Stage 14

BETWEEN AABENRAA FJORD AND FLENSBORG FJORD - BORDERLAND – HISTORICAL CENTRE OF DYBBØL – 1864 - SØNDERBORG CASTLE – SØNDERJYLLAND AND SCHLESWIG HISTORY – FRØSLEV CAMP – MARITIME HISTORY OF AABENRAA – MUSEUM OF ART BRUNDLUND CASTLE – GRÅSTEN PALACE
AABENRAA – SØNDERBORG

In Sønderjylland, you find Denmark’s only land-based border with Germany. On Stage 14 you will ride through the towns of Aabenraa and Sønderborg and pass three castles; Brundlund Castle, Gråsten Palace and Sønderborg Castle. A large part of the route follows Flensborg Fjord. Along the way you will pass sites where historic and cultural clashes have, for better or for worse, occured in the borderland. Sønderjylland used to be part of the Duchy of Schleswig, a fiefdom under the Danish king.

In 1864 war erupted between Denmark and Prussia, when Denmark attempted to integrate Schleswig and make it part of Denmark. Denmark lost the war and a new border was established by Kongeaaen (The King’s Lake), south of Kolding. Denmark lost a third of its land and south of the border there were now many Danes that belonged to Germany. After the German defeat in the First World War, it was decided that a new border was to be
drawn. In 1920 there was a referendum, and the people agreed on the location of the border.

Stage 14 can also be ridden in both directions. If you choose Aabenraa as starting point, you can choose to select Stage 1, once you reach Sønderborg. If you select Sønderborg as starting point, it is possible to continue onto Stage 13 after Aabenraa. Stage 14 also has a side route that leads from Kollund to Kruså and Padborg.

LENGTH

75 km

ROAD TYPE

72 km stable gravel
3 km asphalt

TOWNS

ON THE WAY

Aabenraa

32 km

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Kruså

5 km

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Padborg

22 km

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Gråsten

16 km

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Sønderborg

Find your way

By clicking on the map, you will find the route. You may also find accommodation, restaurants, bike repair shops and much more.

Click the icon with the 9 dots to find your special places along the Baltic Sea Cycle Route.

GPS download is also available on the map. Click the arrow on the left hand side and select the file that suits you.

HISTORICAL CENTRE OF DYBBØL BANKE

In 1864 war erupted between Denmark and Prussia regarding the ownership of Schleswig. The Danish military took refuge at the Dybbøl trenches after the retreat from Dannevirke.

The Prussians attacked and defeated the Danes on 18th April 1864, which culminated in Denmark having to resign the rights to Sønderjylland. At the historical centre, reenactments tell the story of how it was to be a Danish and a Prussian Soldier in 1864.

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Travel to and from

Aabenraa

Bus Station
Bus connections to e.g. Kolding, Haderslev,
Aabenraa and Sønderborg: www.sydtrafik.dk

Intercity Bus Stop: www.global.flixbus.com

Sønderborg

Sønderborg Station
Train to/from Fredericia: www.dsb.dk/en

Local and Regional Buses: www.sydtrafik.dk

Intercity Bus Stop: www.flixbus.dk

Flensborg

If you arrive by train from Germany take the Flensborg stop and start the route from here: www.rail.cc