World War II

World War II

The Germans were active in most parts of Denmark, including the part of Jutland which is today the Central Denmark Region. Crossing Jutland from west to east you will pass sites telling their story of the presence of German occupation. If you visit and explore them, whether they are museums, memorial sites, or monuments in concrete and steel, you will soon discover that the past holds many a fascinating, terrifying, and – for current Danish generations – immediately meaningful stories. 

Silkeborg Bunkermuseum

All the way from the North Cape to the Bay of Biscay lurked the constant threat of a potential allied landing, including along the Jutland west coast. For this reason the German occupation forces built a long string of fortifications as part of Hitler's Atlantic Wall. This included the building of thousands of bunkers as well as coastal guns and radar stations along the beaches. At Houvig near Hvide Sande are still the remains of the ”Ringelnatter” and ”Kryle”, also known as the Houvig fortification; a large Luftwaffe radar installation and a German army coast defense artillery battery 5/HKAR 180.

The ”Flyvergraven” airmen´s grave at Hemmet. The German Wehrmacht headquarters were at the Silkeborg Bad spa. The monument at Skæring Hede, erected for five East Jutland resistance fighters who took part in a railway sabotage operation at the Langå bridges and for poet-pastor Kaj Munk of Vedersø – all executed by the Germans. The command bunkers in the Skanderborg Dyrehave deer park, Luftwaffe headquarters in Denmark during WW2. Gl. Rye Mølle with German refugees. Each, and together they tell their stories about the Second World War in Central Jutland. On land, at sea, and in the air..

Ringkøbing-Skjern Museum

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Cultural Paths in Central Jutland, Denmark

Cultural Paths in Central Jutland, Denmark

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World War II

Explore Central Jutland during the German occupation

Ringkøbing-Skjern Museum

Ringkøbing-Skjern Museum

Go on a bunker tour by the small town of Houvig and learn more about the big concrete blocks which have become so characteristic of the Jutland west coast. It is a tour of exciting tales told by the large number of bunkers in the German Atlantic Wall during the Second World War.