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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
"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!!
The tiny streets in the oldest part of town are cobblestone. There is a shopping area of several blocks that is for pedestrians only.
Old books and other stuff are on display in the old town with their pricees on it. The butic itself is like a museum.
Not that clear in the photo but there is direction how to get here and there in the old town. This old building is close to the herbor.
If you wanna stay and eat Danish style then Kro is for you. This would be an unique way of experiencing Denmark. An old Kro (Danish Inn) in the Ebeltoft old town.
Some houses at the edge of the old town are inhibited who are not converted into butik or restaurants.
Many of the houses look as though they are ready to fall down, with their centers bowed out and their lines uneven. But all of them are functioning some way and regularly painted.