The Ancient Road, also called “Hærvejen", offers many different attractions. Whether you are interested in history or a nature lover, you will find plenty to experience there. The Ancient Road meanders through some of Denmark’s most scenic landscapes and passes some of the nation’s most inspiring prehistoric monuments. Among those, the two mighty burial mounds and the two rune stones erected by kings Gorm the Old and Harald Bluetooth in the 900s, as well as Jelling's Church, mark the transition from paganism to Christianity in Denmark.

You can hike or bike along the Ancient Road throughout the year but the best time for a holiday there is from 1 May to 1 October. Hiking outside this period is, of course, possible, but the weather is unstable and accommodation offerings are fewer.

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Legend

Development status
  • Certified Section of at least 300 km that has successfully undergone the certification process in line with ECF’s European Certification Standard. It is the highest quality level on the EuroVelo network
  • Developed with EuroVelo signs Developed route (see category below) with continuous signing along the route, incorporating EuroVelo route information panels.
  • Developed Route developed for cyclists and signed in line with the respective national standard (i.e. it is part of a local, regional or national cycle network). There must also be a website providing information to users. Developed route can be heterogeneous in terms of infrastructure: type of cycling infrastructure, surface, width, gradients, etc
  • Under development Route containing sections that require further development (e.g. stretches on public highways with high levels of traffic). Cyclists are advised to use public transportation to skip these non-developed stretches.
  • Planning Undeveloped route with no detailed information publicly available on the Internet. The itinerary communicated is a proposal for the best possible option currently available. It may also contain dangerous sections. Cyclists are advised to use public transportation to skip these non-developed stretches.
  • Public transport link

Markers

  • Natuurlijk Erfgoed
  • UNESCO-werelderfgoed
  • Cultureel Erfgoed
  • Culinaire Hoogstandjes
  • Maritime Heritage / The Rhine / The Meuse
  • Other Point of Interest
  • Bus station
  • Train station
  • Mobility info center

National & Regional Information

Danish Cycling Tourism

National EuroVelo Coordination Centre

Danish Cycling Tourism is a non-profit association of public and private partners. Its main purpose is to develop and promote recreational cycling in Denmark. Since 2016, it has served as the national EuroVelo Coordination Centre for Denmark, and as of 2023, it will host the official online platform for the national cycling routes as well as the EuroVelo routes in the country.

VisitDenmark

VisitDenmark is the Official Tourism Organisation of Denmark. On their webpage you can find all the information you need about Denmark as a holiday destination.

Ruter.dk

Ruter.dk is the official online platform for national cycling routes in Denmark. It provides descriptions of the 11 national routes and suggestions for the best destinations to visit along the way. Additionally, visitors can find assistance on how to plan their vacations and prepare their bikes. The site is hosted by Danish Cycling Tourism.

EuroVelo 3 in Denmark

Detailed information on EuroVelo 3 in Denmark: points of interest, GPX tracks, cycling map, elevation, kilometres.

Kaarten & Gidsen

EuroVelo 3: Europa-Radweg R1 from Heerweg to Ochsenweg [Bikeline Esterbauer]

This cycling guide describes the section of the EuroVelo cycle route in Denmark and in Germany up to Hamburg (708 km). The perfect tool before and during your journey: precise and informative maps, 1:75,000 scale, elevation and distance profiles, GPS tracks, accommodation and service directory. Can be used even without any knowledge of German. English translation of the map legend and the user manual of the guide available at esterbauer.com/international.