Once the seat of Viking raiders, Denmark remains very much a maritime nation, bordered by the Baltic and the North Sea. No place in the country is more than an hour’s drive from its seashore, much of which is lined with beautiful sandy beaches. These days, the Danish Vikings have parked their ships in the museum, and along with the other Scandinavian nations, have forged a modern society. People come here to explore storybook castles or the homeland of fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen. Foodies adore Copenhagen, as do those who are devoted to art and design.