Jægersborg Dyrehave or just Dyrehaven (The Deer Park) is a public forest park 10 km north of Copenhagen and covers around 11 square kilometres. It is a very beautiful area and great for walking and cycling - or you can hire a horse-drawn carriage from outside the station at Klampenborg and take a ride through the park.
At the southern end of Dyrehaven (at Klampenborg Station) you’ll find Dyrehavsbakken (read my other tips), Kirsten Piils Kilde and Peter Lieps Hus. Kirsten Piils Kilde (Kirsten Piil's Spring) was discovered in 1583 and legends says that the spring had curative powers, which made it a place of pilgrimage for the sick who would come to drink the water. You can still see the spring beneath the terrace of the restaurant which was built on the spot. Peter Lieps Hus (Peter Liep's House) is now a well-known restaurant and is named after Dyrehaven's first sharpshooter, Peter Liep.
From Klampenborg Station you can take the ½ hour walk to the northern part of Dyrehaven, called Eremitagesletten. It is a beautiful walk, but do bring water on a hot day. In the middle of Eremitagesletten is the Eremitageslottet (Eremitage Hunting Lodge), built in 1734-1736 as a hunting lodge for King Christian VI. The Eremitage Hunting Lodge is a 'civil-list palace', meaning that it is owned by the state and made available to the Royal Family and therefore not accessible to the general public.
Dyrehaven is every year home of a running race (Eremitageløbet) and on the first Sunday in November the local riding club arranges the traditional Hubertus Hunt (Hubertusjagten).
The story of Dyrehaven:
Dyrehaven is a big, cultivated wood close to Copenhagen and very popular for nature lovers on foot, on bicycle or on horse bag.
There are 13 different entries to Dyrehaven and the road goes through the well-known red wooden gates. It is very popular use the horse carriage (kapervogn) to Bakken or to the picnic place or just to discover Dyrehaven.
There are more than 1000 hectares and you can meet red deers, fallow deers and other kind of deers. in 1670 King Frederik III organised the area as hunting preserves for his son Christian V.
In the 1760'ies the German, Johann G. von Lange introduced a new mixture of trees. Many of the trees go back to his time. Dyrehaven is known for the big flats where you can watch deers grazing in the middle of smaller groups of trees as oak, beech and hawthorn. The deers have eaten of the leaves, which has given the trees with the big domed tree crowns almost horizontal subsurfaces.
We had a lovely ride by horse-and-carriage (the 4 of us) and we really saw the grazing deer and....hundred of picnic'ing people: like in a fairy tail.....
The day was excellent....
This place can easily be reached by Public Transportation, buslines: 6 - 182 - 183 - 187 - 388 and by S-tog: Klampenborg..........
Do go there, you will thanks me for this wonderful TIP, I am sure.....
When the weather is good in the summer this is the place to go for a picnic and if you feel like it head for the amusement park "Bakken" in the south end of the forest.
On a nice winterday as in my photos. You can have a nice daytrip to this forest. If there are snow and you have a kid inside bring a sledge and aske around for the "Djævlebakken" (the devilshill) for a fun toboggan.
The forest has a special form with long straight paths as king Frederik d. III in 1669 removed a village (Stokkerup) and fenced in and transformed a original forest for the purpose of parforcehunting (riding to hounds).
In 1736 king Christian VI had the Eremitage made in the center of the forest as a resting place.
Nowadays it still holds a large number (around 2000) of red deer, fallow deer and sika.
The deer keeps the forest and plain open eating most of new growth.
An impressing and huge park, run by the National Forest and Nature Agency and full of deer and royal keepers to manage it. In the middle of it all is the Ermitage. A royal hunting lodge still in use during deer hunting and not open to the public. Great views across to Sweden in good weather.