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Hiking in the Silkeborg Forests in Denmark

Hiking in the Lake District

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The combination of old moorlands, grand woodlands, the rolling landscape, along with the large number of stunning lakes makes for a very unique outdoor experience that you can have no place else but in the Lake District.

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The hiking route, ”Himmelbjergruten”
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The hiking route, ”Himmelbjergruten”

The 52 km long hiking route Himmelbjergruten takes you through the Danish Lake District and between the towns of Ry and Silkeborg over Himmelbjerget "the Sky Mountain". Enjoy the beautiful and varied ...

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Hiking Routes in the Silkeborg Forests
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Hiking Routes in the Silkeborg Forests

A wide array of spectacular outdoor experiences await you in Silkeborg, where seven hiking routes around the Lake District meet.

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Trækstien between Silkeborg and Randers

Trækstien is a trail between Silkeborg and Randers, which follows the old tow paths of the River Gudenå.

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Almindsø Lake – Certified Family Trail
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Almindsø Lake – Certified Family Trail

The trail around Almindsø lake is the only trail in Denmark that has been certified as a Family Trail by the hikers’ guild, Dansk Vandrelaug. Here, you are guaranteed to have a stunning hike around th...

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Walk and Hike on the Ancient Road
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Walk and Hike on the Ancient Road

Hærvejen, which consists of a cycling/rambling trail and a bridal path, passes close by Silkeborg. Not only is it a scenic route, but it is also a historical journey down through Jutland along the Jut...

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Galgebakken
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Galgebakken

The area starts at the Gl. Rye Mølle & Træskomuseum (Mill and clog museum), leading to the heater-clad area around Galgebakken, which is 101 metres above sea level. A side path leads to the sheep graz...

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Svanesø "The Swan Lake"
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Svanesø "The Swan Lake"

Svanesø (The Swan Lake) is situated in the woods near Sølund south from Skanderborg towncenter.

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Hiking around Knudsø
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Hiking around Knudsø

The beautiful landscape of Søhøjlandet (the Lake Highlands) opens everywhere for magnificent views. Small oases with tables and benches invite to coffee breaks. The path is 9 km long, and it is possib...

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The Hiking Route Aarhus – Silkeborg
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The Hiking Route Aarhus – Silkeborg

Experience the forests, the river valleys and the many lakes on a hike between Silkeborg and Aarhus, and pass Ry and Skanderborg along the way.

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Five child-friendly hiking trails (day trips)

Are you looking for the perfect day trip for a weekend excursion or get-in-shape trips leading up to your upcoming hiking holiday, the hiking routes mentioned below are highly recommendable.

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The Silk Route (Silkeruten)
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The Silk Route (Silkeruten)

Silkeruten is a 12 km path encircling the central part of Silkeborg, along which you will see lovely scenery and cultural experiences. Walking along Silkeruten gives you a broad glimpse of what the Si...

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