danish-loving Pinterest pages!