We present to you the best vista points in Horsens
Denmark is a flat country.
Denmark has no high mountains with snow all year round or ski resort far above the tree line. However, if you take a bike ride around Horsens, you may still get sore legs.
Horsens is located in the hilliest part of Denmark where the landscape is characterised by a mixture of soft and steep hills.
We guide you to the best hills and vista points in Horsens.
Not far from Horsens, you find Denmark’s highest points. Measuring 172.54 metres above sea level, Yding Skovhøj is the highest peak in Denmark. Yding Skovhøj has no breathtaking views, as such, as the terrain rises softly; however, a bike ride in the area will probably still put a sweat on your brow – and give you the bragging rights of having climbed Denmark’s highest mountain.
Yding Skovhøj is included in BestigBjerge which is a game where you collect codes at the base and the top of a large number of Danish hills of more than 100 metres. If you find all the codes, you can apply for admission to BestigBjerge’s Hall of Fame. Sukkertoppen, Purhøj, Slaggård Banke and Toftehøj are other hills in the Horsens area which are included in the game.
Sukkertoppen offers one of the best views of the scenic Gudenå area north of Horsens. Sukkertoppen is a noticeable and steep hill and the journey to the top traverses idyllic wooded surroundings. You can park at the former Benedictine monastery, Klostermølle, which situated at the shores of Denmark’s fourth-largest lake, Mossø.
Amongst other things, you can visit an interesting exhibition in Danish from the time when the mill was in use, a curing barn – named the longest wooden structure in Denmark – as well as a birdwatching tower with excellent views of Mossø.
We recommend combining excursions to Klostermølle and Sukkertoppen. Also try the canoe and kayak ride.
Just south of Horsens you find Purhøj which, besides being a hilltop, is also an old burial mound from the younger Stone Age. The road up Purhøj is popular with exercise enthusiasts because of its steep incline. From the top, you can enjoy views of Horsens and Horsens Fjord and the characteristic peak with its circle of old beech trees around the edge of the burial mound is visible from afar.
In an area east of Gudenå valley, close to The Uncovered Bridge, there are a number of slopes with a high concentration of Bronze Age burial mounds. Vorbjerg Gravhøje are located in a beautiful grassy common. The highest of these is Slaggård Banke which measures 109 metres above sea level.
Mounds on the hilltops
In the hilly area around Brædstrup there are many hills and a large amount of burial mounds. A few kilometres south of The Uncovered Bridge you can find Slaggård Banke – a ridge with a summit 109 metres above sea level. There are a total of nine burial mounds on top of the soft grassy hills. Near Slaggård Banke you can also visit the Vorbjerg Høje hills where you can find 11 burial mounds.
It is not necessary to stand on top of a hill in order to enjoy impressive views. Horsens Fjord is one of the most beautiful inlets in Denmark with a curvy shoreline and numerous islands. There are several places where you have a great view of the city, the islands and the opposite side of the inlet. You might want to go for a hike on the planet path on the southern side of the fjord where the pier Boller Mole provides an excellent view. On the north side of the inlet you can walk on the nature trail to Søvind through the forests near Stensballe. Here there is a great view from Troensø where you can see the islands of Vorsø, Alrø, Hjarnø and the peninsula of Borre Knob.
Horsens City Centre
Horsens is situated at the bottom of Horsens Fjord with hills to both the south and the north. Just north of the pedestrianised streets are a number of streets that rise quite sharply. From several spots at the tops of these streets, you have excellent views of the city.
Go to the cosy park Caroline Amalie Lund where you also find Horsens Art Museum and Horsens Museum in beautiful surroundings. From here, you can walk up the steep Carolinelundsvej. Or head up Skolestien which offers wonderful views of Horsens City Centre and the harbour.
North of the city centre you find the protected Nørrestrand wildlife reserve. Nørrestrand has a rich wildlife, a large freshwater lake and a river delta. On the 13-kilometre-long trip around Nørrestrand there are several interesting vista points.
On the north side of the Nørrestrand route, a hiking path leads to a nice vista point. Here, you can enjoy the view or admire the grazing wild horses in the area.
On the south side, you find a birdwatching tower which offers beautiful views of the lake and the town Stensballe. And on the eastern side of Nørrestrand, in Stensballe, there are several places which offer beautiful views of Nørrestrand and views of, among other things, Casa Arena which is the characteristic Horsens stadium and FÆNGSLET.