Adventure time at the Hermitage hunting lodge
After having a pretty perfect couple of sunny and warm weeks, it seems like summer has really exhausted itself in Denmark, because it’s starting to feel a bit like fall.
When the weather feels like Pumpkin Spice Lattes, but it's only mid-August… #danishsummer
— Laura • CPH Tales (@laura_cphtales) August 11, 2016
It’s been sunny, then rainy, and as always, quite windy, and let’s just say it feels like we’ve been yanked back down from our summer high to face the reality that this is still Denmark and that, to say it with Game of Thrones, winter is most definitely coming (though hopefully only after a beautiful, golden fall!).
So last weekend, to beat the “summer might actually be over” blues, we decided to go on a teeny little outdoors adventure – i.e. a hike up to the Hermitage hunting lodge in Dyrehaven. The weather had been a bit up and down all day, with just the slightest bit of a drizzle every now and then, but we didn’t let that discourage us, and miraculously stayed mostly dry.
I’ve been to Dyrehaven a couple of times now (posts here, here), but I’ve never actually seen the little hunting lodge (in Danish, it’s actually called “eremitageslottet”, the Hermitage castle). It’s about a 2.5k walk from Klampenborg station and just under 3k from Bakken, the world’s oldest amusement park.
The hike is beautiful, through the woods, open fields and meadows, and softly sloped hills. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to spot deer, we even saw a whole flock (herd? school? what’s a group of deer called? Someone enlighten me, please!), including two fawns, in a mad dash down a little hill, which was quite impressive.
The Hermitage hunting lodge was built in 1736 for hosting banquets for the royal family after their hunts. To this day, it’s still used by the royals. There are two annual events involving the lodge: Eremitageløbet, a 13.1k run through Dyrehaven in the fall (info here), and the Hubertus hunt, the last hunt of the season, which 160 riders participate in every first Sunday in November (info here).
If you’re tired after the hike up to the lodge, there’s always a couple of friendly horse carriages waiting, ready to take you back to the station or Bakken. Seriously, how much do we love horses? I’m not going to lie, I get totally giddy about them.
I was rocking my very appropriate new t-shirt. It’s from an American brand that I recently came across (during my latest obsession with print shirts), called Wish You Were Northwest (check them out here). They have the cutest shirts, tops, and sweaters, and I could’ve easily ordered a whole bunch of them – although I showed great restraint this time and went for only two things: this top and the softest, cuddliest sweatshirt ever, which might also make an appearance on the blog at some point during the fall!
Right behind the little lodge, you have the prettiest view of the ocean – my friend and I were saying what a perfect party location this would be! If only I were a royal, because I think it’s pretty darn impossible to score an invite otherwise!
Have you been to the Hermitage hunting lodge? And what’s your favorite part of Dyrehaven? Let me know in the comments below!
PS: To answer your question, yes, I did indeed have pizza for dinner that day!