Nature experiences in the Sonderborg area

In the Sonderborg area, you wil 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 on land

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. 

Discover the Sønderborg area by bike

Get on your bike and discover the Sønderborg area up close. On our digital map you’ll find 12 unique tour suggestions that you can plan your trip around. Along the way, 250 km of curly coastline, royal castles, historic borderland and green spaces await you.

The cycling map can also be purchased in a water proof and folded version at Sønderborg Tourist Office for DKK 25 or EUR 4.

Horseback riding trails

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

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. 

Children in a forest
Golfing in the Sonderborg area


You can find several golf courses in the Sonderborg area.

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.

Family in a shelter
Golfing in the Sonderborg area

Bird watching

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

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 66 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 and snorkeling

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

Diving for crabs

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