Møllehøj, reaching 170.86 meters above sea level, claims the title of Denmark’s tallest natural landmark. Nestled in the Ejer Mountains, Skanderborg Municipality, and close to Ejer Bavnehøj, it was only in 2005 that Møllehøj was recognized as the highest point, a surprising revelation that redefined Denmark’s geographic landscape. Previously, Yding Skovhøj in Horsens Municipality and Ejer Bavnehøj were believed to be the highest points. Møllehøj now stands 9 cm taller than Yding Skovhøj and 51 cm taller than Ejer Bavnehøj.
The top of Møllehøj is distinguished by a millstone from the Ejer mill, a Dutch windmill that was a notable fixture from 1838 to 1917. The windmill, known for its unique eight-sided structure and onion-shaped roof, met its demise in a fire in 1917, leaving behind the millstone as a lingering piece of history.
This area’s historical significance is further underlined by the presence of five ancient Bronze Age burial mounds, taller than Møllehøj itself. The most prominent among them is Yding Skovhøj in Yding Forest, standing at 172.52 meters.
The responsibility for Møllehøj has passed through various hands over the years. Initially, it was under the care of the Ejer mill family until 1917. Later, the Ejer Møllegård family took over, playing a pivotal role in safeguarding its natural state and historical significance. Their dedication to maintaining the trail and ensuring public access demonstrates a commitment to sharing Møllehøj’s heritage.
Møllehøj in the Present Day
In today’s context, Møllehøj is more than just a geographical highlight. Since gaining recognition in 2005, it has become a beacon for visitors and nature enthusiasts, drawing attention to this unique spot in Denmark.
The Ejer Møllegård family’s continuous efforts in preservation ensure that Møllehøj remains an integral part of Denmark’s story, linking the past to the present. The millstone at the summit, a silent witness to centuries of history, stands as a testament to the resilience and continuity of the Danish landscape.
Access for Everyone
Despite being privately owned, Møllehøj is open to the public. Visitors can reach it via the ‘Sporet ved Ejer Bjerge’ hiking trail, part of the ‘Spor i Landskabet’ or ‘Tracks in the Landscape’ network. This arrangement, along with parking at Ejer Bavnehøj, ensures that the natural beauty of the area is preserved while allowing public enjoyment and exploration.
Photo credit: Markus