Saint Lawrence church bears the name of Saint Lawrence (the seafarer's guardian saint). It was built in the middle of 14th century. The main building of the Church have been buried over many years.You can see the second photo which show how it looked like originally. I was told that the dunes move 12 meters a year and the sand gradually bury the main building area.
address: Gl. Landevej 66, 9990 Skagen
Two of the most famous natural sights in Danmark are found in Skagen. The largest migrating sand dune, 'Råbjerg Mile' and 'Den Tilsandede Kirk,' ( the church buried in the sand,) only the tower of which rises from the sand.
This church was the largest medieval church in Danmark. It was closed by 1795 because the sand kept blocking the doorway and finally the villagers gave up trying to dig the sand out. Eventually the whole village surrounding it was buried as well. The Church was torn down in 1810 with the exception of the white washed tower which was used as a navigational landmark.
As I looked at this tower and realized that it was the tallest structure in the village buried below, the power of these north winds moving sand, struct me profoundly. This mound was not created by man rebuilding over and over, it was created by sand blowing in the wind.
If you like to see some art it is the correct place to be. You can see sculpters, glass , keramics and paintings.
Jens Klarupsvej 1, 9990 Skagen
Galleri Molevit is situated in the centre of Skagen close to the pedestrian precinct and harbour. Exciting gallery with exhibitions by the following artists: Finn Grabowski, Mogens Holm, Peter Wichmann, Henning Elving, Elin Neumann, Gerda Nietzer, Morten Abild Christensen and Pia Bodil Andreasen.
If you like birds and birds of prey in particular, a visit to the Eagle Reserve is a must! There are several shows a day during high season, but check out the homepage for the exact times and days.
This is truly one of the most amazing animal shows I've ever seen! The performance lasts for about one hour; eagles and falcons are being fed and are showing off their incredible flying skills. It's amazing with which thrilling speed they are flying high above you. When I was there, most of the information was unfortunately only given in Danish, but the show is so cool that even though you might not understand what's being said, you'll still enjoy it a lot. It might even turn out to be an unforgettable experience!!!
The entrance tickets cost 90 DKK/12 Euro for adults and 45 DKK/6 Euro for children (age 5-13). Show up early if you want to get good seats.
The Eagle Reserve is located in Bindslev, along the Skagensvej 107, between Tversted and Ålbæk.
The North Sea Museum is a combined museum and aquarium with several tanks, displaying about 60 different fish species from the North Sea.
The museum opened up in 1984 and in 1988 a large extension - the Oceanarium was added. The Oceanarium contained 4, 5 million liters of water and used to be the largest aquarium in Europe, but sadly it was ravaged by a violent fire in December 2003, killing lots of fish including the famous giant sunfish. Reconstruction of the building has begun and is has been estimated that the Oceanarium can be reopened in spring 2005.
However, there's still much to sea and learn at the North Sea Museum. The Sealarium, built in 2001, was not affected by the fire and it is by far the most impressive display of seals I've ever seen; you can watch the seals swim both on the top of the surface, as well as from underneath.
One of Northern Jutland's most popular tourist attractions "Den Tilsandede Kirke" (the church buried in sand dunes) is located not too far from Skagen.
The only part left of once Denmark's largest medieval church (built in the late 1300s) is the tower seen in this picture. The sand started drifted in the area around the 16th century and reached the church about a century later. This is when the nearby villagers began their struggle with nature; trying to keep the sand drifts from blocking the doorway of the church. However, in 1795 the church was closed by order of the Danish king. In 1810 it was torn down completely, but the tower was spared as a navigational landmark.
When approaching Skagen, one passes Denmark's mini desert Råbjerg Mile. It covers an area of about 2 km x 1 km and the highest point is approximately 35 m, thus making it the largest migrating sand dune in North Europe!!! The mile was formed more than 300 years ago and migrates a distance of 10-15 m per year.
If you plan to visit; remember to wear good shoes!!!