Gilleleje Travel Guide

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Gilleleje Things to Do

  • Gilleleje Museum

    No, this is not it, I don't have a picture of the building itself. However, this little museum houses one of the most important viking gold hoards found in Denmark, the Ramlose treasure. It also shows life in Gilleleje in general through the years, including shop interiors, Gilleleje's history as a spa and bath town and a bit on the Danish Jews...

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  • Skibshallerne and the Gamle Hus

    Connected to Gilleleje Museum is the "Ships Halls" with three wooden fishing boats in a sandy setting, to show you fishermens' life throughout history (and how they survived out of season), the importance of herring fishery here since the 1500s and some other things. Next to it is "Det Gamle Hus" which is just that, an old house. It is quite pretty...

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  • Old town

    The old part of Gilleleje is a joy to stroll around and look at cottages and gardens. In the travelogue below, there are many more houses to look at. Many have thatched roofs and several are old fishing yards with names of the owning family or profession they belonged to. All have lovely gardens.

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Gilleleje Restaurants

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    by Sjalen Written Jul 26, 2006

    We actually came to Brasseriet as it was too crowded to get food in the main harbour area with the festival being on. This was pure luck as this restaurant is one of the best we've been to in Denmark and the only negative thing I can say is perhaps that when crowded as during the festival, the service is not quite up to it, but we never waited forever and we got what we ordered AND with a smile. It is not open that late in the evening and during July-August, my guess is that you're better off going there in advance to book a table but if you're prepared to sit inside on a sunny day you could be in luck as most people sit in the garden then. There is a lunch and an evening menu (see link) and we had lunch which for me meant a smoerrebrod in the heat, whilst kitan had a beef. They were out of the burger my daughter wanted from the child menu and she fancied nothing else on it, but had a cheese smoerrebrod. My dish was called "Kurt's special" and was salmon on bread with Danish smoked cheese and a crayfish on top. The latter always bringing a smile to a Swede :) The beef was superb and very nicely presented in its pan and the brie our daughter had was nicely mature. Yep, I'll come again if I'm in town.

    Favorite Dish: I think I'd like most things actually. Just wanted to try something fishy in a fishing harbour.

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Gilleleje Transportation

  • By train

    An easy way to get to Gilleleje is by train. There is either the Holbaekbanen from Helsingor via Holbaek and ending in Gilleleje, or a train from Hillerod (itself reached by S-train from Copenhagen). These are little private lines but you can still go on Greater Copenhagen "klippekort".

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  • Sailing

    Being what it is, no wonder Gilleleje has a big guest harbour and lots of sailors from all over Scandinavia. Lots of Norwegians find their way here both by their own boat and other means.

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Gilleleje Local Customs

  • Visit the butcher!

    If you're looking for a good, but not so run of the mill, cultural experience, I highly recommend visiting a real Danish butcher. If you're cooking for yourself, then all the better! There happens to be a top notch butcher in Gilleleje by the name of Slagter Carl (Carl the Butcher or Carl's Butcher Shop). This shop won the award as the top butcher...

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  • Flags

    How they keep their fishing flags apart, I shall never know. If you know anything about it, please tell me.

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  • Thatching

    Roof thatching is expensive as few other renovation projects but I guess it lasts for a good while once you've done it and it is very good for insulation. Many Gilleleje cottages are under renovation. I guess the sea takes its toll on the roofs too...

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Gilleleje Sports & Outdoors

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    by Sjalen Written Jul 26, 2006

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    Gilleleje's beach is not the longest or prettiest in Denmark by any means, but it has a Blue Flag which means it is clean and has conveniences. It stretches west of the town and when we visited, it was harbour festival so we had the beach to ourselves. There are also plenty of beaches along this whole stretch of coastline (such as in Dronningmollen and Hornbaek) so there is no need to get cramped.

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Gilleleje Favorites

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    by Sjalen Updated Jul 29, 2006

    Favorite thing: A weekend in mid July is always the time for Gilleleje harbour festival. Many Danish towns have this event summertime and they are more or less similar. Bands and musicians play, a mobile fairground sets up camp and people have fun in the harbour area, drinking beer and taking part in little competitions and games.

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