Danmark

Visit the most western point of Denmark in West Jutland with your dog

dog in blaavand

We are lucky to live a short drive from one of the most beautiful places in Denmark – the wild coast in West Jutland. Here we are blessed with neverending beaches, the wild and roaring North Sea, purple fairytale-like heatherlands (when in bloom) and a dramatic coast with lots of dunes shaped by nature itself. Besides the incredible nature experience you get here in West Jutland, you also get a piece of history, since the coast at the most western point in Denmark has lots of bunkers from World War II.

Becca and I drove off way early in the morning. We needed a day just me and her out having fun. Since it was in the middle of July, tourist would be swarming the place, if we didn’t make an early appearance. So by 7 AM we sat in the car headed for Blaavandshuk.

Visit Denmark with dogs

Visit West Jutland with your dog

Blaavandshuk Lighthouse – symbol of the most western point of Denmark

We parked the car at Blaavandshuk Lighthouse and startet our hike from here. We walked up to the lighthouse, to get a look up close. The lighthouse was build in 1900 and measures 39 meters tall. Blaavandshuk Lighthouse is easy to see from anywhere in the area, because it sits on a high dune, making it glance proudly out at the sea, above all the other dunes. It is possible to walk the 170 stairs up and get a beautiful view of the area and the worlds largest windmill park out in The North Sea. I haven’t been up to see the view, since I was a child, but today was not the day to visit. We were too early, as the lighthouse opens at 10 AM.

Blaavand Lighthouse

Blaavand Beach – a dog friendly beach

From the lighthouse we walked a bit in the dunes. I had a leash on Becca, as the law states, that your dog must be leashed from April – September in all of Denmark. The reason for this, is to protect wildlife. To be honest I shortly let her of the leash to snap some photos of her. She hasn’t got that hunting thing going for her and she doesn’t run off to chase wildlife. But again – it was just shortly and I wouldn’t recommend walking your dog unleashed, as it is illegal and I think it is important to respect the care of wildlife.
Blaavand Beach is a dog friendly beach! You are allowed to bring your dog and it’s a long and wide beach, meaning there’s a lot of space for you and your dog to enjoy yourself, without having to run into other dogs. From October – March your dog can be without a leash on the beach and oh boy I’m looking forward to October!


The West Coast of Denmark is windy. When we visited, it was too. Becca’s coat was all over the place and when the wind blew her coat all in one direction, she looked kind of funny (and a bit unsatisfied). The sand blew across the beach, making it look like, it was dancing in the wind. It wasn’t pleasant for Becca to keep walking on the beach, as the sand would hit her eyes. We walked back to the dunes and continued our walk on the trails for bicycles to our next destination – The Bunker Horses.

windy west coast in West Jutland

                     

Visit Blaavand with dog

Doing a little ’selfie’ with Becca

The Bunker Horses

In the area near Blaavandshuk Lighthouse you will find about 50 bunkers scattered all over the beach. They are remains of World War II during 1940-1945. Four of these bunkers has been made into an art installation, by transforming them to look like mules. The art installation was made in 1995 to celebrate the 50 year mark of Denmark’s liberation. Mules are a symbol of peace, because they can’t reproduce and that’s just what they symbolise – peace.

The Bunker Horses is a walk down the beach from Blaavandshuk Lighthouse. You can’t see them when standing at the beach by the lighthouse. Becca had fun sniffing around the bunkers – I bet a lot of dogs has marked the corners! If you are visiting in the off leash season, be aware that your dog might run into the bunkers! It’s not safe, because you can’t always follow them into the narrow rooms inside the bunker, so I recommend you keep a close watch on your dog, when you’re near the bunkers.

Bunkers and dogs in West Jutland

Windy coton de tulear

A windswept Becca

I feel lucky to live here and be able to visit this place easily. If you’re ever visiting Denmark you should definately go explore the west coast! Your dog will love running the beaches! Just remember to come in the morning if you visit during peak season. On a cautionary note I must mention, that the sea is pretty wild and potentionally dangerous. If the blue flags are up, you can’t go swimming.
While your dog runs loose on the white sandy beach, you might just stumble upon some true danish gold – amber! So keep your eyes open while walking the beach. I had no luck – all I found was shells from mussels – but they are pretty too!

I hope you enjoyed a look into the danish west coast in West Jutland, where I live! I sure will miss this place, when we travel Europe next year! But I’m sure, I’ll find amazing beaches for us to explore somewhere out in Europe!

 

 

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37 Comments

  • Reply
    Carleen
    25. august 2017 at 16:14

    Wow! What a gorgeous place and beautiful pictures! Love the lighthouse and horse sculptures!

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      webreakaway
      26. august 2017 at 10:04

      Thanks Carleen 🙂 I really liked the horse sculptures to 🙂

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    Amy Shojai, CABC
    25. august 2017 at 19:28

    These pictures are spectacular! What a treasure–I’m jealous you got to visit. I think my dog would love sniffing and exploring this area.

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      webreakaway
      26. august 2017 at 10:05

      Thanks Amy 🙂 My dogs love it! It such a wide beach and when off leash season starts I will definately visit again and they can run all they want along the beach 🙂

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    Lori Hilliard
    25. august 2017 at 19:50

    I appreciate the many interesting, historical details you share with us. Being from the U.S., I know very little about Denmark’s history. I look forward to your posts and dream of someday visiting. There’s a certain wild beauty to coastal areas, isn’t there?

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      webreakaway
      26. august 2017 at 10:06

      Thanks for sharing Lori – As a new blogger it’s sometimes hard to figure out which details to post and what not to.

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    Heather Wallace
    25. august 2017 at 22:32

    Bettina your photos are simply gorgeous. They inspire me to visit Denmark. I can almost picture the Vikings centuries ago in my imagination. I had never heard of the Bunker Horses before but I would love to see them in person.

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      webreakaway
      26. august 2017 at 10:08

      Thanks Heather! I am glad I inspired you! My main purpose is just that – to inspire people to travel with their dogs to these amazing destinations 🙂

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    Shelby @ For The Love of Paws
    25. august 2017 at 23:36

    Absolutely breathtaking!! The photos are great as well, you have talent. 🙂 Look’s like you guys had a lot of fun.

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      webreakaway
      26. august 2017 at 10:08

      Thanks Shelby! Yes we had so much fun – great to have the beach all to ourselves 😀

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    Shayla
    25. august 2017 at 23:46

    Oh my gosh, these images are amazing! What a beautiful day out, and a lovely trip!

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    Kristin Avery
    26. august 2017 at 0:50

    These photos are stunning. I have never been to Denmark, but your post certainly makes me want to visit. I also love the Bunker Horses and how they have been transformed into public art.

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      webreakaway
      26. august 2017 at 10:10

      Thanks Kristin! The Bunker Horses is a great way to make history more interesting for those not that into it.

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    Tenacious Little Terrier
    26. august 2017 at 6:19

    What a scenic beach. Those bunkers look interesting especially the horse one. Maybe you’ll find amber one day! Or the dog will.

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      webreakaway
      26. august 2017 at 10:11

      Thanks for your comment 🙂 Haha I have actually never found amber 😛 Guess I’m just not that lucky 😀

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    Golden Daily Scoop
    26. august 2017 at 17:38

    Oh My! The coast is stunning! We are so jealous of your beautiful trip! I know my dogs would love to play in those dunes!

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    Stephanie Seger
    27. august 2017 at 5:02

    Gorgeous photos! It looks like Becca had so much fun on the beach, but I imagine you had some fun getting all the sand out of her coat afterward. Those bunkers and the history in that area would be reason enough to visit. You are very lucky!!

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      webreakaway
      27. august 2017 at 15:41

      Most of the sand acutually falls right out of her coat and I just have to vacuum the floor afterwards 🙂

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    Debbie
    27. august 2017 at 12:03

    What a beautiful place. This looks a lot like the Outer Banks in North Carolina, which is one of our favorite beaches ever. I love the natural landscape and the dunes. SOOO much nicer than built-up touristy beach areas. Looks like a great day!

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      webreakaway
      27. august 2017 at 15:42

      That’s exactly why I love this place Debbie. Because it’s almost untouched.

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    Lola The Rescued Cat
    27. august 2017 at 15:28

    Your photos are absolutely gorgeous! This looks like such a fun place to visit and it’s great that it’s dog safe and friendly. Thanks for sharing your adventure.

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    Happy-Go-Doodle
    27. august 2017 at 17:00

    What a wonderful adventure with your cutie pup, Becca! Your amazing photos gave me a great feel for what it would be like to visit the danish west coast in West Jutland. Thanks so much for sharing this happy journey!

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    Beth
    27. august 2017 at 21:54

    What a beautiful area! Dogs on the beach are my favorite! Your photos are gorgeous, and of course, I’m in love with your dogs!

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    Paul Kirhagis
    27. august 2017 at 23:33

    Is there any native wildlife that needs to be watched out for?

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      webreakaway
      28. august 2017 at 17:57

      There’s a lot of birds nesting on the beach 🙂

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    Sweet Purrfections
    28. august 2017 at 1:44

    Wow! What a beautiful location! Your photos are amazing. I’d love to visit that area of the world, but I don’t know if I’d ever have the chance.

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    Cathy Armato
    28. august 2017 at 13:48

    What an absolutely stunning place, I love your photos! It’s great that they transformed the bunkers into art, how wonderful and that lighthouse is so pretty – I love lighthouses! I’m waiting for the Fall to hit as well, many of our beaches finally become dog friendly at that time too!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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    Karen
    28. august 2017 at 14:53

    What a beautiful place, thank you for sharing it with us! Hopefully I will be able to visit one day. Looks like you and Becca had a great time.

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    Bryn Nowell
    28. august 2017 at 17:54

    I love all of your photos! The windswept look is quite comical and also adorable! The art installation is super cool! I would love to visit a beach and see the Bunker Horses in the distance. Thanks for sharing your experience and your photos!

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    Kelsie | It's Dog or Nothing
    28. august 2017 at 18:39

    Wow – this is absolutely gorgeous. Looks so blissful. Having giant breed dogs, we really can only go places we can drive to. Maybe one day, I’ll have a private jet and be able to take them wherever 😉

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      webreakaway
      2. september 2017 at 15:21

      Haha even though I have small dogs I am wishing for a private jet as well 😀

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    Talent Hounds
    30. august 2017 at 11:26

    Kilo and I LOVE the beach- how lucky the area is dog-friendly. Your photos and that scenery are just spectacular and Becca is too cute. I have never been to Denmark but that certainly looks worth a visit.

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    Sarah
    3. september 2017 at 12:30

    What gorgeous atmospheric photos! Really puts me right there. Would love to explore the area someday.

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    Rachel Silverwood
    3. september 2017 at 14:19

    Wow what a gorgeous place, Denmark’s west coast is definitely somewhere I know want to explore! Your so lucky to call it home 🙂 Also your pictures are stunning, I love anywhere that has a history…
    Side note: Becca is absolutely adorable, although she doesn’t look too impressed with the wind messing her hair up hahaha

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