Degnemose Bog is an urban park sandwiched between an old residential neighbourhood and the Bellahøj high-rise blocks. It is linked to Bellahøj Park. The whole area is used by local residents and nearby daycare centres, but is otherwise not very well known.
The landscape was formed during the last Ice Age. About 14,000 years ago, as the glacier retreated, it left behind a large mass of ice that melted slowly over the centuries that followed, creating a kettle-hole lake. Today, willow and ash grow around the bog, and out on the water lilies multiply throughout spring and summer. The benches are a great place to sit and watch the many ducks that live on the water. A paved path, ideal for running and walking, leads around the bog.
Up towards the high-rise buildings, you’ll find Bellahøj Park, with its huge green expanse, playing field, scrub and bushes. The steep grassy hill is one of the best places in the area for sledging. At the top of the hill, three large Bronze Age mounds sit next to a big, 2,000-capacity amphitheatre, which stages concerts and plays during the summer.
Together, Degnemose Bog and Bellahøj Park comprise one of the few places in Greater Copenhagen where you get a sense of how the Danish landscape was formed by the Ice Age.
Photo: Søren Rud
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Bellahøjvej 20 and Næsbyholmvej
- Walking and jogging
- Ball games
- Ball games
- Hide and seek
- Until 115 years ago, this was agricultural land. In the early 1900s, residential building started west of the bog.
- In the 1950s, the allotments on the east side of Degnemose Bog gave way to Denmark’s first high-rise housing, on Bellahøj.
- The name Bellahøj derives from the name Isabella Henriques, whose husband built a country house in the area in the 18th century.
- Its farmhouse now accommodates a restaurant, Bellahøj, notable for its thatched roof.
- The lake is home to mergansers, herons, grebes, moorhens, coots, swans and mallards.
- Plant life includes willow, alder, chestnut, hawthorn and water lilies.
- Accessible for wheelchair users.
- Bring your own. Disposable barbecues may not be used on the grassy areas.