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.
In the 12th century, the kings Sweyn III and Valdemar I issued coins in the city.One of the largest cultural events in Denmark is the annual European Medieval Festival on the last Friday and Saturday in August.The town centre of Horsens is transformed into the largest medieval market town in Northern Europe with activities and entertainment for families and children of all ages. The Crime Festival - in Danish called Krimimessen - is an event for literary crime, mysteries and thrillers.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.Hard Rock/Heavy Metal band Pretty Maids is from Horsens.
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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.In 2015, the CASA Arena will host Motorcycle speedway when it holds the Speedway Grand Prix of Denmark for the first time, taking over as host from the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen which had held the Speedway Grand Prix event from 2003-2014. Horsens is also home to professional basketball team Horsens IC who play in Basketligaen.The first Danish iron foundry outside of Copenhagen was opened as well as tobacco and textile factories.