Hanstholm Travel Guide

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Hanstholm Overview

Hanstholm is a fishing town in Thy with 2302 inhabitants (2009) [1], located in Thisted municipality. The city belongs to Region Nordjylland. The name comes from the fishing village Hansted, located at the west end of the limestone rock which lies on the northwest point of Jutland. Lime Rock Hanstholm is geologically the northern residual after glacial away potter ring the top of a large salt dome. It is approx. 7 km long and approx. 3 km wide. Suffix-holm because the area was previously an island (islet), and the name was so previously Hansted Holm.

Situated in the outmost corner of Thy, Hanstholm is the quintessence of the wuthering, majestic climate of the west. The town, standing windswept and proud, sprawls over a large area. Here on this wild west corner of Denmark there is really space to stretch yourself! Hanstholm was until recent times just a little fishing hamlet, but is today one of Denmarks´s largest consumer fish harbours as well as a modern industial and commercial centre. However it did take some time for the initial plans for the development of a fine modern harbour to be realised. The harbour was opened in 1967 and extensions were added in 1997. Today Hanstholm has ferry connections from Mai - September to the Faroe Islands and to Iceland.
In 2002 Museum Center Hanstholm opened its new exhibition buildings "Dokumentationscentret" (museum and archive), which is situated near the museum bunker on Molevej. The theme of the exhibition is the "Atlantic Wall", the chain of fortifications that Hitler established in 1942 - 45.
Hanstholm lighthouse, built in 1843, was considered the world´s most powerfull and is still Denmark´s brightest as well as the highest situated. In the preserved buildings at the lighthouse on Tårnvej, the history of the coastal life-saving service and a lifeboat from Klitmøller are on display and you get a realistic look at the history of coastal fishery, maritime trading and the harbour.
Hanstholm does not have a pedestrian street but a Shopping Centre (Hanstholm Centret) which a covered shopping mall with a variety of shops and eating spots.