The source of the Gudenå
Take a walk in the past
Where the waters separate
Only a few hundred meters apart you see the sources of Denmark's two most prominent watercourses – Gudenåen, which is Denmark's longest “river”, and Skjernåen, which is the most voluminous. From here, the two streams are supplied with enormous amounts of water from the subsoil. The springs are found in a large, protected nature area, some 10 kilometres from Tørring. The Tinnet Krat area is characterised by natural forests, meadows, heaths and pastures. The areas is rich in wildlife and the landscape is entirely unique.
Denmark’s first water park
At the sources of Gudenåen, you can see the remains of Denmark's and probably Europe's first water park. The first pool was built around 1920 and was originally intended as a water trough for the animals in the fields but the area's children and servants quickly began swimming in it. In 1938, several additional pools were built and, later that year, it was officially opened as a water park. In addition to the swimming pools, the area included both a carousel and a water slide and, later, also a restaurant.
Today, you can see the foundation of the pools set in nature right next to the source.
A centre for nature experiences
Tinnet Krat is located in the middle of the Gudenåen valley where there are many signposted hiking trails that lead you along Gudenåen. There are several signposted routes around the springs. The source of the Gudenåen also serves as a starting point at trail Gudenåstien. From here, you can walk through the Gudenåen valley to Tørring and on to Uldum Kær. The old merchant and militant road Hærvejen also traverses the area and following the popular route through beautiful scenery to Nørre Snede comes highly recommended.
At Koutrupgaard Nature School just north of the source, you find shelters where you can spend the night outdoors.
Are you looking for more nature experiences?
The Juelsminde peninsula has more exciting natural areas that are worth a visit. Let yourself be inspired for your next outing on this website.
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- The source of the Gudenå
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