Ryvangen Nature Park
This virtually untouched, thickly wooded area is less a park, more somewhere to enjoy nature. It is the ideal place for a family picnic, a jog in beautiful surroundings close to the city centre or a trip with the kids to fish in the big lake, build a bonfire, sledge, play hide and seek among the trees and bushes, and see the sheep and horses that graze on the plains.
The park occupies an area that was once an old military training facility. Since the military left in 1972, it has been allowed to remain virtually untouched. In 1998, a nature park was set up but, thanks to sensitive conservation, it has retained its ‘wild’ character.
You still find old bunkers and munitions plants in the park, which borders the S-train line between Hellerup and Ny Ellebjerg. A separate railway line from Hellerup once led to the centre of the current park, and old military loading bays and ramps are still visible in places.
The park is home to an abundance of rich wildlife and several hundred different plant species, including centuries-old ash, maple and chestnut trees, as well as rare species of birds that prefer hollow trees in which to nest and breed.
There is also plenty of life in the lake, one of the few places in the Copenhagen area where fishing is allowed without a permit.
Photo: Søren Rud
DATA & LINKSRyvangens Naturpark
(Ryvangen Nature Park)
- Hide and seek in the scrub
- Sheep and horses
- Fishing without a permit
- Ideal place for a family picnic
- Before the military took over the land around Ryparken in 1883, this was a wide expanse of wild, swampy ground, far from any built-up area.
- For many years it was part of the training grounds for Svanemøllen Barracks.
- German troops occupied the site during the Second World War. In 1943, they executed 197 resistance fighters at a site in the north of what is now the nature park. This site is now called the Memorial Park.
- Old trees such as ash, lime, rowan tree, oak, maple and chestnut.
- Bushes such as willow, hawthorn, sloe hazel, alder, bramble and elder.
- The trees on the two islands in the lake include birch and ash and reed beds hug the northern banks of the lake.
- Great spotted woodpeckers, fieldfare, nuthatch and bullfinches nest here. Sparrowhawks are also seen in the park.
- On the lake are breeding mallards, mute swans, green-legged moorhens and coots, and you will also spot grebe, greylag geese, herons and cormorants. Fish include tench, roach and carp.
- Some of the paths are accessible by wheelchair.
- No special facilities.
- None, but there is a general store in the nearby residential area and there are barbecue and bonfire spots.