Even though Løkken is a small town, it has always been very popular among tourists. In the 70s and 80s, it was the party capital of Northern Denmark. These days, Skagen has taken the claim to this title, while Løkken has calmed down a bit. Now it is a relaxing beach town with plenty of nice restaurants – and with plenty of nice things to do.
Most people visiting Løkken are staying in one of the many beach houses, but you can also opt for a hotel. In that case, we recommend Løkken Badehotel or X. Both are central and great for experiencing every bit of the town.
- 1 Go to the beach
- 2 See the fishermen’s boats
- 3 Visit Action House
- 4 Take a look at the local church
- 5 Go a bit north and see Rubjerg Knude
- 6 See Løkken Miniby: A miniature version of the old town
- 7 World War II bunkers on the coast
- 8 Visit the historic Børglum Monastery
- 9 Drink beer in Løkken Bryghus
- 10 Take a long walk around the streets
- 11 Bonus: Go to the Løkken Concert
- 12 Conclusion
Go to the beach
Løkken has a long, long coastline. By most people – locals as well as visitors – Løkken beach is considered to be one of the best in Denmark. The sand is very comfortable, and the water is usually clear and fresh.
The beach is famous for its 485 small white beach houses. The first ones were built in 1895, and since then, the amount has gradually increased. Almost all the houses are owned by local citizens, and they are usually inherited from past family members.
During the months where it’s not warm enough to go for a swim, you should still take a walk at the beach. It will still be a very enjoyable experience.
See the fishermen’s boats
During the months of spring, some areas of the beach will be loaded with old boats. These are fishermen’s boats, still being used. A gorgeous sight and a nice look into the local culture. Before Løkken became a tourist town, it was primarily a fishing town where most of the inhabitants were fishermen.
Visit Action House
One of the more modern attractions in Løkken should definitely not be missed – the Action House. A modern entertainment center with bowling, laser-tag, arcades, playgrounds and much more. Their gokart track was recently re-built, and now it is the largest in all of Europe. Quite impressive, and not something you would expect in a town like this.
During the summer, Action House is also the place where you will find the New York Discotheque, one of the best and wildest places to party in Northern Denmark.
Action House also has a restaurant where you can grab some nice food. It’s very popular to arrange parties here, so if you’re traveling as a group, you can book an event in advance.
Address: Industrivej 1, 9480 Løkken
Take a look at the local church
Løkken Kirke is the local church. An important sight, and arguably one of the most meaningful buildings in the town.
This church was built in 1898. It was designed by architect Axel Møller and it has a Neo-Gothic style with red bricks. The tower of the church is one of the tallest structures in Løkken. Definitely an attraction that you can’t miss!
Address: Præstevangen 2, 9480 Løkken
Go a bit north and see Rubjerg Knude
Rubjerg Knude Fyr is another important attraction. Although not in Løkken, it is close enough for you to visit. Simply go a bit north and you will see this lighthouse – one of the most wonderful sights in the region!
The lighthouse was built in 1899 and has been standing ever since. However, it became so surrounded by sand that eventually, you could no longer see the light from the water, so it was closed in 1968. But even though it’s not in use, the lighthouse is still standing, and it is a popular tourist attraction.
In the early 20th century, it was 200 meters inland, but now it is just about 60 meters away from the cliff. The local authorities has decided to move the lighthouse a bit, and thereby enabling it to survive, as it would otherwise sink into the ocean.
See Løkken Miniby: A miniature version of the old town
A unique and fun attraction in Løkken. And one of the things you should definitely see when you are visiting.
Løkken Miniby is a miniature model of the town. It portrays Løkken the way it was in 1900, one of the most important eras when most of the constructions were brand new, and when there was a lot of trading going on in the area.
Simply go to Vendsyssels Plantage. The entrance is in the eastern part of Søndergade, one of the central streets. Løkken Miniby has a scale of 1:10 and it is very well made. Everything is done by local citizens. You can actually donate money to the project, as it is still being maintained and improved regularly!
World War II bunkers on the coast
If we put our attention back to the beach again – actually not far from Løkken Miniby – we should mention the famous bunkers.
They were made during World War II by German soldiers that were stationed in the town. After the war, the Danish authorities decided not to remove them, and to this day, you can still find important WW2 monuments in Løkken. Some of the bunkers are not only located in the sand, but actually out in the ocean. There is still a full WW2 coastal battery in Løkken, and it’s a very interesting sight.
Visit the historic Børglum Monastery
Not in Løkken itself, but close enough that it should be mentioned: Børglum Monastery (Børglum Kloster in Danish) is considered by many to be the finest attraction in North Jutland. It is a monastery that was presumably built in the beginning of the 11th century, and first mentioned in writing in the year 1220.
The monastery is huge and has a grand history. Today, it’s a popular attraction, and they have several exhibitions that you can see all year around. It is now owned by the Rottbøll family. In the yard, there is a memorial of one of the family members that rebelled against the Nazis and was killed during the war.
It is just a bit over 5 kilometers away from Løkken, so you can drive there in 5 minutes or walk there in an hour.
Address: Børglum Klostervej 255, 9760 Vrå
Drink beer in Løkken Bryghus
Løkken Bryghus, the local brewery, is one of the top attractions in Løkken. To this day, they still brew beer according to the old traditions, and most of it is done manually. The result is clear – Løkken Bryghus produces 11 different types of beer in great quality. We highly advice you to go here and see how they make the beer. Obviously, you should taste it as well, and bring a couple of bottles home with you!
Address: Vrenstedsvej 12, 9480 Løkken
Take a long walk around the streets
The streets of Løkken are calm and nice. Especially in the central pedestrian area where you can go shopping or simply sit down and enjoy an ice cream.
Bonus: Go to the Løkken Concert
In the second Saturday in July, the yearly Løkken Concert (Løkken Koncert in Danish) is held. It’s a great one-day music festival where a lot of famous Danish artists are showing up.
The concert is popular among young people as well as old people. There is plenty of space, and the music being played can usually be heard all over the city, so if you’re visiting during this time, there’s no way to avoid it! We consider it to be one of the best things to do in Løkken, but due to the fact that it is just one day of the year, most tourists will – unfortunately – miss out on it. However, if you’re in Løkken in mid-July, you should absolutely go!
Løkken is a great town to visit. And even though it is small, you still have plenty of things to do there. With sights such as the church and the fishermen’s boats, and with attractions such as Action House and Løkken Bryghus, you will not get tired of it anytime soon. Perhaps that is also why the same tourists keep coming back to Løkken year after year. You never get tired of it, and it must be considered one of the best travel destinations in Denmark!