The royal hunting ground
Word to the wise: Horse riding through the park is magical. See www.fortunensponycenter.dk (Fortunens Ponycenter) for details of rides.
This lovely wooded sanctuary 10km north of Copenhagen is one of the most popular parks in Denmark, and easy to get to from the city by S-train.
Over 2,000 deer roam freely amongst the giant oaks and beechwood trees, and so can you. Red, fallow, and Asiatic sika deer are all found here, but be careful about getting too close: as a rule of thumb, if deer look at you, they feel threatened.
Those who prefer a human angle might like to visit the park's Occupation Museum. When the Germans occupied the country in World War II the Luftwaffe set up headquarters at Dyrehaven, and the museum tells the story of German activity in Denmark and Denmark's policy of collaboration. Housed in two air-raid bunkers, exhibits include an authentic Enigma machine.