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Holbæk is a Danish city and seat of Holbæk municipality in the north-east of Region Sjælland, Denmark.

Holbæk is situated on Zealand on the banks of Holbæk Fjord, an inlet of the larger Isefjord. Holbæk is a commercial and industrial center for the surrounding area. By rail Holbæk is serviced by Danske Statsbaner's line from Roskilde to Kalundborg which runs through the city. Vestsjællands Lokalbaner connects Holbæk by rail to Nykøbing Sjælland. The city serves as a major hub for the Movia bus routes. Holbæk has an active commercial seaport, that serves as the harbor for the ferry to Orø (island). Near the harbor there is a substantial marina.


Holbæk is first mentioned in official documents in Absalon's letter of June 8, 1199, in which he granted the majority of his estates to Sorø Klosterkirke in Sorø. It was called Holbækgaard, a larger farm belonging to a nobleman, around which the city would eventually evolve.

Next it appears in Valdemar the Victorious' book of properties (see [http://da.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kong_Valdemars_Jordebog Kong Valdemars Jordebog] on the Danish Wikipedia) in 1231. Valdmar broke ground for Holbæk Slot (Holbæk Castle) in 1236.

Holbæk clearly grew from then on but is not mentioned again until around 1400 when Margaret I came for a court proceeding that granted her territories in Jutland. The event may have triggered the creation of the first city seal which shows the three trees by the water which are the prominent features of the current seal.


Culturally, Holbæk can be noted for Musikhus Elværket, a converted power station that serves as a concert venue for modern music.

The city is home to Holbæk B&I the local football club.
Holbæk (map center) is west of Copenhagen, east of Kalundborg, southwest of Hillerød & WNW of Roskilde.]


* [http://web.holbkom.dk/www/byvhist.html City History] (In Danish)
* [http://www2.netborger.dk/Kommunefakta/produkt/dinkommune/resultat.aspx?k=315&kid=315;Holb%c3%a6k&p=netborger NetBorger.dk] Statistics (In Danish)
* [http://www.statistikbanken.dk Statistikbanken] Statistics (In Danish)

Famous citizens

* Aage Stentoft, composer
* Agnete Hoy
* Inga Nielsen, opera singer
* Stefan Schmidt, footballer

ee also

* Nearby towns: Copenhagen, Kalundborg, Slagelse, Jyderup, Svinninge, Roskilde, Taastrup.
* Nearby islands: Samsø, Sejerø.



* Denmark detailed roadmap, webpage: [http://home6.inet.tele.dk/vlh/danmark.jpgTele-DK-Danmark] .

External links

* [http://www.holbaek.dk/ Official website of Holbæk municipality] (In Danish)
* [http://www.fallingrain.com/world/DA/14/Holbaek.html Topographical Map]
* [http://www.holbaek-info.dk/da/index.html Holbæk area tourism website] (In Danish)

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