Some of the Hærvej trails south of Givskud are not accessible for either walkers or bicyclists, as they are in fact in Givskud Zoo, and access is restricted - for obvious reasons - to those in motor vehicles.
Harresø Kro, which dates from 1609, is one of the oldest preserved inns on the Hærvej. It was used by the many drovers on their journey south and the old travelling stalls can still be seen. There were other guests as well and Grundtvig’s regular table can still be seen. The route does not go through Jelling and if you wish to visit the town, turn west in Mølvang, about 7 km south of Givskud.
From the Hærvej bicycle route, you can go a few kilometers south to see Nørup Church, with its beautiful baroque interior. Nørup is located on the banks of Engelsholm Lake, with a view across the water to Engelsholm Castle, which like the church, has an onion dome. Nowadays, the castle is used as a high school and there is free access to the park.
Jelling is one of the Hærvej’s main attractions and on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list.
Jelling Church lies between two enormous grave mounds. At the beginning of the 900’s, a 170 m long ship form was built, starting from one of the mounds. A second larger mound was built over the northern mound, presumably by King Harald Bluetooth and a grave chamber from around 958/59 has been found, which is said to be Harald’s father, King Gorm. The south mound was built much later and contains no grave chamber.
In between the two mounds are two rune stones, known as Denmark’s Birth Certificate. The large stone was erected by Harald Bluetooth, who according to the inscription on the rune, converted the Danes to Christianity. The smaller stone was found in the 1600’s and the inscription states “King Gorm raised this stone in memory of his wife Thyra, jewel of Denmark”. This is the first mention of Denmark by name.
Slightly north of Randbøl Church, the Hærvej bicycle route passes "Firhøje", four Bronze Age mounds situated on an open heath. From the bilberry clad mounds, there is an excellent view over the heather to many other mounds.
Kong Ran´s Mound
King Ran’s Mound can be seen in the churchyard at Randbøl. According to ancient legend, King Ran fell in combat at the Kongeådal valley near Gødding forest. Try a diversion at Randbøldal Museum.
Bindeballe Station, a few kilometers west of the route, has a small exhibition on the railway, and offers kitchen, bath and toilet facilities, as well as a small campsite to walkers and cyclists,.
Keys can be collected from the local shop.
Bindeballe Købmandsgård is a living museum, where you can experience what a village store was like in days of old, and where you can stock up on provisions for the journey.
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