South Als

South Als is known for its wonderful beaches, which are some of the loveliest in the area.

At the coastlines around Kegnæs and at Drejet the water is calm and invites you to a cool dive. Visit Sønderby beach or Østerby beach. See some of the main attractions on the map.

The peninsula Kegnæs is linked to Als via a natural tongue of land that was made into a dam during the rule of Duke Hans the Younger. When you drive towards Kegnæs, there will be a sign signaling a beach on your left – just before the camping site. A gravel road leads you to the popular beach Kerneland.

Lovely holiday homes lie like pearls on a string along the coastline. The largest summerhouse areas are located in Skovmose, Mommark and on Kegnæs. Get an overview over holiday home companies here.

Discover the rich bird life and experience the area’s beautiful nature. On a clear day you can enjoy the incredibly beautiful view from Mintebjerg over the fields and Hørup Hav and see the Kegnæs peninsula reflected in the still water. The nature reserve ”Trillen” is a beautiful area near Høruphav. Park by the forest and follow the shoreline to the trees where you can watch the birds from the tower hide. Continue along the shore and through the forest back to the car park. This is also where the Gendarme Path begins.

Vibæk Watermill is the last watermill on the island Als. It is situated in idyllic surroundings on the road between Høruphav and Skovby. Historical ‘activity days’ are on here during summer.

Kegnæs Lighthouse dominates the skyline by the dam leading to the Kegnæs peninsula and is open during summer. Climb to the top and enjoy the view to Broager, Germany and the islands Ærø and Langeland. From the lighthouse you can follow the Kegnæs Path along the west coast with a view to Broagerland and Kegnæs Ende, where you can see across to Høruphav.

Kegnæs Church was built in 1615. The story about the building of this particular church is tragic in that Duke Hans the Younger had 7 peasants hanged because they were suspected of having stolen some meat from his pantry. When spring came and the ice at Sønderborg Castle melted, the meat was discovered in the castle moat. It had rotted and been discarded by the Duke’s employees because they did not dare tell the Duke about it. The church was built as penance for the unjust executions.

Northern Europe’s largest collection of stone dolmens exists in the small forest Blomeskobbel on the east coast of Als, a wonderful place for a very special walk. Park at the edge of the forest and walk down the path about 500 metres to find Scandinavia’s largest collection of stone dolmens. Notice the large cover stone on the first long barrow; it weighs around 20 tonnes. One wonders how it was placed there.

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