The sea and the spectacular countryside continue to attract many people to Agger. They visit the village to enjoy an ice cream and a beautiful sunset on a quiet summer night or to see the elements as they rage on an autumn day. There is something for all tastes.

The rage of elements

There is something obstinate about Agger. Through centuries, the sea and the drifting sand have made Agger a difficult place to live. Storm by storm the sea has gradually stolen land from the village. Residents have had to give in to the pressure, and if they were lucky they managed to actually move their houses and take all their belongings with them when they had to move further east. Even the village church has had to be moved from the coast. Only after comprehensive coastal protection had been established, was this recurring erosion of the area stopped. Moreover, sand drift made it impossible to cultivate large areas of the soil. The people had to turn to fishing, and for centuries this trade became the livelihood of many inhabitants of Agger.

The fisherman's cottage

There are also interesting traces of Agger's history around the village. Some of the old, characteristic fisherman's cottages have been preserved; one of them is listed and open to visitors during the summer. The thatched, yellow house dates back to the late 1700s. The house was originally built further west, but has been moved further inland as the sea moved closer. The house is decorated with old furniture and is a good depiction of living conditions on the west coast of Jutland. The annex building has changing exhibitions during the summer.

The fisherman's cottage on Toftevej 9 is open every day from 2pm-5pm or by arrangement (tel.: +45 9792 0577) from 1 July-15 August.

Agger church

The church and the nonconformist chapel are also important elements in Agger; both in the history of the village and today. The church is situated in Agger and was built in 1838 when it became apparent that the previous church from the late Middle Ages would eventually fall into the sea, as it did the following year. Some of the old furnishing such as the baptismal font, pulpit and crucifix was transferred from the older church.

Agger church is open from sunrise to sunset.

Coastal protection

Close to the coast are the so-called »Black houses« which were built in connection with coastal protection work by the Department of Hydraulic Engineering. From 1900-1908 a number of breakwaters were built at right angles to the coast. They are designed to break the waves and limit destruction of the coast by the sea. In addition, artificial dykes were built to prevent storm surges from damaging the land behind the sand dunes.

The current coastal protection is strong, but requires constant maintenance and beach nourishment, with large volumes of sand being added to the coast from Lodbjerg and further south. One of the »black houses« has a poster exhibition on Agger, and you can eat your packed meal inside the house.