The town square
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• The town square in Herning is the central spot and meeting ground for the citizens.

• A wide variety of interesting events takes place on the town square.

• It was officially approved as town square on June 30th 1884.

• John Eyde donated the town square to Herning shortly after the town became an independent municipality.

• The town square was already blooming in the 1850’s where market and cattle-like activities took place.

• In 1913, the celebration that Herning had been named a “borough” took place on the town square.

• On May 5th 1945 the British liberation of Denmark was celebrated on the town square.

• Following his 1996 Tour de France victory, Bjarne Riis was celebrated on the town square.

• Today the town square is an integral part of the pedestrian street.

• The town square landmarks are Herning Church in the northern corner, The Bang and Olufsen Flagship store, Hotel Eyde to the south, City Hall on the western side and the former Bank “Hedebanken” on the southeast corner of the square.

• As one of the few places in Denmark, the town square is home to a sculpture by Henry Moore, “Seated Woman”.

• In the 1990’s the town square became a car free area.

• In 2012 the first stage (TT) of the Giro d’Italia passed the square with thousands of people cheering the riders.

A little extra

Every year in August (in 2017 on August 11th) the bike-street-race “Herning City Gadeløbet” starts on the town square. Among past winners of the long-standing race are Michael Blaudzun, Verner Blaudzun, Eigil Sørensen, Harly Hyldgaard, Jesper Skibby, Michael Mørkøv and Per Pedersen. This festive event, which will be repeated for the 39th time this year, draws thousands of spectators to a cycling-party every year.

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