With recent trips to London and Sweden and one upcoming to Italy, I was planning on finishing up my posts on France so I wouldn’t fall further behind on my travels. Then I discovered that the majority of readers are people living in Denmark (don’t worry, I only know that the IP addresses of the majority of readers are inside of Denmark). Given the title of my blog and readership demographic, I thought I would return to the topic of Denmark for a few posts before returning to my European travels.
I thought I would start with a post on Frilandsmuseet. One of the ironies about living in a given location is that you rarely avail yourself to all of the cultural attractions a place has to offer. One of the great things about having family and friends visit is that they force you (in a good way) to explore places that you otherwise might not visit. Such was the case with Frilandsmuseet which I visited last fall with my parents.
The Frilandsmuseet is an open-air museum (literal translation) situated in the northern Copenhagen suburb of Lyngby. Opened in 1897, the museum contains over 100 different buildings representing the various architectural styles and materials used throughout Scandinavia and northern Germany between 1650 -1950. Buildings ranging from manor houses to poor houses, barns to windmills and represent Denmark, the Danish island of Bornholm, the Danish protectorates of Greenland and the Faroe Islands, the Swedish regions of Scania and Halland and the northern German region of South Schleswig (formerly under Danish control).
Each building has been carefully dismantled in its original location than reconstructed on over 40 hectares of land surrounded by natural forests and gardens accompanied by livestock, giving the museum a more authentic feel. It is an ideal location for kids to roam for the day but equally interesting for adults, giving you a feel for the architectural evolution and (often harsh) living conditions experienced throughout northern Europe over the past three centuries. And best of all, as part of the Danish National Museum, it’s free courtesy of the Danish taxpayer.