9550 Mariager

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When driving along the south side of Mariager Fjord, don't miss a visit to the charming Dania, which bears witness to the bygone era of old cement workers.

Just before you reach Dania from Fladbjerg, you'll pass Akzo Nobel, Scandinavia's only salt factory. The factory sources its raw materials from a salt deposit at Hvornum, west of Hobro, where the salt is naturally located about 200 meters below the Earth's surface. Through a pipeline, the salt is transported as saltwater to the factory in Dania, where it is processed into, among other things, food and road salt, and then distributed.

Upon entering Dania itself, you'll pass by the "Gule Huse" (Jutland's Nyboder), the employees' residential houses, the old director's villa, and enter the factory area. The restored buildings are now home to many small industries and service-oriented companies.

Dania is an old cement worker's environment. It is no coincidence that Dania and Kongsdal became a center for cement production. Here, raw materials were abundant, and there were ideal transportation facilities through the fjord.

In the hills, there was access to large quantities of Danish chalk, a particularly high-quality limestone.

In combination with the fat clay that could be extracted at Katbjerg Odde and on the fjord bottom in the shallow areas east of Hadsund, Dania was therefore an ideal place for cement production. Danish chalk refers to the chalk layers deposited in Denmark during the Danian era about 60 million years ago. The Danian chalk was formed by the accumulation of shells from animals and plants on the seabed. The Danian chalk is often rich in larger fossils; in addition to bryozoans and corals, sea urchins, brachiopods, and mussels are common. Flint makes up to 20% of the layers. The chalk was used for burnt lime and building stones. From the 19th century, the entire area was grayed out - both workers, vegetation, trees, and houses were enveloped in a cloud of chalk and cement dust. Everywhere, people had to squint their eyes to avoid dust in their eyes.


Dania Today

As perhaps the only "privately owned" village in Denmark with an incredibly beautiful location by Denmark's longest and most beautiful fjord, Dania offers attractions that are rarely heard of, including the very small fjord fishing harbor, Skarodde, in the middle of Dania and Kongsdal. Here, the author Hans Kirk wrote the famous books "The Fishermen" in 1928, which also became a well-known TV series.

At the harbor, you'll find the event venue Orkidee Dania, situated in the most beautiful surroundings with a view of Mariager Fjord. An ideal place for bus companies passing through the Holidayland Mariager Fjord.

Although many of Dania's buildings have been removed, a larger number of production and storage buildings still exist in Dania, which are used by various small industries, among others. The most distinctive building is a 40-meter-high fused concrete silo facility that extends down to the fjord. This silo was formerly owned by FLSmidth but is now owned by the ownership for the rest of the Dania area.

FLSmidth still operates a research facility in Dania with 20 employees. The research facility is named R & D Centre Dania, Denmark - R for research and D for development.

The old cement factory also includes four rows of worker housing, houses for employees, a stately director's villa, and a harbor facility. The cement factories have also left their clear marks on the landscape in the form of large chalk quarries with steep slopes.

The steep cliffs of the chalk quarries are very special, and today, the chalk quarry lies like a mighty scar in the landscape. The steep cliffs also have a very unique appearance and have thus served as a backdrop for several film recordings.

Hotels nearby of Dania

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    14.4 km

    Near Mariager Fjord – the most beautiful fjord in Denmark – you will find Hotel Amerika. A great deal of care has gone into the design of this hotel, with its tasteful decor and attention to detail. Outside, nature has generously provided the most magnificent setting with the forest in its many shades of green.
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  • Purhus Kro

    19.26 km

    Purhus Kro is a cosy and family-friendly old Danish roadside inn. The setting of the inn is scenic, peaceful and quite. All the same, you are not far away from all the attractions in the area. In the inn there is a lovely unpretentious atmosphere, where indeed the main thing is the wellbeing of the guests.

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  • Hotel Randers

    25.51 km

    Hotel Randers is one of Denmark’s oldest hotels. For more than 160 years the hotel has been an oasis with room for pleasure, peace and absorption.  The hotel was built in 1856, however in the autumn of 2016 it was reopened after being completely refurbished. You can sense the presence of history at the beautiful hotel.

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  • St. Binderup Kro

    31.97 km

    St. Binderup Kro is placed between Aalborg and Viborg. Go exploring the old rooms of the inn and enjoy the museum-like atmosphere and the ticking of the grandfather clock. The inn owner willingly tells about the history of the place. In the beautiful restaurant you can enjoy a large selection of well-cooked meals.
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    40.42 km

    KOMPAS Hotel Aalborg offers 111 rooms. With easy access to the motorway, and centrally located close to Aalborg's new waterfront, the location is ideal for a stay in the North Jutland capital. You have every opportunity to discover Aalborg's cozy pedestrian streets and enjoy the city's many cafes and restaurants.

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  • Palads Hotel Viborg

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    Palads Hotel Viborg is located right in the center of Viborg right by the city's cozy and charming pedestrian street and a few minutes to the train station.
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  • Kongensbro Kro

    49.45 km

    Kongensbro Kro is located between Aarhus and Viborg. In the old times it was known as a bargeman’s inn, but today it is a modern inn with up-to-date rooms with a view of the inn’s garden and the Gudenå. The inn’s patent of nobility is good food, from homemade rissoles to the French cuisine.

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  • Hotel Gjerrild Kro

    52.18 km

    As the inn is situated most easterly in Jutland, Gjerrild Kro is the perfect place to stay if you wish to visit Djursland. There are namely only 10 minutes to Grenå and 45 minutes to Randers Tropical Zoo and Aarhus. These attractions speak for themselves. However, the scenery must and should be experienced.
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  • Kaløvig Badehotel

    52.65 km

    Kaløvig Badehotel is a small, cozy hotel located just 14 kilometers from the center of Aarhus, right on the shores of Aarhus Bay in Aarhus North. The intimate ambiance, the homely feel, and the soothing sound of the waves from Aarhus Bay together create a truly unique atmosphere that is hard to find elsewhere.

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  • Montra Hotel Sabro Kro

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    This beautiful hotel is located in the heart of Sabro close to the city of smiles, Aarhus. With the E45 close by, there is easy and fast transport to a wealth of options. Here you will find room for attention, presence and wonderful experiences. There is always a good reason to visit Montra Hotel Sabro Kro.

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