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Esbjerg is a young city whose past and present are largely determined by its location by the sea. Due to political pressure in 1868, Denmark needed a new port on the North Sea and fortunately the choice fell on the town of Esbjerg, which was only founded in 1858.
The crude oil and natural gas extracted in the North Sea as well as other mineral resources are brought to Esbjerg and processed from here for our own needs. Trade is flourishing and Esbjerg is Denmark’s main fishing port.
If you don’t want to spend your holiday in Denmark just on the beach, you should pay a visit to Esbjerg. Go on a tour of the city, take a look at the old water tower and climb the stairs.
A special experience after dark is the Torvegade, where you can admire a star carpet with 288 luminous points embedded in the pavement. It is modeled on the starry sky that could be seen on January 1, 2000 at midnight over Torvegade.
Fisheries and Maritime Museum
In Esbjerg, a visit to the Fisheries and Maritime Museum should definitely be included in the itinerary. It invites the visitor in a charming way to immerse themselves in maritime worlds. The museum has a lot of interesting things to offer, from fishing and fishing opportunities to a saltwater aquarium and seal breeding.
In the aquarium the visitor can admire over 100 different fish species. Above all, fish that have their habitat in the North Sea and other nearby waters are shown. In July and August you can experience the fish feeding in the aquarium every Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. and the staff willingly answer questions from the audience.
A special highlight is the ship “Ane Catherine”, built here in 1887 and now lying in the museum harbor. All family members get their money’s worth here and children can not only stroke the fish in the aquarium, watch live seals, but also learn a lot about historical fishing gear and fishing boats that document the history of seafaring.
Man by the sea
An absolute must is a visit to the figures “Mennesket ved havet” – “Man by the sea”, designed in 1995 by the artist Svend Wiig Hansen from concrete painted white.
The sculptures enthroned on an approximately nine meter high beach dune in the north of Esbjerg look stoically at the sea. They represent the pure and unspoiled encounter of man with nature before he gets up to act.
The sculptures can be seen from afar and are Esbjerg’s most famous attraction in the world.
Unfortunately, the artist could not enjoy his fame for long as he died only two years after the monument was built. With the figures he left the city an incomparable sight as a legacy.
Visits to the city’s countless museums can also be exciting. The city museum provides information about the city’s history and the development of the metropolis Esbjerg. The replica of the shops and businesses of a Viking farm as well as apartments from the turn of the century is extraordinary. The amber exhibition in Esbjerg is a celebrity. The oldest find is over 9,000 years old. The beautifully designed amber is particularly common on the coast of Jutland after storms.
Visit Esbjerg and feel the atmosphere of this city.