Traces of the war
Everywhere in Hanstholm you can see traces of World War II, in which Hanstholm was a strategic outpost for the Germans and an important part of the fortification 'Atlantic Wall'. In the centre of the fortress were four big artillery batteries, where one of them is nowadays a part of the Bunker Museum Hanstholm.
Hanstholm Bunker Museum portrays Hanstholm's strategic importance during World War II and documents with the aid of munitions, soldiers' room and technical installations how the occupying power operated here. Inside the fortress is a 4,3 km long narrow-gauge railway, that was used of the ammunition train. This train is still driving - now with tourists. Furthermore, a part of the museum's history is, that is was the central setting for the shooting of the film 'Olsen Banden i Jylland' in 1971.
The remains of the fortress and the town houses are located on the hill Hanstholm Knuden, a solid limestone formation, that rises 40-65 metre above sea level. On top of it - with a view over the sea and the port is Hanstholm Madbar, which additionally to dishes also offers concerts and the possibility for a overnight stay.