Skagen

Overview

Introduction

The delightful fishing port of Skagen is Denmark's northernmost town, just 65 mi/100 km northeast of Aalborg, and the town's white, sandy beaches attract many summer visitors. Skagen offers the open-air museum Fortidsminder, which depicts life in an old Danish fishing village, and it's famous for its jazz and folk music festival, held every summer in restaurants and bars that have opened in refurbished fish stores around the harbor.

Sandormen (literally "the sand worm"), a small "train" pulled by a tractor, takes you to Grenen—a spit of land at the very top of Denmark where the North Sea and the Baltic Sea meet—you can see the waves clash as they roll toward the coast from opposite directions.

The town also has Denmark's oldest beacon, built around 1570, and Den Tilsandede Kirke, a medieval church tower (the church itself was covered by drifting sand several centuries ago and is currently being excavated). Skagen Museum and Brondum Hotel house good selections of works by Scandinavian artists Kroyer, Krohg, and Michael and Anna Ancher, the "Skagen painters." The Anchers' house has also been turned into a museum. http://www.skagen-tourist.dk.

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