Denmark's most beautiful market town

In 2013, 15 cities from across the country were competing to win the award as Denmark's most beautiful market town. Bygningskultur Danmark (Building Culture Denmark) promoted the competition, which aimed to highlight the qualities of the historical towns. During May 2013, all Danes could vote for their favorite among the 15 candidates.

With the crowning of Denmark's most beautiful market town will Building Culture Denmark highlight some of the cities that have seen the potential and value in preserving the original medieval environments and have used these environments qualities to actively promote both the business, tourism and settlement.

What is a market town?

The towns were originally cities with special privileges, which they typically had received from the king. Among them was the right to own administration and courts as well as a number of trade and customs privileges. The local government reform in 1970 disappeared boroughs last political privileges when introducing primary municipalities, but the term borough has since entered the language as a general term for the larger cities. Almost 100 cities in Denmark have had market town rights.

With only 1,067 inhabitants, Svaneke is Denmark’s smallest market town.

Here you can see a short film from each of the 15 participating cities:

Ebeltoft

Fredericia

Faaborg

Helsingør

Kalundborg

Kerteminde

Mariager

Nysted

Præstø

Ribe

Sorø

Svaneke

Tønder

Ærøskøbing

Aabenraa