In the 1940s, Danish sailor Peter Jacobsen started building ships in bottles. He kept building them until he passed away in 1960. During that time, he built lots of ships. All sorts of ships in all sorts of bottles. Over 1700 of them. And now you can see many of them in the museum on Smedgade. If you have any maritime blood in your veins, this is a very interesting place to visit. Sara commented that her grandfather would have loved the collection. I think mine would have as well.
Admission is DKK 25 for adults, DKK 10 for children. You can also buy DKK 50/15 combination ticket that gets you into two other museums as well.
The museum is open daily from March to October, Thursday-Sunday October-March. Hours are limited and sometimes change, so check the website for the latest opening hours.
Unrehoved, the name of the peninsula to the east of Ærøskøbing, is a pleasant stroll. Enjoy the sea view on both sides as you walk past rows of beach houses. Further on, you pass a few houses, then a series of pastures and fields. At the end, you come upon a beach with cliffs above. Wander along the cliffs as far as you dare, but I don't think there's a way around. We followed the beach for awhile, but then ended up at a dead end. Still, it wasn't all that bad to backtrack and enjoy the scenery in the other direction...
A fine walk on a nice day is the walk from Ærøskøbing across the island to Voderup Klint. The walk takes about 90 minutes each way. The walk takes you up to the highest point of the island (admittedly not very high), then on to the north side's clay cliffs. Stop and enjoy a picnic cliffside and ponder the steps made by sudden landslides over the centuries. One day many years ago, a farmer awoke to discover that part of his field was about a hundred meters lower than the night before. But take the calculated risk that a landslide won't happen today.
The most expensive houses in Aeroskobing are located by this alley with the view to the sea. They have small yards in front, of course the alley is not only for the owners, you can walk there as well. There are some benches for public use, so you can relax if you get tired in this small town :) The alley leads to the end of village, where large solar energy batteries are located.
I am not 100 percent sure, but I was told that these small houses belonged to fishermen some years ago. Nowadays the owners have dinner inside or in the terraces or just keep their things there necessary when they come to the strand for few hours. Besides, the beach by these small houses is the only place you can swim and sunbath in Aeroskobing. The other seashore places are not so suitable for bathing.
I have never seen so many different styles of house doors like in Aeroskobing. Just glance while walking and you will catch yourself already making photos of these small art works :) Or you can also look at my travelogue. There is just a small part of the doors...
As we walked around the narrow street of the residential areas passing through the cobbled-stoned centre we came across this water pump. In the picture, John, a friend from Scotland giving it a try and yes it worked! Like many parts of the island, its protected and perhaps suddenly you would feel you moved back few centuries.
Though inside the town you may find locals who live there just few yards away the coastline is dotted with nice summer houses owned by Danes from other parts of the country. Locals are friendly as they are in all over Fyn.
Regularly panited old hoses are lined up in Ærøskæbing, some of them perhaps used as restaurents or private guest-houses and some of them as regular duelling places in a town with well-functioning community, with schools, a hospital, doctors and a full range of facilities and services. However when teens are ready to attend high school they either leave or transport themselves daily by ferry for bigger towns, e.g. Svendborg.
Many of the 17th and 18th century houses are gently listing half-timbered affairs with handblown glass windows, decorative doorways and street-side hollyhocks.
This is the main street of Æroøskøbing as you come down from ferry from Svendborg and walk up. Though it was July, a perfect summer month, the weather was interrupted by occasional rain and cloud.
Ærøskøbing is the capital of the island, Ærø and centre of most transportation system and well-connected to other parts of the island. By law this town is protected and preserved in its original set-up of 16th-17th century.
On cycling around the island of Aero what strikes is the beauty of the scenery. The tidy and colorful countryside joins at the horizon the blue of the sea. Windmills are everywhere - almost the whole energy is produced by the wind here. Lying on one of the many beaches is a relaxing activity from one wonder to the next.
The tiny capital of this amazing island is a 4,000 village that has retained all the beauty of the past. 36 buildings are considered as national monuments and thus being protected and restored. This island is only reachable by ferry and so the few cars that come here contribute to the peaceful atmosphere. Aeroskobing seems to be indeed suspended in the past, when it used to be an important fish harbour. I would have strolled around this place for ages.