Rick Steves’ Europe: Aero, Denmark

On this small island on the south edge of Denmark, visitors wander down picturesque streets of thatched cottages and savor the coastal views

Pat O'Connor / Courtesy of Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door

Aero, Denmark

Beach houses Aero Denmark
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The 5- by 19-mile island of Aero is rich in authentic rural charm.


Aeroskobing Denmark
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In Aeroskobing, Aero's main town, visitors can wander down lanes right out of the 17th century.

Aero, Denmark

Thatched cottages Aero Denmark
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Well-tended farms dot the Aero landscape.

Danish Bottle-Ship Museum

Danish bottleship
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The nearby "Bottle Peter" museum on Smedegade is a fascinating house with a fleet of 750 different bottled ships.

Aero, Denmark

Aero Denmark map
(Guilbert Gates)

Aero's cobblestone world is reached by ferry and its preservation is mandated by law.

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