The southernmost part of the Ancient Road is centrally located in the municipality of Åbenrå, a large recreational area with excellent opportunities for outdoor activities and with many natural and historical attractions.
The area is characterised by lateral moraine formations from the Ice Age around the sub-glacial gorge of Kruså Tunneldal and the extensive open heaths of Frøslev and the woodlands of Bommerlund Plantage. You’ll find beautiful and distinctive nature here, such as the raised bogs of Frøslev Mose, the inland dunes of the woodlands of Frøslev Plantage, the coastal beech forest of Kollund Skov and the gorge of Kruså Tunneldal with its watermill, Kruså Møllesø, and Smedeby Grue.
Similarly, the area offers several heritage attractions, including the WWII prison camp Frøslevlejren, the local heritage road Den krumme Vej, the memorial park in Kruså, Simondys Kirkesti, the Gejlåbroen bridge and Bommerlundstenen, which is a legendary memorial to the inn that lends its name to a locally famous schnapps, Bommerlund Schnapps.
There are plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities with a fine network of footpaths through the gorge of Kruså Tunnelsti, the bogs of Frøslev Mose, woods of Kiske Lund Plantage and not least Gendarmstien, the Border Route (cycling route) which traverses Padborg.
The area is delimited by the Danish/German national border to the south, Frøslev Mose to the west, Bommelund Plantage to the north and Tunneldal/Kollund Skov to the east.
The bridge of Gejlåbroen is located on the fringe of the woods of Bommerlund Plantage and dates back to 1818. What is special about the two-arch bridge is that it is built using split granite fieldstones. Before the bridge was built, there was a ford with steppingstones. They can still be seen under the bridge.
Bommerlundstenen is a memorial erected in 1960 on the place where the inn of Bommerlund Kro used to be. The stone depicts a relief of a brave rider. Legend has it that the recipe for the famous Bommerlunder schnapps was brought here by an exhausted French rider who gave the recipe to the innkeeper in gratitude for the hospitality he had received. The other stones in the plantation are roadside stones dating from 1770 to 1900; stones that previously conferred the maintenance of the roads to local peasants. Before the forestation of the area, the road crossed open heath. Farmers often lived far away from the road section they were to maintain and the roadway stones thus showed which section the individual farmer was responsible for.
Frøslevlejren was built in 1944 as a German internment camp for Danish resistance fighters. A total of 12,000 prisoners were interned in the camp during its nine months of service. Although the camp was built to prevent deportation to the German Nazi concentration camps, approximately 1,600 prisoners were nonetheless deported to concentration camps. Today, Frøslevlejren is the best-preserved German prison camp in Western Europe and features a number of interesting museums and exhibitions.
In the woodlands of Frøslev Plantation, hidden in part by conifer, you find Frøslev Sand, which is one of Denmark's most remarkable dune landscapes.
The nature playground in Frøslev Plantage is a destination for the whole family all year round. Here there are swings, a seesaw and a zip line made of natural materials.
Gendarmstien is a road that meanders through 74 kilometres of beautiful scenery from Padborg to Høruphav. The path goes over the hills, through valleys and woodlands, along farmland and Flensburg Inlet. Hiking along the way you can cross over Skomagerhus, the world’s smallest and friendliest national border. Along the border there are boundary stones marked with a colour at the top and a corresponding groove, which determines the exact borderline between Denmark and Germany.