"Esbjerg: the smell of money?" Top 5 Page for this destination Esbjerg by adelinemmc

Esbjerg Travel Guide: 28 reviews and 45 photos

Fish smell= smell of money?

In the good old days when Esbjerg harbour was working at full capacity, before the depletion of fish stock and European quotas, some people used to complain that Esbjerg smelt of fish when the wind blew from one particular direction. They used to frown and say it stank.

But the people of Esbjerg knew best and they used to reply: "it's not the smell of fish, it's the smell of money!".

Of course now, there are just a handfull of boats left, the dockers' house has been demolished and the town does not smell of fish anymore. And you know what? Inhabitants of Esbjerg do regret their good old fish/money stink!

The harbour still survives a bit

Part of the harbour are still in use, mostly for container traffic. Fishing has returned after a temporary total closure but it's only a fraction of what it once was.

One head and two boobs

This made me laugh so much!

This is the female toilets symbol in Jensen's Bofhus. It conveys the message in a fun but slightly disturbing way.

Update: went back recently (2012) and the sign has been changed to a more conventional (and boring) one...boo!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Typical Danish harbour town with ferry connections
  • Cons:A bit dull?
  • Last visit to Esbjerg: Apr 2014
  • Intro Updated Apr 18, 2014
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