|Elevation||147 m (482 ft) |
With a height of 147 m (482 ft), Himmelbjerget is one of the highest natural points in the Danish landscape. The hill and surrounding area has been a centre for various gatherings and celebrations for more than 200 years and in 1875, a red brick tower was erected at the top.
Height and prominence
Himmelbjerget was believed to be the highest natural point in Denmark until 1847, when a larger scientific survey revealed the nearby Møllehøj to be the highest, at 170.86 m. However, when it comes to the size of the slope and the topographical prominence (aka peak factor), Himmelbjerget is much more impressive than Møllehøj: There is a height difference of 121 m from lake Julsø below to the top of the hill, which is remarkable by Danish standards. An amusing detail is the sign "to the boat" at the peak.
Himmelbjerget 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 m 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. 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 began ferrying visitors back and forth to Himmelbjerget, from various destinations 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. There are also plenty of opportunity to small scale hiking experiences on and around the hill itself.
- "Himmelbjerget, Denmark". Peakbagger. Retrieved 2016-12-27.
- "The Constitutional Act of the Kingdom of Denmark". The Ministry of Education. 2008. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
- Hiking Route Aarhus-Silkeborg Århus Amt (in Danish)
- Himmelbjerget, Sletten and Slåensø The Nature Agency. A pamphlet on hiking in the area. (in Danish)
- Himmelbjerget Tårnkomitéen (English: the tower committee). Official homepage in English.
- Himmelbjerget - not the tallest but the most beautiful The Nature Agency. (in Danish)
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