Coordinates: 56°21′26″N 08°36′55″E / 56.35722°N 8.61528°E / 56.35722; 8.61528
Central Denmark (Midtjylland)
H.C Østerby (A)
800.19 km2 (308.96 sq mi)
14 m (46 ft)
44/km2 (110/sq mi)
• Summer (DST)
Holstebro is the main town in Holstebro Municipality, Denmark. The town, bisected by the Storåen (“The Large Creek”), has a population of 34,873 (1 January 2014).
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The town arose at a ford by the creek, and later a bridge was erected. The name probably derives from holdested ved broen (lit, “a resting place by the bridge”).
Holstebro was first mentioned in a letter from Bishop Thyge of Ribe in 1274. A large fire in 1552 destroyed many of the town’s old buildings.
The town is a trading, industrial and cultural center in western Jutland. Industries include the manufacture of processed food, iron and machinery, wood and furniture, textiles and chemicals.
Holstebro has a large network of pedestrian walkways (gågader) in the town centre either side of the River Storå. This area has a varied shopping environment, enhanced by outdoor sculptures and picturesque buildings, including the town church and the Town Hall. The first sculpture purchased by Holstebro Municipality was Alberto Giacometti’s sculpture “Woman on the Cart” purchased in 1966.
Holstebro has a rich and varied cultural life. Between 1997 and 2009 it hosted the internationally recognized ballet company Peter Schaufuss Ballet and the town still hosts the performance art theatre Odin Teatret. Several museums, including the Holstebro Art Museum with its collection of Danish and international contemporary art, and the Holstebro Museum can be found in the town.
The town holds an annual culture festival, the Holstebro Festive Week, in late summer. The Holstebro Hall, rebuilt in 1966, houses a music theatre, the Holstebro Convention and Culture Center (1991) and provides space for thea