Aarø - the pearl of the Little Belt

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Photo: VisitHaderslev

Naturlegeplads Aarø1 (1)

Photo: VisitHaderslev

Aarø Kirke

Aarø was once Germany's northern most island and in the years between 1864 and 1920 there was quite a bit of smuggling between Aarø and Denmark. However, today everything is idyllic on the small island in the Little Belt. The island has not been hit with the same decrease in inhabitants as many other small islands. Old and beautiful family farms, land and plenty of nature are just some of the experiences to be found on Aarø.

Aarø is rich in relics and the picturesque little town has narrow street, stone walls, fences and beautiful family farms. There used to be a daily plant, two schools - Danish and German, a butcher, a grocery store, a bakery and an inn on the island.

Until the reunification in 1920 most people on the island lived around the town Aarø. Actually, reconstruction of the farmland did not occur in the 18th century as it did in the rest of Denmark; on Aarø this only happened after 1920 when the roads were also reconstructed


The ferry crossing from Aarøsund to idyllic Aarø takes just under 8 minutes. Visit the island's very own winery, enjoy a glass of cold white wine while looking out over the fields, visit the charming Christmas Church, give the kids a break on the large natural playground, enjoy a round of parkgolf and stop by the historic Brummer's Gaard, where you can rent bicycles, sea kayaks, fishing nets for children, golf carts and pull carts for your island trip. You can also find many small farm shops, where you can purchase local specialties from Aarø and the surrounding area.

Aarø is also filled with local delicacies and food - try the special beers from the mikro-brewery Aarø Bryg, wine from Årø Winery or one of the many delicious dishes from the local cafés and restaurants, like Brummer's Gaard, which serves many unique dishes focusing on the island's own produce.

Hotels nearby of Aarø - the pearl of the Little Belt

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    20.25 km

    Tyrstrup Kro is idyllically situated in the middle of fields and woods a few kilometres from the gingerbread town Christiansfeld. It has been here for at least 350 years, but in recent years the old inn has undergone largescale restorations and has become an internationally known restaurant.
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  • Fjelsted Skov Hotel & Konference

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    Welcome to Fjelsted Skov Hotel and Conference - a unique refuge in the midst of nature. We offer an exclusive experience where tranquility and charm blend with modern comfort surrounded by the breathtaking Fjelsted Skov. The ideal place for both business travelers and holiday guests.

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  • Brobyværk Kro

    33.27 km

    Brobyværk Kro is situated where the road between Odense and Faaborg crosses the stream Odense Aa. The idyllic inn with the river in the backyard has traditions for receiving guests. Naturally it has been modernised, but the spirit and the cosiness still preserve here, and the cuisine has a good reputation.

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  • Hotel Røde-Kro

    33.32 km

    Hotel Røde-Kro is a family driven business, which is placed centrally near Aabenraa. There is a high focus on creating a good atmosphere, as well the coziness feeling with a strong professional approach. The location opens the opportunities to ramble. There's among other the path Gendarmstien along the coast, and more.
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  • Hotel Fredericia - SDH Partner Hotel

    35.15 km

    Experience culinary magic at the restaurant Ryes, and combine your stay with the beautiful nature together with a lot of cultural experiences and activities when you stay at Hotel Fredericia.
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  • Frederik VI's Hotel

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    Since 1882 guests have enjoyed being pampered at Frederik VI's Hotel. Set amongst the beautiful Funen countryside in it’s own park with a system of forest paths and jogging trails right outside the door and only 10 km from Odense City centre, the hotel boasts tastefully furnished rooms and a highly regarded restaurant.
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  • Hotel Faaborg Fjord Spa Konference

    39.35 km

    If you wish for a weekend away or a mini break from daily stresses, then a stay at Hotel Faaborg Fjord is good for the soul. Here you find fresh air, light, life and play for young and the young at heart.

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  • Hotel 6400

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    Minimalism can certainly equate to outstanding service and quality. At Hotel 6400 in Sønderborg, there are no superfluous frills, and even the hotel’s name has been reduced to the bare essentials – the city’s postal code.
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  • Agerskov Kro

    41.32 km

    In the heart of South Jutland lies Agerskov Kro & Hotel. The old buildings have been modernised with respect for the original atmosphere, and the inn has been expanded with large rooms. The innkeeper works in the kitchen alongside his staff of chefs, where they prepare meals to satisfy the most discerning palates.
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