Holiday in Denmark
Welcome to the Fairytale town Aeroeskoebing
Aeroeskoebing is very idyllic with cobblestones, climbing roses and the well-kept houses with many fine details.
Aeroeskoebing is probably Denmark’s most beautiful and best preserved 1700s town. The town dates from the early Middle Ages and has celebrated its 750th anniversary. Many of the houses are fully protected, and the city as a whole is subject to a conservation plan.
A vibrant and active town
Behind the idyllic facade is a vibrant and active town that for many centuries has solved the ever changing requirements for housing. This was done rationally and economically – today we call it sustainable.
And when you take a walk through the city, there is no doubt – people love their houses!
Water pumps and tiled roofs
There are no houses dating back to Ærøskøbings earliest times: In 1629 a large fire broke out in Aeroeskoebing, it destroyed 44 farms and houses.
Half a century later it was decided that all new houses should have tiled roofs.
A well in the town square was built after the fire; along with 2 other wells it was this city’s public water supply untill to 1952.
In 2002 Aeroeskoebing was awarded the prestigious Europa Nostra Prize for Cultural Heritage.
In the explanatory memorandum the city’s structure and the characteristics of the houses are highlighted: the layouts of the streets and design and details of the houses are described as well as the conservation efforts that over the course of many years has led to appearance of the town today – so great and unspoiled.
The grassroots effort
And it is worth noting that the Europa Nostra award was given for the underlying grassroots efforts to preserve the town, not only because of Ærøskøbing state of preservation as such.
Aeroeskoebing has shown an exemplary initiative – made democratically by the city’s residents – to preserve the medieval urban intact, as the committee stated when awarding the price.
To this day the inhabitants of Aeroeskoebing are aware of the responsibilities in owning one of the town houses. Not only are they responsible for the practical maintenance – but also in maintaining many of the traditions associated with the festivals of the Aero – which is the glue in the small community.
Aeroeskoebing as a model for modern housing
The city can be seen as a monument to the past, but at the same time it is an important model for contemporary housing – because it expresses the accumulated experience and knowledge of housing and town planning.