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Fortification day

Sunday the 24. september 2023

  • kl. 10-16


  • Price: Free
  • Tickets: Not necesary
  • Place: Garderhøjfortet
  • Questions: call us at 39611734 or 28351457 or send a mail to

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Fortification day

Fortification day at Garderhøj fortress

On September 24 from 10:00 – 16:00. Free entry for the whole family

Garderhøj fortress is filled with exciting activities, all of which are completely free on the occasion of Fortification Day. In the green areas around the fortress you can see vehicles from Gentofte Fire Museum and DAFARO. In the interactive exhibitions, you can experience what it was like to be a soldier at the fortress during the First World War. Get a soldier’s book (only in Danish) and try to train some of the same things that the Security Force trained at the fortress in 1915.

If you want to know more, you can come on a guided tour of Garderhøj fortress. The tours begin at the fortress’ main entrance at 10.15, 10.45, 11.15, 12.45, 1.15, 1.45, 2.15 and 2.45. The tours last approx. 45 minutes and places on the tour are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

At 12.00 Garderhøj fortress’ biggest cannons are fired.

At 12.05 – 13.00 – Home Guard Music Corps, Copenhagen, plays music.

During the entire event, the Friends of Garderhøj fortress sells food and drink at the commander’s office.

Fortification Day is held on the entire Copenhagen Fortification.

Experience a fortress that wasn’t bombed during WW1

If you have ever seen pictures or even visited the fortresses around Verdun in France lige Fort Vaux or Fort Douaumont . You will know that they have been badly destroyed during WW1. Both the fortresses and the surrounding areas are covered with craters from the millions of bombs that hit the area in the battle of Verdun.

Denmark, fortunately, stayed neutral during WW1. For that reason, the fortifications around Copenhagen were never bombed. They were manned during all of WW1 though. With soldiers who waited and waited for the war to come to Denmark, but luckily it never did.

On the Garderhøj fortress we have interactive exhibitions where you can try to train like the soldiers  during WW1. Man the cannontower, use the telegraph to send morse messages and write postcards with pen and ink. Furthermore the Fortress gives you a unique opportunity to experience a fully functional twin turret from “Grusonwerk” with two 15 cm cannons. You can even try to push the tower into position, if you’re strong enough.

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