Aabenraa is a charming town set at the end of a glacier-carved fjord. Walk around the picturesque town centre filled with colourful houses and visit a historic castle reimagined as a Danish art museum. Stay active with activities like kayaking along the fjord and hiking in the countryside.
Things to do in Aabenraa
Cobbled squares and canary-yellow houses lend plenty of charm to Aabenraa’s town centre. Enjoy lunch at a sidewalk café and stroll down to the waterfront to watch boats cruise into the natural harbour. You’ll find trendy bars, bistros and restaurants in the lively Nørreport neighbourhood.
Admire paintings, sculptures and drawings at the compact art museum housed in Brundlund Castle. The castle was built for a Danish queen in the 15th century and features whitewashed walls, picturesque gardens and a water-filled moat. Inside you can see works from the 18th century onwards. Visit on weekends to enjoy coffee and cake at the café housed in the historic watermill.
Rent a kayak and enjoy a scenic paddle along Aabenraa Fjord. Pack lunch and enjoy a picnic on a secluded white-sand beach before heading back to the harbour. Use picturesque hiking and cycling trails to explore the surrounding woodlands and countryside.
Test your nerve in HighPark Sonderjylland, an adrenaline-fuelled theme park set in a beautiful forest. Strap on a harness and navigate the climbing trails, which range from kid-friendly courses to challenging 25-metre-high treetop routes. Along the way, you’ll encounter suspension bridges, rope ladders and aerial runways.
Learn about the Nazi regime at Froslev Camp. The prison was built to house Danish prisoners during World War II and is a stone’s throw from the German border. Barbed wire fences and wooden guard towers recall the camp’s dark past.
Getting around Aabenraa
Aabenraa is compact and easy to get around on foot. The town is a three-hour drive from Copenhagen and 30 minutes from Flensburg in Germany. Trains run between Aabenraa and Copenhagen in three hours. Rental cars offer the freedom to visit Aabenraa and explore Southern Denmark at your own pace.