Travel in Denmark. City of Esbjerg.

Esbjerg – Denmark’s Port City

Good day, dear friends, visitors to the World of Travel Online website and travel enthusiasts! We continue our fascinating excursions through the territory of Denmark, which are full of an unusually large amount of cognitive and interesting information. In the previous article, we visited the fabulous city of Odense, which is one of the oldest Danish cities and attracts tourists with its many attractions. Today, we look forward to an equally fascinating journey that will take us to the city of Esbjerg.

Esbjerg the port city of Denmark

Synopsis of the city of Esbjerg

Esbjerg is one of the cities in Denmark, which is an important transport hub and seaport, as well as the administrative center of the municipality of the same name. It is located in the western part of the Jutland Peninsula. The number of inhabitants of the city is 71 886 (according to the data of 2006).

Esbjerg was founded as a port in 1868. In 1874 the railroad was laid in the city, which connected it with other cities of the country. In the same year the construction of the harbor was also finished, which began to be used for the export of agricultural products. The status of the city Esbjerg was given in 1899.


“People meeting the sea”.

Attractions in Esbjerg

The city has many historical, cultural and architectural attractions: museums, theaters of drama, ballet, opera, and libraries. In the northwestern part of Esbjerg is a cemetery of three hundred pilots, where pilots who died in combat during World War II are buried.

one of Esbjerg’s streets

One of Esbjerg’s museums

The city hosts an annual music festival that lasts for 9 days. It began its history in 1996. Every year the participants of the festival gather on the Torvet square in the center of the city, where the main stage is set up.


Esbjerg Music Festival


The main attraction in Esbjerg is the Fisheries and Shipping Museum, which is very, very rich in exhibits. There is a lovely park around the museum, with a beach adjoining it.

Esbjerg’s old water tower

Also worth a visit is the Water Tower Museum of Europe, whose main exhibit is the Old Water Tower. It was built in 1847. Also in Esbjerg is the Museum of Printing and the Amber Museum. Not far from the city itself there is a place called Bulind, known all over the world for its amusement park Legoland.

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Also only 5 km from Esbjerg is the island of Fanyaou, where nice beaches and a great opportunity to go fishing or surfing.


Sunset on the North Sea


one corner of the city

Esbjerg is a wonderful city, which without a doubt can be called the tourist center of Denmark, because it perfectly combines nature, city life and a lot of sights. We also wanted to mention that people arriving in Esbjerg by sea can see 4 statues with the name “People Meeting the Sea”. At this point our journey through Esbjerg has come to an end. Next time we will meet in the town of Randers.

Esbjerg is a port city in Denmark : 3 comments

Yes the “people meeting the sea” statues are impressive! And I would also love to walk around the lego park)) Said port city, everything is related to the sea, even a museum of fishing. It is interesting to look at the exhibits, fish in dried form probably?)))

Oh Sasha is weak)))) We have two seas of our own, and we buy fresh fish straight from the fishermen from the fishery. True, we do not have a museum))).

What people sit there is not natural, busy (I mean the statues) … And they have noticed that the houses and the construction of red brick prevails … I wonder what motivates it-quality.

12 Popular tourist attractions in Esbjerg and easy day trips

Esbjerg, Denmark’s fifth largest city, presides over the west coast of Jutland, the country’s mainland peninsula, opposite the northern tip of the island of Fannö. It is Denmark’s most important North Sea harbor and largest fishing port in addition to being the base for Denmark’s significant North Sea oil and gas exploration. A huge sculpture of Man meets Sea proudly celebrates the fact that it is Denmark’s trade gateway to the west. Although Esbjerg is primarily an industrial port, there are plenty of attractions in and around the city to make it worthwhile. Take time to explore the unique architecture, impressive museums and excellent coastal amenities.

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1 Fanyo Island.

A short 12-minute ferry ride from Esbjerg is the extremely popular Fano Island (Fanyo), an unbeatable attraction if you’re visiting the area. It’s about 16 kilometers long and five kilometers wide and a great place for a day trip. This pristine, tranquil island has long been a magnet for tourists and Danes, who gather here for great beaches, bike paths, nature walks and plenty of terrific places to eat. For history enthusiasts, Fano also has a number of bunkers from World War II. The island is famous for its remarkable fluctuating tides. When the tide is out, you can literally walk several kilometers from the shoreline before reaching the water.

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2 Editor’s Choice Wadden Sea National Park

Wadden Sea National Park.

This, the newest and largest national park in Denmark, spans four communes and includes pristine beaches, wetlands and nature reserves. The Vaiden Sea, which lies at the center of the East Atlantic migration routes, is one of the most important tidal areas in the world. More than ten million migratory birds use the shoreline as a stopover each year. In addition to the abundance of birds, the vast coastline is Denmark’s largest population of spotted seals. Summer is the best time to see these gentle creatures; hop aboard the Seal and Wadden Sea Safari , Cruises depart daily from the port of Esbjerg.

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3 Ribe Viking Museum

Ribe Viking Museum Hans Splinter / photo modified

South 30 minutes from Esbjerg (Routes 24 and 11) is the Ribe Viking Center, a must see for all lovers of ancient Scandinavian times and Viking history. Ribe has long boasted strong Viking references, and as a result, the center was established in 1992 to celebrate this fact and allow visitors to experience a real taste of life in the Viking Age. Here you will find authentic reconstructions of Viking settlements complete with markets, farmhouses and homes. Highlights include the International Viking Market, but visitors also gather here from around the world for archery, coinage, falconry and a number of hands-on activities. All in all, it’s a great day out.

Address: Lustrupway, Ribe

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4 Man meets sea

Man meets sea

Esbjerg’s unique landmark, the nine-meter-high sculpture Man Meets the Sea , impressively passes both the Wadden Sea and the North Sea. If you arrive by boat, you really can’t miss it. The sculpture was designed by Svend Vigg Hansen and unveiled in 1995 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Esbjerg as an independent municipality. Designed to depict a man meeting nature, it has something of a mystical aura reminiscent of the sphinxes of ancient Egypt. In clear weather, the sculpture can be seen from a distance of up to ten kilometers. Opposite the Fishery and Maritime Museum, Man Meets the Sea is one of the main tourist attractions Esbjerg and famous throughout Denmark and beyond.

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Address: Hjertingveg, Esbjerg

5 Water Tower and Art Gallery (Esbjerg Kunstmuseum)

Water Tower and Art Gallery (Kunsthum Esbjerg)

In Esbjerg Municipal Park, near the vast harbor, you’ll find the Water Tower (1897), one of the city’s landmark structures. Next to Havnegade 20 is the Art Gallery (Kunstmuseum), which features an extensive collection of Danish paintings and sculptures from the 20th century. Among the famous exhibits are works by Harald Geersing, Wilhelm Lundström, Richard Mortensen, the brothers Jørgen and Arne Haugen Sorensen. Special exhibitions and concerts of international repute are regularly held here. At the entrance is the iron sculpture “Esberg” by Robert Jacobsen (1962). This experimental museum is both a creative venue for established artists and a platform for the young art scene.

Address: Gavnegade, Esbjerg

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6 Esbjerg Museum (exhibition at Amber in West Jutland)

Esbjerg Museum (exhibition at Amber in West Southland)

About a ten-minute walk from the Water Tower Hotel on Torvegade, this worthy museum details the history of Esbjerg and hosts a fascinating exhibition of amber. Amber, known as “Danish gold,” has long fascinated mankind, and the west coast of Jutland is famous for major discoveries of precious fossilized resin. Several hundred unique amber objects spanning 10,000 years of history are beautifully displayed in this impressive collection. Here you will also learn the history of Esbjerg through vintage and city exhibitions with various recreated scenes from the Iron Age and Viking Age.

Address: Torvegade 45, Esbjerg

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7 Marbeck Nature Park

Marbeck Nature Park Graeme Maclean / photo modified

The Marbeck Nature Reserve, located 12 km northwest of Esbjerg, covers 1,300 hectares and is bordered by Ho Bay and Varde Street. The varied countryside is great for outdoor activities including hiking, biking and horseback riding. You will also find beautiful beaches with pristine sand dunes. The lakes have many unique birds. At Marbækgård farm you will find a tourist information center of the area, a restaurant and mini golf. There is a barbecue and picnic tables next to the beach.

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8 Henne Strand

About 40 km north of Esbjerg (road 181) you arrive at the lovely white beaches of Henne Strand, famous for its magnificent sand and long dunes stretching as far as the eye can see. Neighboring Henne is a popular Danish tourist town with all the amenities you would expect. The area is a favorite with both Danish and foreign tourists, and it’s not hard to see why. Numerous activities and attractions are offered, including an indoor water park, kite surfing, beach games, restaurants, and plenty of local arts and crafts to browse. If you plan to stay here, you’ll find plenty of hotels and campgrounds.

9 Mando Island.

Mando Island Nelson L. / photo modified

The town of Riba, one of Denmark’s oldest, is about 30 kilometers from Esbjerg and is the starting point for an exciting day trip to the small marshy island of Mando in Wadden Sea National Park , Mando Island, a rich bird’s eye view, is only accessible at low tide by Vester Vedsted in a tractor-drawn bus. The trip is an adventure in itself. Afterward, you can view interesting conservation and ornithology exhibits as well as the mud apartments exhibit at the Mando Center , The island is home to terns, sandpipers, sandpipers and ducks such as guillemots. From Mando Island you can also visit Koresand , a sandy beach in the mud apartments southwest of the island. The trip lasts about three hours and includes a visit to a nature reserve. While visiting Riba , stop by and explore the Romanesque cathedral, built from limestone dug from quarries near Monsted almost 1,000 years ago.

10 Als

Sønderborg Shaunphy / photo modified

Less than two hours’ drive from Esbjerg, the fertile island of Als sits between the Jutland peninsula and the big island of Funen. Its sparkling bays draw you to the west coast, and its pretty beaches make Als a popular vacation spot. Sønnerborg , the capital, stretches across the Als (Alsund) strait, which separates the island from the Danish mainland and passes over two bridges. Highlights of visiting the island include Sønderborg Castle, with a museum that presents the history of the region; a beautiful harbor with cafes and restaurants; and a sprinkling of old churches and mills. In the north of Als, Nordborg was originally a castle built in the 12th century as protection against the Wents. It was destroyed during the wars against Sweden and rebuilt between 1665 and 1670. Today it is home to a college of further education. In addition to sightseeing, popular activities in Alsa include fishing, swimming, and sailing.

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11 Silkeborg.

About 90 minutes from Esbjerg, Silkeborg is located on Langso (“Long Lake”) in the region of Central Jutland, covered with forests and lakes. These are the “Danish Lakes,” through which the Gudene River flows. During the summer months, colorful fountain displays illuminate the banks of the Langso. Other attractions in Silkeborg Indelukket , a marina and recreation area; the Jorn Museum displaying the art of Asger Jorn; and the history of local history at the Silkeborg Museum , In the summer you can take the world’s oldest steamer “Hjejlen” through one of the most beautiful parts of Denmark on the hill Himmelbjerg (Heavenly Mountain) at 147 meters. From the top of the hill there is a magnificent view of the surrounding forests and lakes.

12 Limfjord

About two and a half hours from Esbjerg, Limfjord is a shallow body of water with beautiful scenery and calm waters that have inspired many poets and writers for centuries. The 180 kilometer long fjord divides Nørrejyske Ø , an island in northern Jutland, from the rest of the peninsula and stretches from Thyborøn in the west to Hals in the east. Shallow catches make ship passage somewhat difficult, but Limfjord offers ideal conditions for sailing, and many of the region’s towns beckon with beautiful harbors and ample moorings. The western entrance to Limfjord from the North Sea is the Thyborøn Canal, which flows into the lagoon known as Nissum Bredning. On the north side of the canal is a popular recreation area around the knoll as well as Vestervig .

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