Motto: "Et hestehoved foran"

Location in Denmark

Coordinates: 56°20′00″N 10°03′00″E / 56.33333°N 10.05000°E / 56.33333; 10.05000Coordinates: 56°20′00″N 10°03′00″E / 56.33333°N 10.05000°E / 56.33333; 10.05000
Country Denmark
Region Central Denmark Region
Municipality Favrskov Municipality
Founded 3 September 1862

Municipal council
25 members

A (11)
C (1)
F (1)
O (2)
V (9)
Ø (1)
  Mayor Nils Borring (A)
  Total 5.29 km2 (2.04 sq mi)
Elevation 18-56 m (−166 ft)
Population (2014)
  Total 7,961
  Density 1,500/km2 (3,900/sq mi)
  Municipal 47,117
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 8370 Hadsten
Area code(s) (+45) 86
Website http://www.favrskov.dk/

Hadsten (Danish pronunciation: [ˈhɛːˌsd̥͡se̝n]) is a city in central Denmark with a population of 8,028 (1 January 2016),[1] and is the largest city in Favrskov Municipality,[2] located in Region Midtjylland in Central Jutland. Until January 1, 2007, it was the site of the municipal council of the now former Hadsten municipality. Other names for Hadsten are: Hadsten Stationsby, Khadsten or Хадстен.

The modern city was founded on 3 September 1862, when the "Den østjyske længdebane" (eng. The Eastern Jutland Railway) was opened. In 2012, the city celebrated its 150th anniversary, with a visit by Frederik, the Crown Prince of Denmark and his wife, Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark.[3]

Hadsten has many educational institutions, including a technical school, gymnasium (Secondary school), and folk high school. Hadsten is famous for having one of the largest model railways in Europe.[4]

Besides that, Hadsten have the shortest pedestrian street in Europe.

The city was at the plant of the East Jutland stretch of railway line, which was officially inaugurated on September 3, 1862. Therefore, this date is seen as the city's founding. In September 2012 celebrated its 150th anniversary with the visit of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary.

Hadsten was mentioned for the first time in 1432 as Halstiern suggesting to come from the old Norse word tjærn which means "little lake", while the neck also on old Danish refers to the narrowing the small river valley have of Kollerup Gods. It should be noted that the water level this river at that time has stood 2–3 meters higher than it is today - which is why the valley was marked by lakes.

Pronunciation of the town's name has often been the subject of discussion, since locals pronounce the name with a silent "d"; as "Ha'sten".

Archaeological digs around the city have shown that there have lived people in Lilleådalen as far back as 2,000 years b.Cr . The name Hadsten comes from the former small villages Neder- and Over Hadsten, and was first mentioned in writing in 1432. The excavation around the water mill, which later became known as Hadsten Mølle, have shown the rest of an old water mill from the early High Middle Ages, around 1190 ' s. The mill came in the 1400s during the Clausholm Castle, and gained the name Hadsten Mølle


Hadsten, Denmark is located at 56.3282o latitude and 10.0493 o longitude. Hadsten’s average elevation above sea level is 44 meters.[5]

Urban districts of Hadsten

Sister cities

The following cities were twinned with Hadsten:[6]


It is the place of Birth of Derby County and former Denmark international soccer player, Morten Bisgaard.

One of the most advanced buildings in Denmark is also in Hadsten. The building functions as a café, library and auditorium.

External links


  1. "BEF44: Population 1st January, by urban areas" database from Statistics Denmark
  2. "De største byer". Retrieved 2012-09-27.
  3. "Frederik and Mary Visit Favrskov". Royal Hats blog.
  4. Modelbane Europa(website)
  5. Geonames. "Hadsten, Denmark". Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  6. "Ystävyyskuntatoiminta" (in Norwegian). City of Saarijärvi. Retrieved 2012-06-01.
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