The Commichau & Co.'s clothes factory. This publicity drawing shows not only the new body suit fabric, but also the steam boat Hjejlen, the new judge´s house, the railway, Silkeborg Windmill, Frederiksberg´s district, Ameliagade street with horse cart and the rural surroundings. Source: http://www.silkeborgshistorie.dk
Silkeborg was a small town situated in a big piece of nature until 1845, when the arrival of the Drewsen paper dynasty from the north of Copenhagen to the city stimulated its modern development.
Silkeborg Commichau & Co factory, 2008
One of the reasons that made the family establish their new fabric in the town was, naturally, its location by the lake Silkeborg Langsø, which should be the energy source for their paper production.
In 1877, the clothes factory Commichau & Co was established in Silkeborg near the new Århus-Silkeborg railway. This gave new impulse to Silkeborg´s industry and to the development of the city.
It is also at the margin of the lake Silkeborg Langsø, between the cities Silkeborg and Ry, that it is located the peak that once was considered to be the highest in Denmark: The Himmelbjerg.
The place started to be popular in 1839, and in 1875 was there erected the Himmelbjerg Tower, which is open to the public during summertime. From both Ry and Silkeborg the visitor can take a sailing boat to the mountain – for more information, read “Himmelbjerg – the top of Denmark – almost“.
Back to Silkeborg, it is possible to visit the oldest building in town, the farm house from 1767, where is now the Silkeborg Museum. The permanent collection includes, for example, artefacts from the Stone Age early hunting societies, rock carvings of cup shapes and wheel symbols from the Bronze Age, artefacts and replicas from the Iron Age, including the
Tollund Man (which was preserved by staying in a bog for 2350 years, until its discover in 1950, 10km west of Silkeborg), and some finds from the Viking Age and the Medieval Times.
For more information, check the museum site.
Some of the other attractions in Silkeborg are the Aqua Freshwater Aquarium, the steam boat Hjejlen, Jysk Automobilmuseum, Silkeborg Museum of Art, Silkeborg Bunker Museum and a few churches and monasteries. Here you can find more on attractions, accomodations, places to eat and active holidays.