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Introduction

Esbjerg

Esbjerg

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Esbjerg is a seaport city in the southwest of Denmark, along the coastline of Jutland. The city has around 85,000 inhabitants, making it the fifth largest city in the country. The harbor is the driving force in Esbjerg, and the many offshore activities constitute the major factor. Also works as a port of Esbjerg ferry port and shipping port for supplying the Horns Rev Offshore Wind Farm. The city was once the largest fishing port, but it is by now a lost time.

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Neighbourhoods

  • Hjerting is located in a scenic area at Ho Bay about 10 kilometres from the centre of Esbjerg. Hjerting has about 8,200 inhabitants and covers about 14.8 km2 and is a district in Esbjerg.
  • Gjesing is a settlement in Gjesing Parish, located in the north of Esbjerg, and today serves as a suburb of this.
  • Sædding is a town belonging to Esbjerg in western Jutland. The district is located next to the North Sea in the north west of Esbjerg five kilometers northwest of Esbjerg city center and four kilometers southeast of Hjerting.
  • Guldager is a small town in southwest Jutland, with 907 inhabitants, located in Guldager Parish as a province town of Esbjerg. The city is located in Esbjerg Municipality
  • Tarp is a small town in southwest Jutland with 1,754 inhabitants, located in Bryndum Parish as a province town of Esbjerg. The city is located in Esbjerg Municipality

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Sights and Activities

  • Fisheries and Maritime Museum - Fisheries and Maritime Museum's total exhibition area is 14,000 m² distributed on fisheries exhibition, maritime exhibition, outdoor exhibition, saltwater aquarium, sealarium and changing special exhibitions. Address: Tarphagevej 2 6710 Esbjerg V
  • People by the sea - They have since 1995 been looking out over the sea at Sædding Beach north of Esbjerg, the four white men, who sits on each stool and looks out over the North Sea. It´s the artist Svend Wiig Hansen, who conducted the nine meter high concrete sculpture that has become a landmark of Esbjerg.
  • Esbjerg Water Tower - The water tower was built 1896-1897 on a burial mound from the Bronze Age at the top of the cliff, just above the newly built harbor. The tower is located on the city's distinctive peak Bavnehøj, facing the sea, and it was very quickly to be the city's landmark. The tower offers views of the city, harbor and Fano.
  • Esbjerg Concert Hall - The striking building, designed by architects Jørn and Jan Utzon, is located in Esbjerg city center - just 100 metres from the square and only a few minutes walk from the railway station and harbor. The Concert Hall shares the lobby with Esbjerg Art Museum and Art Pavilion Restaurant. Address: Havnegade 18, 6700 Esbjerg

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Events and Festivals

  • Esbjerg Rock Festival - Esbjerg Rock Festival has been held 20 years in a row and have historically presented a true string of pearls of names. To mention just a few: WetWetWet, Black Sabbath, Meat Loaf, Joe Cocker, Fleetwood Mac, Deep Purple, Foreigner, Simple Minds.
  • Esbjerg Festival Week - All week sparkles Esbjerg of activities with performances, exhibitions, concerts, theater and much more, which together provide a broad picture of what Esbjerg is helping to build and develop.
  • Green Concert - Green Concert has over the past 30 years become an institution in Danish musical and cultural life. Last year, many thousands of spectators streamed through the entrance to the now-total of eight concerts around the country this summer. Green Tour is not just the largest music festival, but also Northern Europe's biggest concert tour of its kind.

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Weather

Esbjerg, like much of the country has a maritime climate with cool summers and relatively mild but wet winters. Temperatures are a bit lower in summer and higher in winter compared to Copenhagen.

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Getting There

By Plane

Esbjerg Airport is a small airport with few international departures. Adress: John Tranumsvej 22 - 6705 Esbjerg Ø.

By Train

Danish State Railways operates trains to and from the city. Trains go every other hour to Copenhagen, taking about 3 hours, and there are local trains to Fredericia. Vestbanen operates trains to south to Ribe and Tønder and north to Struer.

By Boat

Ferry services connect Esbjerg via Ho Bay to Nordby on the island of Fanø via Nordic Ferry Service, and over the North Sea to Harwich, England with DFDS Seaways. From September to April, Smyril Line operates a ferry to Tórshavn on the Faroe Islands. This ferry leaves on Saturday afternoon, arriving early on Monday morning on the Faroe Islands.

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Getting Around

By Public Transport

There are 15 different bus lines in Esbjerg which together cover the entire city. In Esbjerg runs night buses on Fridays and Saturdays year round, however, interrupted by summer vacation.

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Eat

  • Jerne kro - They offer à la carte and large banquet dinners. Just 5 minutes drive from Esbjerg city center. Address: Fredensgade 28 6705 Esbjerg Ø
  • Sydvesten - Nice port restaurant located just off the marina and the lightship Horns Rev in the port of Esbjerg. Address: Fiskerihavnsgade 6 6700 Esbjerg
  • Asia Restaurant Esbjerg - Southern Denmark's largest Asian restaurant that offers the most beautiful luksusbuffeter. Address: Strandby Kirkevej 274 6700 Esbjerg
  • Restaurant Gammelhavn - Enjoy being pampered at the Old Port, in inspiring surroundings, with food of high gastronomic character - fresh produce, in close dialogue with local specialties. Gourmet - Brasserie - Dinner Restaurant - Take-away Address: Britanniavej 3 6700 Esbjerg

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Drink

  • Bræddehytten - Small lokal pub Address: Stormgade 3 6700 Esbjerg
  • Dowdi - Dowdi one of the city's best bars. Address: Englandsgade 12 6700 Esbjerg
  • King George - A very populær bar Address: Skolegade 22 6700 Esbjerg

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Keep Connected

Internet

While Internet cafés are present in most larger cities, they are usually not geared for tourists and hence they can be a bit tricky to find. Hotels usually provide both wireless internet and computers with internet access, but whether this service is provided for free, varies greatly. Many cafés and bars also provide free wireless internet for paying customers, even when it is not signposted, so it is always a good idea to ask. A lot of the McDonalds restaurants in Denmark have a couple of internet terminals available for their customers. The easiest way to get online is often the public library, as there is one in almost every town. Public libraries are usually centrally located, well signposted (look for Bibliotek) and always free. There can be a bit of waiting time to get a free computer though, but there will normally also be some sort of reservation system in place.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The general emergency number is 112. Denmark's international phone country code is 45. The prefix for international dialing is "00" or '+' (on a mobile phone). Bring your own unlocked GSM phone to make calls. Prepaid SIM cards are available at most shops and international calling can be reasonably priced. Any prepaid credit is generally only valid for calls made in Denmark, but can be purchased in small amounts to avoid waste when you leave. International collect calls are not allowed from phone booths, which are all ran by the TDC company. You should be able to make international call with the prepaid SIM cards anyways.

Post

Post Danmark A/S is Denmark's national postal service, and has a good reputation regarding service, speed and reliability. Sending a standard letter or postcard (up to 50 grams) costs 5 DKK within Denmark, 8 DKK to other European countries and 9 DKK outside Europe. Parcels up to 1 kilogram start at 75 DKK within Denmark, but are mostly 200 DKK or more to all other countries. The website has details about more prices and also about the opening hours of post offices, which vary widely from region to region but are usually open from around 9:30am until 5:00pm, 5:30pm on Thursdays. Most are open on Saturdays until 1:00pm. Apart from the post offices, some kiosks and newsagents sell stamps as well, and you will find postcards in many places. National and overseas mail must be placed in the red letterboxes that you will find almost everywhere. Collection times are posted on the letterboxes. As an alternative for sending parcels internationally, you might consider companies like TNT, UPS, DHL or FedEx, as they are fast, reliable and competitively priced in general.

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