The Fortifications

From survival to experience

The fortifications, which were built to defend Copenhagen, have now been revitalised. You can explore the history of Copenhagen’s defence in these green surroundings.

More than 200 years ago, the British attacked Copenhagen and set the town ablaze. It was a staggering defeat for the country, but also marked the beginning of discussions about how to defend the capital city in the future.

Therefore, at the end of the 1800s, a ring of fortifications based on the highly-developed military technology of the time was built around Copenhagen. Many remnants of these fortifications are still found around Copenhagen. Until now, many of these remnants have been hidden and closed to the general public. This is now changing as Copenhagen’s Fortifications is being brought back to life.

Here you can read about the history of Copenhagen’s Fortifications, from its founding at the end of the 1800s until the present day, and about the recent project to revitalise the fortifications.

Watch a movie about Copenhagen's Fortifications below:

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About Copenhagen´s Fortifications

The British attack on Copenhagen more than 200 years ago inspired the construction of Copenhagen’s newer ring of fortifications. Since then, the ring has formed an undiscovered oasis around the city.
A partnership comprising the Realdania foundation, the Danish Forest & Nature Agency and the Heritage Agency of Denmark is behind the project working to breathe new life into Copenhagen’s Fortifications. Citizens and tourists can look forward to the re-emergence of the fortifications, uniting a piece of Danish history with unique cultural and nature experiences.


Copenhagen’s Fortifications Project
Danish Ministry of the Environment
Danish Forest and Nature Agency
The Capital Region of Denmark
Dyrehaven 6
DK-2930 Klampenborg

Tel. + 45 39 97 39 00
Fax: + 45 39 97 39 15

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