NJ - Sæby

Sæby

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Enjoy a scenic drive up the east coast to this picturesque, quaint fishing village, dating back to Viking times. It is one of the oldest towns in Northern Denmark with picturesque, well-preserved yellow painted cottages, complete with hollyhocks, surrounding the former monastery Church of St Mary.

 

The church is home to the famous and beautiful 16-century ceiling frescoes, based on the life of Joachim and Mary, parents of the Virgin Mary, the original monks’ stalls, a Baroque style baptismal font from 1645 and a 15-century Dutch altarpiece. Wander through the cobbled streets where, in the late 19-century artists and writers gathered, amongst them the Norwegian playwright, Henrik Ibsen, who found inspiration in this idyllic town. Continue on past the old mill and follow the delightful village stream to the harbour front.

 

Today it is an important tourist resort and in the summer, the former fishing port is a picturesque marina for ca. 7,500 visiting leisure craft and side-by-side fish restaurants and shops. At its entrance is the town’s contemporary landmark ‘Lady from the Sea’.