In Jelling there are several sights that you can visit: the church, two monumental grave mounds and Denmark’s ”certificate of batism”, the rune stone that was erected by Harald Blåtand to honour his parents Gorm and Thyra. You can learn about this entire dramatic story in Jelling.
South of Jelling you pass the lake Fårup Sø, after which you hike through open landscape for a few kilometres before reaching the lowland Vejle Ådal and the green tunnel path Bindeballestien. The route continues through the plantation Frederikshåb, near the large heathland of Randbøl.
In Bække there is an exhibition about The Ancient Road’s history. Both next to the church of Bække and close to the church of Læborg further south, there are two rune stones that each have their own historic statement. In the city of Vejen you find accommodation and attractions – for example the Vejen Museum of Art.
South of Vejen, the iconic red and white bridge Frihedsbro leads across the watercourse Kongeaa. There is also a lodge at this location. The hiking route leads you further along the Kongeaa before turning southwards through open landscape and tree plantations towards the towns Rødekro, Aabenraa and Padborg. You can visit the Frøslevlejrens Museum and the Museum Oldemorstoft in Padborg.
We have collected a few local attractions here to inspire you.
Local attractions on The Ancient Road hiking route from Jelling to Padborg