Jels - daytrip along the Ancient Road

Jels - daytrip along the Ancient Road

Jels is an ancient village in the municipality of Vejen. No one really knows how old it is. The village has mostly been a place of farming but its location by the Ancient Road once also gave rise to hostelry and commerce. Slowly the old village developed into a modern town.

Jels - from Viking times to a modern town

Jels is an ancient village in the municipality of Vejen. No one really knows how old it is. The village has mostly been a place of farming but its location by the Ancient Road once also gave rise to hostelry and commerce. Slowly the old village developed into a modern town.

There have been human settlements where Jels is located for millennia. This is evident by the many prehistoric barrows and settlements along the Ancient Road.
Right up to the national reunification of the region with Denmark in 1920, Jels was only a small village, dominated by the large farms of St. Barsbøl, Jelsgård, Mariegård and Haraldsholm. In 1970, Jels became part of the municipality of Rødding, and in 2007 it became part of Vejen Municipality.

Today, the town of Jels is best known for the annual Viking pageant, the Orion Planetarium and the three lakes Nedersø, Midtsø and Oversø.

The story of the Ancient Road can be experienced first-hand around Jels where the signposted route runs through the towns of Bække, Vejen and Jels.

Attractions

  • The lakes of Jels and the fortification of Jels Voldsted are a mystery since neither archaeologists nor historians can shed light on their past. The size and extent of the rampart suggests that they once protected a mighty castle.
  • Jels Viking Pageant (Jels Vikingespil) has attracted more than 400,000 spectators over the years, who have witnessed deadly sword fighting, ardent romance and colourful performances by hundreds of volunteer actors.
  • The multimedia performances of the Orion Planetarium combine video clips and slides from 24 slide projectors with star projections from a Skymaster star projector.
  • The Jels Girl, a bronze sculpture erected in 1953 by the outdoor pool in Jels and created by schoolteacher Jørgen Thoms.
  • The forests and lakes of Jels. The two woodlands encircle the lake of Jels Midtsø, one of three sister lakes, Nedersø, Midtsø and Oversø. You can walk around both Nedersø and Midtsø along a trail.
  • Jels Viking Town (Jels Vikingeby) is home to reconstructions of houses that once stood in Hammelev Nørremark.
  • Jels Church was originally a wooden church from the twelfth century. Later, a Romanesque church built of ashlar was erected, which in turn was recycled to build the present church, which was consecrated on 13 November 1854.

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