Nature experiences in the Sonderborg area

In the Sonderborg area you find big forests, long stretches of coast, wild tidal meadows, sparkling lakes, vigorous uncultivated grass-covered areas, rich wildlife, rare species, and sprouting fauna. Our unspoiled nature is ideal for all kinds of activities such as sailing, hiking, windsurfing, horseback riding, swimming and angling.

Use our interactive map for experiences in the Sonderborg area

Activities by land

Children in a forest

Nature schools in the Sonderborg area

We have three nature schools, which host several events during the year, where you and your family can venture out in the surrounding nature and receive guidance from a nature counselor. Also read our guide for free nature experiences.

Nature areas and forests

Whether you prefer entrancing forests, cozy parks or small lakes, you can always find it in the Sonderborg area.
Download our open-air activity map or try treasure hunting in the nature.

Children in a forest

Hiking routes and walking trails

You’ll find plenty of nature routes and trails in the Sonderborg area. The most famous hiking trail is the Gendarme Path, which is a 84 km long hiking trail along the coastline, stretching from Padborg to Sonderborg. 

Cycling routes

Whether you prefer a quiet route in the beautiful nature, a casual ride through the cities or a thrilling mountain bike ride, Sonderborg has it all. 

Horseback riding trails

The Sonderborg area is ideal, when you want to experience the nature from horseback.


You can find several golf courses in the Sonderborg area.

Golfing in the Sonderborg area
Family in a shelter

Outdoor facilities

There are many different nature camps and playgrounds in the Sonderborg area. You can also try one of the many outdoor fitness facilities such as Gråsten Fitness Park by Gråsten Plejecenter, Trivselsparken at Grundtvigs Alle 150 in Sonderborg, the outdoor fitness by the marina in Sonderborg or NS-anlægget in Nordborg.

Bird watching

Bring your monocular on your holiday. The island Als, Broagerland and the forest Gråstenskovene are rich on bird life.

Golfing in the Sonderborg area
Skøjteløbere i Sønderborg

The Ice Skating Rink in Sonderborg town

During the cold winter months, you and your child can go ice skating at the harbor within the heart of the city. The opening season is usually from the end of November to the beginning of March. The rink (Skøjtebanen) is free to use and you can rent ice skates in various sizes for a small fee.

Sledge runs

There are three sledge runs located within the municipality, which you can use during the winter months: At Hjertehøj in Graasten, at Dybbøl Banke in Sonderborg and in Sønderskoven on Als.

Golfing in the Sonderborg area

Activities in and on the water

Angling locations and fishing lakes

You will find several fishing lakes on North Als, but you can also fish directly from the beach. See the many fishing spots on the map or read more here.

All anglers between the age of 18 and 64 need a fishing license, while certain Put & Take lakes only require a fishing-card for angling in their lake.  

Blue Flag Center and beaches

The Blue Flag Center in Sonderborg is an exhibition and activitiy center located at Sonderborg Marina each summer. The center is staffed with a biologist and equipped with nets, underwater binoculars, a sensing pool and much more. It is free to join, and you can look around during opening hours.

View all our beautiful beaches in the Sonderborg area.

Diving for crabs

Diving and snorkeling

Several reefs have been established around Als, where you can both do snorkeling and diving.

Kitesurfing and kayaking

There are many ideal spots on Als and Broagerland for kitesurfers and surfers. Especially Drejet around South Als is very popular. See all of them on the map or read more here