Birk - The White City by Herning

Photo: Peter Rosbjerg

A trip around Birk is a visit to a fantastic world of beautiful buildings, artworks and landscapes.

Birk City was originally a group of farms, but today it is a unique, internationally-known area, where art, architecture, landscapes, education and businesses come together in an interesting union.

The green spaces of Birk
In between all of the interesting buildings, there are green spaces and parks with beautiful plant displays, paths and water basins.

The sculpture park is one, big, circular museum, where you can take in interesting artworks in the open air.

The park is right next to the Geometrical Gardens, where there is a landscape that is almost like a labyrinth with new spaces and shapes around every hedge.

From central points, you can enjoy the view of the open landscape to both the South and the North.

Top 3 attractions in Birk

Here are 3 must-see attractions when visiting Herning and the white city.

HEART - Herning Museum of Contemporary Art

HEART - Herning Museum of Contemporary Art  has come as a borderland between art and profession and is driven forward by the country known shirt manufacturer Aage Damgaard, who has made the foundation for the museum's collection.  With Steven Holls unique architecture as scenery, you as a...

Carl-Henning Pedersen & Else Alfelts Museum

Carl-Henning Pedersen & Else Alfelts Museum was opened in September 1976 and it was extended with an extension in 1993. With its 4000 works made by the married artist couple, it makes an extensive impression of the two great Danish painters with an association to the international Cobra gr...


Elia is a big sculpture in Herning. Cronhammers giant skulpture, ELIA is a mark of the new millenium. But the sculpturer is also a manifest of the willpower and the courage to go new ways, which has embossed Herning through decades.

Art and sculptures

If you have some time to spare, Birk has all of these attractions to offer and more. Make sure you visit some of them during your time in the area.


"Obelisken" is measuring 12 meter high, and is located in the middle of the roundabout in Birk.


Antony Gormley's monumental work "Allotment" was made in connection with the 1995 West Coast Peace Sculpture Project, marking the 50th anniversary of ...

Skulpturparken (The Sculpture Park)

The Sculpture Park was planned by the landscape gardener C. Th. Sørensen, which is one of the leading landscape gardeners in Denmark. There is a bust ...

De Geometriske Haver (The Geometrical Gardens)

The Geometrical Gardens  planned by the garden architect professor C. Th. Sørensen, as the rest of the museum area in Birk Centerpark.


Abyss is constructed by Ingvar Cronhammar.

Jorden er flad (The Earth is Flat)

Bjørn Nørgaard calls his sculpture, "Le Monde est plat", "The Earth is Flat". The sculpture is created specifically for the art museum in Herning in c...

Utzon-huset (The Utzon Building)

The Utzon building in Birk With its curvey roof shapes and large glazed surfaces, the Utzon building was a prototype for a planned export and desig...


Angligården was drawn out of an idea sketch of C. Th. Sørensen.

Education and business life side by side

Birk was the site of the first folk high school and it later came to house the design and business schools and the university too. With educational institutes and businesses located side by side, the students are able to get real-world experience. The educational offering here attracts many students from Denmark and further afield, hoping to experience the inspiring, international student environment at Birk. Many visitors and students make use of the stepping board of Birk Centerpark, which easily and quickly connects the area to Herning and the rest of the world.

Textile companies, design companies, private hospitals, agricultural guidance, IT, and accounting companies are just some of the businesses located in Birk. The large Innovatorium office building is a symbol of the significant backing and understanding of the entrepreneurial spirit that exists in the area. Companies, both large and small, come here to get advice and guidance on how to start and run a business.