Spectators will be bombarded with experiences when we re-enact the Battle of Als in the last full weekend of June.
We begin Friday evening with a parade through Sønderborg city. Danish and Prussian soldiers march together in full uniform.
Saturday the soldiers’ camp is open with a host of activities for the whole family, all connected with the war in 1864. The soldiers’ camp is placed on the Kær peninsula north of Sønderborg.
The main event is the scenario when the Prussian forces cross the Alssund under cover of darkness. We will re-enact the scene at the historically correct time, that is, 02.00 hours. The cannons will crash and the Danish ironclad, Rolf Krake, will appear in the gloom off Arnkilsøre and begin shelling the boats carrying the Prussian soldiers.
Friday 23rd June
The programme starts at Sønderborg Castle
17.45: The Historical Brigade puts on a drill parade for the public.
18.00: Parade from Sønderborg Castle via Brogade to the Town Hall.
18.10: The mayor welcomes the Historical Brigade to Sønderborg.
18.25: The Historical Brigade continues the parade, marching along the pedestrian precinct to Rønhave Plads. The parade continues down to the harbour and back to Sønderborg Castle.
19.00: End of the parade.
Saturday 24th June
10.00 – 18.00: The Soldiers’ Camp is open on Kær Vestermark north of Sønderborg.
Entry 60 DKK. Children under 4 enter for free. Tickets can be bought at the entrance. The ticket provides access to the Soldiers Camp Saturday and the re-enactment at night (very early Sunday morning).
The Soldiers Camp is open with a host of activities and battle demonstrations. There are:
- Battle demonstrations
- Cannon demonstrations
- The women and families at home
- Cake made from an 1864 recipe
Sunday 25th June
2.00 – 4.00: The crossing of Alssund. The spectator area is on Kær Vestermark north of Sønderborg.
Entry 60 DKK. Children under 4 enter for free. Tickets can be bought at the entrance. A ticket for the Soldiers Camp Saturday also gives you access to the battle at night.
2 am: The Soldier camp opens. Feel the tense atmosphere and listen to stories from contemporary witnesses. A slideshow will be shown on a big screen and it is possible to buy coffee at the sutler. At about 2.40 the spectators walk down to the water, where the battle is introduced.
3 am: The Danish soldiers are on lookout and suddenly detect movement on the water. 2500 Prussian soldiers are on the way in rowing boats to attack Denmark. The Danish soldiers immediately begin shooting, but the Prussians manage to go ashore. A hard fight on cannons, guns and bayonets develops between the Danish and the Prussian soldiers. The ironclad Rolf Krake arrives and fires at the Prussian boats, but can it change the outcome?
4 am: The battle is over. The wounded are carried to the infirmary. The visitors meet the participants of the Historical Parade of Als.