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Top Choice Museum in Ærøskøbing

Det Gamle Værft

In a still-active mini ship-repair yard with century-old boats on the rear slipways, this memorable hands-on activities experience lets you hammer your name in runes into recycled copper, weave rope, catch crabs by …
Historic Building in Søby

Søbygaard

Around 3km southeast of Søby, this complex of historic buildings offers children's nature-based activities, annually changing exhibitions and hosts around eight outdoor musical events each summer. Enter via the thre…
Museum in Marstal

Marstal Søfartsmuseum

You'll need an hour or two to do justice to this packed-full maritime museum with countless model ships, paintings, sea chests and grippingly realistic boat interiors, some complete with sound effects and shifting h…
Brewery in Ærø

Rise Bryggeri

You can buy Ærø Øl beers all across the island, cheapest at Netto in Ærøskøbing, where bottles cost 20.95kr plus deposit. But visiting the brewery that produces them makes for a worthy cycling excursion to Store Ris…
International in Ærøskøbing

Café Aroma

Half of this terraced, harbour-area institution is given over to selling its delicious homemade ice cream (the apricot flavour is a particular delight). The other half is an informal cafe cosily plastered with film …
Deli in Ærøskøbing

Den Gamle Købmandsgaard

This picturesque outlet shop for local produce was originally set up by volunteers at a time when the old square seemed set to lose its last surviving shop. Now something of an attraction in itself, DGK sells fine l…
Danish in Marstal

Restaurant Fru Berg

Ideally placed at the port-side where tall-masted boats dock, this well-pitched restaurant has enviable terrace views and an inviting, clean-lined nautical interior. Particularly popular are variations on freshly-ca…
Museum in Ærøskøbing

Hammerichs Hus

Our favourite of Ærøskøbing’s lovable trio of little museums, half-timbered Hammerichs Hus is a gnarled, old hobbit-hole of a cottage, packed with antiques collected by sculptor Gunnar Hammerich. The walls upstairs …
Museum in Ærøskøbing

Æro Museum

For now, this little museum is a classic clutter of domestic ethnographic items, ship paintings, furniture and glass cases that rattle as you walk by on the creaky floors. But room 10 has a more modern approach with…
International in Marstal

Den Gamle Vingaard

Walls and ceilings dangling with pulleys, axes, bells and old lanterns add character to the pub-like interior here, while yard seating out the back is partly shaded by spreading vines. Pasta, pork fillet, lamb curry…