Flights to Esbjerg
On the west coast of the Jutland Peninsula, in southwest Denmark, the town of Esbjerg is the fifth largest in the country. Best known as a seaport, Esbjerg does have a number of tourist attractions too, including culture and museums, monuments and architecture.
The Esbjerg Airport (airport code: EBJ) is just a small facility 9 kilometres outside of the city. The only major commercial flight to Esbjerg is offered with British Airways from South Africa, and it stops in London as well as in Aberdeen. It’s approximately an 18 hour flight, including layover time. For other options, you can fly to Stavanger Airport (code: SVG) and then get a local flight to Esbjerg from there with Danish Air Transport. KLM, Virgin Atlantic and South African Airways all offer flights to Stavanger.
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The Tourist Attractions of Esbjerg:
Once upon a time Esbjerg was Denmark’s largest fishing harbour, and today the harbour is still very much the centre of the town and its culture. Several of Esbjerg’s attractions revolve around its marine heritage
The Fisheries and Maritime Museum
The Fisheries and Maritime Museum is one of the marine based attractions in Esbjerg. It’s the largest of its kind in Denmark and doesn’t just focus on fishing and the maritime activities of Esbjerg, but of Denmark as a whole. It features exhibits on the North Shore industries, West Jutland coastal shipping, marine biology, and the people who are employed in these industries.
Men At Sea Sculpture
The most famous landmark of Esbjerg is the Men At Sea sculpture. This also reflects the seafaring heritage of Esbjerg and this large monument is situated right next to Saedding Beach, just opposite the Fisheries and Maritime Museum. The sculpture shows four men who are seated, and they each stand 9 metres high. The sculpture has been here since 1995 and was built to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Esbjerg.
Esbjerg City Centre
The main attractions of the city centre of Esbjerg are its buildings and shops. Landmark buildings such as the Esbjerg Town Hall are very attractive, and there’s and ornate water tower to be seen too. There are two main shopping streets where you’ll find some attractive buildings and a very good selection of shops and restaurants. One of these, Kongensgade, is a pedestrianised street so you don’t have to worry about traffic at all as you wander from shop to shop.
Ferry to Fano
For a change of scenery you can take a ferry from Esbjerg to the small island of Fano. This island is well known for its white sandy beaches, so very popular during the height of summer, plus it also includes some quaint towns with great architecture such as a windmill and thatched cottages.
Esbjerg is also not far from the town of Billund, home of Legoland. It’s about an hour from Esbjerg so worth the drive especially if you’re visiting Esbjerg with children. Legoland in Billund is the original theme park and it features some fabulous scenes all made out of Lego, as well as some rides for younger visitors.
When Should You Visit?:
Esbjerg has warm weather in the summer, and never gets overly hot. Summers are the best time to visit as average highs are around 18 to 20C, and although winters are not harsh it does a little too cool for sightseeing. The average highs range between 3 and 5C from January to March.