Zoos and animal gardens

Zoos and animal gardens along the Ancient Road Hærvejen

The Ancient Road features some of Denmark’s most scenic and varied countryside where you are bound to come across local wildlife. But you can also experience exotic animals at the many zoos and animal sanctuaries along the route.

Visit gardens and parks along the Ancient Road Hærvejen

Visit gardens and parks along the Ancient Road Hærvejen

Along the Ancient Road you will find several gardens and parks open to the public. Here you can explore magnificent roses, old trees and even a collection of old miniature windmills.

 

Hærvejsseværdigheder langs Hærvejen

Ancient Road attractions

A trip down the Ancient Road on foot or by bicycle is a journey through the history of Denmark. Here historical sites, monuments and old wheel tracks relate the unique story of this ancient thoroughfare

Cycle Stage | Rebild

Volsted

One of the best-preserved examples of a Danish fortified village where the farms are built around an open common used by grazing livestock. The area was protected by a seventeenth-century national code, Danske Lov, which stated that no one could build on the common.

Hiking Stage | Rebild (approx. 5 km)

Frendrup Nihøje

One of the most significant groups of preserved barrows in the region of Himmerland, the seven barrows are all from the Stone Age, approx. 3000 BC. Here traces of Iron Age settlement have also been found.

Katbakken

The area offers opportunities to stay in shelters and tents. Here you also find sports fields, a natural obstacle course and a planet themed walk. There is disabled friendly access.

Art along the Ancient Road Hærvejen

Experience art on the road

The Ancient Road offers ample opportunity to experience the arts and crafts of the region at galleries, in churches and amidst the scenic nature.

The heath along the Ancient Road Hærvejen

The heath along the Ancient Road Hærvejen

The Ancient Road once meandered through open heathlands that had emerged since ancient times due to deforestation and the depletion of arable land.

The rivers of the Ancient Road

The rivers of the Ancient Road Hærvejen

The Ancient Road meanders along glacial landscapes. When the Ice Age came to an end, meltwater drained westward towards the ice-free area. After the ice had retreated, streams and rivers in the area could also run eastward. The Ancient Road emerged along this glacial ridge where there were no rivers for travellers to cross.

Woodlands along the Ancient Road Hærvejen

Woodlands along the Ancient Road Hærvejen

The Ancient Road offers a holiday experience in open nature. On this page we feature some of the most beautiful forests and plantations along the Ancient Road.

The Ancient Road passes some of Denmark’s most magnificent oak and conifer woods that were planted during the heathland forestation program. 

Lakes and bogs along the Ancient Road Hærvejen

Lakes and bogs along the Ancient Road Hærvejen

There are many lakes along the Ancient Road, including Hald Sø, which is surrounded by magnificent rolling downs, and Tingdalsøerne, which are among the nation’s purest lakes. The Ancient Road passes several other lakes surrounded by idyllic nature.

The Ancient Road generally bypasses bogs and marshland since the aim of travellers in olden days was to avoid crossing water. However, in Southern Jutland the Ancient Road passes close by Abkær Mose and Stengelmose. 

Bathing lakes along the Ancient Road

Bathing lakes along the Ancient Road Hærvejen

You can also bathe in the lakes along the Ancient Road. Here you can relax in the scenic settings and take a dip.

Monuments along the Ancient Road

Monuments along the Ancient Road

Exploring the Ancient Road either on foot or by bicycle is a journey through thousands of years of history with many heritage experiences along the route.

Several of the grandest Viking monuments in Denmark are found along the Ancient Road, especially in and around Jelling, the heritage highlight of the route.

Explore Denmark’s history along the old wheel tracks of the Ancient Road.

Historic buildings along the Ancient Road

Historic buildings along the Ancient Road

The Ancient Road was for millennia Jutland’s easiest thoroughfare, allowing drovers and merchants to travel north and south. The importance of the road is still evident today with the many heritage inns, manors, windmills and bridges.

The World Wars along the Ancient Road

The World Wars along the Ancient Road

Exploring the Ancient Road either on foot or by bicycle is a journey through Danish history. Among the attractions along the route are locations related to both World Wars, including the years of Nazi occupation (1940-45). 

Pilgrimage landmarks

10 must-see monuments along the Ancient Road

By pilgrimage pastor Elisabeth Lidell

The Ancient Road brims with the history of Denmark, and there is ample opportunity to explore ancient churches and monuments along the old trails. Below are 10 must-see stops on the route between Padborg and Viborg, where you can enjoy a break along the way:

This article was published on pilgrimsvandring.dk (in Danish only)

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