Ryvangen Memorial Park
Memorial Park was built on a site where German occupying forces executed 197 freedom fighters in the final years of the Second World War. Just like its ‘wild’ neighbour, Ryvangen Nature Park, it occupies land that was formerly owned by Svanemøllen Barracks and used for military training.
Unlike its more natural neighbour, the Memorial Park is solemn and orderly. It is a place that invites tranquility and reflection.
This beautiful garden, with its lawns, trimmed hedges and deciduous trees, is the resting place of executed resistance fighters and Danes who died in German concentration and labour camps.
It consists of a number of different sections. Furthest from the entrance to Tuborgvej is the execution ground. Here, recreated in bronze, stand the poles to which doomed resistance fighters were tied. The site of the first executions by firing squad has also been preserved.
In the park are three memorials: the Great Burial Field, where lie 106 of the executed resistance fighters; the Memorial Wall, bearing the names of 157 resistance fighters whose remains were never found; and the graves of those who died in Germany.
Every year, on 4 and 5 May, ceremonies are held in Memorial Park to celebrate the liberation of Denmark, and wreaths and flowers are laid on the graves. Memorial Park is a state cemetery and should be respected. Dog walking, jogging, sunbathing and noisy behaviour are not allowed – but the neighbouring Nature Park offers plenty of opportunity for activities of this kind.
Photo: Scanpix/Jonas Skovbjerg Fogh