Following this route will teach you about eel-fishing and eel trade. The location of Lillebælt has historically enabled large-scale fishing and trade, and many fishermen and traders saw great financial gains. The city of Kolding was home to several major fish exporters and was known for decades as ‘The Eel Capital of Denmark’.
Today, the eel population has declined to a small percentage of the population that was hauled ashore until the 1960s. Regular bans on eel-fishing are introduced throughout the EU – for example, eel-fishing is banned for all recreational fishermen throughout 2023. This is done in order to protect and restore the stock.
All stops on the route can be reached on foot, by bicycle or by parking your car nearby.
The route has been prepared in collaboration with the museums in Middelfart, Fredericia and Kolding.