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Visit ancient castles and manor houses; bike along scenic cycling tracks; sail across calm fjords; eat sticky pastries; drink schnapps. Denmark is probably the oldest kingdom in the world - and certainly boasts Europe's most long-standing monarchy, which is descended from the 10th-century Viking king, Gorm the Old. This is the country of Hans Christian Andersen's fairytales, of Legoland and of the 19th-century amusement garden, Tivoli. Northern Jutland offers beaches, coastal hamlets and unspoilt heathlands. South Jutland is characterised by its fjords, farmlands and sand dunes. Known as the Garden of Denmark, Funen island has windmills and rolling fields. Zealand island presents long sandy shores and encompasses the lively capital, Copenhagen. Central Jutland provides intriguing old churches and miles of white sand. Bornholm island has forests, moorland and attractive fishing villages. Denmark HI hostels offer easy access to a wealth of activities.