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Traces of history at heath Dejbjerg Hede

Historical Remnants at Dejbjerg Hede

The heath Dejbjerg Hede is often connected with the 'rakkers', who lived a wretched life on the edge of civilization. There are also many other stories about life in this area.

Dejbjerg Hede and Dejbjerg Plantage is a vast interconnected nature area north of the village of Dejbjerg. Apart from diversified nature with forests, heaths and bogs with plenty of paths, this area is also full of exciting tales about human life from the iron age and onwards. This heath shows signs of settlement from prehistoric times; in the western end there are 25 prehistoric burial mounds, and in the open-air museum Dejbjerg Jernalder featuring items from the iron age you can see how people lived 2000 years ago. Later, the vikings made their impression on this area; and in the Middle Ages cattle herders and goose girls brought their flocks of animals through the area before selling them on the big agricultural markets in northern Germany.

The poor and the 'rakker' families also affected the area, living at Dejbjerg Hede and doing all the jobs that no one else wanted to do, such as skinning horses and cattle that died from natural causes. 

The forested area Dejbjerg Plantage is a very popular destination with marked walking paths. The paths begin and end at the parking lots on the road between Skjern and Ringkøbing. 

Dejbjerg Hede is definitely worth visiting. Enter the area from the west near the ancient burial mounds; here you will find a fantastic view overlooking a typical West Jutland landscape. Actually, you will be able to see both Ringkøbing Fjord and the North Sea more than 20 km away. To the South, you can see the river valley Skjern Å-dalen and the heath Borris Hede; and right below the horizon, the town Ølgod is visible 25 km away. You can also count more than 20 church towers from this view point.  

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The Dejbjerg route

The Dejbjerg Route - 69 km

The Dejbjerg route trails through small villages; past farms and cosy miniature societies with remnants of earlier dwellings.