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DFDS Seaways’ ferries provide transport from Harwich to Esbjerg, Denmark. Holiday travellers can ride as passengers; bring their cars, bicycles, or a caravan. The ferry leaves up to 4 times a week. The ship departs Harwich early in the evening, affording excellent dining and entertainment as guests sail through the night arriving in Esbjerg at lunchtime the next day.
DFDS Seaways ferries have no baggage restrictions; holiday travellers can even take their pets along. Including the family car, bicycles, motorbikes or a caravan means that as soon as the ship lands, touring can begin. The port city of Esbjerg probably isn’t the best known or most popular Danish city for a holiday, but if it isn’t the visitor’s final destination, it is still a wonderful starting point.
Reusing former industrial buildings is a great way to innovate while keeping history intact. The Old Electricity Works constructed in 1907 has become Esbjerg’s Academy of Music. The original Greek entablature and the visual rhythm of its columns bring to mind Vienna of the 1900s.
The Esbjerg Performing Arts Centre is another architectural structure worth visiting. Designed by world famous architects Jan and Jorn Utzon, the 8,000 square meter building is home to concerts, lectures, exhibitions, and theatre performances. If the holiday visitor can’t get tickets to a performance, guided tours can be arranged.
Cyclists have access to a variety of fascinating scenery around Esbjerg. Touring the salt meadows southeast of the city makes a great day trip. The 35-45 kilometre ride takes about 4-6 hours and winds between the heights of the “geest”—the southern end of Ice Age hill lands—and the expanse of green salt meadows known as the “marsk.” Iron-age finds and Viking settlements show that the marsk was being used for grazing animals in distant history.
A bicycle tour through Marbæk, Myrtue, and Hostrup covers comparable kilometres in about the same time frame. It takes travellers north from Esbjerg along narrow country roads to a leisure area at Marbæk. Small towns, heathland, marsk, plantations, and ancient monuments follow the Varde Å estuary’s fertile lands. The Varde Å is the only naturally flowing river in the Wadden Sea area. Old settlements are most easily seen in Tarp and Kjelst after riding across the Tarphage Bridge.
Since Denmark is a country of islands, additional ferry rides will take travellers and their cars, bicycles or caravans to other destinations in this fascinating land.