Attractions in Esbjerg

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With the colossal sculpture Man Meets the Sea, Denmark's gateway to the west opens out to the world and welcomes you to Esbjerg. Esbjerg can offer its visitors grand art and architecture, exciting museums, and not least unique nature thanks to its location next to the Wadden Sea.

Fiskeri- og Søfartsmuseet
Denmark’s museum about the sea - people’s relationship with it, the culture surrounding it, and life beneath its surface. The seals are our permanent residents. Come to one of the daily feeding sessions, where you can observe Denmark’s largest sea mammal at very close quarters. Experience our large offshore exhibition, which gives you a fantastic glimpse of everything from oil and gas extraction to what life is like on an oil rig. We can additionally offer you all the year round: Environments from Esbjerg Harbour, bunker from the Second World War, wooden ships outdoors, aquariums, hands-on pool, birds, whale skeletons, exhibition about the Wadden Sea, invasive species and large play area.

Man meets the Sea
Visitors arriving in Esbjerg from the sea are greeted by Svend Wiig Hansen’s monumental sculpture “Man meets the Sea”, which was raised on the occasion of Esbjerg celebrating its 100th anniversary as an independent municipality in 1994. It was officially unveiled on 28 October 1995.
The sculpture portrays the meeting between pure, unspoilt mankind and nature. Man, innocent as from his mother’s womb. Man before rising up and beginning to act. That, according to Wiig Hansen, was where things started to go wrong - when man got “dirt” on his hands. Because of its size (nine metres) and charisma, the sculpture has become a landmark for Esbjerg. In clear weather the bodies, sitting there like unfurled sails, can be seen 10 kilometres away.

Esbjerg Museum
Three exhibitions about the occupation period and everyday life in Esbjerg 1900-1950. Visit "OCCUPIED - Esbjerg 1943" and the Hansen family. Explore their basement, visit the living room and kitchen, enter the laundry room and venture into the backyard. The family will greet you at all points and request help to resolve their dilemmas in a time of occupation. "RESISTANCE - Esbjerg, Ribe, Bramming 1940-45" takes an in-depth look at the local resistance. Where did the resistance workers come from, what did they want and what did they attack ? Stand in the heart of old Esbjerg in "Esbjerg 1900". Drop in at the grocer’s, enjoy the shops on Torvet and visit the working-class family and the company director.

Esbjerg Art Museum
Esbjerg Art Museum is a museum of modern and contemporary art that is known for also functioning as an experimentarium for both children and adults. At the museum, the artists are often given a free rein to try out unusual ideas. This means that art is presented in new ways - for example in conjunction with music and science.
In the museum’s Aesthetic Laboratory everyone is invited to experiment with colours, illusions and optical tricks, while the many interactive info posts encourage personal involvement and contemplation. In the scent installation Wittgenstein’s Garden you have to use your sense of smell to evoke your own images, while The Open Stores has pull-out walls full of paintings.

Castles and manor houses

Gørdinglund Manor, which are close by, are worth a visit. Riber Kjærgård is a manor house from around the year 1300, which today serves as an agricult...

Gardens and parks in Esbjerg

Esbjerg is a city with many green areas ranging from large beautiful city parks to small oases in the city center.

Art in Esbjerg

Esbjerg - the city by the sea - is the perfect place for large-scale and unique art. Art is everywhere in Esbjerg - at the art museum, in the cityshap...

Ancient monuments and ruins in Esbjerg

Visit the Iron Age sites at Sjelborg Plantation, where the Esbjerg Museum has excavated preserved housing sites from older Iron Age. Or see the Iron A...