Field Trip: Silkeborg Bad November 11 2016
In our continuous field trip feature series, we curate some interesting cultural sites in Denmark that connected with our passion for architecture, design, and art. This week we feature Silkeborg Bad located in mesmerizing nature of Middle Jutland, perfect for a day-trip with a rucksack over the shoulders.
The original idea behind opening a health resort in the area started in the middle of the 19th century when the area surrounding Arnakkekilden (Spring) became a highly valued destination for day-trips. The first person who tried to open a health resort was the founder of the city Michael Drewsen in 1872, but at the time the area was state-owned and they were not interested in giving one person the power over the whole area. A few years later, however, the area became a health resort when the doctor Benjamin Olsen with his colleagues opened a health resort in Juli 1883.
Silkeborg Bad remained a health resort until 1942, where the German troops in Denmark decided to use the area as their headquarters and from spring 1943 the area was prepared for General Hermann Von Hanneken to move in. If you visit the area today there are multiple hidden bunkers left in the forests surrounding Silkeborg Bad and if that's the trail interesting the visitor, a small bunker museum can also be found on the site. After the war, the area was used three times to house refugees coming from Germany after WW2, Iranian refugees in the 80ies and lastly Jugoslavian in the beginning of the 1990´s.
In 1992 Silkeborg Bad turned into what it is today when Årstiderne Arkitekter started renovating the old buildings, allowing a museum in beautiful surroundings to grow on the soils. The museum has since then become known for showcasing modern danish and international art, such as Søren Hjorth Nielsen, Henry Heerup, Knud Nellemose or Jørgen Rømer. We highly recommend a visit to this scenic part of Denmark!