Practical Information - Himmelbjerget og Slåensø

See car parks, bonfire sites, hiking- and cycling routes, etc. on udinaturen.dk (in Danish)

Parking

There are 13 numbered car parks in the area. There is a pay-and-park (P1) at Himmelbjerget. There are tables and benches at several of the car parks where you may enjoy your picnic.

Accommodation

Hotel Himmelbjerget offers accommodation.

Read more at hotel-himmelbjerget.dk (in Danish)

Previously, you could spend the night at the 150-year-old Hotel Julsø, beautifully located at the base of Himmelbjerget. Today, the hotel is closed; however, the building is home to an excellent restaurant.

There are two campsites at Borre Sø. They may be used by groups, e.g. scouts, school classes and day-care centres. Reservation is required. Contact Naturstyrelsen (Søhøjlandet) on telephone No: 72 54 30 00 or by email at Obfuscated Email. There is also a primitive campsite at the marl deposit near Bøgedal to the west of Himmelbjerget.

You may also camp at Skyttehusets Camping, which located on the shore of Borre Sø.

Read more at skyttehusetscamping.dk (in Danish)

The campsite is within easy walking distance of both Sønderskov and Himmelbjerget.

In 1992, Himmelbjergegnens Natur- og Idrætsefterskole (“The Nature and Sport Continuation School of the Himmelbjerget Area”) took over the old family farm, Knøsgården. You may stay overnight here and there are numerous outdoor activities.

Click on himmelbjergegnens.dk (in Danish) or call telefone no.: 86 89 83 99.

FDF owns Sletten, fdf.dk (in Danish) – telephone no.: 86 84 60 28.

Himmelbjergtårnet – opening hours

Himmelbjergtårnet - opening hours:

Weekend and Easter holidays: 10:00 - 17:00

May and June: Daily 10:00 - 17:00

July: Daily 10:00 - 19:00

August - 15 September: Daily 10:00 - 18:00

16 – 30 September and the first two weekends of October and the autumn break: Saturday and Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Constitution Day Meeting

In the 1800s, Himmelbjerget was the venue of public gatherings. The tradition evolved into Constitution Day meetings and, today, every year on 5 June, the Danish Conservative Party organises a Constitution Day meeting on Himmelbjerget.

Disabled Access

In the 1800s, Himmelbjerget was the venue of public gatherings. The tradition evolved into Constitution Day meetings and, today, every year on 5 June, the Danish Conservative Party organises a Constitution Day meeting on Himmelbjerget. 

The car park at Svejbækvej is a good starting point for getting to the southern part of Slåensø. The north side where the outlet is may be accessed from Millingbækvej, where there is also a toilet which is wheelchair accessible.

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Keep your dog on its leash

Read more about dogs in nature (in Danish)

You are permitted to cycle on forest roads and trails. Please note riding your mountain-bike in Sønderskov around Slåensø and along the shores of Borresø is not permitted. You are better off choosing the Nordskoven in Silkeborg.

Read the mountain bike code of conduct (in Danish)

Horseback-riding is permitted on paths and roads

The area may be very dry in summer, but please be careful with open fire all year. There is a bonfire site in the gravel pit at Millingbæk.

Read the general rules for bonfire sites (in Danish)

Find your way

By car

When going to Himmelbjerget by car, the easiest way to get there is to follow the signs from Silkeborg towards the south to Rodelund and from here to Ry or from the main road between Aarhus and Silkeborg.

Shuttle boat

An easy and nice alternative during the summer (and the autumn break) is to catch a shuttle boat from Silkeborg or Ry. This is the classical way to visit the area and from Julsø and the base of Himmelbjerget, there is an approximately 1.2-km trail that winds its way to the top of the hill. The most romantic way is to go on Hjejlen, which is the world's oldest, original paddle steamer with a unique history. The paddle steamer was built by B&W in Copenhagen back in 1861 on the initiative of a few prominent Silkeborg people lead by the owner of the paper mill, Michael Drewsen.

Read more at hjejlen.com (in Danish)

Public transport

Bus No 311 departs from Ry and Silkeborg to Himmelbjerget and stops at car park P1.

Plan your trip on rejseplanen.dk (in Danish)


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