The Sugar Loaf (Sukkertoppen)
In wooded terrain lies one of Denmark’s largest hills; The Sugar Loaf (Sukkertoppen) with a magnificent view of the beautiful nature of the Danish Lak...
Denmark is a flat country. Denmark has no high mountains with snow all year round or ski resort far above the tree line. However, if you take a bike ride around Horsens, you may still get sore legs.
Horsens is located in the hilliest part of Denmark where the landscape is characterised by a mixture of soft and steep hills. The beautiful nature in the area of Bakkelandet and Søhøjlandet invites to be explored. Breath-taking views of forests, lakes, cities and countryside wait for you to venture on an outing in nature – or even near the life and activities of the city centre. And what is actually the highest point in Denmark? It is located near Horsens.
Sukkertoppen offers one of the best views of the scenic Gudenå area north of Horsens. Sukkertoppen is a noticeable and steep hill and the journey to the top traverses idyllic wooded surroundings. You can park at the former Benedictine monastery, Klostermølle, which situated at the shores of Denmark’s fourth-largest lake, Mossø.
Amongst other things, you can visit an interesting exhibition in Danish from the time when the mill was in use, a curing barn – named the longest wooden structure in Denmark – as well as a birdwatching tower with excellent views of Mossø.
We recommend combining excursions to Klostermølle and Sukkertoppen. Also try the canoe and kayak ride.
Just south of Horsens you find Purhøj which, besides being a hilltop, is also an old burial mound from the younger Stone Age. The road up Purhøj is popular with exercise enthusiasts because of its steep incline. From the top, you can enjoy views of Horsens and Horsens Fjord and the characteristic peak with its circle of old beech trees around the edge of the burial mound is visible from afar.
Purhøj forms part of the hillcrest Bjerrelide which is known for its beautiful nature. Near Purhøj, you find several forests, valleys and attractions. You can easily spend a whole day in the nature surrounding Purhøj, whether on a bicycle or on foot.
Well then, which hilltop is the highest? This question has been discussed for centuries. In line with precise measuring having become – well, more precise – this honour has shifted from top to top several times. For many years, the general opinion was that Ejer Bavnehøj had to be the highest. A monument was even erected at the top. Today, it has become apparent that the nearby Møllehøj is the highest natural point, being 170.86 metres above sea level.
However, the area of Ejer Bjerge also has many high points and one of these is actually even higher. And how does that work, then? At the top of Yding Skovhøj, there are three burial mounds. If these manmade mounds are included, the top makes it to all of 172.54 metres above sea level – and is, thus, the highest point in Denmark.
In the hilly Bakkelandet around Brædstrup there are many hills and a large amount of burial mounds. A few kilometres south of The Uncovered Bridge you can find Slaggård Banke – a ridge with a summit 109 metres above sea level. There are a total of nine burial mounds on top of the soft grassy hills. Near Slaggård Banke you can also visit the Vorbjerg Høje hills where you can find 11 burial mounds.
You do not have to stand on a hilltop to enjoy an impressive view. Horsens Fjord is impressive in itself with its twisting coastline and several islands. There are several places where you have a great view of the city, the islands and the opposite side of the inlet. You might want to go for a hike on the planet path on the southern side of the fjord where the pier Boller Mole provides an excellent view.
On the north side of the inlet you can walk on the nature trail to Søvind through the forests near Stensballe. Here there is a great view from Troensø where you can see the islands of Vorsø, Alrø, Hjarnø and the peninsula of Borre Knob.
Well, yes. Maybe if you stay in the busy shopping centre of the city. Horsens is situated at the bottom of Horsens Fjord with hills to both the south and the north. Just north of the pedestrianised streets are a number of streets that rise quite sharply. From several spots at the tops of these streets, you have excellent views of the city.
Go to the cosy park Caroline Amalie Lund where you also find Horsens Art Museum and Horsens Museum in beautiful surroundings. From here, you can walk up the steep Carolinelundsvej. Or head up Skolestien which offers wonderful views of Horsens City Centre and the harbour.
North of the city centre you find the protected Nørrestrand wildlife reserve. Nørrestrand has a rich wildlife, a large freshwater lake and a river delta. On the 13-kilometre-long trip around Nørrestrand there are several interesting vista points.
On the north side of the Nørrestrand route, a hiking path leads to a nice vista point. Here, you can enjoy the view or admire the grazing wild horses in the area.
On the south side, you find a birdwatching tower which offers beautiful views of the lake and the town Stensballe. And on the eastern side of Nørrestrand, in Stensballe, there are several places which offer beautiful views of Nørrestrand and views of, among other things, Casa Arena which is the characteristic Horsens stadium and FÆNGSLET.