The 'mountain' Himmelbjerget, the stream Gudenåen and Denmark's most scenic nature areas surround Silkeborg.
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By Silkeborg you can experience an undulating landscape with large forests, beautiful lakes, a rich vegetation and animal life, the idyllic stream Gudenå, Denmark's third highest point Himmelbjerget as well as the world's oldest steamship 'Hjejlen', which sails between Silkeborg and Himmelbjerget. Besides the nature, Silkeborg offers a variety of cultural sights, attractions, museums, galleries, shops, restaurants and leisure activities for the whole family.
No sea is available in the immediate vicinity of Silkeborg, but it is possible to swim in the lake Almindsø, which is one of the purest lakes in the country. Here you will find 2 sandy beaches; 'Østre Søbad' and 'Vestre Søbad', and a lifeguard watch the bathers during the summer months.
If you wish to swim in the sea, you will find lovely bathing beaches on both sides of Denmark opposite Silkeborg. The North Sea beaches of Houvig and Søndervig are situated about 95 km from Silkeborg. Both beaches are lovely, sandy beaches with dunes and Blue Flag. The wide beaches invites swimming, sunbathing, walking and surfing
The beaches of the Kattegat by Skæring and Vrinners (north of Århus) and the beaches in the bay 'Saksildbugten' (south of Århus) are all good bathing beaches with Blue Flag and situated about 60 km from Silkeborg.
The exceptional nature, surrounding Silkeborg, offers large forests, hilly landscapes with many viewpoints as well as pure and clear lakes. The water of the lake 'Almindsø' is so clean that you can drink it directly from the lake in the spring.
The 147 metres high 'mountain' Himmelbjerg is one of the most famous and scenic excursion spots of the area. From the top of the 'mountain' you can enjoy a magnificent view of the surrounding landscape.
The unique landscape is rich in walking and bicycle paths, which invite you to experience the nature at close range on foot or on bicycle.
The fishing opportunities are very good in this area, which is abounding in water. The stream Gudenåen lends itself pre-eminently to canoeing, and canoes can be rented all over the area.
Go on a sail with 'Hjejlen', the world's oldest steamship, which sails daily on the lakes 'Silkeborgsøerne' from Silkeborg to Himmelbjerget.
A number of golf courses are available in the area. Try out the course of 'Silkeborg Golf Club' or the recently established course by 'Himmelbjerg Golfklub'.
Silkeborg offers bowling alleys, swimming baths and much more.
The area also offers Scandinavia's only all-year, alpine ski slope.
Silkeborg Museum has been established on 'Silkeborg Hovedgård' - one of the oldest buildings in the town. The museum is a culture-historical museum with an exhibition from the iron age, an antique glass collection and 'Tollundmanden', a bog corpse from the past.
The art museum 'Silkeborg Kunstmuseum' is scenically situated, directly by the stream 'Gudenåen', and contains i.a. collections of the artist Asger Jorn as well as a pottery collection.
The art centre 'Silkeborg Bad' is surrounded by forest and lake, and here nature, art, sculptures and beautiful buildings form a synthesis.
'AQUA Ferskvands Akvarium' is Denmark's only freshwater aquarium, and the largest of its kind in Northern Europe.
South of Silkeborg you will find a different kind of amusement park 'Labyrinthia'. The park offers challenges for the whole family; i.a. Europe's largest three-dimensional maze with a path system of 1 km.
At 'Jysk Automobilmuseum' in Gjern you will find an impressive collection of more than 100 restored vintage vehicles (15 km).
In Givskud you can visit a combined lion park and zoo. Meet with more than 1,000 animals from the whole world on the 60 hectares large area (57 km).
LEGOLAND is build out of 50 million toy bricks. More than 50 activities provide you with speed, excitement and experiences! 'The funniest playground for the whole family' offers knights in armaments, pirates, tough cowboys, wild Indians and much, much more (68 km).
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