Get out and enjoy the beautiful nature only found at Hartesløjfen. 

Hartesløjfen winds itself out from Harteværket down paths in the wood, bridges and road towards Ferup Lake and Stallerup Lake and then back to Harteværket and Kolding Stream.
The full trip is about 13 km (8,1 miles), but you can also take a shorter version, where you walk down to Stalleup Lake. This route is 8.5 km (5.3 miles) long.
Hartesløjfen is for the whole family (please notice that the trip is not everywhere well-suited for people with trouble walking or for baby carriages) and can be enjoyed both on foot and via bicycle.

At Hartesløjfen you can for instance take a trip on the rope ferry or spend the night in the shelters, go aboard a “sunken” ship, exercise in the beautiful nature or pretend that you are one of the old workers (the so-called “brushes” in English) that dug the canals and built the dams at Harteværket a 100 years ago.

You can download a map of Hartesløjfen here:
Hartesløjfen.pdf7.32 MB (the map is in Danish)

The red line on the map shows the path around Hartesløjfen.
The only thing, you have to do, is to get out into the nature and use it.


Ferup Lake

At Ferup Lake a rope ferry has been put up such that you can cross to the other side of the lake where you can enjoy your packed lunch in the lunch break pavilion.

The ferry weighs 780 kg (1720 lbs.) and since there is 50 meters to the other side, you have to use force to get over there. There is room on the ferry for at most eight people and it may be used from dawn to dusk. The address is: Egtvedvej 132, 6000 Kolding.

At the brush playground, children and youthful souls can try out life as a brush. The brushes were the casual labourers who dug the canals from Stallerup Lake and Ferup Lake to Harteværket by hand. At the playground, you can find shovels, dredgers, pumps, conveyor belts and so on. These will ease the burden for the little modern brushes.
Along Troldhedebanestien from Dybvadbro to Ferup Lake there are fitness machines of concrete usable for both play and exercise out in the open. Troldhedebanen is the old railroad which ran from Kolding to Troldhede. These days, it is used as a nature trail from Kolding to Ferup. On the way, you may run into many adventures and facilities.

Furthermore, Ferup Lake offers three shelters, two of which are new, where you can stay overnight and make a campfire. There is a gender-neutral toilet too. You can book a shelter at Udinaturen.dk (the site is in Danish).
Remember: If you wish to use the fire ring at the shelters, you must bring your own firewood. There are gridirons at the camp.

When going to Ferup Lake, you can park your car at Dybvadbro Station and walk the final 1.2 km (0.75 miles) to the lake.
You can use this address for navigation: Egtvedvej 132, 6000 Kolding.
Remember it is NOT allowed to drive in to Ferup Lake, not even for on/off loading.


Troldhedebanestien is a nature trail located on the old railway tracks spanning from Kolding to Troldhede.

On the 2 km (1.2 miles) long trail from Dybvadbro Station, several different concrete installations have been established. Here you can exercise in the open, play with the kids, relax and simultaneously enjoy the beautiful nature. The shape of the installations should invoke thoughts of the old railway and this is why, it fits into the surrounding nature.


Please notice that the boardwalks around Stallerup Lake can be slippery when wet. Sometimes a year, it might be a good idea to put on your wellingtons when walking around the lake. Especially in times of heavy rain.

Stallerup Lake is a natural lake.
Before the construction of Harteværket in 1918-1920, it was drained towards the north through Almind Stream to Vester Nebel Stream and from there onwards to Kolding Stream.

Afterwards, the brushes connected the southern end of Stallerup Lake to Harteværket through canals such that the water could run towards Harteværket instead of running north to Vester Nebel Stream.
At Stallerup Lake, you can experience a “sunken” ship illustrating the tragic story of the brushes who on their day off drowned during a rowing trip out onto the lake. The capsized boat is constructed in such a way that it seems like it has taken in water. The boat lies at the lakeshore such that you can step into it and get really close to the water.

It has also become possible to walk around the lake along the shore. There is overall 75 meters of wooden walkway so you can walk past the wet areas without getting your wet feet.

Facts about Stallerup Lake

The lake is 24 ha (240,000 m2)
Its average depth is around 2 meters with a maximum depth of 5 meters at the deepest spot lying in the north-eastern corner at the inlet of the lake.

Dybvadbro and Troldhedebanen

Dybvadbro is the first station on the railway track Kolding-Troldhede in Central Jutland. Troldhedebanen was constructed in years 1913-1917. With its almost 100 km (62 miles), it is the longest private railway in Denmark. A saleswoman was responsible for the daily function of the station. She controlled the gates at Egtvedvej, hoisted the signal flag up the 20 meters high flagpole and took care of three daily mail routes.

Dybvadbro Station lies around 8 km (4.9 miles) from Kolding. The station has been very active under the private Troldhede-Kolding-Vejen railway also known as Troldhedebanen. The station was closed down the 31st of March 1968 in connection with the closure of the railway. You can to this day still get all the way close to the well-kept railway station building and platform. Moreover, the associated storehouse has a free exhibition on the Troldhede-Kolding-Vejen railway. Troldhedebanestien, which runs along the old tracks, passes closely by the station.

The building was designed by architect Robert V. Schmidt and was built in 1916 by master builder Anton Jeppesen of Taulov for the price of around 14,000 DKK. The station was put into use the 25th of august 1917, when the first train at Troldhedebanen was put into regular service. You could see the station’s tall mast (20 meters) at the semaphore from Bramdrupdam. The mast has since been removed (1961), but its foundation can still be seen at the station.

The storehouse, which is these days used for an exhibition, was used as a warehouse.


Mountain-Bike Routes

Here there are three suggestions for a mountain bike route around Harteværket.

The routes may also be downloaded as kmz-files and mailed to your mobile phone from which you easily can import them to Google Earth:

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Boringen847 Bytes

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It’s allowed to sail with canoes, kayaks, rowboats and other non-engine vehicles on the lower part of Kolding Å. That is, from the outlet in the fjord to gangway at Påby Enge, a little ways from the highway bridge.

  • The route from Kolding Fjord to Plovfuren is available all year and any time of the day.
  • The route from Plovfuren to Påby Enge, as well as the canal to Harteværket is available all year from sunrise to sunset.
Sailing on Hartekanalen, Påby Lake, Stallerup Lake as well as the southern part of Søndersø

With permission from the municipality of Kolding it’s allowed to sail with canoe and kayak on above-mentioned lakes in the period from the 16th of june to the 31st of december from 8 a.m to sunset.

Any previous agreements with Vejle county are still in effect.
Documentaion of the agreement must be shown.

It’s possible to rent a canoe at Harteværket and sail from there to the southern part of Stallerup Lake and back.
Harteværkets has been granted permission by the municipality of Kolding to host these trips within our opening hours.

Read more about saling on Kolding Å



Book a shelter – Experience a night outside

You can book a shelter at either Påby Enge or Ferup Lake.

The shelter at Påby Enge has a beautiful view of the meadows by Kolding Å. There’s room for 6 people, with a covered table and benches and a fireplace. Near the shelter you’ll find a viewing platform and access to the stream, where you can dock your canoe or try fishing.

The shelter is placed along the route named Påby Enge, which is marked by yellow arrows. The route has exit sites at both Harteværket and Præstekæret near Påby.
You can’t access the shelter by car, and you have to bring your own firewood and water.

You can park your car about 350 meters from the shelter, at the adress Præstekæret 23, 6000 Kolding

The grounds the shelter is build on belongs to Harte’s congregation and the shelter was build in collaboration by the congregation and
the municipality of Kolding. If you experience any trouble, contact the congreation or the municipality of Kolding.

The shelter can be booked during the summer from 4 p.m. to 8 a.m.

Book shelter at Påby Eng

Shelter at Ferup Lake

We have three shelters at Ferup Lake. You wake up to a beautiful view of the lake.

There’s also a playground, fire place and bathrooms at the shelter.

When you’re traveling to Ferup Lake, you can park your car by Dybvadbro Station and walk the last 1,2 km to the lake.

You can drive to Egtvedvej 132, 6000 Kolding. Remember that it’s not allowed to drive to Ferup Lake.

The shelters were built in collaboration with Naturstyrelsen and the municipality of Kolding. If anythings out of order, contact the municipality.

You can book the shelters at udinaturen.dk