Denmark’s most beautiful towns

Little yellow house in Dragør

Visit one of Denmark’s picturesque small towns and walk through centuries of Danish history. Each has a unique charm and special atmosphere, away from the bustle of everyday life.

Visitors from near and far are fascinated by Ribe’s quaint, charming ambience and the town’s 1300 year-old history. In Ribe, the medieval past sets the stage for a modern present joined, seamlessly, into a vibrant town with a long list of exciting year-round activities to delight the young and the young-at-heart. Denmark’s oldest town is steeped in history and art with shops and restaurants adding to an exceptional atmosphere.

Ribe is only a hop, skip and a jump from the Wadden Sea National Park where land and sea provide daily entertainment in the form of unparalleled nature phenomena. The Wadden Sea National Park can be experienced while hiking, bicycling or driving, and what about a trip to Mandø Island in a tractor-bus riding across the bottom of the sea? Nature is up close everywhere, in and around Ribe.

Should you want a little change of pace during your holiday, it is good to know that some of Southwest Jutland’s whitest, sandiest beaches are less than an hour away. From Ribe, you can reach Legoland in a short, one hour drive. Towards the north, lies Southwest Jutland’s biggest town Esbjerg, which offers proud traditions in music and, moreover, Denmark’s longest pedestrian street.

There is a very intimate and friendly feel to Dragør. If you feel peckish, there are several good restaurants and eateries to chose from here.

At the local museums located in the harbour area and in two large farm houses you can learn more about the special history and traditions, and in Summer many of the locals dress up in regional costumes and relive the past. 

In the main street you will find small shops with gift items and art galleries, and down at the harbour you can enjoy nice sea views from the many excellent restaurants and cafés on the waterfront.

During the Summer local festivals of art, food and music are held, as well as markets. The website www.visitdragor.com has updated information on these events.

The history

Dragør and the neighbouring village St. Magleby were founded by Dutch settlers who were invited by the King at the time to grow vegetables for the Court.

Fishing of particularly heerings has also played an important role in the history of the place. The settlement remains, and you can experience a very special atmosphere, narrow cobbled streets, and small colourful thatched houses. 

The fairytale town Ærøskøbing.

The town is believed to be founded around 1250 by the landowners of Brandenburg, which owned Ærø, and the city, along with the island, have had closely relations to Germany over time. If you take a closer look at the details of the incredibly well-preserved cityscape, you will quickly find small tracks from the epicenter’s era, in architecture, paintings and cuts.

Ærøskøbing is unique and distinguishes itself as one of the few cities in Denmark that still looks as it did when it was founded in the Middle Ages. The city is believed to have been given trade prvileges  by the end of the 1400s, where it was called Kjøbing. Later it was renamed Ærøskøbing

 In addition to the intact urban spaces of the Middle Ages, the beautiful inner city stands virtually unchanged from the 19th century. So many old well-preserved houses gathered in a place are not seen in many places in Denmark and give the city a truly amazing charm and atmosphere. It is not without reason that Ærøskøbing at home and abroad enjoys the nickname ‘The fairytale town’.

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Skagen

Experience the characteristic yellow houses, bustling city life with the most spectacular nature you have ever seen, all in Skagen. the northernmost point in Denmark.

As the northernmost destination in Denmark, Skagen is a renowned town with amazing light, combined with a unique nature and white sand beaches. In the center of the city, you will find a wide selection of restaurants, shopping options, experiences for children, and interesting cultural attractions. Skagen is situated near Grenen on the east coast, whereas the old and historic part of the city Gl. Skagen is located next to the North Sea.

The vibrant town is home to a vast number of entertaining activities and events. Go shopping in the charming streets of Skagen’s pedestrian precinct, or explore the great array of museums, such as the teddy-bear display at Skagen’s Bamsemuseum, the first and only museums with teddybears in Scandinavia. You can also visit the home of the famous Skagen paintings, Skagen’s Museum, take a look at Anchers house and Drachmanns house.

Grenen is the most popular destination when visiting Skagen. Grenen is the place where the Baltic Sea and the North Sea, which shows in lively waves and strong currents. Råbjerg Mile, North Jutland’s Sahara desert, and the sand-covered church, Den Tilsandede Kirke, are also very popular outdoor nature experiences.

Gudhjem, Bornholm

Bornholm

Gudhjem – A beautiful seaside village in the Baltic Sea

Gudhjem is an atmospheric fishing community of half-timbered houses and winding streets, located on Denmark’s Baltic island, Bornholm. And this quaint little town has even had a dish named after it!

Spoiler alert: All Bornholm’s fishing towns and villages are pretty! That says a lot about the laid-back feel of Denmark’s sunshine island. Get inspiration for an island tour of Bornholm’s pretty places and you’ll get to know Bornholm’s culinary culture and friendly locals along the way!