The Vidå runs along the southern side of the old town and was once essential to the trade of Tønder. When the estuary of river Vidå began to sand down in the 17th century (probably due to the construction of dykes in the North Sea) and the river carried less water at all, sea trade became more difficult and the impostance of the town declined with...more
The pedestrian area along Vestergade, Storegade and Søndergade has most of the oldest buildings in town. Many of them are former merchant's houses, often used as a combination of warehouse, living house and office. One of them has a memorial plaque dedicated to author Heinrich Wilhelm von Gerstenberg who was born in that house. The current...more
Tønder has a rather untypical market square which is rather a curved street than a real square. There a coupld of older buildings surrounding the Square, including the church (Christchurch), the tourist information building and the Klostercafé which is the oldest preserved building in town. Right in the middle, you will see the "Kagmanden" figure....more
There have been wooden churches on this spot since at least the 12th century, but they have become vctims to fire. The present church was built in 1592 which still makes it one of the oldest buildings in town. It is a late gothic beauty and highly decorated for being a protestant church. It has many artworks from the 17th century, especially...more
Tønder museum has three museums in one which might be confusing. So if you hear something about Kulturhistorie Museet, Kunstmuseet, Museum Sønderjylland Tønder or the Water Tower - it's all the same. Probably the only museum which is not in here is the Zeppelin Museum... The museum is surprisingly large for a town of Tønder's size. There are...more
If you like contemporary folk and jazz music, Toender Festival is something for you! It takes place on the last weekend in August. In recent years, the weather was still very pleasant and you could still swim in the North Sea which is some 15 km from Toender. Not far away are the holiday islands of Sylt (Germany) and Romo (Denmark)more
Tonder's Torvet has a fascinating look. It's an irregular space surrounded by nice buildings - among them the town hall - and a lot of (pricey!) cafès. In the middle of it stands the polychrome statue of the last "postman" i.e. man of order. I think he looks funny rather than terrific. This Torvet is one of the nicest I visited in Denmark.more
This was my "first" Church in Denmark. I think that it has a weird but gorgeous bell tower. Actually, this is the oldest part of it: it dates back to the XII century, part of a former romanic church with a Dutch influence. The inside has important baroque furniture and sculptures dating back to the XVII century.more
Jomfrustien 1, Tonder, 6270, DK
Good for: Couples
Not the cheapest, but surely not the most expensive option - especially considered that it is located in the city centre of a popular tourist destination. That means also, that day trip tourists are amon the guests at this place. Victoria reminds me of a typical english pub, one of those not run by a chain. That means fresh cooked food, a good choice of beers and a nice atmosphere. Food and drinks are ordered at the bar - just like in Britain.
Favorite Dish: Had a Caesar's salad and a beer, both were excellent. Would surely recommend it to anyone who likes english pubs.
Bykroen is a nice little pub, mostly visited by locals but tourists are welcome can be found here as well. In a place which is virtually dead when the daytrip tourists return to their places, Bykroen is one of the places where you should go to for a nice evening. Bykroen is open until late, especially for Tønder standards. They have fixed opening times, but extend them on the request, if they are still guests at closing time. The pool table is a quite popular feature.
Bykroen is a beer drinker's pub, with a small choice of beers and other alcoholic beverages. Coffee, tea, water and non-alcoholics are available as well. Euros are accepted, but only bills. Change will be given in Danish Krone.
Tønder lies on the train line between Niebüll and Esbjerg and is served around a dozen times per day in each direction. There are two train stations in Tønder, the main station (and the only one you will most probably need) is often called Tønder st. The other one, Tønder Nord, is only a 5 minute walk (!) away and looks like a bus stop with a rail line. A third station, Tønder Ost, is no longer in use.
Tønder is the only Danish city which can be reached with the "Schleswig-Holstein - Ticket". This is a special ticket which gives you a day of unlimited travel in all regional trains in the German states of Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Hamburg. A Hamburg-Tønder trip (via Niebüll) takes around three hours. The "Schleswig-Holstein - Ticket" costs 24 EUR for a single person (as of 2012). If you add further travellers, the fare decreases. The ticket can be used on weekdays from 9 am on and during the whole day on weekends and holidays.
"The old pharmacy" is just a great place to buy your souvenirs on your way home. The shop is located in an old pharmacy with a relevant baroque entrance door. It develops on three levels. The underground one is dedicated to the Christman items, and it was funny to visit it in the middle of summer.
What to buy: This fine shop sells almost every high quality gift you would like to buy in Denmark. You can find candles, toys, teddy bears, woodden lighthouses, decorated glass...
What to pay: The shop is not cheap but it's average compared to the quite pricey Denmark standard
Well, 5 kms far from Toender lies the wonder of South Jutland: a small village called Mogeltonder. Originally built to house the employees of the close Schackenborg Slot, it seems suspended in the eighteenth century. Nothing has changed since then - apart from the fact that the main and only street is open to motorized traffic. Its houses are straw roofed are adorned with beautiful red roses.
Favorite thing: Being close to the border of present-day Denmark and Germany, it is quite abvious that there has been a German influence on Tønder for centuries. Between 1864 and 1920, the town was even part of Germany (Prussia until 1871). Next to Latin and Danish inscriptions, you can still find many German ones at old houses and especially in the church. Until 1945, there were even street signs in Danish and German. One curiosity I like a lot is the “Tønder” sign at the main train station. The “N” was removed after 1945, but the “O“ never replaced by an “Ø “. So, the sign neither say Danish Tønder nor German “Tondern”, but something in between.