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Herning is a Danishmarker city of Region Midtjyllandmarker. It is the main town and the administrative seat of Herning Municipalitymarker. Herning has a population of 45,470 (1st January 2009) including the suburbs of Tjørring, Snejbjerg, Lind, Birk, Hammerum and Gjellerup, making Herning the 12th. largest urban area in Denmark.


Herning has been called "The Capital of the Heath" (hedens hovedstad) and with good reason— it was established at the beginning of the 1800s during the period of heath reclamation. This period of time resulted in a growing population, and a demand for products and services to the new farmers in the area. Herning came into existence as a center of commerce for the area.

Later on the town became known for the textile weaving industry that developed in and around the town. This industry was once Herning's principal economic activity, though today the town enjoys a diversified industrial base.

Herning became a market town in 1913.

Herning has twice been awarded the title of Danish City of the Year: in 1965 and 2003.


Herning is home to Messecenter Herning, the largest exhibition centre in Scandinavia, which gives the town a reputation for its many trade fairs.

Carl-Henning Pedersen and Else Alfelt's museum of art aka Herning Art Museum is one of the major attractions.

The city hosts 3 buildings recognizable designed by the architect Jørn Utzon. One publicly and two privately owned buildings.

The town is also home to sculptor Ingvar Cronhammar's unique monumental work Elia. It is a black-painted, 60 m dome with four 10 m wide stairways inset into its surface at the Earth's cardinal points. These lead to an observation platform overlooking the surrounding heath, as well as to the sculpture's 30.000 cubic meter resonance chamber. Four steel columns rise to a height of 30m over the landscape; they are capped by red domes, lit from below and equipped to attract lightning. In the center of the sculpture, equidistant to the four columns, is a fifth column— a gas burner— about two meters below the viewing platform. The gas burner shoots a pillar of flame about one meter wide and 8.4m high up between the pillars at random intervals controlled by a computer. The sculpture is located in the town near the Herning Art Museum.

The old Herningsholm Estate in Herning is open to the public for touring. Classensborg Estate, now called Skarrildhus, is located 25 km south of the town, but is closed to the public because it is a private hotel and educational facility. The grounds, however, can be toured and are known for their beautiful rhododendron displays during the spring.


Route 18 / 15 new motorways near Herning

There are a number of motorways around Herning: The expressway route 18 from Sinding to Sundsvej, and motorway from Sundsvej to Høgild is opened, the motorway from Høgild to Brandemarker is open and an expressway from the eastern part of Herning to Snejbjerg is opened,and route 15 from Herning to Aarhusmarker is also opened,but the motorways with Bording- Funder is under construction and finish in 2012. And motorway with Silkeborgmarker is first constructs from 2011-2015. The entire motorway from Herning to Vejlemarker open in 2013.

Famous residents of the municipality


  1. BEF44: Population 1st January, by urban areasdatabase from Statistics Denmark

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