The harbour in Hanstholm is the biggest in Denmark measured by the value of the fish landed here. There's always something to look at from the ligth blue fishing ships, the ferry to Norway or the fish auction at 7 am every morning.
This is my favorite attraction in Hanstholm. The Lighthouse sits on top of the hill between the city and the harbour, and offers a fantastic view of the nature reserve to the south as well as the ocean to the west and north.
The tower was build in 1843 and electrified as the first one in Denmark in 1889. At the time it was the strongest lighthouse in the world, but has since been turned down a notch or two, so it wouldn'e keep the whole city awake all night.
It's situated next to the church together with the city museum. Entrance to the museum is 20 kr. for adults and 10 kr. for kids (7-14). The Lighthouse keeper has recently been rationalised, so the opening hours to the lighthouse might have changed. Previously it was open pretty much always, but the official museum opening hourse are 10-17 from 18.6 until 14.8.
Fishing on the Yellow Reef
A lot of people come to Hanstholm to do some sport fishing. It's very easy to fish from the outer pier of the harbour, where there is always quite a few peolpe trying to get the catch of the day.
Another option is to go on one of the tour boats that will take you to one of the banks outside Hanstholm. One of the best boats is M/S Thailand which has been sailing to the Yellow Reef for many years.
The Church in Hanstholm is not very big and very traditional by Danish standards. This picture shows the altar in the back and the traditional "church ship" hanging from the ceiling. This ship is very common in Danish churches and is not just related to the maritime history of Hanstholm.
I have heard a few different reasons for this tradition. The most prevailing is that it symbolises the journey from the two harbours, birth and death. It could also be a reminiscent of the traditional death ship used for the final voyage to Valhalla in heathen times in Denmark and shows the local belief of the ship as the connection to the higher power. However the tradition only became very popular in the 18th century, so I think the strong maritime history in Denmark has helped make it popular.
View from the Ligthhouse
This picture shows the view of the church and surroundings from the top of the Ligthhouse one crisp winter day.
Somewhere near the leftmost window on the church you can find a centuries old picture of a boat. These boats were used for trade with Norway long ago and the picture now form the official shield of Hanstholm.
The main attraction inside Hanstholm town is the huge WWII bunkers build by the Germans. It consists of 4 huge turrets with guns supposedly able to shoot half way to Norway, with a similar complex in Kristiansand covering the other half. The guns are gone now, so it leaves a little bit to the imagination, but the museum still gives you an amazing insight into how it was to be a soldier in the war.
The guns were only shot a few times for tests and the complex never seriously attacked.
A special feature is the munition train now serving as a ride for tourists through the complex.
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