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Street in the old part of Horsens

Horsens is a city in eastern Jutland with a population of around 55,000. Already during the Viking age it was a settlement called Horsnes. The name probably referred to the breeding of large numbers of horses in the area.

Horsens is located at the end of a beautiful fjord which can be viewed from the harbor. The fjord is the typical Danish kind with rolling hills and forests that stretches all the way down to the water.

Get in

It takes 28 mins to reach Horsens from Aarhus by DSB Intercity trains, the main train service operating in Denmark. Horsens is two stops from Aarhus towards Copenhagen on the main line running from Frederikshavn in north to Copenhagen.

The nearest airport is Billund Airport, the country's second largest airport.

There is also a smaller airport in Tirstrup, north of Aarhus. Passengers arriving at that airport and are depending on public transportation will have to catch the airport coach into Aarhus station and then a train from Aarhus to Horsens.

From Copenhagen, Horsens can be reached with trains running from Copenhagen Airport Kastrup. The journey time is approx. 2 ½ to 3 hours (most often passengers will have to change trains at the main station in Copenhagen).

Get around

A ticket purchased on a local bus is valid for one hour and costs DKK 19. A ten-trips card costs DKK 115, each trip is valid for an hour as well. A great way to discover Horsens is by bike. You can rent bikes at different locations, ask at the tourist office located at Søndergade 28.


Bygholm Park, Vitus Berings Park and Søndergade (High Street). The museums,The old prison( closes by the end of 2008 )and the special churches.


One of the largest cultural events in Horsens is the annual European Medieval Festival on the last Friday and Saturday in August. The town centre of Horsens is transformed into the largest medieval market town in Northern Europe with activities and entertainment for families and children of all ages.


  • Bytorv Horsens (on the highstreet, Søndergade). A shoppingcentre.
  • Bilka, Høegh Guldbergsgade 10. The largest supermarket in the town of Horsens.


  • L'estragon (Restaurant), Sønderbrogade 4, 8700 Horsens, +45 75 61 53 03. Restaurant L'estragon takes the French kitchen as its starting point and combines it with ingredients and methods of preparation from all over the world.
  • Cafe Corfitz (Cafe and restaurant), Søndergade 21, DK-8700 Horsens, +45 7562 8844.
  • China House (Restaurant), Søndergade 15, +45 75623132.


There is a wide selection of cafées and bars in Horsens

  • Café Gran, Grønnegade 15.
  • Hekkenfeldt, Graven 17-19.
  • Cafe Koks, Nørregade 7.
  • Corfitz, Søndergade 21.


There are a few primitive, but free, camping grounds [1] available.

Go next

The city of Aarhus can be reached by intercity trains within 30 mins while the town of Vejle is about quarter of an hour away by train in opposite direction, towards Copenhagen.

  • Vejle, The regional capital of south Jutland
Routes through Horsens
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