Gråsten in Denmark

8 January 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  8 minutes

Gråsten Palace © Erik Christensen/cc-by-sa-3.0

Gråsten Palace © Erik Christensen/cc-by-sa-3.0

Gråsten (German: Gravenstein) is a town with a population of 4,365 (1 January 2023) on the east coast of the Jutland peninsula in south Denmark by the Nybøl Nor at an inlet of the Flensburg Fjord. It belongs to the Sønderborg municipality in Region of Southern Denmark. The town is located almost exactly at the center of a triangle defined by the towns of Aabenraa, Flensburg and Sønderborg Castle (Sønderborg Slot). The Danish royal family has their summer residence, Gråsten Palace, in the town.   read more…

Theme Week Jutland – Læsø

26 December 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  8 minutes

Museumsgården © panoramio.com - Carsten Wiehe/cc-by-sa-3.0

Museumsgården © panoramio.com – Carsten Wiehe/cc-by-sa-3.0

Læsø is the largest island in the North Sea bay of Kattegat, and is located 19 kilometres (12 mi) off the northeast coast of the Jutland Peninsula, the Danish mainland. Læsø is also the name of the municipality (Danish: kommune) on that island. The island is a location mentioned in several instances in Norse mythology, including as the dwelling of the sea jötunn Ægir and as a feasting place of the Norse gods, the Æsir.   read more…

Theme Week Jutland – Haderslev

25 December 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  7 minutes

Haderslev garrison © JEK/cc-by-sa-3.0

Haderslev garrison © JEK/cc-by-sa-3.0

Haderslev is a Danish town in the Region of Southern Denmark with a population of 22,000. It is the main town and the administrative seat of Haderslev Municipality and is situated in the eastern part of Southern Jutland. Haderslev is home of Sønderjyske, which is an association football team that plays in the Danish Superliga for the 2018-19 season. The town is named after King Hader.   read more…

Theme Week Jutland – Fanø

24 December 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  9 minutes

© flickr.com - IMBiblio/cc-by-sa-2.0

© flickr.com – IMBiblio/cc-by-sa-2.0

Fanø is a island in the North Sea off the coast of southwestern Denmark, and is the very northernmost of the Danish Wadden Sea Islands. Fanø municipality is the municipality (Danish: kommune) that covers the island and its seat is the town of Nordby. Fanø is separated from the mainland by the Wadden Sea over a span of approximately five kilometres (3.1 miles), in the north at the closest point to the mainland 1.24 km. The island is 16 kilometres (9.9 miles) long and 3 kilometres (1.9 miles) wide, and it is located off the coast from the city of Esbjerg to which it is connected by ferry. The ferry ride takes 12 minutes. A variety of environments are to be found on Fanø. Not surprisingly, a very common one is sand. The island’s whole western shore is one long beach. The island’s northwestern corner is a vast sandbank called “Søren Jessens Sand”. Søren Jessen was an entrepreneur and captain from Hjerting, today the westernmost suburb of Esbjerg and the bank is named after him because his ship, the “Anne Catriane”, stranded here in 1712. The vegetation on Fanø is mainly heath and small pine trees, never growing tall because of the predominant strong westerly winds from the North Sea.   read more…

Theme Week Jutland – Sønderborg

23 December 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  8 minutes

Sønderborg Castle © Erik Christensen/cc-by-sa-3.0

Sønderborg Castle © Erik Christensen/cc-by-sa-3.0

Sønderborg is a Danish town in the Region of Southern Denmark. It is the main town and the administrative seat of Sønderborg Municipality (Kommune). The town has a population of 27,841 (1 January 2020), in a municipality of 74,561. In recent times, Sønderborg is a center for trade, tourism, industry, and education in the region of Southern Denmark. The town is the headquarters for several industrial companies.   read more…

Theme Week Jutland – Aabenraa

22 December 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  9 minutes

Pedestrian zone © Arne List/cc-by-sa-3.0

Pedestrian zone © Arne List/cc-by-sa-3.0

Aabenraa is a town in Southern Denmark, at the head of the Aabenraa Fjord, an arm of the Little Belt, 26 kilometres (16 mi) north of the Denmark–Germany border and 32 kilometres (20 mi) north of German town of Flensburg. It was the seat of Sønderjyllands Amt (South Jutland County) until 1 January 2007, when the Region of Southern Denmark was created as part of the 2007 Danish Municipal Reform. With a population of 16,425 (1 January 2020), Aabenraa is the largest town and the seat of the Aabenraa Municipality. The name Aabenraa originally meant “open beach” (Danish: åben strand).   read more…

Theme Week Jutland in Denmark

21 December 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon voyage, Theme Weeks, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  10 minutes

Christmas in Aarhus © flickr.com - EHRENBERG Kommunikation/cc-by-sa-2.0

Christmas in Aarhus © flickr.com – EHRENBERG Kommunikation/cc-by-sa-2.0

Jutland, known anciently as the Cimbric or Cimbrian Peninsula, is a peninsula of Northern Europe that forms the continental portion of Denmark and part of northern Germany. The names are derived from the Jutes and the Cimbri, respectively. As with the rest of Denmark, Jutland’s terrain is flat, with a slightly elevated ridge down the central parts and relatively hilly terrains in the east. West Jutland is characterised by open lands, heaths, plains and peat bogs, while East Jutland is more fertile with lakes and lush forests. Southwest Jutland is characterised by the Wadden Sea, a large unique international coastal region stretching through Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands.   read more…

Aarhus, European Capital of Culture 2017

18 August 2017 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, European Union, European Capital of Culture Reading Time:  11 minutes

Aarhus Theatre © Martin Steggman/cc-by-sa-4.0

Aarhus Theatre © Martin Steggman/cc-by-sa-4.0

Aarhus is the second-largest city in Denmark and the seat of Aarhus municipality. It is located on the east coast of the Jutland peninsula, in the geographical centre of Denmark, 187 kilometres (116 mi) northwest of Copenhagen and 289 kilometres (180 mi) north of Hamburg, Germany. The inner urban area contains 269,000 inhabitants and the municipal population is 336,000. Aarhus is the central city in the East Jutland metropolitan area, which has a total population of 1.4 million. In 2017, Aarhus has been selected as European Capital of Culture along with Paphos in Cyprus.   read more…

Viborg in central Jutland

5 January 2013 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  7 minutes

Viborg © Calvin

Viborg © Calvin

Viborg, a city in central Jutland, is the seat of both Viborg municipality and Region Midtjylland. Viborg is also the seat of the Western High Court, the High Court for the Jutland peninsula. Viborg Municipality is the second-largest Danish municipality, covering 3.3% of that country’s total land area.   read more…

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