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Skagen sits right at the northernmost tip of Denmark on what they call "probably the largest sandspit in the world." When I was able to squeeze in a month later, it turned out to be little more than a pretty, overgrown village, its yellow and red clapboard houses enclosed by white picket fences, with many an apple tree on the super-green lawns. You reach it by traversing miles of open, scrub-covered dunes, and in spite of tourist volumes, its size and remoteness make it an immediately soothing place to be. It's where the fictional Swedish detective Kurt Wallander came to ease his troubled mind after killing a man, walking mile after mile, day after day, along windswept beaches beneath big skies.

It's the light from those skies that was the making of Skagen. After Hans Christian Anderson visited in 1859, he wrote, "Are you a painter? Then follow us up here." By the 1880s a small artists' colony, led by Anna and Michael Ancher, P.S. Krøyer and Holger Drachmann had established itself in the village. They painted the local fishermen and their families, and each other: strolling along the beach in long summer dresses, reading in the garden, throwing lunch parties.

So your first stop should be Skagen museum, a charming little gallery that houses many of the works of these artists and which offers a fascinating glimpse of what, for all the dourness of the fishermen's lives, appears an enchanted time. Move on to the wonderful Brøndums Hotel for lunch across the road – the fried plaice is superb – and you'll begin to feel a real connection with the place. Because when you stand in its dining rooms, you recognise the backdrop for the scenes of fishermen gathering to mourn their dead, or of painters whiling away their evenings playing cards. Suddenly, the 130 years between then and now doesn't seem such a great stretch of time.

Many visiting artists lodged at Brøndums, which, with its oak-planked corridors and antique furnishings, is as atmospheric and quaintly Scandinavian a hotel as you could imagine. When it was renovated last year the owner took the daring decision not to equip the rooms with televisions or ensuite bathrooms. Consequently, what ought to be a five-star hotel charges only three-star prices: if you can bear to share a bathroom down the corridor, it's an exceptional bargain.
Skagen was the place to find several artists referred to as Skagen Artists. Because the title indicates, the artists within this rather heterogeneous group were those being the favorite. However, there have been also authors who have been attracted by Skagen’s scenery and the standard of sunshine this destination is renowned for. The Danish authors Georg Brandes and Henrik Pontoppidan put pen to paper here, as did the Swedish composer Hugo Alfvén. Earlier throughout the 1800s, the well-known Danish author H.C. Andersen found bliss in Skagen.
From the artists active in Skagen, P.S. Krøyer was probably the most well-known. A couple of his most well-known works, Summer time Evening around the Skagen Southern Beach and Summer time Evening on Skagen’s Beach, happen to be produced countless occasions on postcards and posters that you'll have the ability to find throughout Denmark.
The Skagen Artists keep having an influence: A lot of individuals going to Skagen arrived at begin to see the works from the artists. You will find a number of displayed at Skagens museum. You will find also some other reasons that Skagen is into the spotlight, however. There's not one other town in Denmark that may boast as numerous sunny hours each year. Mix this with lengthy, sandy beaches along with a attractive landscape, and Skagen’s position like a popular summer time destination is clear to see.
With near to 9,000 occupants, the city of Skagen look back in a history spanning a minimum of 600 years. Fishing happens to be an essential industry, and also the town remains Denmark’s biggest fishing port. Additionally to tourism, the fishing industry is among Skagen's most significant companies. You'll especially go through the charm and also the special atmosphere through the red-colored converted seafood warehouses through the harbour, in which the restaurants serve fresh seafood.
Near the fishing port and galleries you'll find  museums located at a negative balance warehouses contrasting using the yellow cleaned houses from the old town. Go to the Raabjerg Mile sand dunes and also the Sanded Chapel, that has been hidden towards the roof in sand, consequently from the sand moving period - 16th- to 18th centuries. The chapel was closed in 1795.  Nearby may be the Grenen headland in which the Skagerrak from the North Ocean and also the Kattegat meet.
Where You are Docked
Smaller cruise ships berth within walking distance to the city center, with tourist information and taxis available quayside. Larger ships drop anchor, passengers tendering ashore. From here, the town is approximately half a mile (0.8 km). Taxis may be available upon request.
The Kattegatt and the Skagerrak, two different seas, meet at Grenen. This is the northernmost tip of the Skagen Odde, a spit of land that is formed (and transformed) by sediments of sand and gravel from the west coast of Denmark. It is estimated that the tip grows by approximately 26 feet/8 meters each year. It is possible to walk from Skagen to Grenen, but the distance requires good shoes and, on sunny days, bottled water. From the Grenen parking lot, the so-called Sandormen (the Lugworm) transports passengers to Grenen. If you’re in luck when visiting the area, you will be able to spot an eagle or two.

If you’re interested in learning more about the special nature here, with drifting sand dunes and a wide variety of birds, consider paying a visit to the Skagen Odde Nature Center (the building of which was designed by Jorn Utzon, who also designed the Sydney Opera House).


Grenen Kunstmuseum (the Grenen Art Museum) is worth a visit. The headland at Grenen, the northernmost reason for Denmark, is really a spectacular setting in which the two areas of its northern border Ocean, the Kattegat and also the Skagerrak meet. This will make for turbulent seas and stranding and shipwrecks aren't uncommon.
The frequent shipping deficits and also the proper location because the gateway towards the Baltic brought to Skagen to be the site of 1 of Denmark's earliest lighthouses, the Vippefyr, built within the 17th century - 1627.
The Sanded Chapel
The Sanded Church was once the largest church in the region. Only the tower now remains, after the sand drift that started in the 16th century literally covered the rest of the church. Situated some 2.5 miles/4 kilometers south of Skagen, the church has not been in use since 1795.
It’s easy to imagine being in the middle of a desert when visiting the Råbjerg Mile. This migrating sand dune is the largest of its kind in Northern Europe, featuring a unique flora and fauna. Råbjerg Mile is situated some 8 miles/13 kilometers south of Skagen.

Skagen's Museum
The One Thing You Don't Want to miss, It had been founded 20th October, 1908 by Michael Ancher, Degn Brøndum, V.Chr.Klæbel, P.S. Krøyer and Laurits Tuxen. The museum building, created by Ulrik Plesner, opened up in 1928, later extended two times, in 1980 and 1989. Over 1,500 works of art, sketches, sculptures and crafts - by artists employed in Skagen between 1850 and 1930 - as well as The Brøndums Dining Area, with works of art and artists' portraits within the panelling, moved in the Brøndum's Hotel in 1946.
Other Fun Things to Do
Discover the point where the two seas, the Skagerak Sea and the Kattegat Seat, meet at Grenen. The famous beach appears as the backdrop in many of the 19th century works of Skagen Painters.
The Skagen Church, built in 1841, is located in the historic town center. It was a brick consider size, buried by sand from nearby dunes.

Shore Excursions
A number of shore excursions in and around Skagen can be on offer. Examples include:

Tours of Skagen will mostly be on foot. Bike tours can also be available. This is a convenient town in the sense that most places of interest are accessible even if not going by coach. These include many of the must-sees mentioned above, under Do Not Miss, as well as the Skagen lighthouse, the pedestrian-only street and the Skagen church. Culinary tours of Skagen can also be on offer.
Eagleworld is a sanctuary for eagles, falcons and other birds of prey, located some 19 miles/30 kilometers from Skagen.
Råbjerg Mile, the largest migrating sand dune in Northern Europe, can be in focus on some excursions.
The North Sea Oceanarium in Hirtshals is one of Europe’s largest aquariums. 31 miles/50 kilometers from Skagen, it is accessible on some excursions.

Getting Further
If you are to stay within the borders of Denmark, it’s not possible to get further from the nation’s capital, Copenhagen. It’s some 250 miles/400 kilometers between Skagen and Copenhage

Numerous shoreline activities around Skagen could be available. Good examples include: Around Skagen may be by walking. Bike tours may also be available. This can be a convenient town meaning that many tourist destinations are available even when not going through coach. Included in this are most of the must-sees pointed out above, under Don't Miss, along with the Skagen lighthouse, the pedestrian-only street and also the Skagen chapel. Culinary around Skagen may also be available.
Eagleworld is really a sanctuary for eagles, falcons along with other wild birds of prey, situated some 19 miles/30 kilometers from Skagen.
Råbjerg Mile, the biggest moving sand dune in Northern Europe, could be in concentrate on some activities.
Its Northern Border Ocean Oceanarium in Hirtshals is among Europe’s biggest aquariums. 31 miles/50 kilometers from Skagen, it's accessible on some activities.

Dining Out
Seafood and sea food could not be offered fresher. In Skagen, right through the fishing and yacht harbor on Fiskehuskaj, is really a row of converted seafood warehouses and every one of them is really a seafood restaurant with rows of tables and wooden benches out front. If you're pleased with self-service and eating your cod and chips of the plastic plate you are able to, or apply for a far more trendy option with table service, proper china along with a more refined cuisine.
You will find a multitude of locations to dine around using the taste from the local and worldwide cuisine. Among the places to dine is Jakobs Café and Bar. This restaurant offers an array of Italian cuisine in addition to meats and sandwiches. District offers an array of drinks for vacationers. If you prefer a taste of the worldwide cuisine, Skagen Brygge Hotel Restaurant offers 14 of the greatest restaurants around. For French cuisine, visit Ruths Brasserie in the morning or brunch.
If you're into sea food, Bodilles Kro is yet another very best in Skagen. District provides an old tradition atmosphere for visitors. For romantic and family moments, it’s better to share special events in Restaurant P 2 Have. District provides a romantic ambiance and offers the very best of the neighborhood cuisine. Skagen which was once the suburbs has become among the best locations for local and cruise vacationers.
Skagen is another very lively shopping center where you'll find top class goods for example amber, clothing and Skagen Watches. The neighborhood currency may be the Danish kroner, DKK. Since a lot of artists reside in Skagen, many site visitors purchase art here. The very best gallery is Galerie Skagen, Trondsvej 16 (tel. 98-44-44-25), that also includes a stylish assortment of crafts. Probably the most sophisticated assortment of pottery is located at Skagen Potteri, Skt. Laurentivej 27 (tel. 98-44-69-29). Stunningly designed modern jewelry is offered at Smykkekunstner, Skt. Laurentivej 48 (tel. 98-44-11-08), in Gammel Skagen.

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