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Silkeborg, Denmark

Silkeborg is a city in central Denmark with a population of 41 674 (2008). The city is located in central Jutland. Silkeborg Municipality has a population of 87,371 (2008).

The surrounding locations of Silkeborg are often regarded among the most beautiful places in Denmark. The landscape is dominated by big lakes, rivers, forests and some of the highest points in Denmark, including Himmelbjerget (Heaven Mountain) which at a height of 147 meters it is one of the highest points in Denmark. There are many outdoor activities in the Silkeborg region.

At the end of June each year, the city is home to the Riverboat Jazz festival.

Silkeborg has a ski resort, with a nylon track so that one can enjoy going down the slopes all year round, and there is natural snow in winter.

History

In 1944, the priest and playwright Kaj Munk, was shot by the Gestapo nearby. Munk was a strong opponent of the German Occupation of Denmark (1940-1945).

The Germans had their headquarters in Jutland during World War II at Silkeborg Bad, the city's former sanatorium known for its curative spring waters. It is now a municipal art centre, where it is possible to visit the wartime bunkers in the grounds.

Since 1899 Silkeborg has been hosting a festival called "Ildfestregatta", which means "fire party regatta". Currently this event is held every third year, with the last one held in August 2008.

The city is home of the Tollund man which resides in the Silkeborg Museum. The Tollund Man is the naturally mummified corpse of a man who lived during the 4th century BC.

LastUpdate: 2015-04-10 15:05:11