Wherever you go, you get a glimpse of our unique history as a border region and strategic nerve centre, with our ancestors having left traces that lead all the way up to the present day – from the indigenous people of the Stone Age and Medieval peasants, through pirates, dukes, queens and the powerful officials representing the Church, to gendarmes, soldiers and generals. 

The reunification - 1920

Photo: Museum Sønderjylland

Top 10: Historic attractions

Photo: Comwell Hotels

In Sønderjylland, the history of the region is all-pervading and is really brought to life; indeed, our history is an important part of who we are. 

Guided walks

Photo: VisitSønderborg

Do you prefer walks in nature or guided walks through our market towns? Themed walks or traditional town walks? Or how about a guided walk through a castle garden?

History Centre Dybbøl Banke

Photo: VisitSønderborg

World War I in Sønderjylland

Sønderjylland suffered badly during World War I, in which more than 35,000 men served in German army

The Northern German Defence Line 1916-18

Defence Line North is a line of fortifications constructed by the German army between 1916 and 1918.

War graves and memorials – First World War

At the vast majority of churchyards in Sønderjylland you’ll find memorials and graves.

Zeppelin and Garrison Museum

When the First World War broke out in 1914, the German fleet had but one airship: the Zeppelin L 3.

Dannebrog - 800 Years Old

According to legend, King Valdemar presented Dannebrog to the Danish people in Aabenraa

Spindrift, Ships and Whaling - the maritime history of Sønderjylland

Sønderjylland has a long and rich maritime history.

Gråsten Palace: Fish farming at the royal palace

Carp are farmed close to Gråsten Palace, where they are bred to be sold as food.

Night Watchmen in Aabenraa and Haderslev

In both Aabenraa and Haderslev you can participate in walks with the Night Watchmen.