10 Things to Do in Vejle That You Shouldn't Miss

January 11, 2018 Almeta Stockton

Perched at the head of a fjord, Vejle sits in an idyllic intersection of rivers, valleys and forested hills. During the Middle Ages Vejle was an important market town. Today it enjoys more sophisticated status, thanks to spas, shopping centers, safari parks, golf courses and upscale dining establishments. Don’t miss the Viking-age rune stones or the remains of the Iron Age “bog woman” on display inside of St. Nicolai Church.
Restaurants in Vejle

1. Royal Jelling

Gormsgade 23, Jelling, Vejle 7300, Denmark +45 41 20 63 31
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4.5 based on 275 reviews

Royal Jelling

Jelling is one of Denmark's most important historical sites. In 1994, the monuments were included on UNESCOs list of historical monuments that are particularly worthy of preservation, the World Heritage List (thus joining, for example, Stonehenge and the Great Wall of China). Two huge mounds and two large rune stones, with a whitewashed church midway between them - what links these impressive monuments from the past? The permanent exhibition centre, Royal Jelling, is closed but will reopen in the summer of 2015, including a roof Terrace from which you can view the area with the two rune stones, the ship setting and palisade. The exhibition covers a number of the mysteries associated with Jelling. Was it King Gorm the Old that archaeologists found beneath the floor of Jelling Church? Was he really first buried in the northern mound in accordance with pagan custom? And why does the largest rune stone depict both the Midgard serpent and Christ on the cross? Who lies buried in the world's largest ship setting? The exhibition also shows how the finds at Jelling have expanded our knowledge of Denmark's Viking heritage and how the story of Thyra has become a saga of almost mythical proportions. Jelling con¬tains much of what can be regarded as Denmark's national identity. Admission to the exhibition is free, although there is a charge for guided tours on various themes.

Reviewed By nick w - London, United Kingdom

This is an excellent museum. Although it does not have much by the way of objects inside, it is mostly graphical and interactive, it nevertheless does an excellent job explaining the fascinating Viking history of the site and it's significance for the establishment of christianity in Denmark. Entrance is free and the text is in Danish and English. There is a small cafe on site (which has some gluten-free options).
There is an excellent viewing platform of the roof showing the mounds and the church which are literally just a stones throw away. The famous stones themselves are located next to the church in glass cases.
There is free car parking next to the site.

Daemningen 11, Vejle 7100, Denmark +45 76 81 20 60
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4.5 based on 125 reviews

Oekolariet

The Ecolarium is a knowledge centre and Experimentarium in Vejle Through Exhibitions, teaching and events our visitors learn about nature, environment, energy, climate, food, health, innovation and much more. Every year, up to 58.000 children, young people and grown-ups from Denmark and abroad visit the Ecolarium, and everyone is invited to see our Exhibitions and to join teaching and guided tours. Our Exhibitions and teaching are always related to society, and we have a local, regional, national and international angle on all the various topics that we deal with.

Reviewed By traveladam2000 - Copenhagen, Denmark

Worth the price of admission! (Free entrance) but absolutely must visit with kids. Lots of English in the signs and explanations as well. We got stuck on a rainy morning and found this. Turned it into a bright day!

3. Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church

Gormsgade 23, Jelling, Vejle 7300, Denmark +45 41 20 63 31
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4.5 based on 233 reviews

Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church

Reviewed By Tinde_K - Moscow, Russia

A piece of history. The stones are nicely preserved, encased in glass to protect them, you can climb on the mounds and observe the land nearby. Information boards are present, so you can read up on the history. A lovely and tranquil place. Free to enter, parking options nearby.

4. Bindeballe Kobmandsgaard

Bindeballevej 100, Randboel, Vejle 7183, Denmark +45 75 88 33 83
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4.5 based on 62 reviews

Bindeballe Kobmandsgaard

Reviewed By alibarbaraMilwaukee - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

This is a great place to see a piece of Danish history and buy some interesting stuff. The collection is so eclectic- candy to signage with everything in between! During December it's decorated with hearts and other holiday decorations. You can get a Christmas tree or wreath out front. Have a drink and some dessert out back if you have time. So much to see! You don't have to pay to shop but there's a small fee to see the upstairs museum.

5. Jelling Kirke

Thyrasvej 1, Jelling, Vejle 7300, Denmark +45 75 87 11 17
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Jelling Kirke

Reviewed By Frances S - Ashford, United Kingdom

Charming little church, clearly the village's normal place of worship (children's handicraft crosses in porch) but gets crowded with visitors looking for & photographing the tiny silver strips marking the resting place of the Viking from the burial mound nearby. Enjoy the frescoes, & don't miss the ship hanging from the ceiling.

6. Skaerup Zoo

Soendermarksvej 102, Boerkop, Vejle 7080, Denmark +45 27 62 53 82
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4 based on 57 reviews

Skaerup Zoo

Reviewed By twister2000 - Sydney, Australia

Nice little zoo, and compared to the size of the zoo they have a pretty wide selection of animals you don't see around in all other zoo's. Only minus is that like most other zoo's it would be nice if some of the animals had more space especially the big cats.

7. Kongernes Jelling

Gormsgade 23 | Vestergade, Jelling, Vejle 7300, Denmark +45 41 20 63 33
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4.5 based on 16 reviews

Kongernes Jelling

Reviewed By Richard P - Alexandria, United States

This UNESCO Heritage site is a must see attraction about one hour drive south of Aarhus. Free admission. You will learn about the first King of Denmark and the lives and adventures of the famous Vikings. The museum is good for school age children to adults, with many interactive exhibits. The grounds, within the ancient palisade, is very well done, too. We even learned the actual origin of the current digital audio tool we all call "Bluetooth." Climb the North and South Mounds and visit the ancient church and grounds still in use by the local congregation. The cafe and shop are both nicely appointed. A stop here is a good choice.

8. Vejle Museum

Spinderigade 11E, Vejle 7100, Denmark
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4 based on 26 reviews

Vejle Museum

Reviewed By Lois B - Hermantown, Minnesota, United States

The history of Vejle? Who knew it was so interesting? Located in a repurposed textile factory, the museum recounts the industry's contributions to the development of the city through photos, machinery, and the textiles and yarns themselves. But it also contains an homage to Vejle's Moulin Rouge, a distant cousin of the night club of the same name in Paris, where visitors can dance the charleston, dress up in period clothing, play at the interactive gaming tables, visit the Tie Man, and take selfies. The exhibit based on the "big bodies" was fascinating. The museum has a good coffee shop and an excellent gift shop that showcases the work of the design students who are also housed in the building.

9. Vejle Lystbaadehavn

Baadekajen 6, Vejle 7100, Denmark
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Vejle Lystbaadehavn

Reviewed By Wolszczak - Warszawa, Polska

The pier is of high quality with decent views over the bay/fjord. There are many boats, which are fixed in the industrial architecture of the ship docks. There are a few restaurants nearby and good connection to the old town/city center. One can go to the north to visit the recently famous Wave building.

10. VejleMuseerne Museum of Art

Flegborg 16/18, Vejle 7100, Denmark +45 76 81 31 00
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VejleMuseerne Museum of Art

Reviewed By Lois B - Hermantown, Minnesota, United States

This unassuming museum was a lovely surprise. Its standing and rotating exhibits featured works by Danish artists displayed in well-lit rooms with an appropriate flow from one period to the next. My only disappointment was that the museum's collection of works by Albert Bertelsen, on of my favorite Danish artists and a native of Vejle, were in storage rather than on exhibit. Coffee is available, and the gift shop is well-stocked. At least I was able to get a Bertelsen'workBertelsen print there!

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