Fresh air and excercise were important elements in the treatment of tuberculosis patients, and hence the tuberculosis sanatorium was made in the very hilly landscape straight down to Vejle Fjord. The patients could get the right combination of fresh air and exercise through systematically ordained walks on the paths in the area.
The paths are in this day and age used by the guests of the hotel and the locals in the area for walks and excercise. The Park is public, so everyone is welcome to go here and enjoy the beautiful nature.
On the 1st of March in year 1900 the sanatorium opened. Vejle Fjord sanatorium was the first tuberculosis sanatorium in Denmark, and the beautiful location far from the noise from the city was ideal.
Saugman created a net of paths with varying difficulty, so that the patients could work out systematically. The park was created at the same time in a romantic landly style with rhodondendrons, bridges, creeks and lakes right down to the Fjord.
Fresh air, excercise and rest were the three pillars in the therapy, that Chr. Saugman ordained his patients. They had to gain strength on the easy paths and later on the more difficult ones.
Already from the opening the paths measured 12 kilometers in total and were soon extended to 20 kilometers. These paths still exist today.
The paths and the surrounding park is taken care of by the gardeners of Vejle Fjord.
The plants in the park are continously taken care of, so the guests gets an experience of lushness all year round.
In the spring, thousands of spring flowers lights up around the buildings. And in May/July the old Rhodondendrons blossoms in many colors.
On the paths, 20 benches have been placed with engraved citations. They are called think benches.
Small attractions and rare trees on the paths
Along the paths, there are several historical attractions, great and small, but all a part of the history of Vejle Fjord.