This beautiful sight combines beautiful nature with exciting cultural history. The old Benedictine monastery and paper mill is today a favorite excursion destination that is magnificent for picnics. Here there are old listed buildings, a small exhibition and a lookout tower with a view of Jutland’s largest lake, Mossø.
A cultural-historical gem in the middle of nature
In the middle of some of the most beautiful nature that Denmark has to offer, is Klostermølle. Klostermølle consists of a number of old buildings worthy of preservation, all of which are open to the public. In addition, there are nice outdoor areas which are perfect if you want to enjoy lunch outdoors or you just want to go for a walk in the breathtaking surroundings.
In one of the old buildings, you can find a small exhibition consisting of posters and stories. Here you can learn more about the history of the place and hear sounds from the time when the mill was active.
The drying barn in Klostermølle is Denmark’s longest wooden building. In the drying shed you can still see how cardboard and paper have hung to dry. A bird tower has been built at the north end of the 100 meter long drying barn with a view of Klosterkær and Mossø.
You can get all the way down to the small beach on the shores of Mossø, which is the 4th largest lake in Denmark.
You can also take a walk along the old 1.3 kilometer long mill canal.
A hotspot for canoeing
At Klostermølle is a tent site for canoeists with good facilities. Klostermølle is a well-known destination for canoeing on the Gudenåen – both from Tørring in the south and from Ry to the north. Many rental places offer canoe pick-up here from the gate to Søhøjlandet.
NB: It is only allowed to stay overnight at the campsite if you come by waterway.
At the foot of the Sugarloaf Mountain
From Klostermølle there are several paths that lead up to one of Denmark’s most beautiful viewpoints, Sukkertoppen. The steep hill has a peak at 108 meters and offers a terrific view of Mossø, Klosterkær, Salten Langsø and the forests and hills at Himmelbjerget. The top of Sukkertoppen is 500 meters from the car park at Klostermølle.
History of Klostermølle
Since the Reformation in 1536, Klostermølle has been a gathering place for many people. Klostermølle was a Benedictine monastery in the Middle Ages. However, there are only a few remnants left today from that time.
In 1872, the mill was rebuilt into a factory with the production of pulp and cardboard. As such, it functioned until 1973, when a fire put an end to production. After the fire, the state bought the area for recreational purposes. Today, the buildings are used for nature school.
On Klostermøllevej immediately south of the buildings is a nice parking lot. Here it is also possible for buses to park.
Learn more about Klostermølle
The podcast series “Åsteder: Fortællinger fra Gudenåen” has made a section about Klostermølle. Join us on a journey through 900 years of cultural history in the podcast here.
Several historic nature areas
The area around Horsens offers many traces of the history of nature. On this page you can get inspiration for other excursion destinations.