North Zealand - The Danish Riviera

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     Elsinore Walk - a cultural promenade The walk will lead you through Elsinore’s 800 years of history, from the time of the first church that was built in a small fishing village, through its heyday with the Sound Dues and Kronborg Castle, which inspired Shakespeare to write Hamlet. You will pass through the industrial time of the shipyard and finally arrive in the modern world-class culture city which is today’s Elsinore. Follow the trail of blue dots that mark the route in the cityscape. You will be led to 20 cultural attractions all of which are marked with a sign and a number. To benefit fully from the walk, pick up the free guidebook at The Culture Yard or in one of the city’s museums. The guidebook is available in 7 different language versions: Danish, Swedish, English, German, Chinese, Turkish and Arabic. Enjoy the walk! Top attractions View on map
     Tisvilde Bistro A drizzle Mallorca, a little Nordic coolness and lots of love ...
    Tisvilde Bistro serves delicious snacks in the barbecue buffet, as well as beautiful, fresh seafood dishes so you can taste more and more like each other! Organic and green is the focus - the green and honest kitchen emphasise the desire to allow guests to relax and lower their shoulders. The large terrace is open every day of the season; here there are concerts with the best and biggest Danish artists, such as Mads Langer, Medina and Rasmus Walter, as well as intimate performances among others. With Anders Matthesen. Outside the summer season, the bistro can be booked for the round birthday, confirmation or wedding - The food can also be delivered at home in the garden for the party.
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     Sand drift along the north coast White dunes are an integral part of the beautiful Danish coastal scenery, beloved by both locals and tourists. However, they have not always been praised and appreciated – rather the reverse!Denmark’s many stretches of coast and peculiar geological conditions mean that throughout our history, great amounts of sand have been picked up by the wind and moved as shifting sand to areas at particular risk. In this way, the dunes were formed.Sand drift is believed to have been a problem along the Danish coastline for more than 7,000 years, but the most famous historical period in which the sand drift caused outright catastrophes was the first half of the 16th century. In 1539, King Christian III even banned the destruction of dune vegetation in an attempt to lessen the sand drift.At one point, the majority of the area along the north coast of Zealand was under cultivation, which meant that all naturally occurring vegetation and forests had been removed. This made the fields vulnerable to grazing that exposed sand to the winds that swept it away to other places. Tisvilde was especially hard hit. At one point, Tibirke church was almost covered in sand, and the village of Torup disappeared from the map altogether when it was completely buried: At the deepest spot, the houses are now 2 meters below the sand. The forest of Tisvilde Hegn was planted to stop the sand drift from the area. In addition to the sand burying buildings and entire villages, even a small amount of sand could cause great trouble by destroying crops in the fields.Hornbæk also got hit hard. Here, the remains of an old fishing village have been found, which was presumably abandoned in the 17th century due to the sand drift. Here, too, a plantation was established to avoid further sand drift. However, it was not until 1793, far later than in other parts of the country, that pinewood seeds were sown on a 14-hectare area by Hornbæk. Prior to this, people had tried fighting the sand drift by moving seaweed from the beaches to the area, where it was spread over the fields both to keep the sand there and to help plants put down roots. The area was planted over the next 50 years, and Hornbæk Plantage was born. In 1860, the forest was stable, and the sand drift from the area stopped.Today, the forest offers a wide variety of plant- and wildlife. Throughout the years, the amount of hardwood trees has increased from around 10% to around 55%, but the traces of the elements’ effect on the area can still be seen: Along Nordre Strandvej you can take a walk among the crooked pinewood trees that have been disfigured by the rough coastal winds that carry salt and sand. The forest also hides traces of even older history. In fact, you can find relics leading as far back as 3500 B.C.! On your trip through the forest, you can encounter numerous Bronze Age mounds, as well as a round barrow and a long barrow, which are burial chambers from the Neolithic Age. If your trip takes you down onto the beach, you can also see a World War II battery.Hornbæk Plantage is the perfect location for a relaxed day trip in beautiful and interesting surroundings: Just follow the yellow dots that mark the area’s 8 km hiking route and you will go through almost the entire forest. If you want more experiences on your agenda, the area also offers a shelter campsite, sea fishing, diving and a treasure hunt. Sources: Naturstyrelsen (The Danish Nature Agency) (website in Danish) and Wikipedia (website in Danish)Picture: VisitDenmark / Nicolai PerjesiCoordinates: Latitude: 56.093248
    Longitude: 12.467108
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