The island Årø (Aarø)

Årø was once Germany's northern most island and in the years between 1864 and 1920 there was quite a bit of smuggling between Årø 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 at Årø.

Årø 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 Årø. Actually reconstruction of the farmland did not occur in the 18th century as it did in the rest of Denmark; on Årø this only happened after 1920 when the roads were also reconstructed

The majority of the 17 farms that were built in the beginning of the 1920s were built on the eastern side of the island where the land is high enough that crops are protected against tides and storms like in 1872. This is evident in most building througout the island.

Brummers Gaard

"Brummers Gaard" was constructed in 1866 and became a preserved building in 1989.

The building is named after its latest owner Knud Brummer who died in 1996.

Knud Brummer was not only a farmer, he was also a skilled amateur archaeologist and therefore very interested in history. On his walks around the island he found a large number of rocks that traces the island's history from ancient times. A large part of his collecting is presented at Brummers Gaard today.


The socalled Bullade is from 1650 and was moved to Årø from a small property in Haderslev as a gift from Haderslev Municipality.

The building, which is constructed entirely of wood, dates back to the year 1000.

Café Brummer

Today, there is a cafe in what used to be a horse barn. The ceiling is 8 meters high, there is a large fire place and visible beams. The toal seating is approx. 50 persons.

You can enjoy both luch, afternoon coffee and cake as well as dinner in the cafe.

The cafe also sells local products, jam from Sweden as well as old original cork screws.

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Facts about Årø

The island is 1398 acres. According to statistics the island was 1566 acres in 1921, 1430 acres in 1960 and 1398 acres at the latest measuring in 1976.

The highest point is 7.6 meters above sea level.

The lenght of the coast is approx. 21,9 kilometres.

Årø is a part of the municipality of Haderslev.

There are approx. 200 inhabitants on the island. At the census in 1921 there were 275 inhabitants, in 1935 there were 314 inhabitants and in 1976 there were 208 inhabitants.

Visit Årø Vineyard

On Årø you will find a vineyard surrounded by beautiful nature, where it is possible to have a wine tasting and buy a few bottles.


Would you like to try ParkGolf?
On Årø you will find one of the first Japanese ParkGolf courses in Europe. ParkGolf is a rather new concept in Denmark and can be played by anyone without prior knowledge of golf. The course has 9 holes and is right beside the natural playground at the island.
By Årø Vineyard it is possible to rent clubs, course overviews, etc. 
Do a hiking trip

The best way to experience Årø is on foot or with a bike. Årø offers a varied terrain with hikingtrips that vary in distance.

On this map you will find different hiking and cycle routes on Årø. 

Sailing with Helene

Sailing on Haderslev Fiord

The fiord boat Helene sails almost every day during the summer on Haderslev Fiord and offers themed evening trips with jazz, country, Irish or Greek music

The bird sanctuary on Årø Calf

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