54° 53.9′ N · 9° 47.7′ E
Sønderborg lies conveniently at the southern end of Als Sund, catching travelers coming down from or heading up the Little Belt.
It is one of the larger marinas, but still very relaxed and spread out enough so everyone has room to move. There is a great playground for kids with barbecue areas, a nearby beach and a newly renovated clubhouse. The view out over the water can be soothing or invigorating, depending on the wind’s temper.
If you are looking for a more lively stay, you can tie up around the other side of the castle in the city harbour, which is closer to the restaurants and bars to make a shorter way home.
Go, See and Do
Visit the Sønderborg Slot at the mouth of the Als Sund. It houses a museum which hosts many historical artifacts of historical significance. The castle was used during the 1864 war as a camp hospital, in which the Danish lost many soldiers, and Schleswig-Holstein to their dismay. The homepage is only in Danish unfortunately, but here you can see the most important visitor infos.
Stroll up the main street, Perlegade, beginning at the Town Hall with its sidearms for some banks and supplies, a typical hotdog or ice-cream at Vaffelboden at number 42. Juhls Bolig is just across the street for some classic Danish furniture. The supermarket Fotex is at the end of the street. Otherwise you can hide from a rain shower in the new Borgen Shopping center. There is a supermarket on the lower floor, and several stores popular for Danish design such as Hay and Inspiration on the ground floor. Samsoe & Samsoe is also here for the fashion minded.
In Jernbanegarde between the main street and Borgen there is a bakery from the Lagkagehuset chain with their delicious cakes and pastries. Don’t forget to take a number!
If you are heading up or coming down the Sund or just nearby do stop at Udos Fisk for some fresh and smoked fish. It is located just below the old bridge on the western bank and not to be missed for local fish, including Rødspletter, Fiskedeller and smoked salmon and mackerel. Delicious!
If you are feeling like a long walk or a great run, talk the path from the marina towards Hørup for a 7.4km march along the Gendarme Path. This track was used by the soldiers during the wars particularly in 1864 to watch out for the Germans. It actually stretches from the german border all the way to Hørup. This part of the track will take you from the marina, along the cliffs and through the forests on a well kept path. It starts just to the east of the marina behind the beach. It is signposted, for more information check the site Gendarmstien, for Danish and German information.