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Hjerting Badehotel

If Esbjerg's industry has you yearning for a little trademark Danish hygge (cosiness), make your way 10km north of town to this delightful 'bathing hotel' on the beach. There's a gourmet restaurant here, the well-re…
Museum in Esbjerg

Esbjerg Kunstmuseum

The Utzon-designed Musikhuset is home to the modern-art collection of Esbjerg Kunstmuseum. In an admirable display of openness (and a nod to restricted space), the Åbne Magasiner (Open Stores) downstairs allows you …
International in Esbjerg

Dronning Louise

Jack-of-all-trades, the Queen Louise commands a great central position on Torvet: she’s a restaurant, pub and even a nightclub (Friday and Saturday), with occasional live music too. You can dine from the broad, clas…
Aquarium in Esbjerg

Fiskeri- og Søfartsmuseet

For an up-close look at North Sea marine life, head 4km northwest of the city centre to the saltwater aquarium at the Fisheries & Maritime Museum (take bus 3 or 6). Here you can see assorted local fish species g…
Tower in Esbjerg

Esbjerg Vandtårn

Esbjerg self-consciously attempted to manufacture a medieval appearance in 1897 when the town architect built the water tower now conveniently (for tourists) located next door to Musikhuset Esbjerg. Climb up the tow…
Danish in Esbjerg

Sand's Restaurant

The menu at this classy 100-year-old restaurant is an ode to old-school Danish favourites: lunchtime smørrebrød and herring platters, evening fish (try the bakskuld, a local fish not unlike a flounder) and plenty of…
Monument in Esbjerg

Mennesket ved Havet

On the waterfront opposite Fiskeri- og Søfartsmuseet is Esbjerg’s most interesting landmark, Mennesket ved Havet ('Man Meets the Sea'): four stark-white, 9m-high, stylised human figures, sitting rigid and staring ou…
Architecture in Esbjerg

Musikhuset Esbjerg

Famed Danish architect Jørn Utzon (he of the Sydney Opera House) designed Esbjerg’s Music House together with his son, Jan. The performing arts centre opened in 1997 and is the city’s main venue for cultural events …
Pub in Esbjerg

Paddy Go Easy

Skolegade is where to head to when you’re thirsty; it's virtually wall-to-wall bars. We like Paddy Go Easy for the real Irish accents behind (and often in front of) the bar, Kilkenny and Guinness on tap, and decent …