Last chance to checkout the little hunting lodge – The Hermitage – this summer
A special treat is a guided tour of the beautiful royal hunting lodge in Dyrehaven. Guided tours are available until end of August.
By Bente D. Knudsen Pictures: Slots og Kulturstyrelsen
“There is no electricity and heating – so it just gets too dark for tours the rest of the year we find,” says an employee at Slots og Kulturstyrelsen – the public institute responsible for the castles.
The hermitage – the royal hunting lodge was originally built in 1736 for King Christian VI by the architect Laurids de Thurah. The name is derived from the French, en hermitage, meaning ‘in solitude’.
A special feature in the castle is a table that can be elevated from the floor below, up to the dining room, enabling King and guests to eat without servants eavesdropping.
At the Hermitage, the King could take a break when hunting in Dyrehaven, the deer park, and entertain his hunting guests with banquets.
The view is quite spectacular on good days, as you can enjoy Øresund, almost seeing the banks of Sweden across the water, and, for King Christian VI, of course, allowing him to follow the hunt.
The Hermitage, known in Danish as Eremitageslottet, is still used by Denmark’s Royal Family for hunting lunches and other special occasions, for instance during the early Hubertus Jagt (hunt) on the first Sunday of November.
The Hermitage underwent a full renovation and was closed from 2010 to 2013. After the reopening there is now public access by guided tours throughout the summer.
Tickets for the guided tours can be difficult to get on some dates during the school holiday but it is a small gem to visit.
So don’t show up at the Eremitageslot without a ticket and hope to join the guided tour!