Message from the City Manager

As the City Manager of Solvang I welcome you to our website. Solvang is often referred to as Danish Capital of America. It was established in 1911 by small group of Danish teachers and is part of the Santa Ynez Valley. Solvang (meaning sunny field) is rich in Danish history and culture, which can be viewed at the Elverhoj Museum. The City of Solvang is a relatively young city having incorporated on May 1,1985. But the town has a long history as a beautiful place to live and visit. City of Solvang transitioned from General Law City to a Charter City in 2006.

Solvang reflects a thoughtful blend of history and culture. The City’s economy largely depends on tourism, and the Danish village has much to offer. Major attractions for visitors include the City’s Danish-themed village with unique shops, inns, bakeries, European style streets and architecture, cafés, local wineries, art galleries, golf courses, equestrian and other livestock production, the Santa Ines Mission, The Wildling Museum, and the Elverhoj Museum of History and Art. There is always something fun to do in Solvang! For wine enthusiasts, wine tasting events abound throughout the year. The City offers eighteen wine tasting rooms, along with the more than 120 wineries throughout the Santa Ynez Valley. Solvang has an up and coming craft beer scene as well with many popular local brews. Foodies can enjoy an incredible variety of flavors and International cuisine offered in Solvang’s restaurants or take a sweet stroll along Solvang’s Sweet Treats Trail. The City also hosts annual events including the Danish Days in September, and Julefest in December.

There are currently 20 full-time employees working for the City of Solvang that strive to bring the best to the area's residents, tourists and businesses. The City’s operations include Administrative functions, Community Development, Public Works,  and Water & Wastewater services. The City of Solvang law enforcement services are provided by contract with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department and Fire services through Santa Barbara County Fire Department funded by fire district.

If you are planning to visit the area you will find excellent information on the website. During COVID-19, please also visit website for specific information on tourism under social distancing guidelines.