Ree Park - Ebeltoft Safari
A little north of Ebeltoft, you’ll find the Ree Park – Ebeltoft Safari which is an animal park with more than 100 animals from all over the World. Cheetahs, buffalos, monkeys, zebras, lamas, antelopes, white wolfs, black bears – and many more…You can walk around the park like in a normal zoo and watch the animals, and especially the very long boardwalk above the animals was impressing and interesting. However, I paid a little extra to join a Land Rover Safari and this was the part I enjoyed most. The jeep tour took me around the huge safari park and gave me a chance to see the animals at very close range. You are driving among the animals and especially the giraffes were very curious to see what was going on. This is a must if you visit the park.
During the day you can also watch the animals being fed, watch a birds-of-prey show, have a ride on a pony or play around in the playground...
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Sunday could be quite calm as also Saturday afternoon. If you really wanna see this old part as a living town.. you should visit it in business hours. Otherwise you find only the restaurants are open.
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Several of the oldest buildings are now restaurants and galleries, so they are open to the public. Ebeltoft has attracted a community of artists, especially those who work with glass. Here in the picture is an old bakery.
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The town of Ebeltoft was chartered in 1301 by King Erik Menved. The municipal charter gave Ebeltoft the right to engage in trade and artisan work. It will celebrate its 700th birthday soon. The town itself is hundreds of years older than its official beginning, and for many years was very poor. Because the seamen and artisans that lived there had no money to build new houses, many of the town's buildings are patched rather than rebuilt and still look essentially as they did centuries ago.
A stroll through the quiet residential streets
It is well worth the time and effort to stroll through Ebeltoft's narrow streets and see the homes built in the 1600s and 1700s. A lack of pedestrian traffic makes the journey more pleasant. Also, many older Danish homes have brightly-painted multicolor doors and window sills.
Sometimes the small churches are as interesting, and sometimes more so, than the larger churches in the large European cities, some of which tend to be a bit overrated. This little church is packed with history, and its origins date back to around the late 1300s and early 1400s. The great thing about Scandanavian churches is that many have their foundations dating at or within the first few hundred years of Christianity!
One photo does not do this church justice...I'll have about 5 or 6 good ones of the inside. Some of the pre-Reformation frescos have been restored, as well as an altar and a hanging ship (very Danish!) dating from the 1500s. The benches inside date from 1680 as well. More to come.
The harbour boasts a classic tall ship, the history of which escapes me, but there are some restaurants and shops, but more importantly, fishing boats! Fishing boats give the harbour a bit more of an industrial feel, which makes you feel like you're in a real harbour!
More about the ship on my next visit!
The Old Town Hall
You have to part with a few kroner, but the friendly people in the old town hall will explain some of the history of Ebeltoft.
Built in 1789, the town hall was only in use as a town hall until 1840..afterwards, it became a restaurant and had other uses. Finally it was restored in more recent times, and there is even a jail you can visit in the cellar of the building.
"Karpenhøj Natur og Friluftsgård" is a very beautiful outdoor area - perfect for a walk - with wooden statues from the Nordic mythology - this is really amazing!!
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Sign of a bakery. It is intended to give the impression that the bakery is operational for hundreds of years.
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A kro's limited capacity forces you to book early if you wanna stay overnight in this kind of arrangement.
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The glass museum is a good place to visit since this town has a tradition of making galss items. Experience the industry in its old fashioned way.
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Summer months (June-August) brings traditial guards by the municiaplity and performers to amuse people. So make your plan to visit Ebeltoft in summer to get the most out of it.
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Some old Danish books are on sale outside a Genburg (second hand shop). I hope there are buyers for them!
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This is the old church in the old town with its unique tower top similar to that one of the old town hall.
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