Welcome to Sønderborg
To some degree the town has shaped Denmark, acting as the battleground for two wars against Germany in the middle of the 19th century. In 1864, during the battle of Dybbøl, Danish forces gathered here while a bombardment of 80,000 German shells paved the way for the German occupation of Jutland for some 60 years. After WWI the region once again became Danish soil.
Post-war reconstruction of the city has led to its modern feel and a bombardment of another kind – the annual descent of German and Danish holidaymakers. There’s not as much English spoken in these parts; understandably, German is the second language for many.