Herning is a municipality (Danish, kommune) in Region Midtjylland on the Jutland peninsula in western Denmark. The municipality covers an area of 1,336 km² and a total population of 84,208 (2008). Its mayor is Lars Krarup, a member of the Venstre (Liberal Party) political party.
The main town and the site of its municipal council is the city of Herning.
On January 1, 2007, as the result of Kommunalreformen ("The Municipal Reform" of 2007),] Herning municipality was merged with former Aulum-Haderup, Trehøje, and Aaskov municipalities to form the new Herning municipality.
Later on the town became known for the textile weaving industry that developed in and around the town. This industry was once Herning's principal economic activity, though today the town enjoys a diversified industrial base.
Herning became a market town in 1913.
Herning has twice been awarded the title of Danish City of the Year: in 1965 and 2003.
The city hosts 3 buildings recognizable designed by the architect Jørn Utzon. One publicly and two privately owned buildings.
The town is also home to sculptor Ingvar Cronhammar's unique monumental work Elia. It is a black-painted, 60 m dome with four 10 m wide stairways inset into its surface at the earth's cardinal points. These lead to an observation platform overlooking the surrounding heath, as well as to the sculpture's 30.000 cubic meter resonance chamber. Four steel columns rise to a height of 30m over the landscape; they are capped by red domes, lit from below and equipped to attract lightning. In the center of the sculpture, equidistant to the four columns, is a fifth column— a gas burner— about two meters below the viewing platform. The gas burner shoots a pillar of flame about one meter wide and 8.4m high up between the pillars at random intervals controlled by a computer. The sculpture is located in the town near the Herning Art Museum.
The old Herningsholm Estate in Herning is open to the public for touring. Classensborg Estate, now called Skarrildhus, is located 25 km south of the town, but is closed to the public because it is a private hotel and educational facility. The grounds, however, can be toured and are known for their beautiful rhododendron displays during the spring.
Opera singer Peter Lodahl (Lyric tenor at Komische Oper in Berlin) was born in Herning
The controversial evangelist Moses Hansen lived with his family in Herning for over 16 years. He was a colourful inhabitant carrying a big wooden cross with a rubber wheel underneath thus earning the name "Moses Gummihjul" meaning Moses rubberwheel in English.
There are a number of motorways around Herning: The motorway route 18 from Sinding to Høgild is opened, the motorway from Høgild to Brande is open and an expressway from the eastern part of Herning to Snejbjerg, which is under construction and will open in September 15 2008,The entire motorway from Herning to Vejle open in 2013.