Visiting California and looking for best things to do in California while visiting Los Angeles or San Francisco? If you are looking for a unique getaway, the historic Danish village of Solvang offers California visitors best of the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country and Santa Barbara Country in a relaxed and peaceful setting. Indulge in authentic Danish pastries at our world-famous bakeries. Stroll through the village and admire the old-world European traditions.
Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County I Central California. It is one of the communities that make up the Santa Ynez Valley and its Wine Country.
Solvang was founded back in 1911 on almost 9,000 acres (3,600 ha) of the Rancho San Carlos de Jonata Mexican land grant, by a group of Danes who traveled west to establish a Danish colony far from the midwestern winters. The city is home to a number of bakeries, restaurants, and merchants offering a taste of Denmark in California. The architecture of many of the facades and buildings reflects traditional Danish style. There is a copy of the famous Little Mermaid statue from Copenhagen, as well as one featuring the bust of famed Danish fable writer Hans Christian Andersen. A replica of Copenhagen’s Round Tower or Rundetårn in the scale 1:3 was finished in 1991 and can be seen in the city centre.
Mission Santa Ines, one of the California missions (National Historic Landmark), is located near the center of the town, at the junction of State Route 246 and Alisal Road.
Things to Do in Solvang: An Insider’s Guide to the Best Things to Do in Solvang
Start planning your visit today. If you are looking for a unique getaway, the historic Danish village of Solvang offers the best of the Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Barbara wine country in a relaxed and peaceful setting. Indulge in authentic Danish pastries at our world-famous bakeries. Stroll through the village and admire the old-world European architecture, plus find the perfect souvenir at a variety of charming boutiques and shops. A ride on the Solvang trolley is a must for families. This historic, wooden, horse-drawn street car, is just one example of Solvang’s rich cultural heritage and offerings.
Food and wine lovers will find more than 120 wineries and beautiful vineyards to explore near Solvang, plus plenty of dining options including California farm-to-table cuisine.