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This town of 30,000 is the center of what is marketed as a "holiday region" of the country—indeed, there are four castles in this area alone. It's deep in southeast Jutland, and has its own airport and train and bus stations. It's the obvious base for a visit to the island of Als, Denmark's seventh largest, which is connected by two bridges from Sønderborg (and a car ferry just north of the town).
Southern Jutland was part of Germany between 1864 and 1920, and because of this the art nouveau movement flourished in Sønderborg, whereas in other parts of Denmark the preference was for a traditional arts and crafts style. Sønderborg is a wonderful spot for a walking tour, admiring the buildings constructed between 1905 and 1915. A brochure explaining the route is available from the local tourist office.
Sønderborg at a Glance
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