Esbjerg is a small town on the west coast of Denmark, and one of the main harbours for the North Sea. Despite its size, it’s a wonderful place to visit, – and very easy to get to by ferry. There are plenty of things to see and do for all the family, including sightseeing, eating and drinking, and going out in the evening to experience the local nightlife. Furthermore, it’s twice been voted as city of the year. It’s also a great base from which to explore the rest of Denmark, and the surrounding areas of the Jutland peninsula.
Once you’ve arrived, head to one of the most visited tourist attractions in town: the Marbeak National Park, which contains fascinating settlements, which, when excavated, were dated back to the Iron Age.
The local Water Tower is one of the monuments in town you should definitely go and visit. Although it was built in 1897, it has been made to look medieval. Visitors can climb to the top for some stunning views of the whole town, including the harbour. For more architectural triumphs, visit some of the local churches, including Jerne and Grundvigs church.
For some culture on your visit to Esbjerg, take an afternoon to explore the Kunstmuseum, where you will see a great collection of modern art. Constructed by the architect Utzon, the building itself is a sight to behold, with giant columns and severe angles.
Beach lovers need look no further. There a beautiful little spot on the coast where you can swim and sunbathe to your heart’s content. There are also a number of water sports activities you can partake in, including snorkelling, diving, and sailing. And if you’re interested in the harbour itself, take a trip to the local fishing and maritime museum.
Spend an afternoon wandering around the shops and markets of Esbjerg. Esbjerg market is famous with tourists and inhabitants alike for local delicacies, trinkets, and antiques. It’s a great place to shop for souvenirs for friends and family.
If you’re a big party animal, the nightlife is Esbjerg is something you don’t want to miss. There are a number of clubs, many of which play live music. Drink the local brew and dance the night away Danish style. One of the best places to visit in town is The Queen Louise. Not only is it a restaurant selling local delicacies, it also turns into a pub and nightclub on Friday and Saturday nights.
One of the other most visited landmarks in Esbjerg is the Mennesket ved Havet. Built by Svend Wiig Hansen to honour the city’s centenary, a Danish sculptor, they are four imposing figures resembling humans which reach nine meters in height and face out to sea.
Esbjerg can be reached by driving on the ferry at Harwich. Once you’ve explored this beautiful Danish town, you can drive on to a number of European destinations with ease. Aarhus is 103 miles away, Copenhagen is 186 miles away, and Hamburg is 194 miles away.