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At the most central location in Horsensa, right on the bustling Søndergade, lies this cultural center where you can peek inside without even stepping in. KUBEN is a 6x6x6 meter large transparent cube, serving as a venue for a variety of cultural experiences in the city center. Throughout the year, it is used for concerts, theater performances, rehearsal spaces, and exhibitions for the city's cultural, sports, and community activities. KUBEN contributes to the lively atmosphere in the city center. Here, you can often experience something new while out on a shopping trip. Immerse yourself in posters and exhibitions, enjoy live theater performances, talk to tourist guides, or get into the holiday spirit in December.
KUBEN is publicly accessible and can be used by everyone, as long as you treat it and its surroundings with respect and consideration. This includes maintaining a responsible noise level and ensuring that the area remains clean and tidy.
Do you have an event or an exhibition that you would like to showcase in KUBEN? Please contact MÆRK Byen at email@example.com or call 23 37 22 03.
MÆRK Byen is the urban initiative of Horsens Municipality. Their mission is to encourage more people to create cultural activities in public spaces, ensuring that the city center of Horsens remains a vibrant and exciting place to be. MÆRK Byen regularly hosts events in KUBEN and various other locations in the city, including Langelinie. They are also responsible for the numerous murals in the city center and pre-events for major stadium concerts that have put Horsens on the map.
NB: Gallery Hjorth is currently closed, but will reopen on the 8th of December in larger premises at Graven 5.
Gallery Hjorth is an art gallery in the centre of Horsens, established in 2011. We focus on modern contemporary art by younger artists, and on challenging and confronting customers and guests with new and thought-provoking art experiences every time they visit us. We have 8-12 exhibitions and events each year, so there is a good reason to stop by our gallery frequently.
The Gallery offers: exhibitions – decorations – business arrangements – arts circles – talks
Or open by appointment
Our Savior's Church is beautifully located on the Town Square in Horsens, amidst the city's bustling trade life, which has seen market activities for many centuries. It is one of the country's most beautiful Baroque churches but bears the imprint of various historical periods. Originally, the church was constructed by King Valdemar the Victorious. Construction began around 1225 and lasted approximately 30 years. The church was built using bricks, which were an unusual and costly material at that time, indicating the building's significance. Before this, bricks were only used in a few other royal constructions. It is believed that there was a wooden church on the site before this time, just as the Square itself existed prior to the church's construction.
The king owned the church until 1351 when it was transferred to the Knights Hospitaller, who already owned Our Lady's Monastery and the Monastery Church, located a few hundred meters from Our Savior's Church. In the late Middle Ages, Protestantism gradually gained power in society as the Reformation reached Denmark, leading to the expulsion of the monks from the town in 1532.
The church has undergone several restorations over the centuries, in the 15th, 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. In 1935-36, efforts were made to restore the church to its original medieval form. Due to the numerous changes over time, it can be challenging to distinguish between what is old and what is new. However, some original parts of the church are still visible.
For instance, near the west portal, an entrance that likely served as the king's private entrance. The portal shows visible signs of fire damage from the catastrophic fire in 1544, which nearly destroyed the entire town of Horsens. Only the churches survived from the time before the fire.
In 2018, the church was targeted in an arson attack, resulting in the loss of invaluable church art. This included the historic pulpit from the 17th century, one of the most significant Renaissance artworks in Denmark and a pinnacle of Danish woodcarving art. Consequently, the church underwent a complete interior renovation and reopened in 2020.
The church is open during the daytime, and you are welcome to step inside and admire the beautiful church interior when there are no services, weddings, funerals, or similar events taking place. Please be respectful of the church's function and refrain from making noise. Inside the church, you can observe a number of elegant memorials and gravestones belonging to the city's affluent citizens who were wealthy enough to be buried within the church itself. As you explore the church, you will notice how distinctly it reflects centuries of development and change.
Our Savior's Church is believed to date back to 1225, making it the oldest building in the city. At least, if we are talking about buildings originally constructed within Horsens. Horsens has expanded beyond its original boundaries, incorporating several villages that were once located outside the city limits. Among these villages were Tyrsted and Torsted. Both Tyrsted Church and Torsted Church were constructed in the 1100s and are therefore older.
Art By Me is not like other cafes. Here, the focus is on providing an environment for immersing yourself in a creative atmosphere. The concept is simple: you book a table in the café, choose a piece of pottery, and paint it.
Art By Me offers more than 250 different pieces of pottery to choose from. The staff guides you with techniques and inspiration to get started. There are nearly 100 available colors, so the only limit to your design is your imagination.
Art By Me is an informal space where you have the freedom to play with the paint and make a mess. And luckily, you don't have to clean up afterward—the staff will gladly take care of that.
The café creates a cozy atmosphere and offers a wide selection of beverages and snacks.
It is recommended to book a table in advance so that everything is ready for you upon arrival. You can book a table through this link. When you book, you will have access to your table for 2.5 hours. Upon arrival, you can choose a piece of pottery from the 250 different designs available. You can choose anything from cups to small figurines, plates, vases, and pots. You have free access to paints and tools.
The price depends on the piece of pottery you choose and ranges from 125 to 800 Danish kroner. The price includes paint, guidance, glazing, and firing.
Once you finish, you can leave your artwork with the staff, who will take care of firing and glazing it. You will receive a text message when it is ready for pickup.
If you're not in the mood for painting but just want to enjoy the sun on a summer day, you are welcome to take a seat at the outdoor seating area on Torvet and enjoy a cup of coffee or quench your thirst with a cold beverage.
On the first Wednesday of every month, Art By Me opens up the cabinet of crystallic colours and invites you to a crystal workshop. Here, you can use special crystal glazes that create a beautiful color play and a stunning metallic sheen.
Art By Me is also a fun and unique venue for your birthday party, bachelor/bachelorette party, or similar occasions where you can create a shared memory of a fun activity. Read more about the options on Art By Me's website or contact the café by phone for further information.
Art By Me Horsens is one of many exciting local art experiences. On this page, you can access the map and get inspiration for galleries, artisans, and workshops in the area.
The town archives are the historical memory of Horsens and the surrounding area.
The town archives collect documents and photos which are available to the public. Copies of the parish registers for the main part of the municipality of Horsens as well as census papers are available.
The Town Archives have also open on the last Saturday of each month 11-14
The land where the Monastery Church stands today was donated in the 13th century as a gift to a community of Franciscan monks by the owner of Barritskov estate, a knight known simply as Mr. Niels. A monastery was built here for the Grey Friars. The Grey Friars were mendicant monks who relied on begging and alms for sustenance. Quite unusually, Mr. Niels himself chose to move into the monastery to live as a mendicant monk, which was certainly not typical for the nobility.
The monastery was constructed between 1261-1275, dating the Monastery Church to that period. Over the next centuries, the monastery underwent several reconstructions. By the 16th century, it stood as a magnificent four-winged structure made of red bricks, with the church comprising only the northern wing. The monastery played a significant role in the then-Catholic Denmark, with records indicating that several kings regularly used the church as a meeting place.
In the 16th century, the Reformation arrived, marking Denmark's transition from Catholicism to Protestantism. Although the official change in Denmark occurred in 1536, it didn't happen instantaneously, and Martin Luther's ideas circulated in society for decades, leading to religious disagreements. In the market town of Horsens, the Reformation had already succeeded by the late 1520s, causing the monastery to face considerable popular resistance. The monks in the monastery were physically attacked but held their ground for some years while the neighboring church, Church of Our Savior (Vor Frelsers Kirke), served as the Protestant parish church. In 1532, after royal intervention, the monks were finally ousted.
The majority of the monastery was demolished after the Reformation, as there was no desire to maintain a clear Catholic presence in the city. Other parts were simply destroyed during a major fire that leveled most of the town. However, the church was renovated at the crown's expense and has since functioned as a parish church in conjunction with (and alternating with) Church of Our Savior. The name 'Klosterkirken' (the Monastery Church) was allowed to persist, except for a single century when the church was called 'Slotskirken' (The Castle Church) as it served the nearby Stjernholm Castle.
In the 19th century, the church fell into disuse and was downgraded to a backup church. It was even used as a gunpowder depot, a temporary hospital, and a mortuary. However, by the late 19th century, there was a desire to restore the church to its grandeur from the 16th century, resulting in a major renovation that gave the church its present appearance.
The church you encounter today is a beautiful and Gothic structure. The church interior is richly adorned and very atmospheric. The altarpiece dates back to the 16th century and was previously housed in The Church of Our Savior. The pulpit is from around the year 1600, and in the church choir, two monk chairs still stand, with revealingly carved year dates and names by a couple of boys from the town's Latin school in days of old.
There are several choir stalls with engraved coats of arms from affluent families. Along the choir screen stand two lordly chairs. They date back to 1738 and were built for Gerhard de Lichtenberg and his wife. Here, they could sit shielded from the crowd's view. De Lichtenberg was a wealthy merchant who lived in the palace, which is now called Jørgensens Hotel. Lordly chairs were present in many churches and were a good source of income as the church received a fee for them.
Additionally, there are several memorial plaques and burial chapels in the church. Wealthy individuals could purchase part of the church for a burial chapel. Cellars could also be purchased, providing space for the entire family. There are quite extravagant chapels still visible in the church when you visit, including the Lichtenberg chapel.
Various local affluent individuals have purchased memorials in the church through chapels, memorial plaques, baptistries, and similar items. They have contributed to the church's extensive furnishings while also helping to finance its operation.
When you visit the church, you'll see styles from all periods from the 12th century to the present day. In this way, the church is an exceptionally interesting piece of art history.
The churchyard outside hasn't been used for over 200 years since it became too small for the city's growing population. You can therefore see some very old tombstones in the churchyard.
Surrounding the church are some narrow, picturesque cobblestone streets, well worth a visit. Especially the small alley Kirkegyden, connecting the churchyard with Åboulevarden in a beautiful blend of past and present.
The Monastery Church is open Tuesday to Friday from 9 am to 2 pm from September to May. During the summer period, it is open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. You are welcome to come in and admire the church and its fascinating furnishings, but please respect the church's religious function. The church may be in use for worship services and ceremonies.
The Coastal Land offers many exciting historical attractions, ranging from ancient times to industrial history, from museums to architectural marvels, and attractions in nature. On this page, you can find inspiration for historically intriguing experiences near Horsens, Odder, and Juelsminde.
A few hundred metres from the shopping centre, the public park Caroline Amalie Lund is an attractive green oasis in the city centre. The lawned park is located on a hill with many beautiful old trees. Here, you can meet dog walkers, grandparents who have taken their grandchildren to the park, groups of friends who play ball or joggers who are catching up on their training.
The park contains a wealth of opportunities for activities and you can easily get a total experience from your visit when combining museum visits, lunch and play.
At the bottom of the park, you find Horsens Museum which has exciting exhibitions on local history covering everything from the proud son of the city Vitus Bering to archaeological finds in the Horsens area. Visiting Horsens Museum is free. The building was built by the great architect of the city Viggo Norn who was also responsible for the beautiful water tower in the park.
Further up in Lunden you find Horsens Art Museum which towers proudly near the hilltop. The museum has an impressive collection of contemporary Danish art by the greatest artists.
Outside the art museum and scattered around the park, you will find many sculptures and works of art. There is modern art by renowned artists such as Bjørn Nørgaard and Christian Lemmerz. There are several works by each - including Bjørn Nørgaard's main work, The Human Wall, which is found in front of the entrance to the museum.
The special facing of the museum was made by the artist Martin Erik Andersen. You also find wooden benches made by Save Niels and the old sculpture that Artemis bears forward the spring.
In the front area of Lunden, towards Sundvej, there is a cosy, fenced playground which is frequently visited by families with children as well as day care workers, kindergartens, etc.
The playground has swings, a seesaw, balance blocks, a climbing tower, a sandbox and a slide that the children can let loose on. There is also a covered area where one can eat packed lunches and a toilet which is open from Easter until the autumn holiday.
It is also fun to play outside the playground: E.g. the large area with bushes behind the playground is good for playing hide-and-seek. Next to it, there is a sensory swing and, at the back of the park, there is a large, flat lawn (facing Østergade and Teglgårdsvej) which is ideal for ball games.
In the large amphitheatre in Lunden, summer concerts are held featuring well-known names from the Danish and international music scene. Those cosy evenings of good music form a regular part of the summer fun for many locals. Read more about Rock in Lunden.
If not, then you can smell and experience it in authentic surroundings it at the Industrial Museum. The Industrial Museum gives you the amazing story about how the industrialization shaped our society and the way we live. It is for everyone and you can experience all of life’s stages.
As soon as you enter the museum, you can feel it: You have stepped back in time and now it is easy to get an impression of what life was like for your parents, your grandparents and their parents.
Then there is nothing to worry about because this is heaven for curious fingers! At the Industrial Museum, there is room for play, and if you follow the footprints going through the buildings, you will be sure to experience it all.
You will visit the assembly line, where you can compete and see who is fastest at assembling ball bearings. Enter the worker’s living quarters with apartments from different decades in the 20th Century. Step inside the old stores at the shopping street. Observe the impressive machines the plant room.
And how about visiting the old school, the textile factory, or the packaging printing factory? At the Industrial Museum you can learn about the old crafts, communicated in an exciting way. And you are allowed to touch!
In this new playful exhibition at children’s level has workbenches, toolboxes, children’s boiler suits, and an authentic workshop atmosphere from bygone times.
Someone has disassembled a Puch Maxi from 1973, and the museum do not know how to assemble it again. They need help from curious kids asap!
Experience 4 museums in Horsens with just one ticket: The Museum Pass gives you 7 days access to FÆNGSLET, the Industrial Museum, Horsens Art Museum and Horsens Museum.
You can look forward to lots of exciting experiences and stories. With the museum pass, you save money on the entrance fee and also get two cups of coffee or tea.
The walls of the old Horsens State Penitentiary could tell many violent, fantastic and fascinating stories. As a guest at the museum, you are guaranteed to have a unique, thoughtful and memorable experience you will never forget.
As soon as you enter Europe's largest prison museum, all your senses are brought into play. The exhibitions offer experiences that can be seen, heard and smelt. Precisely for this reason, a tour of the fantastic building is a great experience for both children and adults. And this is why the museum has repeatedly won awards for its exciting exhibitions. You are given the exceptional opportunity to get behind bars and meet former inmates as shadows on the walls. Life in the PRISON and the story of the Danish prison system are also told through the use of screens, telephones and intercoms.
On the walls, doors and closets, you can read the sometimes vehement, sometimes humorous messages from the inmates painted or drawn as an eternal reminder of their time in the state penitentiary. Together with the digital tools, they help to tell the authentic story of life behind bars.
Experience the impressive, 18-metre-long tunnel by escapee Carl August Lorentzen that led from his cell to freedom. Digging such a tunnel required an enormous amount of hard work, dedication and perseverance. The inspiring story of Lorentzen was then on everyone's lips and it taught the Danish people that "Where there is a will, there is also a way".
The underworld - this is what the prison museum calls its most recent exhibition which can be viewed in the old dungeons. The dark cellar was once used for punishing, executing and disciplining the inmates and this is your chance to see the gloomier side of the prison with its painful tools for punishment.
Learn about Horsens State Penitentiary's role during World War II. And get to know Werner Best - the leader of the German Armed Forces who was sentenced to death after the war and served time in Horsens.
See where and how inmates sentenced to death were executed in the early days of the prison in the 19th century. And how did you go about things when inmates got married and wanted romance?
The Prison Museum is filled with captivating tales. But do not worry, the prison no longer holds inmates. So, unlike the great escapee Carl Lorentzen who always dreamt of freedom and thus dug his way out of the Horsens State Penitentiary, you are free to leave again.
One of the region's most impressive natural areas is located near Odder at Horsens Fjord. The deep forests of Sondrup Plantation are located in a very hilly landscape in an elongated range of hills that was formed during the last ice age. As you walk along the fine forest trails, you really feel that you become one with nature. There is no noise from traffic – All you hear is the birdsong, the rustling of trees, the waves of the fjord and the deep silence of nature.
The forest has signposted hiking trails that take you around both Sondrup Hills and Uldrup Hills. An obvious starting point is the car park at Sondrupvej at the western end of Sondrup Hills. From here, you can follow the 4.4-kilometre trail around Sondrup Bakker or combine it with the 5.4-kilometre route around Uldrup Hills. In Uldrup Hills to the east, you find a particularly hilly landscape with Blakshøj as the highest point on the route, 74 metres above the fjord.
Along the routes, you find information boards and tables/benches where you can enjoy your packed lunch.
View the routes in the forests on the digital map of the Coastal Land (Google Maps).
Sondrup Plantation is located on the northern shore of Horsens Fjord. From several points in the forest, you enjoy excellent views of the fjord and its islands. Not least from Blakshøj. Not far from Sondrup Plantation you also find the vistas of the hills of Trustrup that also offer excellent views of the fjord.
Near Uldrup Hills, you find the island of Alrø which is connected to the main land via a dam. Alrø is known for its eateries - not least the nationally known giant patty shells. From Alrø, a small bicycle ferry takes you to the neighbouring island of Hjarnø. The bicycle ferry trip is part of the popular bicycle route that takes you all the way around Horsens Fjord. A walk in Sondrup Hills can serve as a good break from the long bike ride.
If you also want to visit the beach while on a picnic, Sondrup Strand is not far away but located at the end of Sondrupvej.
The area around Sondrup is characterised by agriculture, manors and cosy farm shops.
The Swede rampart in Tønballe Forest is presumably built during the war with Sweden in 1658. The aim was to protect Horsens city at the entrance to the Fjord. It is said, that the pine trees which grow there today comes from seeds that the soldiers unknowingly brought in their equipment.
The two cannons, which have been deployed at the rampart, come from the line ship Christian VII, which during the winter of 1787 shipwrecked in a storm at Anholt. Gustav Glud from Tønballegaard bought the cannons in 1906.
Great battery at Hundshage is presumably constructed during the war with England from 1807 – 1814. The rampart was a five winged bastion with moats, ramparts, a solid house, barracks for the soldiers, a tower for gunpowder and a well. At Horsens Museum, you can see a copy of the rampart. Chief Justice Poul Glud from Jensgaard was hired to lead the defense. Great battery has been washed away by the waves during the last 50 years.
Small battery at Hesteodde north of Snaptun is meant to be the oldest rampart. King Frederik II decreed in 1566 that the tenant farmers in Bjerre Shire had to build a rampart at the entrance to Horsens Fjord. Small battery is today plowed over, but you can still sense the rampart.
The Uncovered Bridge is a cultural-historical gem and a piece of revived Danish history that lay hidden inside a dam for 85 years. In 2014, the bridge was uncovered and restored to its former glory and, today, the bridge is a magnificent sight and an even better experience to walk across.
With good parking opportunities near the bridge that crosses the rushing Gudenåen, The Uncovered Bridge is an obvious destination for a picnic that can be enjoyed at tables and benches by the bridge.
Today, the bridge is a symbol of beautiful, industrial engineering, after it was thoroughly restored in 2014. When it was built, the red steel lattice bridge was the tallest of its kind in the Nordic region and, today, railings and planks to walk on have been added to allow visitors to enjoy the view of Denmark's only “river”, Gudenåen.
- 13.4 metres high
- 50 metres long
- Built in 1899
- Covered up in 1929
- Uncovered in 2014
The Uncovered Bridge is located 20 kilometres north of Horsens between the villages Vestbirk, Træden and Gammelstrup. About 300 metres from the bridge, there is a large parking lot at Vestbirkvej 2A, Brædstrup. From here, a path leads to the bridge.
If you are taking a canoe trip on Gudenåen, The Uncovered Bridge is an obvious place for a rest and enjoying the magnificent nature in the area. There is a natural place to land the canoe at Vestbirk Hydropower Plant and it is not far from there to The Uncovered Bridge.
A ford has been established for visitors on horseback immediately east of the bridge.
The Uncovered Bridge is part of the beautiful, old Bryrup railway line which has now been turned into the Horsens-Silkeborg Nature Trail. The 61-kilometre route is mostly paved and without motorised traffic and is, thus, perfect for day trips on your bicycle. The picturesque trip through the hilly Bakkelandet and Søhøjlandet can be divided into two days as there are several possibilities of overnight accommodation along the way. The route is also popular with hikers and as a riding trail.