Skanderborg is a city in East Jutland. It has a population of about 25,000 and is a generic, quiet Danish provincial town. With a quiet life of its own, it is strongly linked to the regional capital, Aarhus, which is only a 20 minute commute away. Although not as beautiful or well known as nearby Silkeborg, Skanderborg can make for some picturesque and relaxing days enjoying nature. It makes a great stop on a tour of the region, or as a base for a few days.

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Skanderborg is on the main rail network and accessible from the rest of the country. Trains run around 3-4 times per hour to Aarhus, same goes to the South towards Horsens, eventually Germany or Copenhagen.

Aarhus is reached by line 200. Horsens to the south served by line 107. These lines run frequently. Several regional bus lines are connecting the smaller towns in the surroundings, with less frequency.

Skanderborg is located on the E45 Highway.

The town center is small and can easily be navigated on foot or bike. There is one public bus route going down the min street, as well as tying the north-east and south-west parts of the town together. Taxis are at stand by the train station.

Skanderup church
Culture house
Skanderborg main street

Picturesquely situated, Skanderborg especially makes for some pleasant walks in beautiful surroundings of both the lake and the forest (Dyrehaven).

There is a tourist office located in the Culture house right in the city center. They can help with maps, brocures and information about the city and whole area.

  • Skanderborg Museum. Hosting a range of different museums, the website gives a good overview of all the activities. On the main street, in a quaint little house, is the city museum. It gives opportunity to learn about the local history, development of the city, arts and so forth. 
  • Bunkers. In the forest just nearby the youth hostel, some old bunkers are situated. During the German occupation in WWII they served as the Danish head quarters of the Luftwaffe, and later a small detention camp, and is now a delightful little museum, displaying many interesting artifacts and foundings from the war and the local area in particular. 
  • Øm Abbey. Munkevej 8, 8680 Ry. In a very picturesque location outside the city this old abbey, mostly consisting of relics and ruins, now hosts a museum. Makes for a great stop on a bike trip. 
  • Skanderborg Castle South part of Adelgade. Being the old castle, the grounds now hosts only a church and cemetery that is still worth a visit.
  • Ejer Bavnehøj. Hosting the spot of the highest altitude of the country (a mesmerizing 170m!) 

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