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tour of city Sonderborg

Take a Tour of the City

It is often difficult to learn all there is to know about a city , or even tiny village, just by walking around on your own. You will undoubtedly miss some corner with its intriguing story that you would have loved to learn about. A good way of taking a stab at getting to know about these corners and stories is by going on a tour.

tour of city Sonderborg

Typically, most tourist offices offer city walks on a number of themes, sometimes by professional guides, and others by highly interested volunteers from the city itself. Sonderborg is, of course, no less.

Sonderborg tourist office organises a series of guided walks in the municipality, mainly in the summer holiday period. Among the tours offered there is an 1864 town walk in Sonderborg, a walk around Grasten castle and gardens, as well as town walks in Sonderborg, Nordborg and Augustenborg. Unfortunately for me only the 1864 town walk is advertised as offered in English, with all the others only offered in Danish or German, so I decided to check it out.

1864 Town Walk

This walk around the streets of Sonderborg takes you from Radhustorvet, in front of the main Sonderborg tourist office, down to the castle, along the pier and up towards Sct Marie Kirke. During the walk you see locations connected to the 1864 war, learn about what went on, as well as hear stories about the people living in Sonderborg at the time.

The walk appeared interesting. However, there was one downside: the languages! The walk was intended to be given in Danish, German and English and on the day I attended all 3 languages were required. Unfortunately, the guide didn’t appear equally comfortable in all of them. This resulted in the walk being around 90% Danish, 6% German and 4% English! If it wasn’t that some of the Danish people took pity on me and translated the main points it would have been very difficult to understand much of anything (thank you family from Blans!).

Therefore, if you understand Danish, I urge you to try it out (and come back and tell us how it really is), if you understand German and are interested in it, do check it out (after all my German/Danish recognition is not the best in the world. However, if you only understand English I can only recommend that you not bother with it…unless you get another guide, that is!

Review: Asian Wok House, Nordborg

Just down the road from Nordborg Bio is Asian Wok House. Having heard very good things about it from several people we decided to give it a try.

Asian Wok House is, as the name implies, an Asian restaurant. We were greeted warmly by our waiter and led to our choice of table. Surprisingly even though the restaurant officially opens at 5pm, there was already another table there when we arrived at 5:15, happily tucking in to their food, and the restaurant soon filled up with people.

The restaurant offers both an A’ la carte menu and a buffet (as well as a take away menu if for some reason the decor of the place doesn’t entice you to stay once you are in, or you are in a hurry). Wanting to have the opportunity to sample as many of the delights as possible, we opted for the buffet.

On asking if this is our first time, our waiter graciously took us over to the buffet area where he explained to us all that was on offer. The buffet is actually split into a normal buffet area and a Mongolian barbeque area, both of which you can sample as part of the buffet menu.

bd's Mongolian Grill

What I found to be a nice touch is that the waiters help you choose the sauces for your Mongolian buffet choices based on your choice of meat as well as preferences in terms of amount of spices, garlic etc. For a Mongolian barbeque virgin as me this was excellent. The meat, vegetables and noodles are then cooked on a big grill by the chef on hand for this purpose.

On the recommendation of the waiter we started our meal with a bowl of hot chicken soup, followed by a sampling of the Mongolian buffet and then the buffet. My favourite was definitely the Mongolian buffet noodle option I had with crab meat and squid, the fried prawns and chicken and the spring rolls.

My main issue with the restaurant is the same one I have with all the Danish restaurants I have been to so far, that the food is too salty for me. But then I guess that is really my issue rather than the restaurants’ now that I am in Denmark, since the Danes around me always seem to love it! Nevertheless, the very good service you get at this place and the taste of the food makes it a place to visit if you are looking for food in the area.

Photo by Dome Poon aka MoHotta18.


Watch a Film at Nordborg Bio #6/99

Nordborg Bio is an independent cinema in Nordborg, at the northern end of Als. It is run by a group of volunteer with the main objective of maintaing a cinema in Nordborg. This makes it a worth-while venture to support, especially since it is run as a self-supporting venture.


The films shown are mainly new releases, though around once a month on a Friday they show a ‘filmeskerfilm’ (film lovers’ film), which is typically a less well-known, independent film, often in a foreign language. On these nights you get to watch a film and a glass of wine for 50DKK (i.e. very cheap by Danish standards).

Unfortunately for me, as yet there have been no ‘filmeskerfilm’ in the English language, so the combination of a foreign language with Danish subtitles have meant that we have had to give these nights a miss so far. However, most of the other ‘commercial’ films shown are in English (with Danish subtitles).

We went to watch Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows on the Friday it was being shown. Entering the cinema we were greeted by the volunteer ‘on duty’ – a friendly older gentleman who happily muddled through a conversation of Danish/English with me.

The cinema itself is quite small as you can maybe tell from the photo at the top, seating only 90 people (it was around one-third full on the night). What a difference to the big cinema complexes which are the only cinema option left in my home country.

For keeping this cinema running I must applaud the work of the volunteers. I will be back!

In Sønderborg there is also a cinema on Perlegade with two screens.

Danfoss HQ tour with Cafe International

This is the 3rd installation in our 99 Things To Do and See in Sonderborg series.

Way before we arrived in Sonderborg I had found Cafe International on Facebook. This is a group of people (most of whom have met each other at Danish courses) who meet up regularly to talk, primarily in Danish, with each other and Danes who wants to join in. Following from afar we could see they had a lot of different events and outing (like the mushroom picking trip we were not in town for). So when I saw the Danfoss tour was just after we had arrived I signed up.

On the evening we went in a couple of cars from Sønderborg to the headquarters of Danfoss which is located close to Nordborg on Als. In this area almost everything revolves around Danfoss and the derived businesses and Danfoss campus stretch far. Most of the factories and labs in the campus are low buildings however the main building is a “skyscraper” by Danish standards and stretches 11 floors into the air. This means you can spot it from far away when you approach by road.

There were about 25 of us and our tour started out in the foyer that was rebuilt a few years ago. The front desk is custom made and is modeled after a remnant from metal production (Spåne in Danish).

The funky frontdesk

Here we got the story of how the company started out in 1933 by Mads Clausen who had a good idea for a compressor valve. Long story short his idea was great and he had more where they came from so by 1950s he had 2,000 employees. The company expanded globally and today there are about 23,000 people working for Danfoss across the world. Mads Clausen passed away in 1966 and was succeeded by his son Jørgen Mads Clausen. Unlike most companies of this size it is still family-owned which has been significant in how the company has operated. 2011 looks to be a record year for the company which is quite remarkable in the current climate.


From the foyer we were led into a cinema for a presentation about more of the company. I’ll skip the numbers but one of the things that people, even some who live in the area are struggling to pinpoint is “what does Danfoss do?” The answer is: lots of things that are all around you but you probably wont notice. As the company slogan says they are “Making Modern Living Possible”. A lot of Danfoss products are hidden out of sight but are key products in climate and heating products, such as cooling compressors for air conditioners. They make frequency converters that makes it possible to regulate pumps, motors and other electrical equipment. Similarly they make solar power inverter systems that turn heat into electricity. They make a lot more but these where some of the components I could understand 🙂

After the introduction we were taken to the direction floor of the building where we first saw the board room that at one end has a huge backlit cross section of a fossilized forest.


After that we went into the office of the late founder and now his son and chairman of the board. It was quite an experience to be in the office of one of the wealthiest families in Denmark and hear stories of how down to earth they are. When Mads Clausen had the huge marble desk installed he got it fitted with heat to keep the elbows warm – we were invited to try and feel the difference.

Heated marble table

We ended the tour of the headquarters with a trip to the observation deck at the top and a look at the green wall and water features on the ground floor.

After that we travelled over to one of the many production facilities and saw parts of the production of the radiator valve that Danfoss is probably most well known for in Denmark. The whole tour lasted about 2 and half hours and it was really interesting to see the company and hear more of the story behind it. Thanks to Meggie and Anne from Cafe International for organising this event.

Danfoss entrance