The colourful and rich nature of Alrø

Photo: VisitOdder

On the island of Alrø, there is a plethora of water activities for anglers and kite-surfers, unspoilt nature, histories from the Stone Age, cosy farm shops and, not least, some of Denmark’s most desirable filled patty shells.

Have you tried the famous filled patty shells?

On Alrø you can taste Denmark’s most desirable filled patty shells. And they are one of the largest in Denmark aswell.

How to get to Alrø

During the summer, you can get to Alrø by sea on the bicycle ferry between Alrø and Snaptun across Horsens Fjord - including island-hoping via Hjarnø. All year round, you can reach the island by car via a dam.

Beautiful views from the highest point of the island

The very special island atmosphere is what makes Alrø unique. One of the smallest churches of the district, Alrø Church, is found at the highest point of the island, some 14 meters above sea level. The landscape is flat and open, so there is are beautiful views from the church over the cultivated fields, the coastlines and Horsens Fjord.

Alrø Church

Photo: Jens Hasse

The church is distinctive in that its appearance is that of a Romanesque church, although it was built in the late Middle Ages around 1400 AD. An old tradition of tolling the bells for a full hour at a funeral is still maintained.

Enjoy a meal in an old pigsty

The island is 7 km long and 5 km wide and has been inhabited since the Stone Age. Part of the island is nature and cultivated, but you also encounter small farm shops and lovely eateries on your way. 


At Møllegården, the old pigsty has been converted into an eatery with pig stalls, trough and feeding passages. Here, you can have Danish food with a modern touch and sometimes events and concerts are held here.

Café Alrø

We also recommend that you visit the furthermost end of the island to taste the famous filled patty shells at Café Alrø. Remember to book early as there may be waiting times.

The well-known author Morten Korch was inspired for his stories when he periodically lived and worked on the island. Farms such as Bakkegården and Møllegården can be found in his works.

How Alrø got its name

Go island hopping to the nearby island and get the entire story. Legend has it that the island of Alrø acquired its name during the Viking Age when the Viking chief Hjarne lived on Hjarnø. He married the girl Alrune and gave her Alrø (Translates as Alrune’s Island). Their son, Lave, was granted the island Endelave.


Cykelfærgen Alrø-Hjarnø