Esbjerg – now the fifth largest city in Denmark – was founded from nothing in 1868 after a harbour was built there. Once Denmark’s busiest fishing harbour, it is still a driving force of the local economy.
There is bus service to the train station in town operating every hour from 6am to 11pm daily. The cost is roughly DK 15 and the trip takes 20-30 minutes. Taxis are available outside the terminal.
The four-star Hotel Britannia neighbours the longest pedestrian street in Denmark and the beautiful city square. It caters for business and pleasure and offers wifi, two restaurants and two bars. www.britannia.dk
The Hotel Scandic Olympic is located in central Esbjerg on Denmarks’ beautiful west coast. Shopping and attractions are close by, while the hotel offers free wifi, a bar and a children’s playroom. www.scandichotels.com
Dronning Louise, located in the main square, is a favourite with locals and offers seasonal menus with a mix of classic Danish and international dishes. It’s popular in the evenings with regular music gigs, quiz nights and whisky and beer tastings. www.dr-louise.dk
Sand’s Restaurant is a traditional Dutch restaurant offering local cuisine. Founded in 1907, it has built a strong reputation for good food and a cosy atmosphere. www.sands.dk
With harbour-related activities limited throughout the winter, it’s difficult to witness Esbjerg’s heritage. However, you can still enjoy a taste of sea life with a visit to the Fisheries and Maritime Museum www.fimus.dk
Alternatively, embrace the winter weather with a trip to the Ice Rink at the Square – the biggest outdoor ice rink in Denmark. It’s free to use and skates can be hired, plus for those seeking an extra challenge there is an obstacle course!