Heaths of Randbøl
Experience Randbøl Hede, which is one of Denmark's largest remaining inland heaths, with a rugged nature that heath farmers, "potato Germans" and finally the state took up the fight against.
Randbøl Hede southwest of Randbøl is one of the few remaining natural heaths in Denmark. Originally much larger, the 1,875-acre Randbøl Hede is nonetheless one of the nation’s largest inland heaths. Randbøl Hede was declared a nature reserve in 1932 to protect it from being further reclaimed as farmland or woodland.
Randbøl Hede was once a trackless, deserted heathland feared by all, especially commercial travellers due to the roaming bandits. Still meandering across the heath is a track leading to Vorbasse, which for centuries was a droving road along which cattle were led to market in Vorbasse or even further south.
As early as the 1760s, German farmers cultivated potatoes in the area, introducing this novel vegetable to the Danes. In the 1950s, the time-honoured grazing and peat-cutting rights of local farmers were finally abolished.
The Stoltenbjerg Hill, set in the mighty sand dunes of Staldbakkerne, offers spectacular views of the natural heath.