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Vejle is a city of 61,000 people (2023) in Jutland, part of the KoldingVejleFredericia triangle. Vejle is most known for its forested hills, fjord, harbour, shopping, pedestrian mall, and windmill.


Development of new architecture, art and alternative town spaces throughout the 1990s has made the city an attraction. Vejle was the first city in Denmark, which had its own official architecture policy to set high standards for the urban development.

Vejle is the regional capital of South Jutland, one of the 5 Danish regions.


The first recorded mention of the town is from 1256, and the first known merchant town privileges were issued by King Valdemar III in 1327. During the Middle Ages, Vejle was important as a market town, and developed along those lines up to the mid-17th century, trading with cities such as Lübeck and Flensburg, in what is now Germany.

In the late 17th and early 18th centuries, Vejle's population was diminished as a consequence of plague and war. The town expanded throughout the 19th century, benefiting from improvements such as a new harbour on the fjord, a railway station, and modern utilities. From the mid-19th century into the 20th century, Vejle developed from a provincial market town into a busy industrial centre, eventually becoming known as the "Manchester of Denmark" for its many cotton mills.

Get in[edit]

By train[edit]

Vejle Fjord and Vejle Fjord bridge

Vejle is on the main CopenhagenAarhusÅlborg train line with several departures every hour. It is a stop for all trains passing through, including InterCityLyn (ICL) from Copenhagen Airport, and ICE (InterCity Europe) trains from Hamburg and Berlin.

By car[edit]

Vejle is the close to motorway E45, which passes on the Vejle bridge. This is one of the rare places in Jutland with regular traffic jams.

By air[edit]

Billund Airport (BLL IATA) is located about 30 km from Vejle, with several bus departures every day.

Get around[edit]

  • 1 Vejle Transit Centre (Vejle Trafikcenter), Banegårdspladsen 3B. Vejle station provides nine city bus lines to various neighbourhoods, as well as national and international coach and train services. Vejle Station (Q2010673) on Wikidata Vejle railway station on Wikipedia
  • Vejle Taxa, +45 70201222.


  • 1 St. Nicolai Church (Sankt Nicolai Kirke), Kirketorvet 1. Old church. See the exhibited Haraldskær Woman, a well-preserved Iron Age Nordic mummy. St. Nicolai Church (Q752070) on Wikidata St. Nicolai Church (Vejle) on Wikipedia
  • Vejle Rådhus. The city hall of Vejle. No public access unfortunately.
  • Den Smidtske Gård, Søndergade 14. Old courtyard in a restored timber-framed merchants house from 1799. Cafe Conrad and a branch of Vejle Museum is located here. This is one of the only medieval buildings in Vejle, before the rapid industrialisation of the late 1800s.
  • 2 Windmill (Vejle Vindmølle), Søndermarksvej 1. Summer: Tu-Su 11:00-16:00. This 20-m-high windmill was built in 1890 and is a landmark of the city. Free.
  • 3 Vejle Museum of Art (Vejle Kunstmuseum), Flegborg 16-18. Tu-Su 11:00-16:00. It has Danish paintings and sculptures from classic modernism to medical Dürer and abstract expressionism on display. The museum is also home to a collection of Golden Age paintings from the Vejle area as well as a collection of drawings, e.g. 50 etchings by Rembrandt. Free. Vejle Museum of Art (Q4121091) on Wikidata Vejle Museum of Art on Wikipedia
  • 4 Culture Museum in Vejle (Kulturmuseet Spinderihallerne), Spinderigade 11, +45 76 81 31 00. Tu-Su 11:00-16:00. Engage in the history of Vejle. Include exhibitions on one of the world's best-preserved bogs, hiw industrialization created the world we know today, and the history of nightlife. All the museum's exhibitions have fun activities for children. Free.


Albuen beach park in city centre
  • Albuen (the elbow) is a beach park in city centre. Relax and enjoy the beach life, take a swim or paddle along in a canoe.
  • Football: Vejle Boldklub were promoted in 2023 and now play soccer in Superliga, the top tier. Their home ground Vejle Stadium (capacity 11,000) is 1 km northeast of city centre.
  • Danmark Rundt, the Danish UCI cycle race, often has its final stage in Velje. The finishing line is at the end of Kiddesvej (steep by Danish standards) in city centre. The next race is 15-19 Aug 2023.
  • Trekantsområdets Festuge. A ten-day regional culture festival every year in late August.

The countryside around Vejle offers some beautiful nature sights, and it is also a starting point of the long-distance hike of "Kyst til Kyst Stien".

  • Kyst til Kyst Stien. Walk coast to coast, from Vejle to Blåvand, across the base of the Jutland peninsula in a varied landscape, including river valleys, meadows, heathland, and historic sites. Top quality trail of more than 130 km all together, equipped with shelter and camping sites, running water and toilets. Fit for families, with easy access to shopping opportunities along the route.


Strøget, the main shopping street in Vejle.
  • Strøget. A long street in the pedestrianised centre lined with historic buildings, cafés, restaurants and specialty boutiques, ideal for shopping. Most larger Danish cities have a "strøget" street.

Vejle is known regionally as a vibrant shopping town with a wide and varied offering of chain and specialty shops along the city's central pedestrian street. The shopping centre, Bryggen, has 38 stores and two restaurants and lies within the pedestrian street.

Street food can also be experience at the Paladspassagen Social Dining at the former Mary's Shopping Centre.




Munkebjeg Hotel. The forested slopes of Vejle fjord have several historic hotels and retreats.

Go next[edit]

  • Legoland theme park as well as Lalandia, a giant indoor waterpark with several other activities in Billund, about 30 km from Vejle.
  • Givskud Zoo lion park, located 20 km outside Vejle. The zoo has a wide range of animals; worth mentioning is lions, rhinos, gorillas, giraffes, elephant and wolves.
  • Jelling, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The old Danish capital with the Jelling stones and burial mound is ca 15 minutes north on the Struer train line, kr 16.
  • Sculpture park by Robert Jacobsen.
  • Jernalderlandsbyen (The Iron Age Village), a large reconstructed Iron Age village with engaging activities for the whole family.
Routes through Vejle
AalborgHorsens  N  S  KoldingHamburg

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