Kongeåen – nature

Kongeåen – nature

6600 Vejen

Photo: Michael Deacon


Photo: Visit Vejen Turistinformation

Skelhøj, barrow at Tobøl

Photo: Visit Vejen Turistinformation

Freedom Bridge - Kongeåen

Kongeåen is a relatively short, 60 km river. The wellspring of the river is located east of Vejen and flows west to the Wadden Sea. The river is a popular destination for anglers, offering good opportunities to catch trout and salmon. The nature along the river can be experienced by following the new riverside hiking trail, Kongeåstien. The route opens in the spring of 2015.

Headspring and course
The river of Kongeåen has a large source delta with many tributaries. One of the headsprings can be seen at Gamst Søenge east of Vejen, while others are located west of Vamdrup. Vejen Å is one of the largest tributaries, flowing from Knagemøllen east of Vejen.

Kongeåen is one of the few major Danish rivers that flows into the Wadden Sea. The estuary can be found just northwest of the town of Ribe where the river passes through the sluice of Kongeåslusen. During its course, Kongeåen runs through a relatively wide and flat valley, which has formed over the last two Ice Ages.

Kongeåen is completely unregulated, flowing unhindered. Many other streams in Denmark have been straightened to expand the farmland, so Kongeådalen offers a unique opportunity to see a natural river course. Kongeåen drains an area of about 450 km2, which is less than other Danish rivers due to the middle part of the river basin being relatively narrow.

Conservation and nature
In 1980, the river valley delta of Kongeåen and its meadows and marshlands became subject to nature preservation. Along the river – especially on the south side of the river – there are bogs, wellsprings and acid grassland, which represent three relatively rare kinds of nature in South-Western Jutland.

The river valley of Kongeådalen offers favourable habitats for several species of animals and plants that are otherwise rare in Denmark. Here you can meet the colourful kingfisher, lamprey eels and bright yellow globeflowers. To learn more, watch the video clips of wildlife along the river of Kongeåen: www.vejen.dk/rignatur

Among the wildflowers growing in the river itself are the yellow water lily and the abundantly flowering water crowfoot. Along the riverbanks you find marsh orchids, sneezewort, filipendula and willow herb. Hogweed is also to be found in the old disused water channels.

Formation of the river valley of Kongeådalen
The river valley of Kongeådalen was shaped during the last Ice Age by huge streams of glacial meltwater. At the time, most of Jutland was covered with ice. The glacial rim is still clearly visible today, dividing the hillscapes to the west from the clayey and sandy flatlands to the east. Following the Ice Age, the glaciers shed enormous quantities of meltwater, flowing westward while depositing large amounts of sand and gravel that today make up the Jutland heaths. The watershed was so strong that it cut deep valleys into the landscape through which the river of Kongeåen flows to this day – and you can sense that this valley was once even wider.

Hotels nearby of Kongeåen – nature

  • Gram Slotskro

    16.05 km

    Gram Slotskro is steeped in history. In the magnificent surroundings, guests cannot fail to feel the passage of time. Uniquely sited next to Gram Castle, the inn is perfect for a relaxing stay with good food cooked using seasonal raw ingredients. Today, the fourth generation of the Schrøder family runs the inn.
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  • Hotel Hovborg Kro

    21.79 km

    Hovborg Kro is famous for its low-ceiled taprooms and for its splendid Jutland food. The inn has been here for at least 250 years and the thatched main building erected in 1790 is reverently preserved. Without ruining the atmosphere the owners have succeeded in “building in” modern facilities valued by today’s guests.
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  • Tyrstrup Kro

    24.19 km

    Tyrstrup Kro is idyllically situated in the middle of fields and woods a few kilometres from the gingerbread town Christiansfeld. It has been here for at least 350 years, but in recent years the old inn has undergone largescale restorations and has become an internationally known restaurant.
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  • Hotel Svanen Billund

    32.65 km

    Hotel Svanen in Billund is exceptional: A 4-star design hotel where children are also very welcome. All details have been cared for – in the uniquely designed rooms, in the cosy lounge and in the restaurant “No8”. The target is to give all guests a unique experience as close to the sublime as possible.
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  • Refborg Hotel Billund

    32.68 km

    The cosy Refborg Hotel Billund in the middle of the town Billund bids welcome to LEGOLAND® guests and all others who would like to benefit from the excellent location close to a number of attractions and activities. You will enjoy the fine possibilities of golfing, fishing and walking tours in the neighbourhood.
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  • Agerskov Kro

    34.02 km

    In the heart of South Jutland lies Agerskov Kro & Hotel. The old buildings have been modernised with respect for the original atmosphere, and the inn has been expanded with large rooms. The innkeeper works in the kitchen alongside his staff of chefs, where they prepare meals to satisfy the most discerning palates.
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  • Hotel Hedemarken

    36.53 km

    You can hardly get any closer to the heart of Jutland: Hotel Hedemarken is situated near good golf courses, LEGOLAND®, and Givskud Zoo, has a beautiful brook in the backyard with salmon, and modern facilities. Quality is the pride of the place.

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  • ToRVehallerne- SDH Partner Hotel

    40.3 km

    The hotel offers delicious food and high service to you as a guest. Located in the spirit of the city, you can experience all the cities facilities and easily get around without a car.
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  • Hotel Fredericia - SDH Partner Hotel

    42.01 km

    Experience culinary magic at the restaurant Ryes, and combine your stay with the beautiful nature together with a lot of cultural experiences and activities when you stay at Hotel Fredericia.
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  • Hotel Røde-Kro

    42.98 km

    Hotel Røde-Kro is a family driven business, which is placed centrally near Aabenraa. There is a high focus on creating a good atmosphere, as well the coziness feeling with a strong professional approach. The location opens the opportunities to ramble. There's among other the path Gendarmstien along the coast, and more.
    Read more : Hotel Røde-Kro