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Esbjerg

Esbjerg
Photo by Niels Linneberg

Esbjerg is the fifth biggest city in Denmark, and the biggest in Esbjerg Municipality. It’s population is 71,579 (as of 2012).

There is nothing historical about this city. Forming a contrast with other Danish cities and towns, Esbjerg features nothing Viking or prehistoric. It is an outcome of Danish industrialization in the 19th century.

Buildings are considerably new. As the majority of places of interest are churches, they should also be spoken about here.

Esbjerg churches are not ancient or mysterious. They are, by the way, quite new, once again reiterating the city’s stress on economy.

Esbjerg can also be considered a university town as it’s one of the central towns of the University of Southern Denmark. Besides these a part of Aalborg University is also located in this city.

There are no mind-blowing sites for tourists. The city has a lot to see, but you will have to find them yourself as tourists are not very common in these areas.

History

Esbjerg Industry
Photo by dans le grand bleu

The city was not established by Vikings or unknown ancestors. In fact, it’s quite modern, if you don’t look at the size and the modesty of the city. The initial aim of a new city was the harbor, which was being moved from Altona. This happened in 1868, the official Esbjerg birthday.

The city as such has existed since the 19th century. But the main changes started to occur with industrialization. The layout of the current city dates back to that specific time period.

Downtown is designed in a very interesting way. Street locations are chosen very wisely, to let more light into the city. The light also makes the city look bigger, and streets with more space.

City of the year

Esbjerg Music Festival
Photo by Blue Square Thing

Esbjerg is a small and quiet city, but it can certainly make some noise if it wants to.

It has been rewarded as the City of the Year twice. The first award was in 1997. Almost 10 years later, when the whole world underwent technological progress, Esbjerg once again won the same title, this time in 2006.

The main reason for the second reward was Esbjerg opportunities created especially for the youth. Many talents have come to this city, trying to find their own path.

The main event where many gifted young people gather is the music festival of Esbjerg.

The music festival takes place in mid-August and lasts two weekends and a little more, around 9 days.

Peculiarities

Fishing is not a central economical force in Denmark, but it’s a traditional one. Danes have been masters of fishing since unthinkable days. And now, the Danish fishing center is located right in Esbjerg.

Esbjerg is also the first Danish city to own an airport. First, it transferred passengers, but then, the economic trends of oil brought more crowd into the city. Even today, Esbjerg remains an important center for the Danish oil.

Esbjerg Airport is Denmark’s only heliport.

Man Meets the Sea

Man Meets the Sea
Photo by Martin Nikolaj

Man Meets the Sea is the most impressive monument you will ever find in Denmark. This 30 meter tall group of statues is the symbol of the city. It’s so imposing it will be difficult to take your eyes off of it.

This magnificent monument was created by Svend Wiig Hansen in 1995. Although it’s a new tourist destination, the statues incorporate the Danish spirit through centuries. Seeing oversize figures will never fade away from your memory.

This work is not for mere beauty, it contains a worthy ideology as well. The statues are all pure white, which symbolizes the honesty and cleanliness of the human. It reminds you that once you get into the wrong Exit, there will be no way to turn back.

The statue has similarities with white Greek temples. The temples of the structure form the legs of the men, which are quietly seated and are gazing far away to the blue sea of Danish coasts.

The atmosphere lurking all around it will definitely reach you once you enter the site. There was definitely a purpose to build a heavenly monument. Well, the designers have almost succeeded.

Quick Facts

  • Date of establishment – 1868
  • Population — 71,579 (as of 2012)
  • Status – 5th largest city in Denmark
  • City of the Year – twice, 1997 and 2006
  • Peculiarities – fishing and oil center of Denmark, the first Danish city with an airport
  • Main attraction – Man Meets the Sea
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