Danish Inns, KRO, have existed since the 12th century. They are striving to survive and re-invent themselves. Their history can be traced back to 1198 when Bromølle Kro became the first one. In 1283, King Erik Klippinge decided that kro'er, should be built next to the so-called royal roads, kongeveje, and ferry boat crossings, allowing the King a place to stop on his travels through Denmark. In 1396, Queen Margrethe I expanded the number of inns when she decided they should be located all over Denmark, no more than 40 kilometers apart, a days ride by horseback at that time. The oldest used to be Royal, as they were Kongelige Priviligeret, meaning they had the right to use the name kongelig, as well as use of the Royal Crown in their logo.
You will still find them scattered around the countryside and in local towns. They are struggling to redefine themselves since modern travel, new Nordic cuisine and changed eating habits have become a threat to their traditional looks and culinary meals. Many have expanded and today feature modern conference facilities, hotel accommodations, spas and more. Others have refurbished and updated their looks. While still respecting their origins they accommodate a more light and Scandinavian look, and combine traditional Danish meals with more modern Danish and French cuisine and others have stayed more traditional. The inns are definitely worth a visit, either for a simple meal as part of a one-day excursion, or as a weekend retreat.
When trying to find one, look to see if they have a platte, or Kroplatte. This is a selection of the traditional lunch menu. Because they all employ different concepts to survive now, even if called 'kro', they man no longer serve traditional meals but instead only new modern gourmet Danish/French cuisine, which of course is also worth having, just maybe not on the day you wanted something traditional.