Nature (The Wadden Sea National Park, UNESCO)
If you love the nature, you cannot miss a visit to The Wadden Sea National Park, which is part of UNESCO World Heritage List which has a unique landscape of shallow waters, dikes and where millions of migratory birds every year take a rest in the marshlands. Every spring and autumn you can experience the phenomenon “Black Sun” when thousands of starlings group in the area and dance in the evening sun. It is also possible to go on oyster and seal safaris.
If you enjoy the beach life you really should go to Rømø Strand – the broadest beach in Northern Europa with the most magnificent surroundings, woodlands, heather and thicket. The perfect place to walk hand in hand.
Our region also has several small rivers where you can enjoy fishing or going on canoe trips through the beautiful landscapes of the municipality. A good fishing place is Brede Å where you might catch sea trout and salmon. Vidåen is one of the best rivers for a canoe trip.
If you are more into woodlands, there are also many woods to visit. For instance, the untouched Draved Skov or the cosy Lovrup Skov at Løgumkloster, Hønning Plantage near Arrild or Kalby Plantage at Skærbæk.
Art & culture
If your interests lie within art and culture, the entire region has so much to offer. Among other things, you can see Nordic art of international format at the Art Museum of Tønder. The museum has selections showing tendencies and trends of North European Art in the 20 and 21 centuries. The museum is in the same building as the museum Cultural History of Tønder and Vandtårnet (the water tower) which has a very exquisite collection of chairs by the Danish designer Hans J. Wegner. It is one of our prides.
In Skærbæk we have Kunsterhuset – the House of Artists – which has perfect frames for art exhibitions and cultural arrangements. All year around it is possible to attend art classes, visit art exhibitions and attend lectures.
If you prefer older architecture or fancy bobbin laces and textiles, a visit to Drøhses House is a must. It is one of the most well-preserved old houses in Tønder – it was built in 1672. In the early 1980ies it was restored and in 1985 it got a Europe Nostra Award. The house offers an authentic insight into the architecture of an old business house and further to that there are alternating exhibitions in the house – mainly of bobbin laces and textiles.
Another architectural must-see with lots of history is Nationalmuseets Kommandørgård – the Sea Captain’s House at Rømø – which is an old, rich family farm which is still fully furnished. The wealth and unique interior of the house shows how rich the sea captains on Rømø became on whaling and shipping trade. The picturesque house has painted panelling from the 1700ies, beautiful carvings and well-preserved wall linings of Dutch tiles.
Tønder Municipality oozes of history. Here you can see the remains of Gammelskov Battery from the Great War which was the largest of its kind in Sikringsstilling Nord – the Northern protection position – in Southern Jutland.
You can also visit the Zeppelin- og Garnisonsmuseum Tønder – Fort Museum – where the German empire had an airship base. The museum holds a large collection of exhibits from that time.
Or you may fancy a visit to the castle ruins of Trøjborg in Visby which belonged to Queen Margrethe I and can be dated back to 1300. The castle was torn down in 1854 but parts of the southern wall and the cellars are still intact.
If you like beautiful churches you need to go to Løgumkloster where you will find one of the most beautiful and most important churches from the Danish Middle Ages. Løgumkloster Kirke is in fact one of the most well-preserved abbey churches in the world. Every evening you can attend the singing in the church and hear the very fine glockenspiel from the belfry.
You can also pay a visit to the Museum Sønderjylland – Museum of Southern Jutland – in Tønder which has exhibitions on cultural history, modern art as well as a collection of bobbin lazes. From the museum you can also visit Vandtårnet – the water tower – which has a magnificent view over the surroundings of Tønder.
If you have an interest in Denmark during the Iron Age, you should go to Hjemsted Oldtidspark. Hjemsted Oldtidspark is a 1000 m2 large museum illustrating the everyday life of Danes living in Hjemsted during the Iron Age.
You may also want to visit Møgeltønder, where you can take a stroll through the idyllic village with the beautiful street passing the castle, the historic barn of Slotsfelt, the church Møgeltønder Kirke and see Gallehus, where the treasure trove, The Golden Horns of Gallehus, were found.
Do you fancy good food, delicious local ingredients and extraordinary taste sensations? Then you will love our region. Tønder Municipality has an abundance of local, culinary experiences. Here you will find gastronomic taste sensations and ingredients like oysters, clams, shrimps, steers, lambs, venison, berries and cheese. And thanks to a number of very skilled chefs and an increased focus on local ingredients, the Wadden Sea area can guarantee a most brilliant regional kitchen with lots of great specialities which you absolutely must try.
We have a very varied selection of eateries. From delicious restaurants with focus on gastronomy and modern techniques to farm kitchens with focus on local ingredients of the season. We have cosy cafés with lots of history and a nice atmosphere. Modern restaurants with focus on new cooking techniques. And everything in between.
If you prefer to make your own dinner at home, you will find a lot of speciality shops where you can buy the most delicious ingredients and local specialities to spoil your taste buds. That’s a promise.
If you want an active stay, you will find good opportunities for that too. You can go horseback riding on Icelandic horses on the beaches of Rømø or try out kite buggies or blokarts. You can also just rent a bike.
Tønder Municipality has several places where you can play golf, so remember to bring your golf clubs. We have fine golf courses in Arrild, Tønder, Toftlund and on Rømø.
If you are not keen golfers, you can spend a couple of hours playing football golf in Ballum.
And if you bring your kids, we have several swimming pools in the region, among them Arrild Swimming Pool which has one of the longest water slides in Denmark. Also in Skærbæk, Løgumkloster, Toftlund, Bredebro and Tønder you will find large sport centres with room for lots of activities, sports and gyms if that is what you want.
If you want to go shopping, you should go to the town of Tønder. Tønder has a cosy and lively pedestrian street with many shops of all kinds, good restaurants and nice cafés.
And then we haven’t even mentioned Tønder Festival, which is held every year in August. When the streets of Tønder fill with great folk music, happy people and a very nice atmosphere.
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