Hiking routes at Himmelbjerget
See the marked hiking routes on the map in the hiking folder (in Danish)
Many arrive by car at the car park (P1) and walk to Himmelbjerget Tower and the formidable views while others arrive at Hotel Julsø, where you find a twisted path which takes you the approximate 1.2 km to the top of Himmelbjerget some 130 metres higher up. The terrain west and north of Himmelbjerget is kept clear of trees, allowing unobstructed access to enjoy the views and surrounding areas.
The entire area is full of marked trails at the numbered car parks. There are several relatively short routes, but if you need a challenge, you can easily combine routes. However, you should be aware that the landscape is hilly and may take some stamina. Remember water on hot summer days!
• Routes marked in yellow – circular trails of between 2.3 and 7.2 km
• Routes marked in red - Longer trails, where you may have to return via the same trail
P1-P12: Søruten (“The Lake Route”) is 8.0 km
P2-P4: Bøgedalsruten (“The Beech Valley Route”) is 1.8 km
P4-P8: Mergelbanestien (“The Marl Rail Track”) is 3.5 km
• The routes marked in orange are alternative trails, the length of which has not been measured
Bines Kol and Skriver Kol
An excellent alternative to the panoramic views from Himmelbjerget is to park at P3 and walk to Bines Kol and/or Skriver Kol. The terrain is hilly and the trail is not always passable (so the walk is unsuitable for people with mobility issues and wheelchair users), but you are amply rewarded for your efforts when you arrive at the view of Julsø.
This long hiking trail (marked in blue) passes both Slåensø and Himmelbjerget and leads from Silkeborg to Aarhus via Ry and Skanderborg. Walking the 64 km is quite the task, but you can find overnight accommodation and combine the hike with a boat trip on Gudenåen and on the lakes between Skanderborg and Ry, as well as on Skanderborg Sø.
The decommissioned railway line between Horsens and Silkeborg has gained a new clientele, namely hikers, cyclists and horseback riders who wish to experience the lake-filled highland, Søhøjlandet, of Central Jutland. Due to its past as a railway line, the trail is not hilly, but of course it is still a long journey. It may be divided, for example by using the primitive accommodations that have been set up at approximately 10-15-kilometre intervals.
Read more about the Horsens-Silkeborg Nature Trail (in Danish)
Every summer, a vintage train also covers five kilometres of the distance.
Read more at veteranbanen.dk (in Danish)