Denmark is well-known for the many attractive sights for touring, nature-tripping, shopping, and a few lessons in history. In the Syddanmark Region of the southeastern portion of the Jutland Peninsula lies the city of Vejle. For many tourists, Vejle offers many intriguing surprises that are sure to have them coming back every year.
Vejle is situated on the southeast of the main peninsula of Denmark, near the cities of Horsens and Kolding. As of the year 2008, the population of the city of Vejle is 50,000. The municipality of Vejle, on the other hand, has about 100,000. According to many reviews, Vejle is recognized for the scenery, giving all visitors a taste of the beauty of nature while vacationing in Denmark. The name Vejle was derived from an old term meaning, fjord, because of its location along the Vejle River. As records have shown, the town has been around since the mid 1200’s.
A yearly event that residents and visitors of Vejle look forward to is the International Steam Festival, happening every July. This celebratory event features various styles of ships, each with its own special function. For instance, some ships are designed for ice breaking, sailing, and for carrying passengers. During this event, there are also many shops and markets lining the Vejle harbor.
The Vejle Fjord Bridge (Danish: Vejlefjordbroen) is a bridge that spans Vejle Fjord between Mølholm and Nørremarken near Vejle. The bridge is 1712 metres long, the longest span is 110 metres, and the maximum clearance to the sea is 40 metres. The bridge has 16 spans. The Vejle Fjord Bridge was built to lead traffic past Vejle, where traffic congestion had become a problem in the 1970s. The building started in 1975, and the bridge was opened on July 1, 1980. It cost 350 million kroner. The bridge now has more traffic than any other motorway bridge in Denmark.
One of the most popular churches along Vejle is the Sankt Nicolai Kirke, or the St. Nicolai Church, which is designed in Gothic architecture. This church also has many sculptures and a masterfully crafted pulpit dating back to the 16th century. On display in a glass case is the Iron Age Woman, who lived around 450 BC. Her remains were discovered in the Haraldskaier Bog in the mid 1800’s, and amazingly her skin is still intact until the present time.
If you have a curiosity for the arts, you might be surprised to find some works of one of the great masters right here in the city of Vejle. Take a trip to the Vejle Kunstmuseum, where you can find prints and a self portrait form Rembrandt. Other works featured here date from the mid 1400’s to the 1800’s. Another museum you might want to see while in Vejle is the Vejle Museum on Flegborg, where you can see artifacts from Danish history on exhibit.
Here is a little something for the nature lovers, as Grejsdalen is a valley that serves as a scenic destination for locals and tourists alike. The greenery and the woods are also an ideal spot to locate various bird species. If you want a better view of the mountainsides of Vejle, you can take a tour of Munkebjerg, which is about 300 feet above sea level.
Before you come home from your Danish holiday, stop by the many souvenirs shops in Vejle. At the street named Sondergade, you can find gift shops selling local Vejle crafts. At the heart of the city, you are sure to find the streets lined with hundreds of specialty shops, plus restaurants with delicious Scandinavian dishes and other cuisines.