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Haderslev is a Danish town of Region of Southern Denmark with a population of 21,485 (1 January 2013). It is the main town and the administrative seat of Haderslev Municipality and is situated in the eastern part of Southern Jutland.
Haderslev is situated in a valley, leading from Vojens to Haderslev Fjord and the Baltic Sea. In the 16th century, the city became one of the first Scandinavian places to embrace the Lutheran Reformation. Prior to the Second Schleswig War of 1864, Haderslev was situated in the Duchy of Schleswig, a Danish fief, so its history is properly included in the contentious history of Schleswig-Holstein. From 1864 it was part of Prussia, and as such part of the North German Confederation, and from 1871 onwards, part of the German Empire. In the 1920 Schleswig Plebiscite that returned Northern Schleswig to Denmark, 38.6% of Haderslev’s inhabitants voted for remaining part of Germany and 61.4% voted for the cession to Denmark. It was formerly the capital of the German Kreis Hadersleben and the Danish Haderslev County.
The trademark of Haderslev is unquestionably Haderslev Cathedral, which has existed since the middle of the 13th century, and since 1922 it was the seat of Haderslev Diocese. The town was an important breeding ground for the reformation in Denmark, and as early as 1526 Christian introduced, as the duke of Schleswig-Holstein, the reformation in Haderslev, just eight years before he became King of Denmark.
Another noticeable church is the white-chalked Sankt Severin Church, which lies at the banks of the town’s inner pond.
Because of a renovation of the town’s oldest houses, it means Haderslev offers a unique collection of houses and buildings from 1400 to the beginning of 20th century, and the town center’s cobbled streets and alleys is very suitable for town strolling.
Once the town used to have a castle named “Haderslev Hus”, but due to several town fires through the town’s history the castle is no longer existent.