Planning, logistics and a little bit of chaos. Despite of the best intentions, family holidays can often end up like that - and would it not be fair to say that we experience enough chaos in our everyday lives?
Fast-forward to a typical day at Skallerup Seaside Resort: The children are running around in the large funpark, while their big sister starts baking cookies in the kitchen. The little brother soon becomes busy printing photos in the workshop, while the youngest squeals with delight about the mascot of the resort, the turtle Skalle.
Mom and dad can also take part in the fun, without having to look over their shoulder constantly, as the children are playing in a safe setting. Meanwhile, there is time for the adults to make glass art, brew brandy or team up with their children to make the very best sweets.
Skallerup Seaside Resort is a holiday resort with coherence, where you do not park the children in a special children’s club and breathe a sigh of relief, but rather take pleasure in relaxing with your family without stress and a thousand things that you have to do. In addition to this, there is a very special attraction that you will probably only find close to the North Sea: The warmth of the people of Jutland, which may be well-known to some people, but definitely bears repeating. Because, as a guest from Zealand said recently about the warmth and accommodating disposition of the people of Northern Jutland: "It is not just talk – they really mean it!"
The relaxation will appear on its own while you are walking in the dunes, feeling the wind and coming back to your cosy holiday home with sauna, spa and wood-burning stove. The wild and untamed nature outside the door should be explored, while the work e-mails become less important, and the walk might swing by Skallerup’s very own farm. Here, the kids can see where the food comes from, i.e. from the nice animals, which you can also pet, feed and even ride. Nearby, you will find Emil’s carving cabin, where the craftsman Woodpek shows the children how to make cutlery from wood and thereby keeps an ancient tradition alive.
Back at the resort, the aquapark, the jungle path and the bowling alley await you, and maybe a trip to the play centre, where the adults can join in on the slide as well. You can also choose to have a family evening at the exclusive Roman bath, Romulus, where the sense of a genuine ancient bathing culture spreads along with the scent of eucalyptus from the steam baths, and parents as well as children can jump into the icy-cold water after going in the sauna and the warm thermal baths.
In the evening, you can choose to eat at the restaurant, which does not compromise on quality, unlike many other resorts, even though the kids get their own menu. The brasserie is inspired by French thoroughness and Danish ingredients from the surrounding nature, while Café Klovn offers brunch right next to the aquapark.
The place was started in 1946 as a camp for German refugees that came to Denmark after World War II.
The housing consisted of 150 Swedish forester cabins with seaweed in the mattresses and barbed wire around them, so the Germans could not get out – and Danes hostile to Germans could not get in! Today, you can see what this kind of cabin looked like if you visit the resort’s museum, where one half is furnished as a barrack for refugees.
The year after, a number of companies purchased half the barracks, renovated them and expanded the resort, which was ready to be inaugurated in 1949. The other half of the museum is furnished as a holiday home from back then.
At that time, the houses did not have bathing facilities or particularly good insulation, but today, they can be used all year round and many of them have a spa, a sauna and a wood-burning stove.
In 1995, Skallerup Klit was visited by two German women, who had lived at the refugee camp as children. Their story and the stories of other German refugees can be experienced at the holiday resort’s museum.
Until 2013, Skallerup Seaside Resort was called Skallerup Klit, but it was decided to change the name, partially due to the fact that the word 'klit' means something entirely different in English and results in e-mails ending up in spam folders.
At Aalborg Zoo, you can meet 12 out of the 13 most popular zoo animals and this is the only place in Denmark where you can experience the African elephant, the orangutan from Borneo and the Asian lion.
Take the kids to Jesperhus Feriepark holiday-resort on the island of Mors. Here, the flower park, the Danish animation-film character, Jungledyret Hugo (Hugo the Jungle Animal), a children’s zoo and countless other adventures await you.