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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”

Halfway along the route there is a stretch where you can get across the lakes on a solar-powered passenger ferry in the summertime.

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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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