Located where the Limfjord meets the Kattegat Strait, Hals is a small harbour town on Denmark’s Jutland peninsula. It’s home to a waterfront golf course, coastal hiking trails and a windswept beach, while it’s also just a stone’s throw from the cultural museums and historic landmarks of Aalborg.
Things to do in Hals
You can learn about the people, events and industries that have shaped the town at the Hals Museum og Skanse, which occupies one of Denmark’s best-preserved 17th-century redoubts. On the grassy lawns surrounding the museum are several benches that offer picturesque views across the harbour.
A short drive from Hals is the Hjallerup Mechanical Museum, where you’ll find a large collection of tractors, planes, mopeds and agricultural machinery. You can get up close to some of Denmark’s first electric cars and vintage sewing machines, as well as old radios and televisions. Behind the museum is a park with a playground and resident goats to cuddle.
Hals makes an ideal base for exploring the city of Aalborg, which is home to a magnificent half-timbered castle built by King Christian III in the 16th century. Rotating exhibitions of silverware, traditional costumes and textiles are on display at the Aalborg Historical Museum, while works by contemporary Danish artists are a highlight of the Kunsten Museum of Modern Art Aalborg. Overlooking the Limfjord is the Springeren - Maritime Experience Centre, which boasts an extensive collection of navigation instruments and seafaring artefacts.
Getting around Hals
Hals is a 30-minute drive from Aalborg and around the same distance from Aalborg Airport, which has seasonal flights to destinations across Europe. Buses travel from Aalborg to Hals and regular ferries connect across the Limfjord to Egense. The centre of Hals is compact enough to explore on foot.