Esbjerg C - Østerby og Gammelby

City district with soul

The areas of Østerby and Gammelby are bordered by the Rørkjær area in the east, Jerne to the north and Veldtofte to the west. The residential areas in Østerby and Gammelby are considered neighborhoods with soul.


Here you will find many child-friendly streets and large green areas. Both lakes in the parks Lergravs Park and Paradissøer are relics from the area’s early brickworks production, which gives the area two green oases where you can take a break from the city.


Gammelby is located along Darumvej and borders Østerby. The smaller residential area in Gammelby is comprised primarily of single-family homes, and the area is furthermore home to non-residential development, including the Måde harbor area.


Østerby is characterized by a blend of single-family homes from the 1920’s – 1950’s as well as newer homes and small apartment blocks.

Population Approx. 7800 Location Southeastern suburb in Esbjerg C

Neighborhood spirit

The border between Østerby and the surrounding neighborhoods of Rørkjær, Jerne, and Veldtofte and Velbæk is fluent, partly due to the fact that Østerby and Gammelby share schools but also due to the large sports community which is a centered around Østerby’s sports association IF92, Veldtofte Sports Park, Skibshøj Stadium, Rørkjær Hall and Skibshøj.


Many of the larger social activities in the area are considered as shared events for everyone in the nearby neighborhoods, and include Sankt Hans in Lergravs Park, Østerby Day, and Christmas Festival in Jerne. In Østerby you can also find the large green space Skibshøj, which is used for concerts, circuses, and more.



There are good shopping options in both Østerby and Gammelby.




School, SFO (after-school care programme) and youth clubs

Esbjerg Municipality is divided into seven school districts. Østerby and Gammelby fall within the Urbanskolen school district, with the main department located at Søndervangen in Østerby and a school branch on Danmarksgade in Esbjerg Inner City and a branch in Rørkjær. 


Most children in the eastern part of Østerby and Gammelby go to the school branch in Søndervangen in Østerby, while children in the western part of Østerby and Gammelby go to the school branch in Rørkjær.


In Østerby you will find:

  • Præstegårdsskolen Urban, with classes from 0-9th grade
  • Associated after-school care programs (SFO)
  • Leisure & youth club Bøndergårdsvej



In Rørkjær (northwest of Østerby) you will find:

  • Rørkjær Skole Urban, with classes from 0-9th grade
  • Associated after-school care programmes (SFO)
  • Leisure & youth club Rørkjær



At this interactive map you can view all schools in the municipality. The search function located at the top right-hand corner allows you to search by address or school name. If you hit the icon "i" in the top menu, you can click the dots on the map to read more about the schools. 

If you wish to see a map that combines information about schools and childcare you can find it here

Read more about school, school districts and enrollment here.




Esbjerg Municipality is divided into seven enrollment districts.

Østerby and Gammelby is located in the district called Rørkjær-Midt.


In and around Østerby and Gammelby you will find:

  • Trianglen (age-integrated childcare) in the eastern section of Østerby
  • Tinghøjen (age-integrated childcare) in the eastern section of Østerby
  • Rørkjærhusene (age-integrated childcare).
  • Several daycares


At this interactive map you can view all your childcare options. 

Read more about childcare here.


Transportation time by car

7 min.
Billund Airport
52 min.
Esbjerg Airport
10 min.
Next Step City
7 min.
1 t. 22 min.
2 t. 55 min.
2 t. 5 min.