Viborg, Dollerup Bakker & Arhus, then Hobro 26 June
We woke up to yet another beautiful day in Denmark. The sky was brilliant blue and the temperature was not hot. We have started to notice the days are a little shorter as we have moved south. The sun is now setting at 10.45pm.
Viborg's history is centred in being a religious centre because in 1060 it became Denmark's 8th Bishoprics and grew into a major religious centre. Prior to the Reformation (when the country converted from Catholicism to Lutheranism), Viborg had 25 churches and abbeys.
It's now a town that is focused on primary production, tourism and therefore has restored its cobbled-stoned old town and the buildings that now remain.
Today, we saw the Viborg Domkirke which is Scandinavia's largest granite church. The 1st church on the site was built in the Viking era. It was almost entirely rebuild in 1876 and the walls and ceiling of the church are awash with evocative and biblical-themed frescos painted in the early 1900s.
When we stopped for lunch we found out that there was a music festival on in multiple venues in
town. There was even 2 soundshells in front of the cathedral.
The town was easy to walk around. We found a little cafe for lunch and a guitarist came along and played some great tunes on his acoustic guitar. We then walked to the Viborg Borgvold, a city park which had lots of activities for children as well as a concert in the stage area.
There is a pretty big river that flows through the town. This is where we saw some serious fishermen with extensive equipment, sitting on their little stools, using several fishing rods. I didn't see too many fish in their nets.
As our plans change daily, instead of staying in Viborg, we decided to visit the Dollerup Bakker (Forrest) which was recommended to us. Denmark doesn't have many forests left due to all the farming that we have seen, so this forest has been protected. In the centre of the Dollerup hills is Hald Lake, which, at its deepest point is 31metres. We drove into the forest on a narrow path and parked the motor home when went for a walk along the banks of the lake.
The woods was thick and we learned there were 200 year old beech trees and oak trees.
We came to a clearing where there was the Hald Manor and Hald ruins both with thatched roofs. There is a school which teaches environmental methods and an appreciation on the importance of vegetation rehabilitation. We loved the walk.
From there we drove across to Aarhus on the east coast of Jutland, a city of 1/4 million people, many of whom are university students. We saw plenty of them with their little white 'sailor hats', worn by those who were graduating. We saw more decorated trucks with them full of uni students. Aarhus is also known as Denmark's best music scene.
The city includes the ARoS, an art gallery that displays art by Andy Warhol & Robert Rauschenberg, the A-list of modern art. It is a huge building with a colourful top floor. We rode our bikes to the venue and then around the surrounding parklands. We saw the Aarhus Cathedral and Hotel and the riverside with its strip of cafes along the banks.
From there we drove back towards Hobro and found
a parking spot where the locals started their car pooling. For the 1st time in several weeks, we saw a sunset, and it was spectacular. The next morning we drove into Hobro to get the new front tires fitted.
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