Randers is a town picturesquely situated on a deep fjord bay that cuts into the mainland. It is known for its well-preserved timber-framed houses and a large tropical nature park encompassed by several domes.
Although the city was officially founded in the 13th century, already in the 10th and 11th centuries there was an important Viking settlement here, where a coin was minted during the reign of King Canute IV. Randers flourished most during the late Middle Ages, when it was an important commercial and craft center. The church of St. Mortens, the ruins of Fussingø Castle, and numerous timber-framed houses, including the Niels Ebbesen House, which now houses a popular restaurant.
Randers' biggest attraction is the tropical park and zoo, Randers Regnskov. In several domes, the climatic conditions known from the equatorial area have been recreated. Almost 200 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and insects from those parts live here in the tropical forest. There is also a Nature Center in the city, where you can learn about the flora and fauna of the area.
The city also boasts interesting museums such as the Randers Art Museum, the East Jutland Museum-Craft Museum, the Gaia Outsider Art Museum, and the Danish Railway Museum.