North Zealand - The Danish Riviera
The living harbour The scent of tar, fish and sea floats on the breeze when you take a walk on Gilleleje Harbour. The large, beautiful gulls sweep low through the air or stand on the pier eyeing the tourists curiously, as if to say: We live here. What are you doing here? Gilleleje Harbour is a living harbour. The charming sounds of the fishing boats mingle with the sounds of knocking and hammering in the shipyard, and the chatter of tourists adds to the music of the place as the day progresses. There is always something going on. The harbour is always alive. From sunrise to sundown. Gilleleje Harbour is one of North Zealand's largest industrial ports, but is also open for pleasure boats of all sizes. New bath- and toilet facilities. 24-hours telephone: 40 16 66 63. Opening hours: Morning: 7-8 Afternone: 16.30-17.30 - Evening: 20-22 (only season).
North Zealand harbours
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Arrenæs and Arresø
Arrenæs is a very special place that has been the centre of many different events throughout history. As the name indicates – ”næs” is the Danish word for promontory – it is a promontory poking out into Denmark’s biggest lake, Arresø, which covers a total of 40.7 km2. Around 13,000 years ago, Arresø was connected with what is known today as the Kattegat. Arre is an old Danish word for the colour brown – ”the brown lake”. The area has been inhabited since the Neolithic Age, and as a result you can find many Bronze Age burial mounds here. The village of Kregme is believed to have been founded around the year 500, while the church in the village is from the middle of the 12th century.Around the year 1200, the Danish King Valdemar Sejr built the castle Dronningholm as a present for his queen. However, the castle was abandoned in the 16th century, and rocks from the castle are believed to have been used in the construction of the castle Fredensborg Slot.The canal from Arresø through Frederiksværk into Roskilde Fjord was dug in 1717-1718 – Originally because the extensive sand drift in the area caused floods for the farmers around the lake, but the water power from the canal was also utilised for the royal cannon foundry, Frederiksværk, which is now the name of the town.An important part of more recent history on the promontory is the camp Auderødlejren. It was built as a barracks, which was used by the Naval school Søværnets Grundskole from 1958 and until its closure in 2007. After this, the building was used as a reception centre for asylum seekers until 2014, and in 2015 it was temporarily reopened as a Red Cross reception centre for newly arrived refugees. It will presumably be a reception centre for asylum seekers until 2018, whereupon the building will be fully taken over by a private property investor.The nature centre Auderød Havn describes itself as ”the obvious entry point to the nature reserve North Zealand – Denmark’s Royal Retreat” – and they are quite right! The purpose of the nature centre is to promote the range of activities in and around Arresø for people who enjoy the outdoors. The project takes place in collaboration with the North Zealand branch of Naturstyrelsen (The Danish Nature Agency) and focuses on renovating the old naval harbour and making it usable as a marina for pleasure boats.The beautiful scenery on the promontory also offers a wealth of experiences. Birdwatchers are in for a treat with the rare birds in the area. Three birdwatching towers provide optimal conditions for spotting everything from tiny kingfishers to large ospreys. Get the best view from the birdwatching towers at the bog Nørremose and the forest Auderød Skov.There are also plenty of opportunities for fishing in the lakes Ladegårdssøen and Arresø – read more about this here (website in Danish). If you get tired of walking or bicycling around, you can explore the spectacular area on water – Go on a cruise with the landmark ship MS Frederikke or rent a canoe and experience the flora and fauna at close range. Sources: Naturstyrelsen (The Danish Nature Agency) (website in Danish) and Naturcenter Auderød Havn (website in Danish)Photo: VisitDenmarkCoordinates: Latitude: 55.988763
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