Skagen

If you want to go to the northernmost point of Denmark then set your sights to “the Skaw.” Situated in between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea on the Jutland peninsula, the tiny yet amazingly picturesque piece of land known as Skagen may be the kind of escape city dwellers dream of. Blessed with a uniquely striking topography – picture stretches of heathlands and sand dunes surrounded by the pristine sea waters that clash together along Grenen, the north most point in Jutland.

Complementing this scenery by the beach are rows of charming yellow houses with red tiled roofs, a distinct Skagen trademark (the “Skagen yellow” is known in Denmark as a type of color for house paint). No wonder then that artists have found inspiration in the area and have called it home since the 1800s. The “Skagen Painters” was a group of artists who came to Skagen and painted landscapes and open-air sceneries heavily influenced by their environment. Some of the paintings have found their way in galleries all over the world and have fetched handsome prices at auctions. Summertime remains the busiest season yet in Skagen when tourists come in droves and enjoy the many holiday activities around.

Aside from exploring the region and enjoying the sunny weather, there are other interesting attractions such as the Skagen Museum which houses a collection of artwork by the Skagen Painters, the Open-air Museum with its displays of fishing and other sea-faring activities and the ruins of the Tilsandede Kirke, a 14th century church that used to be one of the biggest in the Jutland region but in time got buried down because of a sand drift. For early risers it’s always interesting to watch the fish auctions at the port when the fresh catch of the day get snapped up by zealous buyers.

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