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10 green tips for your vacation

Author: Maria Stilund Sommer
Photo: Kenneth Stjernegaard

We have compiled 10 tips that can make your vacation greener and more sustainable. From choosing the bicycle to participating in the sharing economy, and something about opting out of the time machine... Read on here to find out how to make your vacation greener.

1. Choose the bike over the car

Vejle and its surroundings offer Denmark's best cycling landscape. Whether you are the trained cyclist looking for adrenaline and challenges on the country's steepest hills or if you just want to enjoy a bike ride in the beautiful landscape, you've come to the right place.

We encourage you to bring or rent bicycles, and use these to explore the city and the many attractions and sights of the surrounding area. In several places, you will find our Bike Friends, where you can get air for your bike, water for your bottle, and a well-deserved rest before the bike takes you further on your discovery.

To cyklende på Hærvejen

Photo:Kenneth Stjernegaard

2. Lace up your hiking boots

Lace up your hiking boots and go on an adventure in Vejle's many magical landscapes. You can hike along the edge of the past's monumental glaciers in Munkebjerg Forest and in Vejle River Valley, which offers some of the country's most beautiful views, including at Runkenbjerg and Tørskind Gravel Pit.

The Grejsdal Trail offers beautiful nature in varied terrain, and at the Seven Year Lakes by Randbøldal Heath, you feel transported to another country, where trolls and wights normally reside.

Mand ved Runkenbjerg med kikkert

Photo:Mads Hansen

3. Enjoy a picnic in the green

When hunger strikes after a long hike or bike ride, you can go for a picnic in the green.

In Jelling, as one of the few places in the world, you can enjoy a picnic right in the middle of a UNESCO World Heritage site, namely Kongernes Jelling. Between burial mounds and palisade fences, you can settle down with your brought food or buy a delicious meal to-go at Café Sejd or in the café in Kongernes Jelling.

4. Shop local, it's globally brilliant

VisitVejle's Gastro Guide shows you the very best places to eat in the city and its surroundings. It guides you to everything from the no waste café Onkel A to the Michelin-starred restaurant Lyst. Our area offers the most delicious local delicacies, which can be purchased in local farm shops or at SmagDansk in Vissingsgade, a cozy side street to Vejle's pedestrian zone.

If you're camping, it's obvious to fetch your food from your local farmer and get the genuine 'from farm to table' experience.

Pick up the Gastro Guide at VisitVejle or check out the digital food universe here.

Turist der kigger i Gastro Guiden


5. Green accommodation

After a long day on the move, there's nothing better than lying down in a soft and warm bed.

Several hotels and campgrounds are certified with the Nordic Swan Ecolabel, Green Key, or Green Stay, ensuring that care is taken for the climate and your night's sleep. If you're curious, feel free to ask your accommodation what climate and environmental initiatives they have.

All hotels are, of course, Safe to Visit.

Find the area's accommodations here.


6. Skip the plane

Experience wild animals on the savannah without getting on a plane heading south. At Givskud Zoo, you can go on an excursion among the world's wild animals, even among the Dinosaurs.

You can take the car or the Givskud Zoo bus and go on a safari among exotic animals. If you're not careful, ostriches and giraffes might peek into the car to beg for a pat or a treat.

You can hear the lions' roar and the wolves' howl, and feel as though you're in the African steppes and Canadian wilderness without traveling abroad.

7. Culture is for everyone!

In Vejle and its surroundings, all museums are free. So get a dose of culture and go on a "culture crawl" to breathe in art, history, and culture.

By the fjord, you can experience Fjordenhus rise towards the sky from the waters of the fjord; a modern "castle" built by Olafur Eliasson.

In the city, you can see art in public spaces, and in Give, you'll find the sculpture route.

In Tørskind Gravel Pit, nature in the river valley merges with iron art by Robert Jacobsen. The Cultural Museum in the Spinderihallerne offers stories from rural and urban areas through exciting exhibitions. And Vejle Art Museum invites you into a world of modern art from local, national, and international artists. All free of charge.

Dans på Kulturmuseet i Spinderihallerne


8. Play and learn about the green world of the future

Vejle is a resilience city. And what does that mean? It means that, along with 100 other cities around the world, we are helping to combat global warming and its associated challenges.

This can be experienced in the cityscape, where active efforts are made with certain initiatives such as storm surges from the fjord and flooding during cloudbursts. Through Vejle runs the stream and sluices, which are designed to divert water away from the city center during cloudbursts.

You can learn more and play your way to the solutions of the future at Økolariet, which offers several exhibitions about the green world of the future.

You can also book a guide who can take you and your group on a city walk with resilience as the theme. Book here.

9. Rent instead of buying

The sharing economy is here to stay.

In Vejle and its surroundings, you can rent your equipment instead of buying it. So explore on a rented bike or book a canoe or kayak and venture out on the area's many rivers and lakes.

Boat, canoe, and kayak rental can be found here.

Bike rental can be found here.

Skjern Å Canoe Tours

Photo:Skjern Å Kanoudlejning

10. No need to buy a DeLorean

Save the hefty cost of a time machine and travel back in time on your bike.

In Vejle and its surroundings, you can experience the whole history of Denmark from the ice age to the present.

Walk in the ice age landscape in the river valley and imagine woolly rhinoceroses and steppe squirrels where the beech now stands tall.

Take a stop in the Bronze Age at the Egtved Girl's grave and enjoy the whooshing wind on top of the grave.

Then move on to the Iron Age, which you can experience as vividly alive in the Vingsted Iron Age environment with thatched houses, goats, and sheep. And see a genuine Iron Age person from the bog grave at the Cultural Museum in the Spinderihallerne.

From the Iron Age, you travel further into the Viking Age, where you can visit the legendary Viking kings Gorm and Harald's runestones. The burial mounds rise from the soil, and you can walk along the palisade fence and finish off at the interactive museum, Royal Jelling.

If you're a group on a time journey, you can now experience a feast in the Middle Ages at Ulbæk Manor, where King Morten Ulbæk rules with his cherry pigs.

From the Middle Ages, you can travel through time to the present, with stops at the 600-year-old Hopballe Mill and Tirsbæk Manor and Børkop Watermill from the mid-1500s.

We jump forward into more “modern” times and welcome you inside Bindeballe Merchant's House, a genuine recreated merchant from the 1800s with all kinds of fine utensils and a museum. You can enjoy coffee in their cozy coffee room with accompanying buns and cake.

We end the journey at the modern marina, where The Wave, Harbour Island, and Fjordenhus beckon with provocative contemporary architecture.