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Esbjerg

Country
Denmark
State
Region Syddanmark
City
Esbjerg
Type of Location
Multiple
About Location

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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By Ferry

Ferry services connect Esbjerg via Ho Bay to Nordby on the island of Fanø via Nordic Ferry Service and over the North Sea to Harwich, England via DFDS Seaways. Outside the summer period, Smyril Line operate to Tórshavn in the Faroe Islands.

By Train

Esbjerg railway station is operated by Danish State Railways. Esbjerg is the western terminus of InterCity trains from Copenhagen (operating every other hour), with the journey taking about three hours. DSB also operates local trains to Fredericia. Arriva operates Vestbanen local trains south to Ribe and Tønder and north to Struer.

By Bus

The city of Esbjerg is a large transport hub for both rail and road traffic, and is an important port for Danish North Sea oil offshore activity. It has an airport, and is a center for machine building. The municipality has a number of museums, theatres (staging opera, ballet and drama), and several libraries.

Key places to visit
Bryndum Church, Esbjerg Museum, Esbjerg Water Tower, Marbaek Nature Park, Skads Church


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Places to Visit

Bryndum Church

Bryndum Church is found in a small village on the northern fringes of modern day Esbjerg. It is highly attractive, consisting of a long, low nave in the Romanesque style, and a Gothic whitewashed tower. The interior of the church is distinguished by its collection of medieval wall paintings. These date from the fourteenth century and depict a variety of religious themes, including the life of St. Lawrence, patron saint of the church.  

Esbjerg Museum

Esbjerg Museum is located centrally and explores the small city’s history. Its permanent collection includes some particularly impressive displays of local amber, the “gold” of the Nordic world, and its incorporation into jewellery. It recreates many of the shops and trading places of the earlier part of the century, when Esbjerg rapidly developed into a mercantile centre. It also contains a prehistoric collection of archaeological finds, giving an insight into the area’s primitive and Viking past.  

Esbjerg Water Tower

The Esbjerg Water Tower is the obvious place from which to view the small city, and on a fine day the sea and islands around it. It is located a short walk from the ferry terminals. On fine days you can see as far as the island of Fanø. Excellent views are always available of the harbour, and the cruise and ferry ships pulling in and out, as well as the salt marshes that surround the area. Within the tower there is an exhibition on the history of this local landmark.  

Marbaek Nature Park

By way of Hjerting, an attractive coastal suburb with a view of Ho Bay, the road leads to Marbaek Nature Park, some 12 km/7 mi northwest of Esbjerg. Large areas of heather and scrub are a feature of the landscape. Two Iron Age settlements have been excavated here. The steep coasts at Ho Bay are impressively picturesque, as are the lakes inhabitated by flocks of birds. The Marbaekgard, with an agricultural exhibition and a restaurant, is situated in the center of this area.

Skads Church

Skads Church is a medieval village church that lies a short distance to the east of the city of Esbjerg. It is situated on the edge of the village. The main body of the church is built of granite blocks; the tower is a Gothic built in brick. The vaulted ceilings are decorated with a number of medieval murals dating from around 1500; these are of good quality. The building serves a congregation of the Danish Lutheran Church. 

Right Time to Visit

May - August

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