Mosters Ice Cream Parlour (Ishus)
It does not get much cosier than a visit to Mosters Ishus at Hou Harbour. Would you like an old-fashioned ice cream cone with a sticky topping? A grilled sandwich? Or how about an iced coffee and a board game?
With its ferry port and large marina, Hou is a maritime centre in East Jutland, and the proud maritime traditions characterise the town. Hou is much more than just a place to wait for the ferry. Here you will be welcomed with harbour cosiness, beautiful countryside and lovely beaches.
All year round, a stream of people flock to Hou and hop on one of the daily ferry departures to the islands of Samsø or Tunø. Many do so without knowing the cosy atmosphere that literally awaits right around the pier by the marina and the old fishing village.
Behind the old historic shipyard is the large marina with a perfect setting for pleasure sailors. The harbour is not just for sailors, but for everyone. It is nice to walk along the quayside, where you feel the maritime atmosphere.
Around the harbour quay is an ice cream parlour/café, while you will also find a convenience store and one of the region’s best butcher shop.
This grocery store is found at a central location in the little ferry port of Hou on the Danish east coast. Here, you can find everything you need when visiting the town, including a big selection of convenience goods, freshly baked bread, and organic, locally produced products.
Hou is turned topsy-turvy when this year's port festival kicks off in the second weekend in July. As usual, the port festival offers a wonderful mix of harbour fun, sports, music, partying and entertainment - and it is completely free.
Next to the ferry port is Hou Beach, which is a really nice beach with excellent facilities. The beach can be found on VisitDenmark's list of Denmark's best beaches. From the harbour, the beaches of the Odder Coast continue for many kilometres. It is highly recommended to take a walk in the direction of Saksild and Norsminde on the fine beach sand.
The Coastal Path at Hou is a 10-kilometre disabled-friendly hiking trail that leads to Hølken Beach along the water. The walk back towards the harbour goes through Hou town.
It is also recommended to take a walk in the local forest of Ravnskoven and a visit to the historic rampart Bjørnkær.
In the beautiful nature west of Hou, you find a well-preserved rampart which was a fortress in the Middle Ages. The castle ruin is the best preserved of its kind in the local area and a suitable destination for a walk in the woods.
An obvious alternative to beach swimming is Vandhalla, a large swimming pool with a 90-metre slide. 'Vand' in Danish means water. The water park is Denmark’s most accessible with special aids and the country’s only fully accessible water slide. Vandhalla is hours of fun for everyone!
This bicycle route starts in the commercial town of Odder, continues to the maritime port Hou and ends in the cosy village of Gylling. Along the way you will see beautiful rural Danish landscape, head to the coast and pass fine nature areas.
Where to on your cycling holiday? In Kystlandet along the eastern coastline of the peninsula of Jutland in Denmark, you find beautiful cities, cultural history, and varied landscapes. Follow this signposted route and get a real feel of the coast and all its adventures.