COPENHAGEN — Northern Suburbs

This area is home to the wealthier population of Copenhagen. It is a greenbelt area with many parks, lakes and forests. It was a popular weekend retreat for many city dwellers in past years and continues to bring many people on weekends today. The canals and lakes found near Lyngby are the remains of a defence system that were used to flood low lying areas to stop enemies from entering the city.

The sights found here are:
Brønshøj
Mindelunden
Science Center
Strandvejen Beaches
Ordrupgaard
Dyrehaven
Dyrehavsbakken
Bellevue Theatre
Sorgenfri Palace and Park
Open Air Museum
Brede Vark
Sophienholm
Bagsværd Church
Ballerup Museum
Furesø Museums
Gammel Holtegaard

Brønshøj

Brønshøj
The village of Brønshøj dates back to the early Middle Ages and some of the buildings still standing date back to that time. The church found in Brønshøj Torv is the oldest building in Copenhagen that is still in use. You can get to this village by taking buses 2A, 5A or 350S to Brønshøj Torv.

Mindelunden

Mindelunden
This memorial park found in Hellerup is where Danish freedom fighters from WW2 are buried. There are memorials found in the park dedicated to the victims of concentration camps as well as execution posts used by the Nazis in WW2.

Science Center
The Science Center is found in Hellerup and is housed in a former bottling plant. Children will love this museum with its many hands on exhibitions. Some of the highlights include the water adventure where you can experience surfing on a giant wave, an eathquake simulator, blowing giant soap bubbles and many more.
For information about the centre visit the website at: http://www.experimentarium.dk

Strandvejen Beaches

Strandvejen Beaches
There are beaches along Strandvejen found on the Øresund coast. They are very popular with Copenhagers on hot summer days. One of the most popular is Bellevue Beach but others include Charlottenlund Fortress, Furesøbad and Frederiksdal Fribad. These beaches, unlike the man-made ones closer to the city offer a lovely green space surrounding the beaches to walk in and sit on.

Ordrupgaard
This museum houses one of the most important collections of French and Danish art from the 19th and the early 20th centuries. Previously owned by a private collector it was donated to the state in the early 1900s. The impressionist and post impressionist paintings are especially good and if they interest you then it is worth taking the journey out to here. .
For information about the museum visit the website at: http://www.ordrupgaard.dk

Traveller's Tip

To get to the museum you will need to take the S-train to Klampenborg and then take bus no. 388. Just ask the driver to let you know when to get off.
Dyrehaven

Dyrehaven
This park is found just North of Copenhagen. It is a large and lovely wooded area of 1,000 hectares that is home to over 2,000 deer. It is also a popular place for people to have picnics, walk, jog, bicycle or horse back ride. You can even take a trip in a horse carriage. There is a museum in the park which tells the story of the German occupation in Denmark in WW2. Dyrehaven was used as headquarters for the Luftwaffe at that time. Check the website for opening times. Admission price is 30DKK.
For information about the museum visit the website at: http://www.skanderborgmuseum.dk (in Danish only)

Dyrehavsbakken

Dyrehavsbakken
This is the largest amusement park in Scaninavia and it is found in Dyrehaven. It is very popular with the locals and there are are around 100 rides. The attractions include 34 roller coasters, ferris wheels, a merry-go-round and plenty of places to eat.
For information about Dyrehavsbakken visit the website at: http://www.bakken.dk/english

Bellevue Theatre
This theatre was designed by the well-known Danish architect, Arne Jacobsen in 1930. It is worth visiting for its magnificent interior which is full of round shapes, mosaics and the balcony that wraps around the theatre. The theatre was designed as a summer theatre so the roof can be opened but it is used all year and you can visit the website to see what is playing.
For information about the theatre visit the website at: http://www.bellevueteatret.dk/?ver=uk

Sorgenfri Palace and Park

Sorgenfri Palace and Park
This is one of the Royal Palaces and it is still used by the Royal family. The palace itself isn’t open to the public but you can visit the gardens when the Royals aren’t in residence. The palace was originally built for Count Carl Ahlefeldt who was a Danish nobleman in 1706 but it was taken over by the Royal family in 1730. It was the preferred summer residence of King Christian X and it was inhabited by his son and wife until they died.

Open Air Museum

Open Air Museum
This is one of the largest and oldest open-air museums in the world. It was built in 1897. It is a village that consists of around 50 Danish farmhouses and cottages from the period of 1650 to 1950 that have been dismantled and moved here and reconstructed. They are full of period furniture and tools. Surrounding the village are trees, gardens and farm animals. There are folk dancers as well as demonstrations of lace making and loom weaving. To get here you will need to take the B Line S-train to Sorgenfri station then walk right and follow the signs.
For information about the museum visit the website at: http://natmus.dk/en/besoeg-museerne/frilandsmuseet

Brede Vark
This former industrial plant is found next to the open-air museum. The factory closed in 1956 but it has been preserved by the Nationalmuseet as a reminder of Denmark’s past. You will find here the cottages of the working-class families, the houses of the foremen and an orphanage and a nursery garden. There is a restaurant which was the former eating house of the factory workers. The museum has lots of interactive exhibits and some of the highlights include the engine room where you can work on the assembly line to produce goods and the section where you can follow a virtual guide who will appear in different spots and talk to you about what it would have been like working at the factory.
For information about the museum visit the website at: http://bredevaerk.natmus.dk (in Danish only)

Sophienholm

Sophienholm
Sophienholm which was built in the 1770s was once a private home but it is now an art gallery. It is set in an English-style park and in days gone by painters of the Danish Golden Age met together here. Sophienholm shows contemporary exhibitions and is open only when special exhibitions are on. In the summer concerts are held in the park.
For information about Sophienholm visit the website at: http://www.sophienholm.dk/side.asp?ID=50

Bagsværd Church

Bagsværd Church
The smooth white concrete facade of this church resembles a factory building rather than a church but the design is unique and if you like unusual architecture then it is worth a visit. It was designed by renowned Danish architect, Jørn Utzon in 1976. The interior is light with lots of interesting shapes and curves as well as containing artworks created by the architect’s daughter, Lin Utzon.
For information about the church visit the website at: http://www.bagsvaerdkirke.dk/index.php?id=100

Ballerup Museum

Ballerup Museum
This museum is an outdoor museum set up as a village and is found in Pederstrup. There are two permanent exhibitions here. The first shows the history of the Ballerup community and the second is concerned with the grand duchess Olga who was the daughter of Tsar Alexander 111. In this second exhibition there are around 100 of the grand duchess’s paintings. Included in the village set up is a farmhouse from the 1800s and 1900s with a front garden also from that era; an old-fashioned blacksmith store and a grocery store. There is a restaurant and carriage rides around the village on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.
For information about the museum visit the website at: http://www.ballerupmuseum.dk/eng

Furesø Museums
This is a group of three museums housed in historic buildings. One of these is the Immigration Museum which is located in Farum. The museum has exhibitions relating to those people that have come to live in Denmark from other countries. The other two museums are found in the small village of Stavsholt and are Mosegaarden which has an exhibition of local history as well as a smithy, an old village school, a farm worker’s cottage and a printing office in its grounds. The other museum is the old grocery store, Cornelen which is set up as an authentic grocery store from the 1930s and here you can buy old fashioned sweets as well as toys from the era.
For information about the museums visit the website at: http://www.furesoemuseer.dk/englishversion.htm

Gammel Holtegaard

Gammel Holtegaard
This is a former 18th century manor house built in the Baroque style by the Danish architect, Lauritz de Thurah as his own house. Today Gammel Holtegaard houses an art gallery. It also houses a collection of Stone Age findings which were discovered in the nearby town of Vedbæk.
For information about Gammel Holtegaard visit the website at: http://www.glholtegaard.dk/english/