June 2007 aerial photograph
|• City||578.7 km2 (223.4 sq mi)|
|Elevation||11 m (36 ft)|
|• Density||47/km2 (120/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Area code(s)||(+45) 00|
Holbæk is 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 served 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 develop.
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 that are the prominent features of the current seal.
Companies headquartered in Holbæk include Sparekassen Sjælland.
The city is home to Holbæk B&I the local football club.
- Søren Nielsen May (died 1679 in Holbæk) parish priest and provost in Holbæk
- Frederik Gottlieb Edvard Jünger (1823–1899) precision mechanic and instrument maker
- Agnete Hoy (1914–2000) international potter
- Aage Stentoft (1914–1990) composer, film score composer and theatre director
- Dan Sterup-Hansen (1918–1995) painter and illustrator
- Inga Nielsen (1946–2008) soprano opera singer
- Søren Reiff (born 1962) guitarist, producer, composer and author
- Claus Bjørn Larsen (born 1963) award-winning Danish press photographer
- Michael Rasmussen (born 1974) retired professional bicycle racer, who competed in road racing and mountain biking
- Stefan Schmidt (born 1975) footballer
- Christian Poulsen (born 1981) footballer, over 450 pro. appearances
- Mads Pieler Kolding (born 1988) male badminton player who specializes in doubles
- Mads Mensah Larsen (born 1991) handball player
Katarina ‘bagga’ Bak (born 1996) model, artist, professor in btec sport, advocate for world peace
Twin towns — Sister citiesEdit
Holbæk is twinned with:
- Celle, Germany
- Dorchester, Dorset, United Kingdom. resulted from a shared interest in community plays. Groups of actors from the two towns each took part in the other's community play in the early 1990s and this resulted in the formal twinning in 1992.
- Botevgrad, Bulgaria
Coat of arms at twin town Celle (Germany), granite artwork below signpost
- "BEF44: Population 1st January, by urban areas" database from Statistics Denmark
- "Stadt Celle". www.celle.de. Retrieved 2010-01-05.