One Day in Silkeborg, Denmark: 3 Sights You Can’t Miss!

February 18, 2019 12 Comments

I first heard about Silkeborg, Denmark from “Parks and Recreation.” Leslie Knope went to London and met the mayor of Silkeborg, played by Heidi Klum. During my month in Aarhus, I knew I had to visit Silkeborg since I’m a big Parks and Rec fan, and sadly, I didn’t run into Heidi Klum. But it is a beautiful town, and these are the 3 sights you can’t miss for one day in Silkeborg! 🙂

One Day in Silkeborg, Denmark: 3 Sights You Can't Miss!

Downtown Silkeborg

Silkeborg is in the middle of Jutland, and it was established in the 15th century. There was a castle and monastery set up, and a few centuries later, a paper mill was added. A trading center was set up in 1845 and a railway was added in 1871, and the town began to grow by the thousands. There are lots of lakes and rivers around it that helped with transportation, so it’s now known for being the Outdoor Capital of Denmark!

Even though it’s the Outdoor Capital of Denmark, it also has a beautiful downtown area with colorful buildings and walking streets! I got there pretty early in the morning, so most of the streets were empty and stores were just starting to open.

Dragon bench in Silkeborg

Pink building in Silkeborg  Church in Silkeborg, Denmark

Danish house design

Unique garage door design in Denmark

Center square in Silkeborg, Denmark

There was a farmer’s market going on outside the Old City Hall!

Silkeborg, Denmark

Hotel in Silkeborg, Denmark

Downtown Silkeborg, Denmark

Center square in Silkeborg, Denmark

The Old City Hall

Odd Fellow Palaet in Silkeborg, Denmark

Silkeborg, Denmark

Jyske Bank in Silkeborg, Denmark

Silkeborg, Denmark

Silkeborg, Denmark

Downtown Silkeborg, Denmark

Church in Silkeborg, Denmark

Center square in Silkeborg, Denmark

Center square in Silkeborg, Denmark

Downtown Silkeborg, Denmark

Cafe Den Goe Fe in Silkeborg, Denmark

Since I arrived fairly early in the morning, I wanted to stop in a cafe for some coffee and breakfast, and I went to Cafe Den Goe Fe. It was in the back of a store so it was a little confusing to find, but I’m so glad I found it because I think it’s my favorite cafe ever! I LOVED the vintage furniture and stove, and the coffee and pie I had were delicious- the whipped cream was even homemade! It was completely empty and they had classical music playing, so it was a great, relaxing way to start off my day.

Cafe Den Goe Fe in Silkeborg, Denmark

Cafe Den Goe Fe in Silkeborg, Denmark

Cafe Den Goe Fe in Silkeborg, Denmark

Cafe Den Goe Fe in Silkeborg, Denmark

Cafe Den Goe Fe in Silkeborg, Denmark

Silkeborg Museum

Museum Silkeborg

Silkeborg might be most well known for Museum Silkeborg and the Tollund Man. The Tollund Man is a famous mummified body that was preserved in a bog since the 4th century BC. It was found in 1950 and since they didn’t have good techniques for preserving it then, only the head is the original and the rest of the body has since disintegrated so the body is a replica. I do have a picture of it, so if you’re squeamish, scroll down a few pictures do you don’t see it!

The Museum Silkeborg also has artwork and rotating exhibits, and I happened to stop by during a Viking festival. I’m obsessed with Viking history, so that was a happy accident! I got to see some demonstrations of Viking weapons and I bought a Christmas ornament handcrafted by a Viking reenactor.

Silkeborg Museum

Silkeborg Museum Viking market

Silkeborg Museum Viking market

Silkeborg Museum Viking market

Silkeborg Museum Viking market  Silkeborg Museum  Silkeborg Museum Tollund Man

The famous Tollund Man

Silkeborg Museum  Silkeborg Museum

Silkeborg Museum

Church in Silkeborg, Denmark

Pink house in Silkeborg, Denmark

Silkeborg, Denmark

Silkeborg, Denmark

Silkeborg, Denmark

Danish house architecture

Silkeborg Langsø

After visiting the Museum Silkeborg, I went to walk along the water. Silkeborg sits along a river and the Silkeborg Langsø, so you can go kayaking and canoeing in many areas around the city. A program at my school organized a canoeing trip and I wasn’t able to go, but everyone who went really enjoyed it! There are also some nice walking areas and picnic tables if you’re like me and just want to relax by the river.

I went to a few different spots on the Silkeborg Langsø, so if you’re short on time for one day in Silkeborg, you can still get some water views without having to walk far to a park.

Park in Silkeborg, Denmark

Park in Silkeborg, Denmark

Kayaking in Silkeborg, Denmark

Park in Silkeborg, Denmark

Park in Silkeborg, Denmark  Boating in Silkeborg, Denmark

Boating in Silkeborg, Denmark

Park in Silkeborg, Denmark

Park in Silkeborg, Denmark

Boating in Silkeborg, Denmark

Silkeborg, Denmark

River in Silkeborg, Denmark

River in Silkeborg, Denmark  River in Silkeborg, Denmark

River in Silkeborg, Denmark

River in Silkeborg, Denmark

Mural in Silkeborg, Denmark

River in Silkeborg, Denmark

River in Silkeborg, Denmark

River in Silkeborg, Denmark

River in Silkeborg, Denmark

River in Silkeborg, Denmark

River in Silkeborg, Denmark

Street food in Silkeborg, Denmark

Ice cream in Silkeborg, Denmark

After walking a ton, I got some food! I got shawarma from a street stand that was absolutely delicious, and some ice cream, which you can never go wrong with. Of all the small towns I visited in Jutland, I think Silkeborg had my favorite food!

Silkeborg, Denmark is only an hour bus ride from Aarhus, so it’s the perfect day trip! It was one of my favorite towns I visited in Jutland 🙂 

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12 Comments

  1. Reply

    Ann Marie Ruby

    April 10, 2019

    Wow! These pictures are beautiful! I would love to visit Silkeborg! Amazing post.

    Blessings,
    Ann Marie Ruby

    • Reply

      Julia

      April 10, 2019

      Thank you! 🙂 Silkeborg is definitely worth a visit!

  2. Reply

    Janni

    March 6, 2019

    Beautiful photoes from “my” City Silkeborg, thank You🙏🏻
    “Cafe Den Go’e Fe” is also my favorite cafe because of the atmosphere and lovely food and coffee.

    • Reply

      Julia

      March 6, 2019

      Thank you! 🙂 That cafe is amazing, I wish I could go there every day!

  3. Reply

    Nønne

    March 6, 2019

    You’ve done such a great job capturing the lovely buildings and nature in Silkeborg (including my house!). Being a local, it’s really fun to see the town through your lens, as I sometimes forget to look up and enjoy the many lovely buildings we have. Thanks!

    • Reply

      Julia

      March 6, 2019

      Thank you! 🙂 I can forget to see the beauty in my town, too!

  4. Reply

    Sarbrina

    February 23, 2019

    You’ve captured Silkeborg so beautifully. I wish I could walk into that Cafe Den Goe Fe tomorrow.

    • Reply

      Julia

      February 23, 2019

      Thank you! 🙂

  5. Reply

    Susie

    February 23, 2019

    What a cute colorful town! I would love to explore when I visit Denmark 🙂

    • Reply

      Julia

      February 23, 2019

      I hope you can go there, I loved it! 🙂

  6. Reply

    Amy

    February 18, 2019

    Such a a lovely serene little town. I felt so relaxed looking at the pictures and just wanted to go there at least in my mind! So beautiful!

    • Reply

      Julia

      February 18, 2019

      It really is a relaxing place, especially along the water!

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