"Good old little Tønder" Tønder by Airpunk

Tønder Travel Guide: 18 reviews and 47 photos

Small Danish town, 8000 inhabitants, close to the German border - sounds quite boring, but Tønder makes a good day trip destination for people from Southern Denmark or Northern Germany. Hamburg-Tønder by regional train for example is a trip of three hours by regional train - even less, if you use the fast trains or drive by car. But what's the reason to go to Tønder?

Under Hanseatic law, Tønder received city rights in 1243, which makes it the oldest city in Denmark. But it was already mentioned in a document from Flensburg as early as 1017. It was once an important trade port when the river Vidå was still navigable. Although Tønder became victim to the bubonic plague and floods in the 16th and 17th century, it was also this time when the city prospered due to its trade connections. Buildings from this era are characteristic for Tønder's old town. Unfortunately, the reinforcement of the coasts in form of dykes caused the Vidå to sand dow in the 17th century so that Tønder lost its importance. An intent to regain former prosperity with a bobbin lace industry was doomed to fail on a long term. The renaissance castle went the same way as the city did. It was demolished in 1750, only the former guards' building was left. They served for a long time as a prison and a part of today's Tønder museum.

Together with the 16th century church, the old town and the museum are the main sights in Tønder. If you like old buildings and walking trough a pitturesque old town, Tønder might be the right thing for you. Outside of Tønder, you will find yourself quickly in a rural area where hiking and walking are options for a sunny day. And neighbouring town Møgeltønder has a royal castle where the gardens are open for visitors during summer time (though not the castle itself).

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  • Pros:Good day trip destination
  • Cons:Just too small to stay for more than a day
  • Last visit to Tønder: Jul 2012
  • Intro Written Aug 4, 2012
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