Flights to Silkeborg
Silkeborg is a small city in central Denmark, split in half by Silkeborg Lake. It’s not a huge tourist destination but this means you will get to see some authentic Danish culture.
Flights to Silkeborg arrive at the Karup Airport (airport code: KRP) which is a short drive by rental car away from town. All flights to Silkeborg will have 2 connections when departing from Johannesburg. Swiss Air makes transfers in Zurich and Copenhagen, and KLM has its connections in Amsterdam and Copenhagen. If you take a flight to Silkeborg with either British Airways or Virgin Atlantic, you will have stops in London and Copenhagen. Flight times will range from 20 to 28 hours, including layovers.
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The Tourist Attractions of Silkeborg:
AQUA is a large aquarium complex and water park in Silkeborg where you can see a large number of fish, reptiles, turtles and amphibians. There are also some enclosures with local Danish mammals up on land. You can easily spend the day there, so either pack a picnic lunch or grab something to eat at their restaurant.
Gi Den Gas Palads
This is an indoor play center with several different activities for kids of all ages. There is a shooting gallery, bouncy castles, slides and indoor playgrounds. Your kids can get their face painted and you can have a snack at the little restaurant.
Museum Jorn is the Silkeborg Art Museum, and you can find it near the city centre by the river. The focus of their collection is work by world-famous Danish artist Asger Jorn. His abstract work includes paintings and drawings as well as other forms of sculpture. There are many exhibits by other artists as well though they are mostly all modern or abstract in theme.
The Silkeborg Museum focuses on history and you’ll find it in one of the oldest buildings in town, a large and impressive manor house. Their collections of material include items from as early as the Stone Age right up until more modern times in Silkeborg. One particularly well-known exhibit is the mummified Tollund Man, whose body was found in a peat bog in 1950. It’s estimated he lived in the 4th century BC and is amazingly well preserved.
Jutland Car Museum
Another look at history, from an automotive standpoint, can be taken at the Jutland Car Museum. It’s about 15 kilometres away from town and has about 100 vehicles in its indoor collection. There are beautifully preserved vintage cards, motorcycles and other forms of transportation too.
You can also take a drive to the east and see the city of Aarhus. They have many great museums there, and the Bryup-Vrads vintage train tour is a popular attraction if you want to see the city from a different angle.
When Should You Visit?:
It will be cool for most of the year in Silkeborg, with most months being under 20C (68F). It will get slightly warmer (22C) during July and August though, which is the height of the summer. From November until April it will be cool enough that you will want to pack warm clothes and jackets if you plan on doing any sight-seeing outdoors but it would be pleasant if you were dressed for it.