June 2007 aerial photograph
|• City||578.7 km2 (223.4 sq mi)|
|Elevation||11 m (36 ft)|
|• Density||47/km2 (120/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Area code(s)||(+45) 00|
Holbæk is on Zealand, on the banks of Holbæk Fjord, an inlet of the larger Isefjord. Holbæk is a commercial and industrial center for the surrounding area. By rail, Holbæk is served by Danske Statsbaner's line from Roskilde to Kalundborg, which runs through the city. Vestsjællands Lokalbaner connects Holbæk by rail to Nykøbing Sjælland. The city serves as a major hub for the Movia bus routes. Holbæk has an active commercial seaport that serves as the harbor for the ferry to Orø (island). Near the harbor there is a substantial marina.
Holbæk is first mentioned in official documents in Absalon's letter of June 8, 1199, in which he granted the majority of his estates to Sorø Klosterkirke in Sorø. It was called Holbækgaard, a larger farm belonging to a nobleman, around which the city would eventually develop.
Holbæk clearly grew from then on but is not mentioned again until around 1400 when Margaret I came for a court proceeding that granted her territories in Jutland. The event may have triggered the creation of the first city seal which shows the three trees by the water that are the prominent features of the current seal.
Companies headquartered in Holbæk include Sparekassen Sjælland.
The city is home to Holbæk B&I the local football club.
- Agnete Hoy, potter
- Mads Mensah Larsen, handballer
- Inga Nielsen, opera singer
- Christian Poulsen, footballer
- Stefan Schmidt, footballer
- Aage Stentoft, composer
Twin towns — Sister cities
Holbæk is twinned with:
- Celle, Germany
- Dorchester, Dorset, United Kingdom. resulted from a shared interest in community plays. Groups of actors from the two towns each took part in the other's community play in the early 1990s and this resulted in the formal twinning in 1992.
- Botevgrad, Bulgaria
- "BEF44: Population 1st January, by urban areas" database from Statistics Denmark
- "Stadt Celle". www.celle.de. Retrieved 2010-01-05.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Holbæk.|
- Holbæk travel guide from Wikivoyage
- Official website of Holbæk municipality (in Danish)
- Holbæk area tourism website (in Danish)