Horsens Yachtværft ApS is founded in 2005 as a service and repair yard. The yard is run by Søren Buhl and with Hans Erik Frost as financial partner. From the outset, the company has been renovations, repairs and servicing of yachts with a professionally strong starting point in a group of talented employees from another company who discontinued.
Over time, the company has developed both professionally as well as in investments in workshop facilities and specialties, which makes Horsens yacht yard today the most modern shipyard for renovation and repair of yachts in Denmark.
In 2009 the yard has established a rig and mast workshop for the rigging of sailboats, as well as the rolling of vire up to 8 mm. And in 2013-14 Special department specializing in Ploug, FORMBYG and infusion and vacuum engineering. Both parts have given order in a special business area with winter storage of yachts has developed very positively in the yard’s history. This has led to the shipyard currently disposing of more than 2500 sqm. isolated halls with customers from most of Jutland but also Germany, Holland, Switzerland and England. The yard focuses on full service for customers.
Horsens Yachtværft ApS: www.horsensvaerft.dk/
The workshops have gate heights of up to 7 metres and a width of just under 6 metres. The workshops meet all the requirements for a modern production, as well as a good working environment for the shipyard employees, as a general condition.
Horsens is a Danish city in east Jutland. It is the site of the council of Horsens Municipality. The city’s population is 57,517 and the municipality’s population is 87,736 (as of 1 January 2016). The municipality is also a part of the East Jutland metropolitan area, which has 1.2 million inhabitants.
Horsens is best known for its culture and entertainment events. Horsens New Theatre is a cultural centre which holds over 200 events annually. It has managed to draw major names such as Slayer, Metallica, and Iron Maiden.
It is believed the name Horsens derives from the old Danish words hors (horse) and næs (naze, headland). From the 12th century the name Horsenes is known.
The earliest traces of a city are remains of a pagan burial site and houses dating back to the 10th century. In the 12th century, the kings Sweyn III and Valdemar I issued coins in the city. In the 13th century the city got its own legal code.
Excavations have shown that the city was expanded around 1300, with a moat going around the city and its harbour. Industrialization started from the middle of the 19th century. The population rose dramatically when people from the countryside moved to the city to work in the factories. The first Danish iron foundry outside of Copenhagen was opened as well as tobacco and textile factories.
In recent years, much effort has been made to expand and improve cultural events. Several internationally known artists, such as Madonna, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Joe Cocker, Elton John, The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Tom Jones, Bryan Adams, David Bowie, José Carreras, Helmut Lotti, Westlife, R.E.M., Paul McCartney, Robbie Williams, The Rolling Stones, Dolly Parton, AC/DC, U2, Rammstein and Snow Patrol have performed, or have performances planned in Horsens.
Metallica has performed several times in Horsens.
Hard Rock/Heavy Metal band Pretty Maids is from Horsens.
One of the largest cultural events in Denmark is the annual European Medieval Festival on the last Friday and Saturday in August. The town centre of Horsens is transformed into the largest medieval market town in Northern Europe with activities and entertainment for families and children of all ages.
Every March, Horsens hosts a Crime Festival. The Crime Festival – in Danish called Krimimessen – is an event for literary crime, mysteries and thrillers. The Crime Festival is organized by Horsens Public Library. Every year, many well-known crime writers visit Horsens.
The city is home to Horsens Industrimuseum, a museum showing the history of the industrial society. The museum shows technological development and developments in living conditions for workers.
The last execution in peacetime in Denmark happened in the prison in 1892 when Jens Nielsen was decapitated in the courtyard.
Carl August Lorentzen was a safe cracker who became famous for his escape from the prison in 1950 when he dug a tunnel from his cell and out to freedom. When the guards discovered he was missing they found a note from him with the words “Where there is a will there is a way”. Lorentzen was captured a few days later on a nearby farm.
The old run-down buildings were not fit for a modern prison. In 2006 the prison was closed and the newly built State Prison of East Jutland was opened. The new prison, which is placed near Horsens, held the mass murderer Peter Lundin for a period.
Since its closure as a prison, Horsens Statsfængsel has housed a crime and prison museum, and conference and business facilities. The prison grounds have been used for concerts. It was considered as the venue of the Eurovision Song Contest 2014, along with two other cities in Denmark.
VisitHorsens (the local tourist office) moved to the Prison in 2013 and in 2015 a hotel called SleepIn has opened in the Prison.
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