A look back in time
Randers was built at
the point where the river Gudenå flows into Randers Fjord, where it was
easiest to cross the river in a north-south direction. Here seagoing
traffic met with pedestrian and road traffic.
Exactly when the town
was established, is not known, but the town was already known as a
centre of commerce in the year 1080.
Trade and industry
also attracted religious institutions. “Vor Frue Convent”, which was
situated north of the present town square, was built around 1100. Other
monastaries and churches were founded in the town, the largest being
“Gråbrødre Monastery” which stood where the “Slotscenter” stands today.
The 16th century
brought prosperous times to the town. Rich businessmen built luxurious
town houses, beautifully decorated in the Rennaissance style. Several of
them still exist today, for example Brødregade 24 to26 and Storegade
Again in the latter
half of the 17th century the town experienced similar prosperity.
Furthermore parts of the muddy fjord were dredged, and numerous
buildings were erected. The Town Hall was built in 1778 and the
distinguished “Svaneapoteket” was erected i 1802.In the 19th century,
the town plan entered a new phase with the arrival of the first
factories, such as Scandia in 1862, and the coming of the railway to
Randers. The town was in a perfect position for the main line which runs
through Jutland. Randers was also the traffic centre for several local
After 1970 the town
underwent a radical reorganisation of its streetplan. A ringroad was
built around the town and a number of narrow medieval streets were
updated to modern pedestrian areas.
Kronjylland and its
market town of Randers offer a large range of attractions for both
children and adults.
One of the towns
greatest attractions is the tropical zoo "Randers Rainforest". In the
spring of 2003 "Randers Rainforest" opened it’s third and largest dome.
The three domes house tropical animals and plants in a simulated
Other than the
Rainforest you can enjoy the scenery on and by Denmark’s only river –
the "Gudenå". Kronjylland is also an excellent area for those interested
in arts and culture. Here you will find museums of art and cultural
history, art galleries, theatre and fascinating buildings – from old
town houses to castles, manor houses and churches.
Randers Kommune ( The
Municipality of Randers) has a population of 62.000 people and is the
fifth largest town in Denmark, excluding the Copenhagen area.
The local authority
encompasses an area of 153.6 square kilometres, which is quite small in
relation to the number of inhabitants. Further 150.000 people living in
the area of Kronjylland.
Industry in Randers
Historically the town
is known as an active centre of trade and industry, and it remains so
approximately 33.000 workplaces. When compared to the national average,
the town boasts an above average number of people employed in
manufacturing and commercial businesses.
There is a good
representation of firms within the stainless steel, graphic, plastic
engineering, foodstuff and furniture industries.
Trade in Randers
More than anything,
Randers is a town of retail trade. Half of the shops are located in the
town centre, and the many squares and pedestrian streets make shopping
an adventure. There are many exciting shops, especially within the
textile trade. You will also find large supermarkets here, so all
shopping needs can be catered for within walking distance.
Outside of the town
center there are plenty more opportunities for shopping in the many
local shopping centres and discount stores.
Randers is twinned
with the following nordic cities: Akureyri in Iceland, Västerås in
Sweden, Lahti in Finland and Ålesund in Norway. The town is also twinned
with Jelena Gori in Poland.
Organizer: RC of Rosenholm