Cultural Paths

Danish Way of Life - Modern Denmark

In the second half of the 20th century Denmark gained a reputation for design, broad-mindedness, open-mindedness, and equal rights. With growing prosperity, consumer patterns changed, and with full employment women began to enter the labour market. The Danish welfare state was expanded with institutions influenced by the new mindset of the times, taking a different view of the individual.

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Explore the history of modern Denmark

Fængslet

Come inside the walls of Europe's largest prison museum, including prison cells, a sick ward, a biker gang member section, and a prison chapel, and get a solid perspective of Danish prison history of the times. You can get a guided tour from one of the former inmates or the museum staff who will show you around the museum by picking one of the ten interactive ID cards. On the tour they will tell you about their lives in Denmark's first modern prison.

Take a virtuel tour in FÆNGSLET

Facts about the prison:

  • At the first opening of the prison in Horsens, it housed 500 inmates and had 29 guards; when the prison shut down in 2006, it housed 176 inmates and had 240 guards.
  • In 2014, female inmates in Danish prisons counted for 4.25 per cent, while 95.75 per cent were men.

The virtual tour is made by Expedia.

Den Gamle By

In 1974 sales of mopeds in Denmark (with a population of 5m) hit the 73,839 mark, including some 42,000 of the hugely popular Puch.

Kvindemuseet

Discover new aspects of the gender debate, and learn about the different conditions of life across gender, sexual orientation, androgynity, and ethnicity

Struer Museum

World-class Danish design

Similar experiences in Horsens

Danish Way of Life
Danmarks Industrimuseum
Local Ways to Global Art
Horsens Kunstmuseum
Gods & Myths
Tremhøj Museum
World War II 
Danmarks Industrimuseum
FÆNGSLET

Local Ways to Global Art

Along the Local Ways to Global Art route you will experience major European works, architectural masterpieces, and beautiful natural surroundings. The experience is intensified by entertaining stories about enterprising, dynamic and progressive individuals who, on a local as well as an international scale, have left their lasting marks on posterity. 

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Local Ways to Global Art – World-class art

ARoS

Local Ways to Global Art – The biggest boy in the world

HEART

Award-winning architecture design and world-class artistic experiences.

Glasmuseet Ebeltoft

The location for experiencing all the many facets of glass art.

Museum JORN

Enjoy international art in a charming setting by the Gudenåen river.

Gods & Myths

'Gods & Myths' guides you to unique locations from the fascinating history of Central Jutland. Take a cultural trip across the landscape. Explore history at the locations where it took place; feel the power of mighty runic stones, large dolmens and passage graves; see hidden church treasures; or learn the meaning of the traces of war and worship in the peat bogs of the Iron Age.

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Gods & Myths – Go exploring a mystery-enshrouded past

Museum Silkeborg

One of the world's best-preserved bog bodies, and by any comparison the most beautiful.

Museum Østjylland

Poskær Stenhus, dating from around 3300 BC, is Denmark's largest dolmen 

Museum Skanderborg

On a spring day in 1172 a group of monks arrived at a sand spit between the lakes of Mossø and Gudensø. 

Ringkøbing-Skjern Museum

Visitors today may see the banks where the longhouses, the moat, and the ramparts stood more than 2,000 years ago.

World War II

The occupation of Denmark during the Second World War left its marks all over Denmark and the Danes; both physically and mentally. Physically in the form of the large number of German bunkers and concrete structures. Mentally, in the mind of the Danes, the way we think and perceive freedom and democracy today. 

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Ringkøbing Skjern Museum

Go on a bunker tour by the small town of Houvig and learn more about the big concrete blocks which have become so characteristic of the Jutland west coast. 

Museum Skanderborg

The Danish headquarters for the German Luftwaffe was located in Skanderborg during 1944–45. In the two Luftwaffe command bunkers there is a museum today. 

Silkeborg Bunkermuseum

Here you can get close up to one of the little known aspects of the story about the German occupation of Denmark from 1940–45 and the refugee period from 1945–47.

Besættelsesmuseet

The museum is housed in the former Gestapo headquarters. The building, dating back from 1857, was originally the home to the City Hall and, from 1941, the police station.