UNVEILING OF THE ROUTES FOR 2023

The unveiling of the routes for the 2023 Tour de France and Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift will take place on Thursday 27th October from 11.30 (UTC+2) at the Palais des Congrès convention centre in Paris.

Stage town for the 1st time Capital of the region of Southern Denmark
Population: 59,900 (Vejlesians)
Specialities: stegt flaesh (roast pork in parsley sauce with potatoes), smorrebrod (slice of rye bread with cold cuts, fish, cheese and condiments), wienerbrod (pastry)
Personalities: Haral Kidde (poet, novelist), Jacob Gade (violinist, composer), Allan Simonsen (football, Mönchengladbach and FC Barcelona, Ballon d'Or in 1977), Tony Rominger (cycling, Swiss but born in Vejle to a Danish mother).
Sport: Vejle Boldklub (football, 5 times Danish champion)
Festivals: Jelling Musik Festival (rock festival)
Economy: textiles, food processing, tourism, etc.  
Nickname: the "Manchester of Denmark", because of its cotton spinning industry.
Label: The Jelling runestones are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Websites: tour.vejle.dkvisitvejle.com

Vejle city center with the river, Denmark © Getty/frankix
Vejle inner marina harbor with modern apartments and small boats, Denmark © Getty/frankix
Vejle harbor front seen from the Fjord with Fjordenhus, Denmark © Getty/frankix

KINGDOM OF CYCLING

Vejle offers some of Denmark's most beautiful nature and a unique cycling terrain with Denmark's toughest hill climbs, super routes and hill signs at the most popular hill climbs. Vejle is the Kingdom of Cycling

Long before the Viking kings Gorm the Old and Harald Bluetooth wrote Danish history in Jelling - here Denmark was born - Vejle's unique terrain was created by the ice age. The terrain invites to all kinds of experiences by bike, and the Vejle area's beautiful and magnificent nature is the perfect scene for new adventures.

The hilly terrain offers open expanses, wooded hills, fjord, beaches and large valleys with panoramic views. And nowhere else in Denmark are there so many altitude meters within a defined area.

The 3rd stage of the Tour de France starts in Vejle. But Kingdom of Cycling is also the setting for many other cycling races.

Since 2004, Vejle has laid asphalt for the drama on the Queens Stage in PostNord Danmark Rundt - Denmark's largest bicycle race. The legendary 19% increase on Kiddesvej always plays a decisive role for both the stage and who wins the race. The area also attracts recreational riders to one of Denmark’s largest recreational road cycling races, Grejsdalsløbet.

Some want high heart rate and alpine ascents, others nature, wonderful experiences and delicious food. The Kingdom of Cycling has it all.

VEJLE AND CYCLING  

With twenty stage finishes, almost one every year since 2002, Vejle is a must for the Tour of Denmark, where most of the big names in Danish cycling have won, as well as international stars such as Phil Anderson, the first winner in the town in 1988, and Remco Evenepoel, who raised his arms here in 2021. A native of the town, Eluf Dalgaard, participated in the Tour de France in 1958. Rasmus Guldhammer was also born in Velje and is the Danish junior and U23 champion and a pro from 2008 to 2019. Another less expected Vejle-born rider is Tony Rominger, the former Vuelta and Giro winner, whose mother was Danish.

24/04/2022 - Liege Bastogne Liege - Liege / Liege (257,1 km) - Remco EVENEPOEL (QUICK STEP ALPHA VINYL TEAM) © A.S.O./Gautier Demouveaux
anderson (phil) © Pressesports

SIGHTS

Vejle’s waterfront with great architecture

Fjordenhus is designed by world-renowned Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. The characteristic building rises to a height of 28 metres above sea level and creates an architectural connection between the waters and the city. The exclusive wave-shaped apartment complex called Bølgen has received many awards and has become one of Vejle’s architectural landmarks. The building consists of five consecutive waves and is designed by Henning Larsen Architects.

Plan your holidays

LEGOLAND®

Denmark's most famous and beloved amusement park. Hop aboard the LEGO® Canoe and prepare yourself for a roaring waterfall at the end of your trip into the wilderness, or hurl yourself from the Eagle Rock 11 metres above the ground at a terrific speed past the wild LEGO® animals of the Flying Eagle. If you’re in the mood for something more relaxing, experience the whole world in miniature built out of more than 20 million LEGO® bricks in Miniland in the heart of LEGOLAND®. 

https://www.legoland.dk/en/

GIVSKUD ZOO

Go on a safari at GIVSKUD ZOO, and get up close and personal with wild animals such as lions, giraffes, zebras and antelopes. Here you can also go back in time to the time of the dinosaur in Denmark's largest dinosaur exhibition with over 50 life-size dinosaurs.

www.givskudzoo.dk

The Jelling Monuments and Kongernes Jelling

In the tenth century, King Harald Bluetooth had Denmark’s name engraved on a rune stone in Jelling and erected two barrows and a church. The Jelling Monuments have enjoyed UNESCO World Heritage patronage since 1994 and are considered Europe’s finest Viking Age monuments. At Kongernes Jelling, the experience centre at the Jelling Monuments, you are invited to explore Jelling of the Viking Age through unique and modern digital sensory experiences.

www.visitvejle.com

www.en.natmus.dk

Tørskind gravel pit

Danish sculptor Robert Jacobsen has in collaboration with French sculptor Jean Clareboudt transformed the former gravel pit in Tørskind into a sculpture park. Featured as a land art installation in dialogue with nature, the theme is the path of the sun as it traverses the sky during daytime.

www.visitvejle.com

Exciting museums with free admission

Explore Vejle’s cultural heritage in the old spinning mills or get inspired at Vejle Art Museum, which in 2022 exhibits the largest gold find in Danish history, found just outside Jelling. You can also experience Økolariet, an exciting science and experience centre about nature, the environment, energy, climate, innovation and technology. Touch, feel, move, try, test and draw your way through lots of interactive experiences.

www.vejlemuseerne.dk

www.okolariet.dk

 

Vejle Mill

Construction: 1890
Characteristics: Located on top of Sondermarken Hill, where it can be seen from a great distance, it has become a symbol of the town.
History: a symbol of the milling industry in the city, it remained in use until 1960. The mill was destroyed by fire in 1890 and again in 1938, but its machinery has remained virtually intact.
Special features: the mill can be visited in the summer. It is also the home of the Vejle Art Association and hosts exhibitions.  

Vejle Art Museum

The Vejle Art Museum was started in 1890 with private donations and moved into its own building in 1924 and was extended in 1933. In 2007, the building was expanded to include the Kim Utzon space, named after its architect, which hosts temporary exhibitions. The museum specialises in drawings and sketches on paper: among the 2,000 works in the collection are sketches by Rembrandt. The museum's paintings are more contemporary (from 1800 to the present day) and were enriched in 1995 by the Wörzner acquisition, which consists of 124 works by young experimental artists from the 1930s and 1940s, prefiguring the Cobra movement.  

St. Nicholas Church

Foundation: 1250
Style: Romanesque, then brick Gothic
Characteristics: the present building, in red brick neo-Gothic style, was built on the site of a first Romanesque, then Gothic church. The church is dedicated to the famous St Nicholas of Myra, who inspired the character of Santa Claus or Father Christmas.
History: The church originally had a late Romanesque nave, later extended by three wings with transepts. On the outside, the remains of Gothic windows can be seen. The bell tower and the choir date from the 17th century.
Trivia: on the north façade there are 23 skulls. Legend has it that these are the skulls of thieves who were captured three hundred years ago in the Norreskoven forest and executed.  

Modern architecture in Vejle

Vejle has given great modern architects the opportunity to express themselves in the city, which has many spectacular buildings. Perhaps the most iconic of these is the Bolgen (wave) residential building, built between 2009 and 2018 on the waterfront by Henning Larsen Architects. It consists of five wave-shaped buildings, each containing twenty flats. Installed in the harbour basin itself, the Fjordenhus (Fjord House) is the work of the Danish-Icelandic architect Oliafur Eliasson. Since 2018 it has housed the headquarters of the Kirk Kapital company. Other notable structures include the Tróndur car park, designed by Faroese glassmaker Tróndur Patursson, and the Bryggen shopping centre.  

Spinderihallerne (Textile Halls)

Construction: 1896
Characteristics: Spinderihallerne is the only remaining testimony to Vejle's industrial past. This former cotton factory, located in the heart of the working-class district of Vestbyen, employed 25 pc of the city's workforce at the time. The halls were restored in 2010 and expanded in 2015, and are now home to start-ups and companies specialising in culture and technology, as well as the Vejle Museum of Cultural History.

The wave boelgen iconic modern apartments in Vejle, Denmark © Getty/frankix
© Getty/annalovisa

TO EAT

Vejles Gastro Guide

With Vejle's Gastro Guide in hand, you will find tasteful experiences. The guide focuses on authentic places, local ingredients and food traditions as well as sustainability. You will find the guide at the tourist office VisitVejle, which is located on Banegårdspladsen. You can also find it online at www.gastro-guiden.dk/en

Michelin stars

Vejle can offer as many as two shining stars on the gastronomic starry sky. Restaurant Me | Mu and Restaurant Lyst have both received the prestigious Michelin star. Lyst was also awarded the green five-leaf clover, which is awarded to restaurants that excel in sustainability.  

Smørrebrød  

Smørrebrød, from smør og brød “butter and bread”, typically consists of a slice of buttered rye bread topped with cold cuts, fish, condiments, cheese or a spread. It is a traditional lunch in Danish cuisine. Bread is a very important part of the Scandinavian table, especially rugbrod, which is a sourdough rye bread. It is a dark, heavy bread that is often bought in slices, in varieties ranging from light to very dark rye, and from refined to wholemeal. It forms the basis of smørrebrød, which is closely related to Swedish smörgas. Some fillings are served on franskbreud (French bread), a very light and crisp wheat bread. The bread is usually buttered, although in some variants a slice of lard is usual. Smørrebrød can be found in most bistros and brasseries in Vejle, which has two Michelin-starred restaurants, Me-mu and Lyst.  

Smorrebrod - openfaced scandinavian samdwich with butter, herring fish, curried apples mixed with mayonnaise, boiled eggs, capers and red onion. Close-up. © Getty/Olga Mazyarkina

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