FÆNGSLET in Horsens is a very diverse cultural institution. At the centre are the old buildings, which since 1853 has been home to some of the most hardened criminal minds. The prison was run by the state until 2006, and the past is still very apparent when visiting the place.

Inside the large main building, you will find the prison museum, in which the largest collection of prison artifacts in Northern Europe, is on display in original settings.

Horsens Tourist Information can likewise be found at FÆNGSLET.
If you are looking for a place to host your next company event, conference or teambuilding day, FÆNGSLET provides settings, which are guaranteed to make an impression. Unique locations like Arresten, Snedkeriet or Gl. Celle, an iconic panoptic room with a complete overview of 4 stories, are the perfect settings for unique conferences and events.
FÆNGSLET forms the perfect backdrop to many large concerts. The Prison Yard has laid ground to concerts by Runrig, Tom Petty and many others, and in 2014, we will be welcoming the danish rapper L.O.C. to the unique stage. The larger concerts are held outside the prison walls. In 2014, names like Aerosmith, Volbeat and a revisiting Metallica will take to the stage, just west of the prison buildings.


FÆNGSLET is the home of several of Horsens’ creative stakeholders. Horsens & Friends rents the offices in the front building, and several artists have set up workshops in the authentic buildings.

We look forward to greeting you as our guests at FÆNGSLET.


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The Prison Museum

A unique museum experience awaits you at FÆNGLSET in Horsens.


The Prison Museum gives you a rare opportunity to experience the otherwise closed world of a prison. Find out what life behind the walls was like for both inmates and guards throughout history.
Shiver at the axe that was used to behead Jens Nielsen in 1892. Marvel at the audacity of incredible escape artists like Carl Lorentzen. Or smile at the huge pants left behind by Minister of Justice Alberti, who embezzled the government in Denmark's biggest case of fraud.


See the prison cells of different eras, the biker units, and the prison chapel as well as thousands of fascinating objects from the unique collection for a thought-provoking and memorable museum experience like no other.

Gamle Celle

Gamle Celle

Visiting hours

The Prison Museum will be under construction from 01|01-05|19|15, and will therefore be closed in the period. However if you are a group, please contact guide@faengslet.dk for further information on the possibilities during this period.
From May 20 and the rest of 2015:

May - August: Monday-Sunday 10 am-5 pm
September - October: Tuesday-Sunday 10 am-5 pm. Monday closed
November - December: Tuesday-Sunday 10 am-4 pm. Monday closed
Note: We have varying opening hours during the holidayseason
Late night opening:
The first wednesday in the months June and September through November the Prison Museum is open until 9 pm.
Adults: DKK 95,-
Children (0-17 years): Free
Discounts for groups of more than ten people.
Season pass DKK 180,-


Please note that there are many stairs in the Prison Museum!