24 Best Sights in Jutland, Denmark


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At Legoland just about everything is constructed from Lego bricks—more than 50 million of them. Among its incredible structures are scaled-down versions of cities and villages from around the world (Miniland), with working harbors and airports; the Statue of Liberty; a statue of Sitting Bull; Mt. Rushmore; a safari park; and Pirate Land.

Some of the park's other attractions are more interactive than the impressive constructions. The Falck Fire Brigade, for example, allows a family or group to race eight mini fire engines. The Power Builder Robots allow children and adults to sit inside robots as they program their own ride.


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The lush island of Rømø, 35 km (22 miles) southwest of Ribe, has one of Denmark's widest beaches, which unfurls along a sunny western coast and has protected areas for windsurfers, horseback riders, nudists, and dune-buggy riders—space for everyone, it seems. Rømø has fewer than 600 permanent residents, but masses of vacationing German and Danish families increase this number tenfold in summer. It's a haven for campers, cyclists, and budget vacationers. A causeway crosses green fields and marshy wetlands to connect Rømø to the mainland. Many birds live here, feeding off the seaweed and shellfish washed up by the tides. Summer houses dot the island; most of Rømø's services and accommodations are in and around the village of Havneby, 8 km (5 miles) south of the causeway, and in the camping and shopping complex of Lakkolk, in the west.

Skagens Museum

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The 19th-century Danish artist and poet Holger Drachmann (1846–1908) and his friends, including the well-known P. S. Krøyer and Michael and Anna Ancher, founded the Skagen School of painting, which sought to capture the special quality of light and idyllic seascapes here. They and their contemporaries depicted everyday life in Skagen primarily from the turn of the 20th century until the 1920s, and you can see their efforts on display in the Skagens Museum. It's a wonderful homage to this talented group of Danes, and you'll become mesmerized by some of the portraits, which seem more like a photographic collection of days gone by. The light and the landscape, however, remain the same, and it's a magical experience to recognize scenes from the paintings when you walk on the beach or in the dunes. The museum store sells posters, postcards, and other souvenirs depicting the Skagen paintings.

Brøndumsvej 4, Skagen, Jutland, 9990, Denmark
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Rate Includes: DKr 110, combined ticket to three museums DKr 180, Feb.–Apr. and Sept.–Dec., Tues–Sun. 10–5; May–Aug., Thurs.–Tues. 10–5, Wed. 10–9., Closed Mon. Sept.--May

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Tilsandede Kirke

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Denmark's most northern point is so thrashed by storms and roiling waters that the 18th-century Tilsandede Kirke, 2 km (1 mi) south of town, is covered by dunes, except for its tower.

Skagen, North Denmark, Denmark
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Rate Includes: Tower: DKr 10, Tower: June–Aug., daily 11–5

Aalborg Historical Museum

The Aalborg Historical Museum contains the well-preserved underground ruins of a medieval Franciscan friary, including a walled cellar and the foundations of the chapel. Enter via the elevator outside the Salling department store. Another favorite attraction is the Renaissance chamber Aalborgstuen, which features furniture and glassware from the 16th and 17th centuries.

Algade 48, Aalborg, Jutland, 9000, Denmark
99-31 74 00
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Rate Includes: DKK 30, Jan.-March: Tues.–Sun. 10–4; Apr.-Dec., Tues.-Sun. 10-5

Aalborg Maritime Museum

Aalborg Maritime Museum includes a visit aboard the submarine Springeren or the torpedo boat Søbjørnen, and a look at Queen Margrethe's Prinsesse-jollen, a dinghy she learned to sail when she was still a crown princess. All the exhibits depict what life is like at sea, in the port of Aalborg, and at the shipyard.

Vestre Fjordvej 81, Aalborg, Jutland, 9000, Denmark
98-11 78 03
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Rate Includes: DKK 80, Jan.-Apr., daily 10-4; May–Sept., daily 10–5; Oct.-Dec. 10-4

Aarhus Domkirke

Rising gracefully over the center of town, the Aarhus Cathedral was originally built in 1201 in a Romanesque style but was expanded and redesigned into a Gothic cathedral in the 15th century. Its soaring, whitewashed nave is one of the country's longest. The cathedral's highlights include its chalk frescoes in shades of lavender, yellow, red, and black, which grace the high arches and towering walls. Dating from the Middle Ages, they depict biblical scenes and the valiant St. George slaying a dragon and saving a maiden princess in distress. Also illustrated is the martyrdom of St. Clement, who was drowned with an anchor tied around his neck. He became a patron saint of sailors. Climb the tower for bird's-eye views of the rooftops and streets of Aarhus.

Store Torv 1, Århus, Jutland, 8000, Denmark
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Rate Includes: DKr 20, Oct.–Apr., Mon.–Sat. 10–3; May–Sept., Mon.–Sat. 9:30–4

Anchers Hus

Michael and Anna Ancher are Skagen's—if not Denmark's—most famous artist couple, and their meticulously restored 1820 home and studio, Anchers Hus, is now a museum. Old oil lamps and lace curtains decorate the parlor; the doors throughout the house were painted by Michael. Anna's studio, complete with easel, is awash in the famed Skagen light. More than 240 paintings by Michael, Anna, and their daughter, Helga, grace the walls.

Markvej 2--4, Skagen, Jutland, 9990, Denmark
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Rate Includes: DKr 80, combined ticket for three museums DKr 180, Nov., Feb., and Mar., Sat. 11–3; Apr. and Oct., Sat.–Thurs. 11–3; May–Sept., daily 11–5., Closed Nov.--Mar. and Mon. in Apr., May, Sept., and Oct.

ARoS Århus Kunstmuseum

A hit from the day it opened in 2004, this museum displays more than 9,000 artworks dating from 1770 to the present, as well as internationally known visiting exhibits. On the top floor there's a restaurant as well as a rooftop patio—a photographer's dream.

Budolfi Kirke

The baroque Cathedral Church of St. Botolph is dedicated to the Anglo-Saxon patron saint for seafarers. The stone church, which stands on the site of an older wooden church built in the year 1000, has been rebuilt several times in its 800-year history. The church is a fascinating juxtaposition of austerity and splendidly ornate woodwork, paintings, and gilded statuary, including a quadruple clock face installed in the church tower from which eight gilded cocks crow the hour. By turns Protestant and Catholic, this Reformation- era church bears the marks of the religious turmoil that plagued the region.

Den Gamle By

Don't miss the town's open-air museum, known as Den Gamle By. Its 75 historic buildings—including 70 half-timbered houses and a mill—and its millstream were carefully moved from locations throughout Denmark and meticulously re-created, inside and out.

Viborgvej 2, Århus, Jutland, 8000, Denmark
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Rate Includes: DKr 135, Jan. and Feb., daily 11–3; Feb.–mid-Mar., daily 10–4; mid-Mar.–June, and 2nd wk Sept.–3rd wk Nov., daily 10–5; July–1st wk Sept., daily 9–6; last wk Nov.–last wk Dec., Mon. and Tues., 9–5, Wed.–Fri. 9–7, weekends 10–7. Grounds always open.


In the 19th century, the tiny island of Fanø (30 km [19 miles] northwest of Ribe—plus a 12-minute ferry from Esbjerg) had an enormous shipbuilding industry and a fleet second only to Copenhagen's. The shipping industry deteriorated, but the maritime heritage remains. Today Fanø is a summer oasis for legions of Danes and other northern Europeans. Silky sand beaches unfold along the west coast, buffered by windswept dunes and green reeds. Cars are allowed on the beach, and it's well worth taking a ride along the flat sandy coast between the ferry port in Nordby, Fanø's capital, and the traditional town of Sønderho, 13 km (8 miles) to the south. Spinning along the white sandy expanse is like crossing a desert; only the dark blue sea off in the distance reminds you of your island whereabouts. The beach is so level and wide that the military used to train here. In the off-season, when summer visitors have returned home, the Fanø shore becomes a tranquil retreat, hauntingly silent save for the rustle of reeds and the far-off squawk of a bird.


At Denmark's nothern tip, the North Sea meets the Baltic Sea, and you can literally stand with each foot in a different sea. The water can be calm on one side and quite choppy on the other. Many a ship found its end here where the two seas clash, so don't go swimming in these dangerous waters.


Next to Budolfi Kirke, the 15th-century Monastery of the Holy Ghost is one of Denmark's best-preserved monasteries and the only one that admitted both nuns and monks. The building was erected in several stages in the 15th and 16th centuries, and the duty of the first nuns and monks to live there was to look after the sick and aged. Coincidentally, the building is now a home for the elderly. During World War II, the monastery was the meeting place of the Churchill Club, a group of Aalborg schoolboys who earned world fame for their clever sabotage of the Nazis—their schemes were implemented even after the enemy locked them up.

Klosterjordet 1, Aalborg, Jutland, 9000, Denmark
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Rate Includes: Guided tours mid-June–mid-Aug

Jens Bang Stenhus

The favorite local landmark is the magnificent 17th-century Jens Bang's Stone House, built in 1624 by the wealthiest merchant in town. It was rumored that because he was never made a town council member, the cantankerous Bang avenged himself by caricaturing his political enemies in gargoyles all over the building and adding his own face with its tongue sticking out in the direction of town hall. The five-story Renaissance building has been the home of Aalborg's oldest pharmacy for 350 years. Note that the Aalborg tourist office is directly across the street.

Jomfru Ane Gade

In the center of the old town is a narrow cobbled street named, as the story goes, for an aristocratic maiden accused of being a witch, then beheaded. Now its fame as nightlife central is second only to that of Copenhagen's Strøget. Despite the flashing neon and booming music of about 30 bars, nightclubs, and restaurants, the street attracts a steady stream of visitors and appeals to all ages.


KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art Aalborg

KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art Aalborg
KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art Aalborg

The imposing marble-and-glass structure of the North Jutland Museum of Modern Art was designed by architects Alvar and Elissa Aalto with Jacques Baruël. The architects skillfully laid out the interior to allow the natural Nordic light to flood the spaces, and a series of interior grids and partitions permit curators to tailor the space according to each exhibition, many of which are drawn from the museum's acclaimed permanent collection of 20th-century Danish and international art. The extensive grounds contain a manicured sculpture park and an amphitheater that hosts concerts and other performances. The structure, which dates to 1972, underwent a total renovation in 2014-15.

Kong Christians Allé 50, Aalborg, Jutland, 9000, Denmark
99-82 41 00
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Rate Includes: DKK 75, Tues.–Sun. 10–5; Feb.–Apr., Sept.–Nov., Tues. 10–9

Lindholm Høje

Just north of Aalborg at Nørresundby (still considered a part of greater Aalborg) is Lindholm Høje, a Viking and Iron Age burial ground where stones placed either in the shape of a ship or in triangles denote where men were buried and oval or circular groups of stones show where women were buried. In total, there are about 682 graves dating from AD 400 to shortly before AD 1000, when the site was completely covered by sand drift, which preserved both the graves and a freshly ploughed field. At the bottom of the hill there is a museum that chronicles Viking civilization.

Vendilavej 11, Nørresundby, North Denmark, 9400, Denmark
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Rate Includes: Burial ground free, museum DKK 30, Apr.–Oct., daily 10–5; Nov.–Mar., Tues.–Sun. 10–4

Marselisborg Slot

Just south of the city is Marselisborg Slot, the palatial summer residence of the royal family. The changing of the guard takes place daily at noon when the queen is here. When the royal family is away (generally in winter and spring), the grounds, including a sumptuous rose garden, are open to the public. You can get here on Bus 1, 18, or 19.

Museet Ribes Vikinger

The Ribe Viking Museum chronicles Viking history with conventional exhibits of household goods, tools, and clothing. There's a multimedia room with an interactive computer screen where you can search for more Viking information in the form of text, pictures, and videos.

Råbjerg Mile

Even more famed than the area's Sand-Buried Church is the west coast's dramatic Råbjerg Mile, a protected migrating dune that moves about 50 feet a year. You can reach it on foot from the Kandestederne.

Rebild Park

A protected heathland, the park was purchased with funds raised by a group of Danish-Americans and hosts the biggest Fourth of July celebrations outside the United States, a tradition that dates back to 1912 as a salute to the US for welcoming some 300,000 Danish immigrants.

Rebild Bakker, Skørping, North Denmark, 9520, Denmark

Ribe Domkirke

The Ribe Domkirke stands on the site of one of Denmark's earliest churches, built around AD 860. The present structure, which dates from the 12th century, is built of a volcanic tufa stone, transported by boats from quarries in Cologne, France. Note the Cat Head Door, said to be for the exclusive use of the devil. The 14th-century brick bell tower once clanged out flood and fire warnings to Ribe's citizens and today affords sweeping views of the town's red-slate rooftops and surrounding marshes.

Ribe VikingeCenter

This outdoor exhibit, 2 km (1 mile) south of the Ribe railway station, details how the Vikings lived day to day, with demonstrations about homes, food, and crafts.

Lustrupvej 4, Ribe, Jutland, 6760, Denmark
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Rate Includes: DKr 130, May, June, and Sept., weekdays 10–3:30; July and Aug., daily 11–5, Closed Nov.--March, Sat.--Tues. in Apr., and Sat. and Sun. in May, June, Sept., and Oct.