Cultural history in the Danish Lakelands

A journey through war and peace in the Lake District

Thousands of years ago, the Stone Age people settled along the creeks and lakes of the Lake District. During the Iron Age, Illerup Ådal and Alken Enge set the scene for great battles and sacrifices and in the Viking Age, the “King’s trusted man” was laid to rest in Hørning. During the Middle Ages, the monks built their monasteries here, and in the Renaissance the king built his castle on the castle hill in Skanderborg. During the Absolutism, Blicher talked about democracy on Himmelbjerget, and during the Second World War, the Luftwaffe left their mark in the landscape.

All the stories come to life when you visit Museum Skanderborg’s different departments. You can meet the “monks” at Øm Monastery and let the kids become museum detectives. Listen to tales about democracy on Himmelbjerget and the exhibitions at Gl. Rye Mill.

Walking between monasteries
Calmness, contemplation, presence, nature and culture. Let the words sink in, and then add a comfortable bed and a tasty meal. These are the ingredients for a lovely Monastery Walk in the Lake District.
Go on a daytrip or book accommodation and dinner at one of the cosy inns in the area (see the map).
Veng Monastery (built in the late 1000s) was originally a monastery for Benedictine monks, but later on it was handed over to the Cistercian monks. Today, the church is the only remnant and is the oldest standing monastery church in Denmark.
At Øm Monastery (erected 1172 - demolished 1561) you can experience the ruins of the monumental monastery, erected by the Cistercian monks erected on the shore of Mossø Lake. Today, a museum with exhibitions, vivid narration, herbarium and a shop is located where the monastery stood. On August 19.-20., Øm hosts the yearly Monastery Festival.
Voer Monastery (most likely erected in the mid 1100s and demolished in 1561), now known as Klostermølle, was owned by the Benedictine Order who exploited the location by river Gudenåen and lake Mossø by establishing a watermill. In recent times, the site was used for production of Cardboard mass and these days you will find an interesting communication centre with access to e.g. the old drying barn at the location.

Are you interested in art, craftsmanship and galleries? Then be inspired here and see some of the art-possibilities you can find in the Lake District.
Craftsmanship and galleries in the Lake District.

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Alken Enge and Illerup Ådal

In the Iron Age Illerup Ådal (Illerup Valley) and Alken Enge (the meadows of Alken) were the scenes of major battles and sacrifices.
Read more about Alken Enge here.
Read more about Illerup Ådal here.


Museum Skanderborg and Vestermølle

Museum Skanderborg is responsible for the overall cultural history in the municipality of Skanderborg.
The museum includes five museums and six archives.
The administration and the main museum is situated on Adelgade in Skanderborg.
See the museum's departments here. And here you can also read about Vestermølle where you can learn all about farming culture in Denmark.

Where to eat...?

The Danish Lakelands offer you many delicious places to eat, for everybody.
Take a look at them here.  

Where to sleep...?

Are you looking for a nice place to sleep? Then check out the accomodation possibilities here.


Inspiration to more experiences in the Lakelands