How to visit - Tips from the locals
Camilla - What makes Jægersborg Deer Park and Enclosure special for you?
Jægersborg Deer Park and Enclosure are very special to me because there is such a close link between nature and cultural history. History comes alive as you walk around the area and see the traces of the old Par Force hunting roads, and stand under the oak tree where Christian V was injured by a deer. At the same time, there are many good tales about mans’ view on nature throughout the different historical periods in time, and about the connection between humans and nature. And then it's just amazing to have such a significant and beautiful natural landscape so close to Copenhagen.
Birgit - What is the best thing about this World Heritage Site for you?
World Heritage designation means that there is a much greater probability that it will be preserved for posterity. The designation has focused in on something unique and very close to where I live that I did not know about. It also makes you want to visit all the other World Heritage Sites out there.
Birgit- How do you visit the World Heritage Site (Gribskov/The Great Deer Park/Jægersborg Deer Park)?
I primarily go horseback riding, but I also enjoy cycling. I have always visited these sites, but after they were designated as World Heritage in 2015, my tours have taken on an extra dimension. You see the cultural tracks in a new way, you go home and read about it, find new cultural tracks and get even more exciting experiences. It becomes a more encompassing experience when nature and culture experiences merge.
Camilla - What is the best thing about the Jægersborg Deer Park and Enclosure for you?
I love Jægersborg Deer Park in the autumn during the rutting season. It's a great sight to see two giant deer locking antlers and fighting for the females’ favour. There are some strong forces at stake. And for some deer, it's a matter of life or death. To think that the urge to propagate is such a powerful force in the deer that they are willing to sacrifice their lives in the attempt! Later in the season, when the fallow deer are in heat, it is great to take a walk from Eremitagen to Hjortekær and experience how the whole plain is buzzing with deers fighting and calling out to each other. The sound of the deer's territoriale roar is a great experience. One year I slept at the campsite in Stampen and lay there late night and early morning listening to the deer - it was amazing!
Birgit - What do you recommend people do when they visit this World Heritage Site?
It's hard to choose. There are many exciting historical tracks here in the areas and all the castles and Esrum Abbey. For example, you can sail on Lake Esrum from Fredensborg Palace and up to Esrum Abbey. It's a wonderful trip.
I would also recommend going for a horse ride on our new Par Force rides which enable you to see more of the landscape.