09.08.2015 - 09.08.2015
Another of our favourite restaurants is Aalekronen on the banks of Lake Julsø. This area of Denmark, only 40km from Aarhus is known as the 'Danish Lake Lands' because of a series of large lakes which are interconnected by the Gudenå River (Denmark's longest at 160km). I've not found anything which gives me exactly the number of lakes, but I've counted eleven. It is a beautiful area with fantastic scenery.
After a delicious and relaxed lunch we caught the ferry for a short, but enjoyable trip on the lake to Himmelbjerget ("The Sky Mountain" or "The Mountain of Heaven"). With a height of 147 m (482 ft), Himmelbjerget is one of the highest natural points in the Danish landscape. It is also an area of great cultural significance. On top of the hill is a 25 meter tall tower that was erected to honor King Frederik VII and his role in giving the Danish people a constitution in 1849. There are also a number of monuments several honouring Danish poets and one commemorating the women’s right to vote in 1915.
We disembarked at Himmelbjerget, but chose not to walk up the hill on this occasion, happy to enjoy a coffee and ice-cream by the lake and wait for the return ferry to Aalekronen.
Another relaxed and lovely day together, in this special part of Denmark.