The Bindeballestien Route - Regional Route No. 36
The Bindeballestien hiking and bicycling route follows the old disused rail track from Bindeballe by the Ancient Road to Vejle - a 23-kilometre stretch. Bindeballestien is a scenic country trail designated for hiking and bicycling that meanders through the valley of Vejle Ådal and passes numerous cultural and historical attractions along the way.
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The Bindeballestien Route is marked as Regional Route No. 36. Show on map
The Bindeballe Station and the old general store, Bindeballe Købmandsgård, were part of the Vandel Railway (1897-1957). Today, the station is a railway museum and the old general store serves travellers as a combined convenience store and grocery museum.
Runkenbjerg is a moraine ridge shaped by Ice Age glaciers that offers sweeping vistas of the rolling hills and valleys.
Tørskind is home to a large sculpture park with artworks in wood, metal and stone by sculptors Robert Jacobsen and Jean Clareboudt.
High in the woodlands north of Ravning Station you find Troldborg Ring, the ruin of an impenetrable Iron Age fortification. The valley also features a reconstructed section of Ravningbroen, which was a Viking Age bridge constructed by King Harald Bluetooth. Ravning Station showcases the history of the bridge.
Vork Bakker is an outstanding area of soft-rolling downs with narrow gorges, forests, lakes and open fields. Vingsted is home to a lake and moorland where sacrificial Iron Age weapons have been found. Close by you also find a reconstructed Iron Age village.
In 1835, a well preserved body was discovered near Haraldskær in the peaty soil of Dronningens Mose. For a while it was suspected that the body was that of the long-lost Viking Queen Gunhild. We now know that she was a mere commoner from 490 BC who had been executed. The body is currently on display at the heritage museum, Kulturmuseet Spinderihallerne, in Vejle. Haraldskær Fabrik is an old mill factory from 1741, which was originally located south of the river. Here waterpower was used to create copper products and iron scythes and nails.
Haraldskær Hovedgård is a lakeside manor erected on a castle mound in 1434. Today, it serves as a conference facility and hotel. Skibet Church was constructed using travertine stone with a nave and chancel in the Romanesque style. The chancel features 13th century frescoes.
Vejle was was granted a royal municipal charter in 1327 but remained a relatively small merchant town with a rural feeling until the late 1700s. The town later prospered and is today a centre of commerce and urban culture.
Vejle offers abundant boutique shopping along its pedestrian street and quaint downtown side streets in addition to historical buildings and a number of museums, including an art museum, and the natural science museum Økolariet, which provides hands-on learning about the environment and energy. Attractions include the town’s oldest building, Sct. Nicolai Church from the mid-13th century. The symbol of the city is the Vejle Windmill from 1847.
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