Guide to free fun and pleasures in Horsens
The piggy bank is empty while the desire for adventure remains great?
Horsens offers a wealth of experiences which are quite free.
The perfect trip to the forest requires nothing but the courage to let go of planned life, go on an adventure and leave the cashmere in the cupboard. In addition, you have the parks, the green boltholes, the hiking and cycling routes along the river Gudenåen and much more. And children have free access to several museums.
Whether you are looking for fun, action, romance or history – Well, Horsens has something to offer you.
This is our guide to free experiences in Horsens that the whole family can enjoy.
All-year free events
Here is our guide to free experiences in Horsens, where the whole family can join.
How well do you really know Horsens? Being the persistent venue for major concerts and mega events has put the city on the cultural map, but the city is much more than a concert venue for great world stars. All year, but especially during the summer months, you can find a whole host of bigger and smaller events as well as free events in our calendar.
For example, FÆNGSLET hosts the Horsens Medieval Festival each year in August. At the festival, you feel transported to another time while walking around hundreds of stalls and being entertained by horse tournaments.
If you are into theatre, visit the Horsens Theatre Festival which annually puts on more than 80 free performances.
Parks with playgrounds
In the beautiful Palsgaard Slotspark, one of Denmark’s largest manor parks, you find many rare species of trees, fascinating sculptures and a charming old castle.
A few hundred metres from the pedestrianised area, Bygholm Park provides a break from the city centre’s lively activity. The old manor park is a good starting point for a short walk with its many paths.
The popular playground includes a disc golf course, an orienteering trail, a petanque court and a picnic area. The children can romp around the maze or play on the slides and much more while the adults enjoy a quiet moment or participate in the fun and games themselves.
Caroline Amalie Lund – colloquially referred to as “Lunden” – also has a good playground and Vitus Bering Park – named after the famous Horsens explorer – where you can see the two cannons from Vitus Bering’s ship.
Outside of Horsens, Boller Castle Gardens with its Asian-inspired garden and 1000-year-old beech are also worth a visit.
Bicycling and hiking routes
Close to Boller Castle, you find Boller Forest and Horsens Fjord which are easily explored on a bicycle ride. The castle is some 3.8 kilometres away from Horsens along the Planet Path which skirts Horsens Fjord.
The Planet Path is just one of many beautiful routes through Horsens nature. If you are in the mood for a bicycle ride or a walk, the large, protected wildlife reserve of Nørrestrand with its rich wildlife and unspoilt nature is located north of the city. The whole trip around Nørrestrand is 13 kilometres long and a perfect bicycle route.
Close to Bygholm Park, you find Bygholm Lake where an 8-kilometre-long trail is a favourite route for exercise enthusiasts because of its idyllic location in beech forests and hilly landscape. The trail is ideal for a brisk walk.
If you are up for longer distances on your bicycle, we recommend taking a trip to Klostermølle where Gudenåen has its outlet into Mossø. Today, the former Benedictine monastery is a nature school, and, amongst the old buildings, you can find a curing barn, a birdwatching tower and an exhibition on the mill at its heyday which, however, is only Danish.
At Klostermølle, you also find Sukkertoppen, a 108-metre-tall hill which offers one of Denmark’s best views of the beautiful natural area surrounding the river Gudenåen. Sukkertoppen is included in BestigBjerge, a nationwide game in which you locate codes at the base of Denmark’s highest points. With its hilly terrain, Horsens is richly represented in the game which is entirely free.
The most popular tourist attraction in Horsens is The Uncovered Bridge. The bridge which dates from 1899 was buried underground in a dam until recently and is located on the Horsens-Silkeborg Nature Trail, an old paved railway line in beautiful surroundings. At The Uncovered Bridge, free guided tours are arranged where you can hear about the history, culture and local nature.
See also our schedule of cycle routes.
Do you not have a bike: No problem! In Horsens, you can borrow a bike for free. The public bicycles – grab a bike – are available in many different locations throughout the city.
Get to know Horsens: This is where you find local galleries and beautiful architecture
There are also free experiences waiting for you in the city.
If you are interested in art, you can visit one of the many local galleries. For example, pay a visit to Galleri Gasværk which is located at Denmark’s Industrial Museum. Gallery Gasværk is an artistic community and it is possible to study the artists while they are working, or view finished works such as paintings, collages, glass craft and jewellery.
Visit also the 500-square-metre Gallery Brænderigaarden in the centre of Horsens which displays a large selection of sculptures and paintings. Or visit Kvist Galleri & Interiør which – besides the sale of handicrafts – also exhibits paintings and lithographs.
Art may also be experience outdoors in Horsens. Horsens focuses on making art available through street art which can be enjoyed on gables and house ends as well as street art at several locations throughout the city. There are also a fair number of sculptures made by renowned artists in the streets, adding life and play to the cosy city centre.
In Søndergade, you do not need to spend money to feel entertained. When walking along Denmark’s widest pedestrianised street, we recommend that you keep your head up. Note the architectural details that characterise the old buildings. While you look up above normal eye level, you can leave your children to jump on the street trampolines or play on the musical swings at the Town Square.
Do you feel the need to immerse yourself? At the Libraries of Horsens Municipality, you find magazines, reading material, music, games and movies. This is a place where you can also sit and relax with the newspaper or participate in free talks and events.
Children have free access to all museums in Horsens
Of course, not all experiences and attractions in Horsens are free, but young families can actually save a fair bit. Children under the age of 18 have free access to all Horsens museums. So, take the young ones to the Prison Museum and have a truly unique, educational and authentic experience in the old Horsens State Penitentiary, now known as FÆNGSLET.
Also, visit Denmark’s Industrial Museum. Here, you can learn about the development of industry and society, see the big, old machines and learn about how our grandparents and great-grandparents lived in the olden days.
If you are looking for great works of art, you can take a walk in Caroline Amalie Lund and visit Horsens Art Museum which specialises in contemporary Danish art. In the park, you also find Horsens Museum which has exciting exhibitions of ancient and medieval finds.
A museum pass provides access to all four museums at a very reasonable price.
Admission for children is free at the living museum Glud Museum. And in Ring near Brædstrup, you can visit Povl and his large, private collection of fossils, jewellery and petroglyphs which are several thousand – yes, some items actually millions – of years old. Povl is pleased to welcome both children and adults – and for free.
Spending the night outside
Overnight accommodation is often the most expensive post when taking a journey but, also in this respect, you find free alternatives in Horsens under the starry sky. Staying overnight in shelters and at tent camps is becoming increasingly popular and that is understandable – it is really nice to spend the night outdoors and it is quite harmless to sleep outside at night. We have neither dangerous bears nor bogeymen.