During my month in Aarhus, Denmark, I took a lot of day and weekend trips to smaller towns in the area. One of my Danish classmates recommended Ebeltoft, and I think it was my favorite day trip! It was a small town, and I had the whole town to myself on an early Sunday morning. Ebeltoft has a pretty, old section of town with colorful houses and cobblestone streets, and it also has a beautiful waterfront and harbor! 🙂
Things to do in Ebeltoft
Ebeltoft became a town in 1301, and the historic half-timbered houses date back a few centuries. They were restored in 1960, and they are still being used today! If you’re looking for more things to do in Ebeltoft other than the historic part of town, there’s also a glass museum and the largest wooden ship in the world that you can take a tour of on the marina.
Ebeltoft only has 6,000 residents most of the year, but in the summer, it can increase to 60,000 because so many Danes have summer houses in the area. Even if it’s a popular holiday spot for Danes, it wasn’t crowded at all, especially early in the morning.
I stopped in a cafe for some coffee and pie and it was delicious!
Since it was Sunday morning when I was in Ebeltoft, I went to the morning service at Ebeltoft Church. Archaeological digs have shown that there were chapels on that spot dating back even before the town was established in 1301! There are still parts of the foundation from the earliest churches underneath the church today.
After church, I walked along the marina. It was a really pretty summer day, so there were lots of people swimming and sailing on the water. There wasn’t a beach to easily get into the water, but I did get to dip my toes in and the water felt nice on a hot day!
Frigate Jylland, the wooden ship that is now a museum
Ebeltoft, Denmark is easy to get to, and it’s only an hour bus ride from Aarhus (and you can see the Kalø Castle ruins on the way). So if you’re staying in Aarhus, Ebeltoft is an easy day trip, and I definitely recommend it! 🙂