It is believed the name Horsens derives from the old Danish words hors (horse) and næs (naze, headland). The earliest traces of a city are remains of a pagan burial site and houses dating back to the 10th century.
In the 12th century, the kings Sweyn III and Valdemar I issued coins in the city.
Several internationally known artists, such as Madonna, Iron Maiden, Joe Cocker, Elton John, The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Tom Jones, Bryan Adams, David Bowie, José Carreras, Helmut Lotti, Westlife, R. M., Paul Mc Cartney, Robbie Williams, The Rolling Stones, Dolly Parton, AC/DC, U2 and Snow Patrol have performed, or have performances planned in Horsens.
In 2006 the prison was closed and the newly built State Prison of East Jutland was opened.It has managed to draw major names such as Bob Dylan, Madonna and The Rolling Stones.Horsens lies at the end of Horsens Fjord in eastern Jutland.A lot of electronics and graphical companies are based there.Horsens also has the only Industrial Museum in Denmark. In recent years, much effort has been made to expand and improve cultural events.
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The first Danish iron foundry outside of Copenhagen was opened as well as tobacco and textile factories.The city is currently undergoing a positive development with new industry moving to Horsens, or expanding their activities already in Horsens.In the 13th century the city got its own legal code.Excavations have shown that the city was expanded around 1300, with a moat going around the city and its harbour.Vitus Bering, the famous Russian Navy captain was born here.
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The largest educational institution in Horsens is VIA University College offering a wide range of mostly technical educations.When the guards discovered he was missing they found a note from him with the words "Where there is a will there is a way".Lorentzen was captured a few days later on a nearby farm.From 1853 to 2006 the city housed the Horsens Statsfængsel prison, which held prisoners serving longer sentences.A notable prisoner included former minister of justice Peter Adler Alberti.