Hornbæk Beach is the big attraction, and swimming conditions are good. The dunes protect the beach from heavy winds. Danes, often from Copenhagen, flock here in summer, but there's always space for sunbathing. The beach offers views over the sea toward Kullen, the rocky promontory jutting out from the Swedish coast.
The municipality cleans the beach daily, and for several years it has been voted one of the cleanest beaches in Scandinavia. A host of activities are available, including water biking or even nude romping. Windsurfing can be arranged at Surfudlejning (tel. 49-70-33-75), at Drejervej 19. Kiosks sell food and drinks; there are toilets, and, for persons with disabilities, boardwalks that are wheelchair-friendly lead to the sea.
The Havnen or Hornbæk Harbor is a modern, well-equipped harbor with mooring for 200 boats. It lies next to "shanty town," a collection of huts where fishermen check their tackle or hang flatfish out to dry. Facilities with showers are beside the harbor master's office. Charters for fishing trips can be arranged here, and the harbor here is the starting point of an annual Zealand regatta in June.
If you've arrived by train from Helsingør, the harbor is only a 5-minute walk from the depot. Head down Havnevej. After crossing the dunes, you're on the beach, and we hope the day is a sunny one.
At the harbor, you'll see a monument honoring the poet Holger Drachmann, who died here in 1908.
If you'd like to walk through the village, you'll come upon some old fishermen's cottages still standing, and a church from the 17th century with many votive ships hanging from the ceiling. Votive ships are scaled-down replicas that have been blessed by a priest or minister and are designed to honor the sacrifices of men who labor at sea. The church was built in 1737 to take the place of two buildings that were blown down in fierce winds. A bit inland, many Danes have erected summer villas. City officials have planted tree plantations to give shelter from the frequent gales.
Insider's Tip -- After you've explored the town of Hornbæk and hit the beach, consider taking a trail through a vast tract of public forest, Hornbæk Plantage, 3km (1 3/4 miles) east of the center of Hornbæk. The tourist office will give you a free map outlining the best hiking trails. You'll come across Scotch broom, wild roses, and hundreds of pine trees as you follow one of the trails along the coast. We recommend the coastal trail because of its more dramatic scenery, although some of the hiking routes cut inland.
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