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Skagen

3.9
Landmarks · Art Museums · Scenic Drive
Skagen is Denmark's northernmost town and the area surrounding it. Occasionally known in English as The Scaw, it is situated on the east coast of the Skagen Odde peninsula in the far north of Jutland, it is part of Frederikshavn Municipality in Region Nordjylland. It is located north of Frederikshavn and northeast of Aalborg. With its well-developed harbour, Skagen is Denmark's main fishing port and also has a thriving tourist industry, attracting some 2 million people annually.Originally the name was applied to the peninsula but it now usually refers to the town itself. The settlement began in the Middle Ages as a fishing village, renowned for its herring industry. Thanks to its seascapes, fishermen and evening light, towards the end of the 19th century it became popular with a group of Impressionist artists now known as the Skagen Painters. In 1879, the Skagen Fisherman's Association was established with the purpose of facilitating the local fishing industry through the Skagensbanen railway, which opened as a narrow-gauged railway in 1890. The modern port of Skagen opened on 20 November 1907, and with the railway connections to Frederikshavn and the rest of Denmark, tourism began to develop.In the early 1910s, Christian X and Queen Alexandrine often visited Skagen and brought friends from other European monarchies. They built the summer residence Klitgaarden, completed in 1914. Between the 1930s and 1950s the town grew rapidly, with the population more than doubling from 4,048 in 1930 to 9,009 in 1955. Skagen reached a peak population of 14,050 in 1980, after which it gradually declined. As of 1 January 2014 it has a population of 8,198. Thanks to the artistic community which still remains in Skagen, the local arts and crafts trade remains important to the income of the town with its numerous crafts shops and galleries. Chains such as the international jeweller Skagen Designs have branches in the town, and given the abundance of fresh fish coming in at the port of Skagen, seafood forms a staple in Skagen's restaurants.
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Popular things to do in Skagen

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Rabjerg Mile ©
Scenic Drive
Rabjerg Mile
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
Grenen ©
Landmark
Grenen
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Skagens Museum ©
Art Museum
Skagens Museum
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min
The sand-covered church
Ruin
The sand-covered church
2.1
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Skagen

Nordsoen Oceanarium ©
Aquarium
Nordsoen Oceanarium Hirtshals
3.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Hirtshals Fyr ©
Lighthouse
Hirtshals Fyr Hirtshals
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Bunkermuseet Hirtshals ©
Specialty Museum
Bunkermuseet Hirtshals Hirtshals
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min
Maarup Kirke ©
Church
Maarup Kirke Lonstrup
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Skagen

Skagen Graa Fyr
Lighthouse
Skagen Graa Fyr
3.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Skagen Kirke ©
Church
Skagen Kirke
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Hulsig Kirke ©
Church
Hulsig Kirke
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Den Svenske Somandskirke
Church
Den Svenske Somandskirke
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Skagen

Naturhistorisk Museum - Skagen Naturcenter ©
Natural History Museum
Naturhistorisk Museum - Skagen Naturcenter
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Skagen Lystbaadehavn ©
Landmark
Skagen Lystbaadehavn
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
Kandestederne
Beach
Kandestederne
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Spirbakke Mile Og Sandmilen
Wildlife Area
Spirbakke Mile Og Sandmilen
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Skagen

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Anchers Hus ©
Art Museum
Anchers Hus
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Skagens Bamsemuseum ©
Specialty Museum
Skagens Bamsemuseum
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
Drachmanns Hus ©
Art Museum
Drachmanns Hus
4.1
Duration: 30 minutes
Skagen By Og Egnsmuseum ©
Specialty Museum
Skagen By Og Egnsmuseum
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min

Shopping in Skagen

Town of Skagen ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Town of Skagen
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Slagter Munch ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Slagter Munch
4.1
Duration: 30 minutes
Skagen Ostehus ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Skagen Ostehus
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes

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