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Coat of arms
Location in Denmark
Country Denmark
Region Central Denmark (Midtjylland)
Municipality Skanderborg
Parish Parish of Skanderborg
Settled Prehistory (unknown)
Municipal charter 1583
Equestrian district 1717-1767[1]
 • Type Democratic representative electorate (4-year terms)
 • Borgmester Jørgen Gaarde (A)
Population (1 January 2014)
 • Total 18,506
Time zone CET
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC)
Postal code 8660
Website .dk.skanderborgwww

Skanderborg is a town in boglands of Eskebæk Mose. Just north of the town on the other side of Expressway E45, is the archaeologically important Illerup Ådal. Over time, the town has grown into a suburb of Aarhus to the north east, connected by the urban areas of Stilling, Hørning and Hasselager.

Skanderborg is home to a population of 18,506 citizens (1 January 2014),[2] out of Skanderborg municipality's total population of 58,176 (2014). The municipality is part of the larger East Jutland metropolitan area, with 1.2 million inhabitants.[3]


  • History 1
    • Religious orders 1.1
  • Buildings and structures 2
    • Skanderborg Castle 2.1
      • Demolition 2.1.1
    • Present buildings and structures 2.2
  • Nature 3
    • The deer park 3.1
    • The lake 3.2
  • Events 4
  • Notable people from Skanderborg 5
  • Literature 6
  • References 7
  • Sources 8
  • External links 9


Skanderborg is an old town and the area have revealed traces of human settlements, dating from the earliest

  • Skanderborg Castle Denmarks Cultural Heritage association (J. Kock 1999). A map of the Castle as it were in 1668.
  • Official municipality website
  • Official Website of NySkanderborg

External links

  • Brian Patrick McGuire: Conflict and Continuity at Øm Abbey, Museum Tusculanum Press, 1976.
  • Skanderborg Castle Chapel The National Museum of Denmark. Danish text with English summary available (p. 6263).
  • Kalvø Monastery The National Museum of Denmark. (Danish)
  • Ring Abbey The National Museum of Denmark. (Danish)


  1. ^
  2. ^ "BEF44: Population 1st January, by urban areas", database from Statistics Denmark.
  3. ^ Vision Østjylland
  4. ^ Stoneage hunters at Skanderborg Lake Skanderborg Museum (Danish)
  5. ^ Andersen, Soren H., 1998: Ringkloster. Ertebolle trappers and wild boar hunters in eastern Jutland. A survey. Journal of Danish Archaeology. 1994-1995; 12: 13-59
  6. ^ Note: A written source from 1727 claims the castle was founded in the year 1171 by King Valdemar the Great, but this information have not been properly confirmed and little is known of the castles origin. However, the chronicles of Øm Abbey mentions, that Queen consort Jutta stayed at the castle in the year 1240. (Source: Skanderborg Chapel The National Museum of Denmark, p.6161)
  7. ^ a b c Skanderborg Castle Chapel The National Museum of Denmark. Danish text with English summary available (p.6263).
  8. ^ A Ring from Ring abbey Skanderborg Museum (Danish)
  9. ^ a b Skanderborg Lake Danish Agency for Culture. (Danish)
  10. ^ Kalvø i Skanderborg Sø Historisk Atlas (Dansk Historisk Fællesråd) (Danish)
  11. ^ The Cistercian Abbey of Øm Abbey at Mossø Denmarks Cultural Heritage Association (Danish)
  12. ^ Kulturhuset Skanderborg The cultural centre's own website. (Danish)
  13. ^ Skanderborg – Odder Center for Education (Danish)
  14. ^ uddannelsescampus Kommuneplan09, Skanderborg Municipality, 16. December 2009, p.59 (Danish)
  15. ^ About the school Skanderborg Gymnasium (Danish)
  16. ^ Sølund - a village Homepage for the institution (English version)
  17. ^ Skanderborg Museum (Danish)
  18. ^ Bunkers in and around the forest of Skanderborg Skanderborg Museum (Danish)
  19. ^ Traces in the Landscape Skanderborg Museum (Danish)
  20. ^ Skanderborg Dyrehave Skanderborg Leksikon (Danish)
  21. ^ Mossø and surrounding lakes National Survey and Cadastre of Denmark (KMS) 2012. Basic numbers. (Danish)
  22. ^ Sct. Helene Skanderborg Leksikon (Danish)
  23. ^ Sølund festivalen Homepage for the festival (Danish)
  24. ^ skanderborg Castle Skanderborg Museum (Danish)


  • Peter Abildgaard: Orla Frøsnapper boede da i Skanderborg (Danish)
  • Jens Andersen: Ole Lund Kirkegaard: en livshistorie (Danish)


Singer and songwriter Peter Sommer.

Rap artist Michael Mühlebach Christiansen also known as Jøden.

Pop singer and producer Camille Jones was born in Skanderborg on 28 November 1973, but grew up in Aarhus.

Actress Kirsten Lehfeldt was born in Skanderborg 19 December 1952. She won several prizes for her acting, including the Robert Award and Bodil Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

Writer Ole Lund Kirkegaard was born in Aarhus in 1941, but grew up in Skanderborg, when his parents relocated. The milieu and many of the characters of his famous stories are related to people and places of Skanderborg. At some point, he and his parents took residence in a house in Møllegade and today the street is named Ole Lund Kirkegaards Stræde, in commemoration of his life, work and importance in the culture of Denmark.

Architect Aarhus School of Architecture in 1965.

[24] Skanderborg is the birthplace of The English and Scottish queen

Notable people from Skanderborg

[23] Every summer in June, Skanderborg also hosts a musical festival targeted specifically for people suffering from

Since 1980, the music festival, has been held in August in Skanderborg Dyrehave.


Skanderborg Sø (English: Skanderborg Lake) was created during the last ice age and formed from a melting block of ice left behind; a so-called kettle hole. The lake has an irregular shape divided into two larger lake-areas known as Hylke and Store Sø respectively, with a total surface area of 8.6 square kilometers. The lake has an average depth of 8 meters and up to 18.8 meters at the deepest spot. It holds approximately 49.3 million cubic meters of freshwater 23.5 meters above sea level[9][21] and empties into Mossø, by the short stream of Tåning Å in the west. There are a number of small isles in the lake; Kalvø, Æbelø, Sct. Thomas and Sct. Helene.[22]

The lake

In the southern part of the town is the Frederik II to facilitate his interest in hunting. The park area was fenced and roe deer, red deer, wild boars and rabbits were released. Pheasants, gray partridge and turkeys were raised and pools and fishing ponds were dug.[20]

The deer park

Skanderborg Lake as seen from the northeast, with Kalvø and the remaining red brick castle church, once associated with Skanderborg Castle. The beech trees behind the church are the outskirts of Skanderborg Dyrehave.


Skanderborg Museum has their headquarters at Adelgade 5, a former archaeology and archiving of the cultural history within the municipality.[19]

The Village of Sølund is an accommodation facility and home for people with extensive physical and mental handicaps. It is located within the park of Skanderborg Dyrehave near the pond of Lillesø, close to town. The main buildings were erected in 1935 and designed by architectural firm C. F. Møller Architects.[16]

The square of Højvangens Torv, in the northeastern parts of the town, is the center of the educational Gymnasium etc., situated in a sculpture park. The gymnasium was designed by architectural firm Friis & Moltke and built in 1973.[13][14][15]

The cultural centre of Kulturhuset, located in Byparken (the city park) in the center of Skanderborg, was designed by native architectural firm Kjær & Richter and built in 1998. It houses the former library of the town, theatre and concert halls, a cinema, a three story foyer with changing exhibitions and a café. Surrounding the buildings, are a Greek theatre with 500 seats, a playground and a beach volley field, amongst other facilities, as the city park itself is perceived as part of the cultural centre.[12]

The town of Skanderborg has a total of three churches, and Skanderborg Castle Church used to be part of the former Skanderborg Castle.

Present buildings and structures

[7] In the years of 1717-22, King


[7] The royal residence of Skanderborg Castle was arguably the most important and influential building in the history of Skanderborg, but it was demolished stone by stone during the 18th century. Founded at some point in the early Middle Ages around 1200, King

Skanderborg Castle

The renaissance version of Skanderborg Castle.

Buildings and structures

The town of Skanderborg has attracted several religious communities over the years, especially in the early Øm Abbey in 1172.[10][11]

Religious orders

The town sprawled around the former Skanderborg Castle, founded at some point during the early municipal charter.[7]


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