Herning is home to Messecenter Herning, the largest exhibition centre in Scandinavia, which hosts many trade fairs.
Herning was established at the beginning of the 1790s, during the period of health reclamation, as a commercial center providing goods and services to the farmers in the area. A textile industry later developed in and around the town. This industry was once Herning’s principal economic activity. Today, the town has a more diversified industrial base.
Herning has twice been awarded the title of Danish City of the Year. In 2018 Herning was picked as the host of the Icehockey A World Cup. In 2019 the city will host the World Cup in Handball.
Herning is the hub for both road and rail transport in central Jutland. The rail lines crossing the peninsula intersect at Herning with connections to Vejle, Århus, Esbjerg and Holstebro. There are also several daily trains to Copenhagen.
Herning lies at the intersection of three major roads: route 18, that traverses the Jutland Peninsula from southeast to northwest; route 15, that crosses the peninsula from Aarhus in the east to Ringkobing in the west; and route 12, from Esbjerg in the southwest to Viborg to the northeast.
Herning is served by Billund International Airport situated 30 km to the south of the city.