Randers Rainforest offers experiences on an international level. South America, Asia and Africa, three rainforest continents in a tropical climate with giant lianas, roaring waterfalls, more than 250 species of animals and 450 different tropical plants. Many of the animals walk freely and you get close to monkeys, green iguanas, fruit bats and sloths. Experience the snake farm that moves freely, a cave with tight-flying bats and saltwater aquarium built up as a sinking frigate. Outside youn can find a playground and children’s zoo and an indoor cafe and shop.
GAIA Museum is located near the city center and the harbor environment. Here visitors have a unique opportunity to experience thought provoking art. Make a visit and experience the art, enjoy food, shopping and the atmosphere in the cafe.
A day in Randers
In Randers all sights lie close to one another so that during a day’s time in Randers you can experience many sights without having to catch your breath! Leave your car in the parking garage at the harbour Randers Havn and follow the Star Route round the town. The Star Route is almost 3km and shows the way to great stories and exiting places around town. The large stars turn your attention to something special, whereas the smaller stars guide you on the right path. In the leaflet “Stjerneruten i Randers” you will find descriptions and explanations on the Route. Take a lunch break at Niels Ebbesens Spisehus for example, which is the setting for the stories about Niels Ebbesen who killed the crazy Count in the year 1340 on that very spot.
The nature around Randers offers possibilities of historic and peaceful hiking tours – here you can lose yourself in thoughts on an early morning at sunrise in the game reserve Sødring Vildtreservat which is situated at the place where the fjord flows into the Kattegat. The seals, which play on the polders, and the rich bird life in Randers Fjord are waking up. These are moments which last, and you forget the sense of time. A quiet hike in the footsteps of the pilot – a 32 km-long tour along Randers Fjord may continue along the bargeman’s path all the way to Silkeborg. Thus the hiking tour becomes a further 71 km long. While you walk, the time stands still. Spend a relaxing night on a camping site, or in an inn or a hotel.
Graceland Randers is a copy of Elvis Presley’s house in Memphis, Tennessee. The museum houses the only Elvis exhibition outside the USA – about his music and his life. Moreover, there is an America-inspired restaurant with Elvis’ favourite dishes, a cinema, and banqueting rooms. Graceland Randers opens on April 15th, 2011.
Here you can visit the interactive runestone and visit a modern exhibition about the Middle Ages where the children can dress up as nuns, noblemen and knights and try different games. You can also visit an exhibition about the history of Randers as a market town or “The Buhlske Living Rooms” with an art collection of 334 works of art, of which 48 are Rembrandt etchings. Temporary exhibitions, activities and lectures all year round.
Randers Art Museum
Randers Kunstmuseum is a treasure with great experiences for everybody. It was established in 1887 and it contains more than 4000 works of art. Randers Kunstmuseum is known for its high quality and large versatile collection. The museum has art for every taste and all year round it arranges special exhibitions of temporary and past Danish art, also lectures, guided tours and children’s workshops.
Novelty in 2011: Europe’s largest water coaster!
Come and find the pirate captain’s treasure in Denmark’s only water coaster, Skatteøen. The 28 metres high roller coaster runs through both air and water with speeds up to 70 km/hour. It is a world class buccaneering expedition for the whole family! More than 60 attractions, a huge Aqua-park and the sixth best roller coaster in the world, the Pirate. The large beautiful amusement park in Mid-Djursland has all that small and older kids can wish for. Admission fee includes all the attractions.
The Old Townhall
The old town hall from 1780 was designed by building master Chr. Mørup. In connection with the renovation of an even older town hall it was decided that the building was outdated, and in stead a totally new building was erected. Chr. Mørup made a sketch in only 6 days, and it was approved by the mayor. Because of the increasing motor traffic, it was decided to move the town hall in 1930. The town hall was lifted onto strong iron balks so that it was possible to draw it by means of ropes. A granite angle in the pavement south of the building marks the previous site of the house.
Gudenåen – a flow of experiences.
The river Gudenåen bids welcome to a wide selection of holiday possibilities and experiences. Here you will find beautiful sceneries, funny and instructive sights, numerous possibilities of an active holiday, magnificent buildings, culinary diversity, and idyllic sites. The Gudenå is selected as one of the 10 best salmon waters in Europe. It is a great pleasure to walk with a spin rod along the river on the lookout for the places where the fish hides! However, the Gudenå system is more then the famous salmon and sea trout. There are fine populations of zander, pike and perch. The Gudenå is Denmark’s longest river, and it runs through a very broad river valley with a landscape offering numerous experiences.
Mariager Salt Centre
An exciting attraction, which gives meaningful experiences. Experience the magic in the hut where the “White Gold” is produced and where you can try extracting salt from seawater as in the Middle Ages. You can also take a hot salt bath in “The Dead Sea” where you cannot sink. It is a funny and lovely experience. Take the elevator down into the “Salt Mine” and visit the movable cinema. A visit to Denmark’s Salt Centre is both a both funny and instructive experience.