he biggest harbor on the island is found in Zealand’s northernmost town, which is also one of the country’s oldest fishing ports. According to historical evidence, locals were fishing here as early as the middle of the fourteenth century. Today, Gilleleje is a charming village with thatched buildings, a bustling fishing auction on the harbor, and a vibrant main street that has been transformed into a promenade. Gilleleje Kirke is located high above the dwellings. Danish Jews were hidden in the church during the German occupation and afterwards transported into Sweden on fishing boats throughout the night.

Fishing boats from various eras are on show at Skibshallerne, and Det Gamle Hus, a historic fisherman’s home that depicts the reality of daily living for a mid-19th-century fishing family, is located in the same structure. From the town’s center, a seaside path travels east to the Nakkehoved Østre Fyr lighthouse. It was one of the few coal-fueled lighthouses built in 1772 that is still standing today. The 2.5 km (1.5 km) long Gilbjergstien runs from Vesterbrogade in Gilleleje to Gilbjergshoved, Zealand’s northernmost point. From the cliffs, the route provides stunning views of Sweden across the river. The Gilbjergstenen rock, which includes a built-in seat and back support, and a memorial to the Danish philosopher Søren Kirkegaard may be seen along the way.rd.

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