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 did it at the fortress during WW1. Mann 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 and pump the hydraulic pumps. Read more about the artillery here.
About the Garderhoej Fortress
A big donation from a group of private citizens’ led to the Garderhøj Fort – the largest fort in Copenhagen’s Land Fortification – being built. Not far from Jægersborg Station in Gentofte you will find the Garderhøj Fort. Which is the largest fort in Copenhagen’s Land Fortress. But not only the impressive size separates Garderhøjfort from the rest of the fortification. The fort was funded in a quite unusual way. The politicians could not agree on the financing of the fort and the Fortification of Copenhagen. Therefore, a group of citizens themselves took action. Ordinary Danes collected the staggering sum of DKK 1.5 million between 1884-1886 and the fort became a reality. The fortress was equipped with powerful guns in high-pitched towers plus smaller guns and machine guns in vanishing towers. Even if you are not interested in war, gunpowder and bullets, the fortress gives a fantastic impression of an exciting time in Danish history and politics.
Activities for all ages and all kinds of weather during the summer holiday
During the summer holiday the Garderhøj Fortress is a perfect place to bring your familiy. If it rains, the exhibitions are nice and dry and if it is really warm and sunny, the exhibitions are cool and shady. Whichever summer weather it is, you can always finish your visit with an ice-cream from the store! Kids can spend hours playing in the interactive exhibitions designed by the Danish science center: Experimentarium. For adults the fortress is an unique opportunity to get an insight in architecture and history from around 1880-1920. A guided tour of the cannon tower is included in the entry-price. If you want a longer guided tour you can book it by calling in advance.
The Garderhøj Fortress is summer open on weekdays from 11-15 and on weekends from 10.30-16. Starting from the 28th of june till the 11th of august. During the rest of the year we are open all weekends from 10.30-16.00.