IPA Center Esbjerg, Denmark

11 Jun 2016

IPA Center Esbjerg was originally built as a children's sanatorium by the Copenhagen Teachers' Association in 1925, and was designed to house 60 Copenhagen schoolgirls between the age of 10-12, who needed sun and fresh sea air.

During World War II the buildings were seized by the Germans. After the war, the house was renovated and reopened in 1948, and served as a children’s colony for weak children until 1984, when the buildings were taken over by the town of Esbjerg.

Esbjerg is a seaport town established in 1868 on the west coast of the Jutland peninsula in the southwest of Denmark. By road, it is 71 kilometres west of Kolding and 164 kilometres southwest of Aarhus. With a population of 71,618, it is the sixth-largest city in Denmark, and the largest in West Jutland.

For further historical background on the town of Esbjerg, please see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esbjerg

IPA Esbjerg took over the house in 1987 and following extensive renovations, the property was reopened in1988 as an IPA house with the participation of IPA founder Arthur Troop.

The house, comprising 692 m2, has the following facilities:

  • 10 rooms over 2 floors with a total of 24 beds. Toilet and shower are located on both floors.
  • There is a kitchen with a dishwasher, electric and gas stove, fridge / freezer, coffee machine and microwave.
  • The dining room accommodates 24 people, and in addition, there is a banquet hall with space for around 100 people, as well as a bar with draft beer.

In the basement there is a small living room with TV / video, as well as a room with air hockey and football. TVs are also available in the dining room and bar. There is a garden and an enclosed terrace with tables, benches and a barbecue/grill. Free wireless internet facilities are also available.

The surrounding area has a multitude of attractions, sights and experiences, including the following:

  • ‘Ho Bugt’: a bay with the possibility of swimming, fishing, collecting mussels and catching shrimp, around 50-100m away.
  • Maritime Museum next to the impressive statue ‘Man by the Sea’, about 3 km away.
  • Swim Centre Denmark (Svømmestadion Esbjerg) with 50-meter pool and a wave pool, about 4 km away. Discounted tickets can be purchased via IPA Esbjerg.
  • ‘Marbæk Plantage’ with lakes and a Stone Age settlement.
  • North Sea with the possibility of driving directly onto the beach (Vejers and Børsmose), 20km away.
  • Blåvandshuk Lighthouse, Blåvand Zoo, Skallingen, Tirpitz (large bunker museum).
  • Filsø, Denmark's third largest lake with watch towers and fantastic bird life (bird sanctuary).
  • Varde miniature city, located in Arnbjerg.
  • Grærup, Denmark's largest population of red deer.
  • Legoland and the Safari animal park in reasonable driving distance.

Contact Details & Bookings:

  • Manager: Svend Larsen
  • Address: Sanatorievej 28, 6710, Esbjerg
  • Tel: ++45 4015 1211
  • Tel :         ++45 2984 6666
  • Email: mail@ipacenteresbjerg.dk


  • Enquiries:     Enquiries  & bookings can be made electronically on the website
  • Tariffs: Daily Rates: adults DKR 150, children (2-12 yrs) DKR 100

                              bedlinen DKR 50, towels DKR 10.

Different rates apply should the facility in total be hired.

Please see rates on the Website, or contact Svend Larsen directly.

Mikkel Ross, 3rd Vice President IPA Denmark