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The northern headland of Jutland

The northern headland of Jutland

By car, 113 km, 1 day

The best way to explore the northern headland of Jutland is to start off at the lively town of Åalborg, near which lies Lindholm Høje, the ancient Viking burial ground, where some of the graves are laid out in the form of ships. From there you should take the opportunity to visit Voergård Castle, halfway between Åalborg and the little coastal town of Saeby. This Renaissance monument surrounded by moats, nestling in a large wooded park, is especially famous for its collection of paintings by masters including Rubens, Fragonard, Watteau and Goya.

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Ålborg

Aalborg
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Voergård Castle   Worth a detour Worth a detour

Voergåd 6 9330 Voergård
Architecture, castles and historic districts

This elegant, red-brick Renaissance monument surrounded by a moat and standing in wooded grounds in an isolated spot was built at the end of the 16C. It was restored in the 20C by its last owner, Count Oberbech-Clausen, who also had his late wife's large art collection brought here and organised for the castle to be opened to the public after his death. The collection includes paintings (Goya, Rubens, Fragonard, Watteau), old furniture, porcelain, and French and Chinese objets d'art.

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Sæby Church   Interesting

9300 Saeby
Religious buildings

This church has astonishing frescoes from the Middle Ages and fine 16C furnishings belonging to a (demolished) Carmelite convent dedicated to the Virgin Mary and founded at the end of the 15C. The oldest frescoes painted in warm colours are very expressive; they embellish the left of the nave, the part that remains of the primitive church. One group illustrates the legend of Joachim and Anna; the other, The Last Judgement. Don't miss the 16C altarpiece, the Renaissance pulpit, the stalls and the sculpture on wood of the Virgin and Child, in late Gothic style.

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Skagen Museum   Worth a detour Worth a detour

Brondumsvej 9990 Skagen
Museums and art

The museum founded by Michael Ancher and his friends opened in 1928, and contains 1 500 paintings, drawings and sculptures by Skagen School artists. The painters, fascinated by the ever-changing light of the windswept landscape, came to work in Skagen between 1830 and 1930. Note the 81 artists' portraits and other paintings on the panelling in the dining room, which was moved here from the Brøndum hotel where the artists used to meet.

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