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Himmelbjerget offers a unique and grand vista of the Silkeborg lakes and Silkeborg Forests.

Himmelbjerget ("The Heaven Mountain" or "The Sky Mountain") is a hill located between Ry and Silkeborg, Denmark in the area known as Søhøjlandet. With a height of 147 metres (482 feet) it is one of the highest points of the Danish landscape, but not the highest, as it was believed to be until 1847. Denmark's highest point is Møllehøj (at 170.86 m). However, when it comes to the size of the slope and the topographical prominence (aka peak factor), Himmelbjerget is more impressive than Møllehøj: There is a height difference of 121 metres from lake Julsø to the top of the hill, which is remarkable by Danish standards.

Historic importance[edit]

See also History of Denmark

The high hill grew to fame in Denmark during the 19th century, as people gathered here to admire the magnificent views and celebrate the birth of the Danish nation. On top of the hill is a 25.1 metre tall tower, that was erected in 1875 to honour King Frederik VII and his role in giving the Danish people the country's first constitution in 1849, thereby ending the preceding era of absolute monarchy.[1] Close to the top are more monuments, most honouring individuals, but also one to commemorate women's right to vote in 1915.

In those days several steamboats ferried visitors back and forth to Himmelbjerget, across Julsø and The Silkeborg Lakes. This tradition is still alive and the historic steamship Hjejlen ("The Golden Plover") carries passengers here from the towns of Ry and Silkeborg.


There are several hiking routes in the larger area of Søhøjlandet and the major route of Hiking Route Aarhus-Silkeborg, is passing through the area of Himmelbjerget.[2] There are also plenty of opportunity to small scale hiking experiences on and around the hill itself.[3]


  1. ^ "The Constitutional Act of the Kingdom of Denmark". The Ministry of Education. 2008. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Hiking Route Aarhus-Silkeborg Århus Amt (Danish)
  3. ^ Himmelbjerget, Sletten and Slåensø The Nature Agency. A pamphlet on hiking in the area. (Danish)


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Coordinates: 56°06′19″N 9°41′06″E / 56.10517°N 9.68505°E / 56.10517; 9.68505