Marielyst: Hygge by the Baltic Sea

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Marielyst beach has been recognised as the best beach in Denmark several times – and it’s no wonder. The clear white sand of the kilometre-long beaches is perfect for walking and swimming. But the small coastal town is also very popular. Small shops, good food and a good infrastructure for tourists are all reasons to visit Marielyst. You can find out everything you need to know here.

Why should you travel to Marielyst?

One of the reasons why Marielyst is such a popular holiday destination is its beautiful white beach. It has been recognised as the best beach in Denmark several times. This is partly due to the cleanliness of the beach and the water. The gently sloping and extensive coastline makes Marielyst beach an uncrowded holiday destination, even in summer, for families and travellers who want to enjoy a relaxing swim.

The good connections are another reason why many people choose to spend their holiday or stopover in Marielyst. Copenhagen, for example, is only an hour and a half away from Marielyst by car.

Where is Marielyst located?

Marielyst is a small holiday resort on the Danish island of Falster with fewer than 1000 inhabitants. The town is well connected to both Germany and Copenhagen and thus the route to Sweden via Malmö. It is located on the island of Falster near the southernmost town in the country, Gedser. Marielyst is located on the Baltic Sea, which is generally somewhat calmer than the North Sea and therefore tends to attract families and swimmers looking for calmer waters.

It is just an hour ‘s drive from the island of Møn, which is also a popular destination for travellers to Denmark. From there, it is less than 200 kilometres to Funen and the famous Danish town of Odense.

Marielyst: weather and best time to visit

The average daily temperature in summer is around 20° Celsius. The best time to visit is from June to September. May and October are also ideal if you don’t necessarily want to swim in the sea. In winter, the average daytime temperature is around 3°-5° Celsius. The average rainfall is lowest in April. However, there is not much rain overall, especially in spring and autumn. The wettest months are July and August with an average of 27 millimetres per square metre.

Sights and activities in Marielyst

The beach at Marielyst

One of the most popular activities in Marielyst is of course the sandy beach, which is over 20 kilometres long. It is particularly suitable for families with children and travellers with dogs. This is because the coastline slopes rather gently into the water and the Baltic Sea is generally calmer than the North Sea. Due to the vastness of the beach, you can usually find a spot for yourself here even in the high season.

Marielyst: Beach
Marielyst is particularly famous for its beach.

Is the centre of Marielyst worth a visit?

The coastal town of Marielyst itself is also popular with travellers. This is due to its good infrastructure. Originally, the town was not a residential area, but was developed as a holiday resort at the beginning of the 20th century. You will find a variety of shops and restaurants here. Out of season, however, opening hours are often somewhat limited.

Even in bad weather: the swimming pool near Marielyst

If the weather is bad, you don’t have to miss out on swimming: At the Falster Swimming Centre, for example, you can have a good time in the warm water pool, which is over 30° Celsius, or try out the 66-metre-long slide.

Holidays in Marielyst with your dog

A holiday in Marielyst with your dog is also very possible. In addition to dog-friendly holiday homes, the island of Falster has another highlight in store: Three dog forests where you can let your dog run free. There are often picnic benches, fire pits and even agility equipment or playgrounds.

Holiday homes in Marielyst

Holiday homes are the most popular option for a holiday in Marielyst. These are very common in the town itself and the surrounding area. There is a wide range of holiday homes in all price categories and with all kinds of facilities.

Whether you are a small family, a larger group or travelling with a dog, finding the right holiday home in Marielyst is easy. One advantage that families and groups in particular appreciate is the amount of space and the fact that holiday homes usually have their own cooking facilities.

Campsites in Marielyst

Camping is also a popular way to spend a holiday in Marielyst. In fact, camping was the most popular way to holiday in Marielyst when the statutory two-week holiday that every worker received from 1938 made travelling more accessible to the working population. At that time, however, the makeshift tents were often even furnished with straw because there was no floor.

Today, camping has become more modern: whether in a tent or motorhome, Marielyst is perfect for a holiday close to nature near one of Denmark’s most beautiful beaches. There are even campsites with their own pools and lakes. Dogs are usually allowed as long as they are kept on a lead.

Travelling to Marielyst

Travelling to Marielyst is possible both by car overland and by ferry if you’re travelling from Central Europe. The shortest route from Hamburg to Marielyst takes less than four hours by ferry and is around 230 kilometres long. Driving with a car will take you 5.5 hours. In this case, drive via Kolding and Fredericia, cross the island of Funen and then take the Storebelt Bridge to Sjælland. You then cross two more bridges via Farø to Falster.

Travelling to Marielyst
Marielyst is easy to reach by ferry and by land.

By plane to Marielyst

Coming from the UK, a flight to Copenhagen is a good option. From there, you can reach Marielyst by car in around 1.5 hours. You can rent a car or motorhome or use public transport, which will take you to the town in around 4 hours. It is a good idea to combine a visit to the capital with a beach holiday in Marielyst.

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