Culture and sights to see
One thing’s for sure – you won’t get bored on Ærø!
Grasp the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Carsten Jensen (author of the bestseller ’We, the drowned’), through the narrow straits of the seafarer town of Marstal – or take a step back in history to the former glory of Søbygaard – or……
Søby, Ærøskøbing and Marstal offer you a versatile and exciting selection of museums. Søby, in the west, welcomes you to the manor house of Søbygaard, a magnificent construction dating back to 1580. The site is still under restoration, but is a place of beauty, exhibitions and concerts, and is a must-see. In Ærøskøbing you will find, amongst others, Flaskepeter and the Local History Museum of Ærøskøbing, and in Marstal, the Maritime Museum.
Villages and hamlets on Ærø
The villages and hamlets of Ærø are dotted alongside the main road, like beautiful pearls on a string. Turn off the beaten track and enjoy the undisturbed idyllic smaller village streets. You will discover cows grazing in lush fields of grass, which encircled by dikes and colourful hedgerows, divide off the small, exquisitely-maintained houses and farms; always a beautiful sight with their half-timbered structures and newly-restored thatched roofs. Well-kept gardens adorned with fruit trees and flowers line the village streets and village ponds are full of ducks and other wild-life.
The villages of Bregninge, Tranderup, Rise and Ommel all have their own churches and Vindeballe, Dunkær and Ommel also have an inn. Each village and hamlet has its own unspoilt charm and Skovby additionally has a unique sight, definitely worth leaving the main road for: Skovbystenen. This is a large boulder bearing the simple runic inscription PN, possibly the initials of a peasant who once resided here. The runes are of a type, used during the Middle Ages of 1100 to 1400. It was found in 1994 and erected in the “Green Triangle” at the entrance to the village – a few metres away from where it was discovered. In 2001 a stone of possible petro glyphic Bronze Age origin found by Blakstens Ode, also on Ærø, was erected in this same spot. The hamlets of Ommelshoved, Kleven og Strandbyen, all have charming local harbour areas, home to small fishing vessels and other boats.
Map of the sights to see on Ærø
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