Welcome to Freia’s dining room

Welcome to our dining room, with its warm, pleasant atmosphere, views of urban activity and harbour tranquillity, sounds of clinking cutlery and voices buzzing in all sorts of languages. Welcome to Freia, to our taste, approach and attitude. Where classic and individuality converge.

You might wonder how on earth did we get hold of your South Jutland grandmother’s faded old cookbook with her meticulous handwritten notes in the margin? Because every single bite shows how we have taken pains to uphold her love of local produce and ingredients, changing seasons and Denmark’s most authentic and best-preserved regional cuisine.

Or perhaps your taste buds will transport you to other classic cuisines, such as Alsace-Lorraine, the Basque Country or Manhattan – yet not quite the way you remember them. Familiar, yet exquisitely different. Because this is precisely our intention here in Freia’s classic dining room: we reinterpret the classics in our own unique way to celebrate the cookery craft, its traditions and the inherent enjoyment of delicious meals.

Bon appétit!


Lean back. Listen to the waves gurgling against the quay as boats glide past. Enjoy watching the sunset on glistening Alssund. Let your eyes wander along the Sønderborg waterfront where modern architecture interacts beautifully with historic buildings from many different centuries.

Freia is situated in the centre of Sønderborg’s new waterfront, designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry. From here there are views of the Dybbøl Mill, Sønderborg Castle and Alsion, home to one of Europe’s best concert halls for symphonic music.

Weather permitting, Freia opens its large patio doors, letting in the sounds and life of the waterfront. Sit indoors or outdoors. As the days become shorter and colder, we move inside to the warmer, cosier atmosphere of Freia’s dining room.

The chef and the kitchen

Look over our shoulder as we compile Freia’s menus, find the best local produce and prepare delicious meals from scratch. Freia’s cuisine is uniquely gourmet with attitude – embracing both pike and pork, Skrædderduels and open-faced sandwiches, and Waldorf and Wellington. It is personal and authentic, magnificently merging classic with individuality. And if you think our chef de cuisine looks familiar, there is good reason for this. Because he is a chef by the grace of god.

…and it is the hall of Freyja

Icelandic chronicler Snorri Sturluson wrote in Edda (an Old Norse work of literature from the early 13th century) that when Freyja rode into battle, it was on a chariot drawn by two cats. Whereas half of the fallen Viking warriors followed Odin to eternal feasting and drinking of mead in Valhalla, the other half accompanied Freyja to her large, magnificent hall Sessrúmnir in the idyllic Fólkvangr (field).


Freia is named after Freyja, the Norse goddess of love and fertility.

In Norse mythology, Freyja was not only the most important goddess, she was also the most beautiful. She was the object of sacrificial offerings by Vikings on Als and throughout Scandinavia and to whom they prayed for happiness, love and, not least, a good harvest. As the goddess of fertility, Freyja ensured that the grain grew tall in the fields, that there was an abundance of forest berries, nuts and fruit and that game and domestic livestock flourished.

Experience Sønderborg
In the heart of the Danish–German Borderlands

Sønderborg hosts as many cultural events and activities as there are days of the year. There is something for every taste, no matter if you prefer symphony orchestra, summer revues, renowned concerts, music festivals, theatre, dance, art exhibitions or something else entirely.

You can also indulge in the exciting history of Sønderborg. Because some of the most important chapters of Denmark’s history were written here. Visit beautiful castles, take part in medieval tilting at the ring, get close to the Second Schleswig War of 1864 or walk in the footsteps of the gendarmes along the fjord. Or let yourself go in the unspoilt surrounding countryside. You decide whether your adventures should be on land or at sea, whether you will venture forth in hiking boots, running shoes or on a mountain bike – all the options await you.

Be inspired



Enjoy the life at the Alsik

Freia is part of the beautiful, recently-opened hotel Alsik, offering a profusion of splendid experiences in a luxurious, cosy and relaxed atmosphere.

Explore the Alsik Nordic Spa, the biggest of its kind in Denmark, featuring more than 60 different spa and wellness experiences dispersed over 4,500 square metres and four floors.

Or pamper your taste buds, not only in Freia, but in one of our two other restaurants as well. In Restaurant Alsik, we serve exquisite dishes from our world cuisine, and on the 17th floor you will find Syttende, serving a gourmet menu par excellence.

Afterwards, relax in one of the 190 bright, inviting rooms, all of which are tastefully furnished in Nordic design, focused on natural materials, elegant shapes and modern functionality.

We look forward to welcoming you to Hotel Alsik.