A Daytrip To Ærøskøbing, Denmark – Tips For Sights, Restaurants and Souvenirs maj 25, 2022 – Posted in: Denmark, Travel – Tags: Ærøskøbing, Attractions, Day Trips, Denmark, Holiday, Restaurants, Shopping, Sightseeing, South Funen Archipelago, Svendborg
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What to see in Ærøskøbing on Ærø
Ærøskøbing is only a short ferry ride from the harbor in Svendborg, and the journey takes about 70 minutes. Ærø is one of the larger islands in the South Funen Archipelago, and on the ferry trip you can enjoy the beautiful view with all the smaller islands scattered around the sea. Remember to book your trip in advance at: Ærøfærgerne, and leave the car in Svendborg. The buses on Ærø are free, and you can rent a bike and easily get around the island.
When you arrive in Ærøskøbing, you will be greeted by the most adorable miniature houses. Even the three of us, who are used to looking at the old houses in Svendborg, were fascinated by the small village from a bygone era. It’s like stepping into the set of a 19th centrury movie – except for the fact that people actually live in small, picturesque townhouses.
Ærøskøbing is not an open air museum
Still, you must avoid the temptation to stop and glare into the houses. Ærøskøbing is not an open air museum. People still live inside the houses and they think it is very rude with people staring at them while they are eating dinner.
If you want to see one of the houses from the inside, you can visit one of the museums in Ærøskøbing. Apart from that, you are free to wander around the city. In summer, many of the yards are open to the public – just follow the signs.
Attractions in Ærøskøbning
If you are only on Ærø for a day trip, then just stay in Ærøskøbing. Many hours can be spent strolling around the city and enjoying the narrow, cobbled streets and the little houses and visit the small shops. Also take time to visit FlaskePeters Samling, the bottle ship museum, and Ærø Museum.
Also visit the famous bathhouses, a series of colorful wooden houses on the coast, which you can see on the top photo. And please do remember to bring your swimming gear to Ærø, as the island is one large sandy beach.
Shopping in Ærøskøbning
You can’t miss the shopping streets in Ærøskøbing! Just follow the other tourists up to Vestergade and turn left at Søndergade. Here you will find smaller shops with clothes, souvenirs and toys that you won’t find elsewhere. Also visit Blåbær Gårdbutik south of the city center. If you are looking for groceries, Netto has a large store right by the harbor.
A good place to eat un Ærøskøbing
As you may have already guessed, Ærøskøbing is also a tourist magnet, and the local residents do a lot to make you feel welcome, especially with serving really good food. In the summer there are lots of lovely eateries that tempt with local produce. If you want to taste everything, please book a two week long holiday.
If you only have a day, start with a visit to Købmandsgården, where you can taste the local Ærø Whiskey. Get a snack before lunch in what can probably be described as Sydfyn’s best bakery, Ærøskøbing Bageri – and maybe a cake after lunch.
For lunch you can go to the busy Ærøskøbing Røgeri. Their selection is excellent, but the queue is long. Draw a number and take a walk around the harbor to see the old cooking house in the meantime. When it’s your turn, go for the smoked mackerel, smoked rainbow trout or the smoked herring, all served with rye bread and butter. Wash the smaller fish bones down with local apple juice and Ærø Beer.
After lunch you get the best ice cream at Cafe Aroma, where you can also buy licorice confection from Hattesen’s Konfektfabrik. This is not the salty licorice, but a sweater type of candy, which is absolutely delicious.
Find a good hotel in Ærøskøbing
Ærøskøbing is perfect for a day trip, but if you really want your shoulders down, bring your toothbrush and take a mini vacation. On Ærø there is plenty to see – but you can also just do as the locals and spend the days sunbathing, tasting the local beer and get a bite of fresh fish.
Ærøskøbing has a large selection of hotels, bed & breakfasts and cozy guest houses. We passed the adorable Hotel På Torvet, which should be recommended. See all the other accommodation options here by doing a search on Booking.com: