The Heart of Jutland is the birthplace of the Danish nation. This is where Viking King Harald Bluetooth founded Denmark as a Christian nation. Before these legendary times, during the Ice Age, Denmark marked the end of the world. Later, the nation symbolised the gateway between the continent and Scandinavia. Danish history is rooted here in the Heart of Jutland where royal strongholds and ancient towns have become cultural beacons as venues of art and design. Two such locations have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites where Danish history is preserved as living cultural heritage.
Amazing archaeological finds from ancient times; landscapes shaped by the glacial Ice Age; stories of heathland hardship – and the Egtved Girl in her Bronze Age barrow. With a history of trade connections to European towns and with buried golden treasure troves, the Heart of Jutland occupies just a small spot in the world but owes its cultural wealth to every corner of Europe.
DISCOVER OLD RAIL TRAILS
Did you know that many old railway tracks from the early age of industrialisation have now been turned into exciting hiking routes?
The Jelling Monuments are a testimony to Christianity and regal power. They are Denmark’s national birth certificate, decorated with Norse runes and sinuous ornamentation and surrounded by grass-topped royal barrows. Further south, you find the unique Moravian architecture of the historic town of Christiansfeld. The Heart of Jutland has, indeed, earned its place on the UNESCO World Heritage list. A rich legacy that lives on to this day and which we happily share with you.
Wide horizons invite deep discussion. That was the sentiment on Skamlingsbanken, the highest point on the east coast of Jutland that offers open views to once disputed Danish-German borderlands. Here, Danes would convene in defence of their culture and language in the 19th century, and here advocates of women’s suffrage would voice their cause in the 20th century. Today, a new visitors’ centre lets you explore this hilltop common and its history for national debate and social reform.
certified AS HISTORY AND DESIGN CITY
As the first city in Scandinavia, Kolding has been named a UNESCO Design City in 2017. Already in 2015, the municipality secured a UNESCO title when Christiansfeld was named a World Heritage Site.
Following the Second Schleswig War in 1864, the Danes grappled with accepting the loss of national territory. Danish identity was threatened. Suddenly, Danes born south of the river of Königs Au were no longer Danish nationals, although still Danes in their heart. Nonetheless, Denmark had now become a gateway between the continent and Scandinavia – a gateway to trade and history; to art and culture.
Koldinghus is home to tales of the past. Despite the modern guise of its interiors, this age-old royal castle stores 750 years of Danish history as seen through the eyes of former kings.