North Zealand - The Danish Riviera

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     Det Fedtede Hjørne Right now the menu is as follows, the Caribbean, Mexican, Burgers, Fish, Indian / Nepalese and a salad bar. Of course, with a well-equipped bar with everything in icy beer and water, wine, and coffee. In a casual atmosphere, the locals and holiday guests gather for cosy gatherings in the sun or under our large shade. With a location just 50 meters from the beach, it is easy to spend an entire day and evening here. The bar at The Greasy Corner is open from 10 am, and the food stalls open at noon. Eat well View on map
     Specialiteten Specialiteten have its own exciting dairy that produces original dairy products from days gone by - rich dairy cheese and ice cream made from fresh cheese, and butter churned from sour cream. Here you can also find delicacies of excellence within coffee/tea, wine and organic products. Shopping and cafés View on map
     Clay pits and brickyards in Nivå In the 17th century, Nivå was a small fishing hamlet. The village consisted of 3 farms and 14 small houses, and a countryside filled with large lush forests.But the history of the village would come to be marked by one product in particular: bricks.The production of bricks was a step in the industrialisation of Denmark. During this time, the brickyards had their prime, as many people chose to move from the country into towns and cities. This resulted in a demand for building materials, in particular in the 1880s and onwards.However, the brickyard Nivaagaard Teglværk has its own special history with several royal connections. When Queen Louise was given the area Hirschholm (now Hørsholm) by King Frederik IV in 1701, the castle on the premises needed to be restored – and this called for bricks and tiles. This led to the foundation of the brickyard in Nivå that same year; a brickyard that was to play a crucial role for the development of the Nivå area for several centuries.The brickyards got their raw materials from the surrounding clay pits. North of Nivaagaard Teglværk, between Gammel Strandvej, Vibevej and Strandvejen, you will find three big lakes and several smaller ones today. These are former clay pits that were in use until around 1920. The clay pits in the area were filled with blue clay, which is primarily used for yellow bricks. The housing area Øresundsparken in Nivå is built on top of just such an old clay pit that has been filled with the cleared soil.Other clay pits were left to get filled with water when they were no longer in use. Today, these clay pits are used as put-and-take fishing lakes, and the lakes form the basis of abundant vegetation and wildlife. Among other species, the rare kingfisher breeds here.The owner of the brickyard in its prime at the beginning of the 18th century was Lars Erichsen, who also owned or leased two other brickyards in the area. He was a prolific contractor and, among other things, supplied tiles and bricks to the magnificent royal building project that later got the designation ”Scandinavia’s Versailles”. In addition, he built 113 schools on Zealand in the years 1722-1725. But the biggest accomplishment of the brickyard was still to come.After the deaths of Queen Louise and King Frederik, their son, the new king, gave the same piece of land to his wife, Queen Sophie Magdalene. In spite of the modernisation of the castle a few years prior, she chose to take on architect Lauritz de Thura, who completed a magnificent baroque castle in 1744. The castle soon became famous as one of the most beautiful castles in Europe. Later, it became the setting for the tragic story of King Christian VI, Queen Caroline Mathilde and their physician-in-ordinary Johann Friedrich Struensee. After this, the castle was abandoned and torn down.Exactly when the brickyard got the name Nivaagaard Teglværk is not known, but it is presumed that it was in connection with consul Peter Anton Alfred Hage’s purchase of Nivaagaard estate, the brickyard belonging to the estate and several other farms in Nivå. It was also the consul who had the special ring kiln, or Hoffmann kiln, built, that was taken into use in the production at the brickyard in 1870, and which today houses a museum, Nivaagaard Teglværks Ringovn, where you can experience Nivå’s exciting industrial heritage at close range.The ring kiln was in use until 1967, when it was replaced by a fully automatic tunnel kiln. However, the new tunnel kiln was only in use for 14 years, as Nivaagaard Teglværk was definitively shut down in 1981. The ring kiln was listed as a protected building in 1985, and it was opened to the public in 1996 after a thorough restoration. If you visit Nivaagaard Teglværks Ringovn, you can get a guided tour of the unique building and hear the story of how the brickyard made its mark on Nivå. You can also take a walk around one of the lakes in the area and experience the beautiful traces of the town’s industrial history.Source and photo: Nivaagaard Teglværks Ringovn (website in Danish)Coordinates:  Latitude: 55.930711
    Longitude: 12.515569           
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