Our first challenge to ourselves after moving here is finding and doing 99 things in and around Sonderborg.
- Done! – Get wiser at Universe science theme park
- Done! – Visit Sonderborg castle
- Done! – Go on an outing with Cafe International (We went on a tour of Danfoss so this could be 3½)
- Done! – Drink gluhwein or punsch at the Christmas Market in Flensburg
- Done! – Eat fish straight off the fisherman’s boat
- Done! – Show you’re a true movie lover at Nordborg’s volunteer-run cinema
- Done! – See the Symphony Orchestra at Alsion
- Done! – Mingle with the royals at Grasten Castle
- Done! – Relive history at Dybbol Banke
- Done! – Jazz it up at Sonderborghus
- Done! – Bowl for your Life…
- Done! – Hit your Target with the local shooting club
- Done! – Learn to make something out of paper at the Paper Museum
- Done! – Spot the working viking boat replica Sebbe from Augustenborg
- Done! – Explore Denmark’s industrial heritage at Cathrinesminde brickworks
- Done! – Island-hop with one of the ferries
- Done! – Experience a Nazi Prison Camp at Froslev
- Done! – Have ice-cream (or a sausage) at Annie’s kiosk
- Done! – Time-Travel at the Rum Regatta (Ascension weekend/Kristi Himmelfartsferie)
- Done! – Stroll along Sonderborg Havn
- Done! – Be awed by the skills of the ’tilters-at-the-ring’ (ringridning)
- Done! – Learn about sealife at the Blue Flag Station at Sonderborg Marina
- Done! – Answer all your questions about Tilting-at-the-Rings at the Ringridermuseum
- Done! – Take a tour of the city
- Done! – Swim in the Baltic Sea
- Done! – Enjoy the sea’s bounty at Cafe Brag
- Done! – Music fit for a king in Sonderborg slot
- Done! – Hike or bike some or all of the Gendarm trail
- Done! – Get the ice cream almost straight from the cow at Frydendal Farm House Ice Cream
- Done!- Honour the dead at the Viking graves at Blommeskobbel
- Done! – Ferry yourself from Flensburg to Glucksburg
- Done! – Travel onwards and upwards along Alstien
- Done! – Camp out under the stars in one of the shelters dotted around Als
- Done! – Taste King Frederik’s favourite dish at Restaurant Colosseum
- Done! – Watch the local handball team
- Done! – …and football team.
- Done! – And don’t forget ice-hockey!
- Done! – Immerse yourself in the Augustenborg Castle Sculpture Garden
- Done! – Go round for some Roundabout Art
- Done! – Take the 8 minute ferry ride from Nord Als to Jutland
- Done! – Enjoy the atmosphere at Krusmolle
- Done! – Practice your skidding at Sønderborg Køreteknisk Anlæg
- Done! – Get a good steak at OX-EN Steakhouse
- Done! – Get creative at Sonderborghus
- Done! – Thrill your tastebuds at Trillen
- Done! – Check out a show at Sonderborg Theatre.
- Done! – Ice-skating under King Christian X’s bridge
- Done! – Swim the Danish way at Humlehoj Hallen
- Done! – Explore your environment with Danish nature conservation society
- Done! – Heating up Sonderborg at Sonderborg Fjernvarme
- Done! – Go out in nature with a ‘nature way leader‘
- Done! – Run around Sonderborg with Vidar Motion
- Done! – Go kayaking on Als sound
- Done! – Feel like a local and wait for boats to cross through King Christian’s bridge
- Done! – Did you know about the yearly Fish Market on Sundgade?
- Done! – Magical wood transformation at wood sculpture week – June
- Done! – Be amazed at the Danish-German Brass Academy final concert – July
- Done! – Meet the newcomers to Sonderborg at the monthly Monday meeting
- Done! – Take the boat to Okseø island.
- Done! – Enjoy Als from above and take a sightseeing flight around the island
- Done! – Get in the midst of things at the Battle of Als reenactment (last weekend of June)
- Done – Visit the independently-run mill Skærtoft Mølle and learn of the good in grains
- Done! – Don’t underestimate the water at Vibaek vandmolle
- Done! – Be part of the hustle and bustle in town during a market day
- Done! – Be indulged at Huset Blom
- Done! – Experience gymnastics…Danish style
- Done! – Pick your own fruit and vegetables
- Done! – Have a lazy Sunday with brunch in town
- Done! – For ladies only…LadyWalk
- Done! – Get a coffee (or beer) at Kisling’s
- Done! – A feat of cakes (Synnejysk kaffebord) at The Old Inn
- Done! – Picnic in the park by Augustenborg Castle
- Done! – Experience the great outdoors with the Nature Authority
- Done! – Taste local mead – made just like the Vikings did!
- Done! – See art in the making at Dansk Glaskunst
- Done! – Visit the shoemaker’s hut at the Danish-German border on Flensburg Fjord
- Done! – Take in an open air concert at Molleparken
- Done! – Saunagus at Humlehoj
- Done! – Go explore the iron age Nydam boat
- Done! – Buy one of Jens Funder-Nielsen‘s HC Andersen ornaments
- Go to a Garden Festival at the pub/culture house Nette Jensen in Skelde
- Enjoy the music and atmosphere at Nordals Music Festival.
- Go, go Go-carting in Asserballe
- Make a hole-in-one at miniature golf in Nord-Als
- Appreciate wind power at Havnbjerg Molle
- Visit the grounds of Nordborg castle and take a walk around the lake
- Reminisce about the Beatles coming to Sonderborg at the annual Bobby Festival at Sønderborghus.
- Geocache your way around
- Spend a May day admiring veteran cars in Gråsten
- Go fishing
- Try kitesurfing, or windsurfing, or stand up paddling!
- Check out the old cars parked next to Sonderborg Slot
- Relax at an Open Air concert on Store Okseø
- Open air opera at the castle or Norreskov (August/July)
This list is a work in progress, so suggestions are welcome. What have we missed? Do you know of any ‘off the beaten track’ must-do thing for the area? What about the ones we have listed? Would you suggest something else instead?
Hike or bike the Gendarm trail, http://vandreruter.dk/vandreruter/gendarmstien
Yes! Good idea, Signe.
I would suggest the Nøffelskov – both the festival 25.th of May 2013 and a visit any time a year. Lovely spot – you can camp for free
Thanks! We didn’t make it to the festival this year but hope we can make it up and camp there 🙂 Thanks for the suggestion – it’s added to the list.
Go see a “Filmelsker film” / “movielover movie” at Nordborg Bio – yes, in Nordborg of course 🙂 You get to see a great not-mainstream movie in a really authentic and small cinema AND get a free glass of wine for the nice price of 50 dkr.
Nydam båden er teknisk set ikke en vikinge båd. Men der er en vikinge båd, Sebbe Als, hjemmehørende i Augustenborg! Det er tilmed den ældste i Danmark. Se mere på sebbeals.dk
Aha! Jeg retter i teksten om Nydam og har tilføjet Sebbe-spotting. Tak for tippet.
nye matroser er altid velkomne, også på Færø båden Ottar Als (lillesøster).
How about going to Nord-Als Musikfestival?
Albeit being a bit pricey, it’s definitely one of the greatest events of the year on Als. It’s a 2-day festival with both big national and international artist, held inside the castle grounds in Nordborg – beautiful venue with great scenery. The festival is always friday+saturday, in the second weekend of June.
See more at http://www.musikfestival.dk/
Good idea. We already bought ticket for Kløften. But we have discussed going up to Nordals festival as well. I’ll add it to the list.
– vikingsgraves at Blomeskobbel (Arnim can tell Ann where it is)
– Havnbjerg mølle
– Vibæk vandmølle
– Visiting the grounds of Nordborg castle and walk around the lake
– Visiting the museum in Sønderborg castle, once a year craftspeople from Als organize also a fair there.
– Ringridingsmuseum i Sønderborg
Hope you will enjoy yourself.
Thanks for the suggestions Elizabeth! Always glad to receive suggestions to hopefully reach our target of 99. Arnim has already told me about Blommeskobbel and insisted we should visit, but we haven’t made it there yet. However, didn’t know about the wind/water mills!
Forgot one thing: How about visiting us? :))
That could be arranged 😉
Dancing until early morning in Alsion
Sure! Will you be responsible for the music? 😉
Suggestions to the list:
The annual Bobby Festival at Sønderborghus (first Saturday in November) Tickets are for sale in September and sold out in a couple of hours, though.
Hiking the Als Trail (Naturstien)
Hi Hans, thanks for the suggestions. I just tried out the Als Trail yesterday 🙂 That and Bobby Festival is added to our list.
Eat a fish menu at Brags cafe, sønderborg
Visit Skærtoft Mølle, Ketting
Taste Bondegårds icecream on Dybbøl
Great ideas. We just went to Cafe Brag for the delicious fish buffet. The other two is new to us 🙂 Thanks!
Chill out at Sønderborg Beach Party 2. weekend in August.
Hey guys. Thanks a lot for this website. We will try to follow your 99 things to do too. How about Geocaching in and around Sønderborg ?
Geocaching sounds interesting…but I have never done it (and wouldn’t know where to start). Do you geocache regularly in the Sonderborg area?
Check out http://www.oldtimerloebet.dk and then visit Gråsten the last Saturday in May.
Good idea! We didn’t make it to the old timers race this year.
Watch a game of handball at the Flens-Arena in Flensburg.
We have a local handball team as well so that is added to our list. But I would love to go see a game in Flensburg as well.
Run gendarmløbet http://www.gendarmlob.dk/
Visit Kupfermuhle. Just over the border.
See Phenomenia in Flensburg.
Visit Oldemorstoft Museum.
Try kitesurfing! (or windsurfing or stand up paddling alternatively)
What about a sailing trip?
and rowing tour with the German rowing club germania?
The other tips are really cool ideas! Best regards
Hi. The Garden Festival in Skelde at Nette Jensen is not on this year 2014. But I recommend coming to one of the jamsessions wich are held every thursday starting at 20:00. Cheers and love from Brian ODriscoll 🙂
from now on the jamsessions are held every 3. friday in each month. Every 1. friday there will be some kind of koncert or party with a jamsession afterwards. Cheers
Visit “The Heartland Session 2014” 23. November – Alsion
Tickets are only 100,- dkr. + admission fee
Its music from some of the local muscians. Enjoy 3 hours of music.
Pipe and Drums, Choir, Tradional folk music, New folk/pop/blues, Singer Songwriters, a poem written specially to that day.
Tickets are on sale here – http://alsion.billetten.dk/index/eventdetails/eventno/46556
If it turns out to be a succes we will do it again in 2015
Cheers and thank you for a fun and great blog/website
The church of Broager: http://www.broagerkirke.dk is a minor tourist attraction for its murals and the statue of St. George and the dragon.
On Als, there is the foundations of a small manor from 16th century and a small mill turned museum, but I cannot recall how to get to either.
Visit the Heatland Session at Alsion in November – A lot of local artists are playing at this show.
Visit the Back to the Roots Festival 2017 in Rinkenæs – more info on http://www.bttr.dk