Have an active weekend break in Haderslev
Haderslev boasts a superb location, close to the fjord, the forest and the beach. In addition to its historic buildings and proud traditions, the many educational establishments add a dynamic and creative atmosphere to the town. On your trip to Haderslev, you can test your strength against hi-tech treasure hunts, visit the stunning cathedral, go skateboarding and enjoy the town’s beautiful scenic waterways.
Archaeologists have found that Haderslev dates all the way back to the 1100s, when the local market attracted merchants from near and far. As such, commerce has always played an important role in the town, whose cobblestone streets now offer a small, but exclusive selection of shops.
Start your visit at Haderslev Domkirke (Haderslev Cathedral), which is one of the city’s oldest buildings and a true landmark. The Gothic church is located on the town’s central pedestrian street and dates back to the 1200s. The white-washed Gammel Haderslev Kirke (Old Haderslev Church) is also worth a visit and is believed to have been built in the 1100s. As Haderslev was one of the first towns in Scandinavia where the Reformation happened, the churches are of particular historical importance.
Try to time your visit to coincide with the sensational Vagtparade (Guards’ Parade), the town’s proudest tradition, which takes place most Fridays at noon. Haderslev is the only town in Denmark, apart from Copenhagen, which has a Guards’ Parade.
Haderslev Fjord is yet another must-see for visitors, especially if you’re planning an afternoon in the great outdoors. You can explore the 12-kilometre long fjord both on land and on water: you can, for example, take a walk along the fjord, or book a boat trip on the charming fjord boat Helene. Active holidaymakers can also visit the Streetdome, one of Denmark’s largest skate parks with an area of 4,500 m2. One of the town’s most family-friendly activities is the tourist office’s popular treasure hunts, where participants must find various treasures using a GPS.
Haderslev is near Bilund Airport, and from here, it’s approximately a 1-hour drive. Alternatively, take bus 166 to Kolding, then take bus 134 to reach the town. Haderslev is also a 3-hour drive from Copenhagen, home to Copenhagen Airport which serves many more UK cities such as Birmingham Manchester and Liverpool.
Travelling to Haderslev means fun activities, beautiful nature and historic attractions!