Raadvad Village

The preserved village of Raadvad and its millpond, Raadvad Dam, together form a historical, isolated pocket in the heart of the forest, on the border between the Deer Park and Jægersborg Hegn. The surroundings have hardly changed in three centuries. With a bit of luck, you’ll see osprey and kingfishers foraging in the pond.

This area is an authentic part of Denmark’s history. One of the country’s first industries was founded here, next to the Mill Stream, in the mid-17th century. Gunpowder, flour and metal were among the local products, and over time a small village grew to house the workers at what would eventually become Raadvad Knife Factory.

Today, the village looks just like it did more than 200 years ago and is one of the most beautiful places imaginable in which to reflect on history or embark on a trip along the Mill Stream. There is direct access to the Deer Park via the red gate, or you might choose to explore Jægersborg Hegn, with its lush flora and fauna.

Raadvad has a youth hostel in the old village school. In the Stampeskoven woods, less than a kilometre away, there is a wild camping and bonfire site. Fishing with rods is allowed in the Mill Pond at Raadvad (no permit necessary).

Photo: Søren Rud

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  • Nature
  • Walking and jogging
  • Fishing
  • History
  • Wild camping
  • Cooking over a bonfire
  • The millpond was artificially created to dam the Mill Stream and operate the water mill more effectively. Knives and bread slicers were made in Raadvad until 1973..
  • Since 1986, the Centre for Building Preservation has been housed in Raadvad’s old industrial buildings, where traditional crafts and building techniques are kept alive and practised.
  • The area around Raadvad features 400 different species of flora, from anemones, coltsfoot, beech, oak and willow to edible mushrooms in the autumn.
  • The pond is home to roach, pike and bream.
  • Bird life includes woodpeckers, nuthatches, tree creepers, kingfishers and the occasional osprey.
  • The area around Raadvad is accessible to wheelchair users.
  • The Raadvad Kro inn is open Tuesday to Saturday, 12:00–15:00 and 18:00–21:00, and Sunday 10:00–15:00.
  •  Bring your own food to the bonfire sites.
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