WELCOME to Skagen
in the centre of Europe on top of the continent
At the Top of Denmark, the fishing town of Skagen has been welcoming seafarers from near and far since the early Middle Ages.
600 years ago Skagen was the region’s leading royal borough, although the town didn’t have any streets or squares. However it had fishermen and shipping – which both brought wealth. This period of prosperity was superseded by flooding and sand migration which almost destroyed Skagen.
From the mid-1800s things took a turn for the better again and at the end of the century artists discovered this remote town with its great contrasts in the landscape and the “exotic” local population.
Even the famous, Danish fairy-tale writer Hans Christian Andersen lost his heart to Skagen.
The breathtaking scenery and light still inspire artists, poets and musicians. The sun shines for around 2.000 hours annually, which makes Skagen the sunniest place in Denmark. The Skagen area is designated by the World Wide Fund for Nature as a rare, authentic natural beauty spot, attracting visitors from all over the world. The town’s livelihood is still primarily based on fishing and shipping.The Port of Skagen is Denmark’s largest fishing port measured in the amount and the value of the fish landed. Tourism comes next. With approximately 2 million visitors a year Skagen is the second largest destination in Denmark outside of our capital Copenhagen.
When in Skagen – walk in the footsteps of the Skagen painters and marvel at their works of art at the Skagens Museum. Don’t miss a trip out to Grenen to see the wonder of the two seas, or the ever-popular vibrating atmosphere at the marina with enchanting open-air fish restaurants and sumptuous dishes. Make time to browse around Skagen’s exclusive boutiques and shops – you’ll delight in the assortment of unique arts and crafts, handmade amber jewellery, glassware, pottery, Royal Danish porcelain, or top quality fabrics and clothing and last but not least the world famed Skagen watches!
Be our guests on the Top – a warm welcome awaits you.
Deputy Mayor of Frederikshavn
Chairman of Cruise Skagen Denmark