Hotel Dania and Silkeborg belong together
Silkeborg is one of Denmark's most beautifully situated cities and in particular there are two buildings that, more than anything else, have left their mark on the city. One is the old paper mill that Michael Drewsen founded in 1844 and around which the city grew up. The other is Hotel Dania which was founded on 17 June 1848 by innkeeper Jens Heegaard Mikkelsen Grabow and his wife Katrine. After innkeeper Jens Heegaard Mikkelsen Grabow and his wife, Katrines, died in 1876, Hotel Dania had 5 different owners until 1960 when Ellen and Eduard Jørgensen bought Hotel Dania. Since then, the hotel has been in the family's possession.
The paper mill is closed today. On the other hand, Hotel Dania, with its 165 years, has followed the development, and today is more than ever equipped to satisfy the most discerning guest from near and far.
Hotel Dania's well-known guests
Authors, internationally renowned painters, Danish actors and politicians have over the years stayed and eaten at the hotel. Our everyone's HC Andersen, together with The Royal Theatre's big diva Johanne Louise Heiberg, has several times taken the long trip from Copenhagen to Silkeborg and of course stayed at Hotel Dania. In one of her letters to her friend AF Krieger, she praised both the comfort and reception of the rooms.
Silkeborg grew around Hotel Dania
Silkeborg grew around Hotel Dania and Dania quickly became the place where people met. Over time, many famous people have visited Silkeborg and with or without an official reception at the town hall, everyone has in their own way benefited and enjoyed Hotel Dania's unique setting and service.
Tourism was also of great importance to Silkeborg. In 1861, "Hjejlen" began to sail on Silkeborgsøerne. In 1859, the poet HC Andersen visited Michael Drewsen and was captivated by Silkeborg's beautiful nature and in the poem "Jylland between two seas", Andersen described the lakes and forests around Silkeborg as;
"Highland with forestry".
Central location in the middle of the square
Today, the four-star Hotel Dania is the epitome of more than just a hotel. It is an experience with sights, culture, shopping and nature on your doorstep. The hotel forms the perfect setting for meetings, conferences as well as weddings, confirmations, christenings and birthdays - and not least for individual nights for the busy business guest.