County: Sonderjyllands amt.
Area: 315 sq. km (122 sq. miles).
The Danish island of Alsen (Als) lies at the southern end ofthe Little Belt, between the mainland of Denmark and the island of Funen. Its beautiful beaches make it a popular vacation spot.
The chief place on the island is the old town of Sonderborg (pop. 30,000; Missionshotellet Ansgar, 80 Park Hotel Lido, 35 Teaterhotellet, 38 Alssund, 55 youth hostel; two camp sites). It is beautifully situated at the S end of the island on both sides of the Als Sund, which is crossed by a bridge. The medieval castle contains a museum with collections of historical material and art. Town Hall (1936). St Mary’s Church (c. 1600) has much sculpture. Of the central town is the modern College of Sport (mosaic and sculpture decoration by Danish artists). 6-5 km (4 miles) NE of Sonderborg is Augustenborg (pop. 6600; Fjordhotellet, 19 b.), with a castle (1776; now a hospital) located in a large park. Road A8 runs NE to Fynshav, from which there is a ferry to the island of Funen ( 96).
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