Map 4. Varde - Karlsgårde

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Torvet i Varde

The path continues into Varde along Varde Å at Slotsbanken. We recommend going into Varde to get a sense of the atmosphere in the old provincial town. The walk continues through Kongens Kær where the natural meanders of the river have been restored. After this, the trail continues to Karlsgårdeværket along Varde Å, passing heaths and plantations.


1. Varde Miniature Town

Varde is a modern and prosperous town but seen from above it looks like a miniature town where you can walk among the small houses as if you were a giant in a fairytale. In the Miniature Town, the fairytale becomes reality when you walk in the familiar streets where houses that are long gone stand beside buildings, which are still easily recognizable. The buildings have been made in a 1 to 10 scale according to reconstruction blueprints based on old original drawings, photos and information such as fire assessments, which among other things describe the number of doors and windows. Today, there are about 300 houses and more are built every year. Over time, it has become necessary to maintain the oldest buildings.
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2. Vardehus Castle

Vardehus Slotsbanke is the remains of a medieval royal castle. It is placed at an old river crossing at Varde Å, which the town is built around. Vardehus once was a normal estate belonging to the king. During the turbulent period around 1300, it was moved to a small islet in the river south of the town and was fortified. In the 15th century there were several disputes between the vassal and the local farmers. The dispute culminated in 1439 when the peasants stormed and destroyed the castle. The Council of the Realm reacted by burning Varde to the ground. Vardehus was never rebuilt in recent times, the foundation of building measuring 7 x 18 metres has been excavated, which may have been the home of the vassal.

3. Drivvejen

You can follow the Drove Path through western Jutland from Limfjorden to Leck in South Schleswig in Germany. The trail basically follows old trade routes and on the route the story of the merchants, their wares, the inns, the possibilities of spending the night, smuggling and of the landscape, which constituted the population’s living conditions are told.
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4. Fields og burial mound at Skonager

On the heath, you can see remains of Iron Age fields. They appear as a system of low banks and are some of the most well-preserved prehistoric fields in Denmark. They are from the first part of the Iron Age (approx 500 B.C. to 200 A.D.). The banks developed slowly, in part from the placing of soil and rocks when the land was cultivated, in part from earth drift. At the centre of the heath lies a low burial mound. It has not been excavated but its size and position in the landscape indicate that it is from the Neolithic Age (Single-grave culture 2800-2400 B.C.).
The heath lies at the edge of Varde Bakkeø from where there is a magnificent view of Varde Ådal.

5. Karlsgårdeværket


The second-largest hydroelectric plant in Denmark is at Karlsgårde Sø. It was built in1921 and is still in use. However, in connection with the re-establishment of Varde Å the plan is to shut down the production of power at the plant after which it will produce electricity for museum purposes only. At the plant, you will find an exhibition on the production of electricity and nature.

Links to tour folders

Kyst til Kyst Stien. Folder about The Coast to Coast Trail

Drivvejen. Folder about The Drove Path