Dyrehaven - The Animal Garden - can offer both
amusements and contemplation, exiting stories
and soul. The area has a wide appeal, and no other
Danish nature area has been portrayed so enthusiastically
by painters and poets, as it is the case with
With its ancient freestanding oak trees, large plains
with deer herds, forests, and tunnel valley, Dyrehaven
is a piece of ancient Danish nature that has been
almost untouched through 350 years.
The trees will stand until they fall over themselves.
And when they do fall over, they will be left to pe-rish
through nature’s own process. Dyrehaven is com-
monly used by guests, who all year is enjoying
picnics, running, bicycling, or riding on the hills of
Dyrehaven. You can even take a matchless ride in a
horse-drawn carriage around the area, if you want.
Dyrehaven - part of UNESCO’s
Not only does Dyrehaven have a beautiful landscape
- it also has a unique history, going back more than
100 years. As a result of this, it was in 2015 named
on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, as part of the
parforce hunt landscape in the area - once used as
hunting fields by the royal family.
Dyrehaven was during King Christian V’s time fivefold
doubled in size, as a big part was fenced with
17 kilometers of fence - the part known today is
Dyrehaven and Jægersborg Fence. The king had five
straight paths created. These path meets at the current
In parforce hunting, 20-30 hunters by horse with resounding
horns and barking dogs follow a red deer
until the point of total exhaustion. The finest of the
hunters, usually the king, can then get of his horse
and kill the animal with a short hunting blade. King
Christian V was so fond of the hunts that he held
them 9 out of 12 months a year. Only in May, June,
and July, when the deer calves were very small,
there were no hunting. Parforce hunting became
prohibited in 1777.
Dyrehaven is today still active as animal residence and
hunting area. The herd of around 2000 animals are regulated
by the Danish Department of Nature’s shooters
and by the hunts of the royal family. Every winter, 700
animals are put down. Every summer, 700 calves are
born. They are either sold as meat or as living creatures
to other parks of its kind in the world.
Eremitageslottet - Erimitage castle - was built by
Christian VI in 1736. The castle is designed by Lauritz
de Thurah. The castle replaced Hubertushuset
- a timbered house in two floors - which King Christian
V had built.
The castle is a fine example of de Thurahs flair for
buildings and one of the Late Baroque’s finest works
in Denmark. The house plan is symmetrical on all
four floors. The castle is renovated several times - latest
in 1979-1991, where the castle went through a
thorough outer renovation.
The lonely castle, crowning over Dyrehaven and visible
by ships at Øresund, has only short term been
used as residence, but several kings has used it for
hunting dinners, just like the royal family today
The story of Dyrehavsbakken
With its 436 years, Dyrehavsbakken is the world’s
oldest amusement park. It has had people pilgrimage
to the place since the 1500s - due to the legend
about Kirsten Piils source and its healing powers.
When King Frederik V in 1756 officially opened Dyrehaven
and gave free access for the public, show-
men and outlet operators started putting their tents
up every year around solstice. Here, the many visitors
could get healed by the powers of the famous
source and have a joyous night with entertainment
from the many showmen.
In 1840, Dyrehavsbakken were officially open in 8
weeks over summer. This gave the many tent operators
the possibility of a more permanent stand. At
the same time, competition grew near Copenhagen.
The largest of these was Tivoli, which today is
still lying in the center of Copenhagen, but back
then were outside the city’s gates.
In the beginning of the 1900s, more and more
amusements opened at Dyrehavsbakken. In 1932,
Europe’s, back then, largest wooded roller coaster
was ready. Shortly after came the bumper cars
and the rodeo track to the collection. Today, Dyrehavsbakken
has uncountable roller coasters, Ferris
wheels, drop towers, and many other fun and extreme
amusements. Actually, Dyrehavsbakken has
more riding amusements than any other amusement
park in the North. Besides that - 8 arcades and
36 game- and shooting tracks.
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