Back in the 80s there was a pretty popular Danish song which was sort of an alternative national anthem. The song first line was: “In a country without high mountains”. Which is definitely a true statement for Denmark considering the tallest point in Denmark are actually the bridge pillars on the Great Belt Bridge across the water between Denmark’s biggest islands.
Even though it doesn’t sound like the best conditions to go hunting for a mountain we decide to go for the most impressive mountain in Denmark – Himmelbjerget which translate into the sky mountain. The name indicates we are heading for an impressive sight. It isn’t actually the highest point in Denmark but it probably has the most dramatic location of any of the hills in Denmark – just above the giant creek Gudenåen which is just below the hill.
The hill is a big destination attracting a lot of people going to enjoy the mountain landscape so there are a lot of cars in the parking lot. there is a pretty steep charge to park at the parking lot but we are lucky and just as I am about to pay for the parking somebody else drive out with another hour and a half left on their parking ticket and they offer it to us. So we can go and explore for while without actually having to pay.
We go out across the area which is organized as a bit of a historical park with some statues off historical figures from the nineteenth century. And then we head to the top of the mountain where there is a small tower – you can get up to the top of the tower and have a look out over the area. The view from the top of the hill is actually pretty good and unspoiled so we decide against paying the entrance fee for the tower and just have a look from the top of the hill.