South Jutland

April 14, 2015

South Jutland is Denmark’s historic borderland, shared with Germany, and has a fascinating and varied past, with a culture which is distinct to either country. The landscape of South Jutland is open and airy, with rolling hills and lots of green land, including Little Belt to the east and the Wadden Sea National Park to the west, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Various areas of South Jutland have swapped hands between Denmark and Germany numerous times, meaning the whole region is littered with spectacular monuments, architecture and other historical sites.

Visit the Dybbøl Banke Battlefield Centre and learn all about the 1864 war between Danish and German forces from the front lines, with dioramas, films, a reconstructed fortress and more.

Esbjerg’s Maritime and Fisheries Museum is another popular attraction in the South Jutland area, featuring a large seawater aquarium with hundreds of fish and other marine wildlife from around Danish shores. The museum also has a seal enclosure, where you can watch seals being fed every day at 11.00 and 14.30, as well as the Wadden Sea Pavillion, where you can witness wading birds in their natural habitat. Kids will love the maritime playground, and the open-air exhibition which includes the harbour, maritime tools and a behind-the-scenes look at seafaring life.

The Wadden Sea National Park is Denmark’s newest UNESCO World Heritage site. The park extends along the southern part of Denmark’s western coast, from Ho Bay right down to the German border, and is easily accessible from cities such as Ribe and Esbjerg. As well as beautiful flora, the National Park is also an excellent place for wildlife watching, with birdwatching in particular being a huge attraction. The Wadden Sea region is also an excellent destination for a beach holiday, where you and your family or friends can get active, with plenty of scope for watersports, sailing and plenty more.

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