Steeped in history, Lejre offers an abundance of unique nature and delicious organic foods.
Lejre is close to the big city, making it an excellent choice for a getaway. Explore the Viking halls of Denmark’s mythical kings at Lejre Museum, live like a Viking at the Land of Legends Lejre or visit Egholm Castle to see its extensive collection of weapons.
Don’t forget to breathe in the country air and enjoy the wonderful natural surroundings that helped make Lejre part of Skjoldungernes Land National Park. Go for a peaceful walk along the paths of Skjoldungestierne, which lead through grasslands and undulating hills, or enjoy the rush of biking on the many cycling routes or challenging MTB trails in Bidstrup Forests.
Be sure to stop by one of the area’s local breweries or farm shops, where you can load up on healthy organic foods and enjoy a home-brewed beer.
Top 10 attractions
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3 things you might not know about Lejre
1. Mythical kings and Beowulf – The birthplace of Denmark
The birthplace of Denmark is nestled in the hills of the hamlet of Gl. Lejre. Legend has it that Lejre was once the seat of ancient kings, the Scyldingas, who left their traces on the landscape. Here the legendary hero Beowulf fought ferociously to defend King Roar’s royal hall. Mysterious royal halls, ancient passage graves and stone ships invite your imagination to run wild.
2. Denmark’s longest avenue – Ledreborg Allé
Tree-lined Ledreborg Allé, where some trees are over two-hundred years old, is 7 km long and leads to beautiful Ledreborg Palads and its Baroque garden, where open air concerts are held in summer. On the avenue not far from the palace is Maglebro, a granit bridge dating back to 1755 that crosses the Kornerup Å fishpass.
3. Tadre Mill – Last of the historic water mills
Located in the middle of scenic Elverdam Valley, Tadre Mill is the last of 13 water mills that previously existed in the vicinity of Aastrup Manor Estate. The mill is still fully operational and serves as a visitor centre and cultural historical museum.