The city of Esbjerg is Denmark's fifth largest city and has a population of 72,613 (2003). It was established around the harbour, which the state had built in 1868 as a replacement for that harbour in Altona that had previously been Denmark's most important North Sea harbour. In 1874 Esbjerg became connected by rail to Fredericia and Varde.
The town was once Denmark's biggest fishing harbour, and the harbour is still an economic driving force in the town.
The train station is in the town centre and this connects you to pretty all of Denmark and beyond.
Billund Airport  is western Denmark's biggest and more well connected. It is conveniently located about an hour's drive from Esbjerg.
Esbjerg is the terminal for the DFDS  overnight ships to England. Billund Airport, an hour away, is served by bus.
Getting to Esbjerg from the UK is simple. With a regular ferry from Harwich , you arrive in Esbjerg around midday. You can get the number 5 bus, just outside the terminal from Esbjerg port to the railway station in the centre of town.
You Can also go by ferry to Fanø. Fanø is a beautiful little island, just about 30 minuts salling from Esbjerg.
The town is centered around the harbour and shopping area (Skolegade, Kongensgade). As the town area is rather small, it is possible to get most places by walking. However, you might consider using the public bus for the more far sights as Fisheries- and Maritime Museum in Hjerting.
(See Map of Esbjerg )
Fisheries and Maritime Museum,  The Fisheries and Maritime Museum is the largest institution of its kind in Denmark focusing on Danish fisheries and marine biology, the tidal wetlands (Wadden Sea), west Jutland coastal shipping and the North Sea offshore industries. So the theme of the museum can truly be said to be "people and the sea"
Legoland,  the original is situated in the town of Billund about an hours drive from Esbjerg.
Visit the Svømmestadion Danmark (on Strandby Kirkevej/Gl. Vardevej crossing)
Visit the cinema Biocity Esbjerg (right next to Svømmestadion Danmark)
Stroll around in one of the parks in Esbjerg. In a protected area, you can see wildlife animals such as deer and roe
Sail the 10 minutes to the little island Fanø that has great beaches and the village Sønderho  (link to ferry )
Esbjerg has some great options for shopping centered around the two main shopping streets. Kongensgade is a pedestrianized shopping street and has some 150 specialty shops and eateries. Torvegade, partly pedestrianized, is also worth a visit. The two converge right around the main square in town.
Shopping hours are on weekdays from 9-10AM. to 5:30-6:00PM. On Saturday, most shops close down at 2PM. while Sunday nearly all shops remain closed.
Esbjerg has some good options for eating out.
Ristorante Maremma located right on the walk street serves great inexpensive Italian food.
Den Røde Okse located a few kilometers from the center does steak and fish well at midrange prices
Green Garden,  is the gourmet restaurant of the Hotel Britannia right in the town center. Prices in the high range.
Brasserie b, Torvegade 24 (in Hotel Brittania), ☎ ''+45'' 7513 0111. Nice open and friendly restaurantfrom DKK 200 for main courses.
Dronning Louise on Torvet
Skolegade is the street where most bars and clubs are located. It is in the center of the city.
Industrien - also serves a really good reasonably priced meal. The burgers are recommended. Occasionally live music.
Dronning Louise  Good looking place right on the town square. Has got “English pub” style live music and a good selection of beer.
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