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Eremitageslottet (Hermitage Hunting Lodge)

Dyrehaven, Denmark

The castle used by the Danish Royal Family as a hunting retreat. 


Nestled in the heart of an oasis just beyond Copenhagen lies one of Denmark’s most distinguished castles. Originally employed as a royal hunting retreat by the kings of Denmark, this castle is known for its lavish banquets following royal hunts. While hunting activities persist in the garden, they are now aimed at regulating the population of deer residing on the grounds.

Designed by Danish architect Lauritz de Thurah in a Baroque style, the castle was commissioned by King Christian VI and constructed between 1734 and 1736. It was erected on the site of a pre-existing cottage, originally built by his grandfather. The symmetrical four-floor structure boasts a grand dining hall on the ground floor, adorned with marble and gilded embellishments on the ceiling and walls. Despite providing sleeping quarters for the king, queen, and their servants, the castle has rarely served as a residence. Notable guests, including Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, dined at the castle in May 1957 alongside the King of Denmark Frederik IX and his daughter, the soon-to-be queen, Princess Margrethe of Denmark.

Perched atop a hill, the castle offers panoramic views of the adjacent forest and the ocean. On clear days, the visibility extends all the way to Sweden. The park is home to a plethora of wildlife, including more than 2,000 deer. A visit guarantees deer sightings, particularly as they often roam in herds on the open fields near the castle.

The park annually hosts the Hubertus Hunt, a ceremonial horseback event where 160 riders pursue participants with fox tails through the park’s grounds. This event, which has been held on the first Sunday of November since 1900, draws approximately 40,000 visitors.

Know Before You Go

Numerous access points lead to the park, but reaching the castle involves a short hike. The park is located approximately 25 minutes away from Copenhagen, with ample parking available at its entrances. A train station is also situated near the southeastern entrance.

Guided tours are available from June to August on Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays for DKK 125 per person. 

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