Home to the world’s oldest operating amusement park and one of its largest open-air museums, Lyngby-Taarbaek is a sprawling municipality north of Copenhagen. It lies between the Øresund sound and Furesø lake, with a fascinating industrial complex-turned-museum among its attractions.
Things to do in Lyngby-Taarbaek
Travelling with kids? Don’t miss a visit to Dyrehavsbakken, a family-friendly amusement park that originally opened in 1583 when a natural spring was discovered. When visitors who believed in the spring’s curative properties began visiting the site, entertainers and hawkers quickly followed suit. Today, the park is home to roller coasters, bumper cars and a ghost train, as well as a 390-metre-long log flume ride.
Sprawling across 40 hectares is the Frilandsmuseet, an open-air museum that is one of the largest in the world. It comprises more than 100 buildings dating from the 17th to 20th centuries that have been relocated from across Denmark, including from the remote islands of Bornholm and Læsø. Admire the thatched kelp farmhouse and the post mill from 1662, then wander through the historic gardens and pastures where traditional Danish livestock breeds graze.
Lyngby-Taarbaek is also home to Denmark’s largest protected industrial complex, the Brede Works, which comprises a series of old factory buildings along the Mølleåen stream. Now a museum, it explores the significance of industrialisation to daily life in Denmark through exhibits of vintage machinery, interactive films, sound and light displays. Throughout the centuries, copper, grain, gunpowder and textiles have all been processed here.
Getting around Lyngby-Taarbaek
Lyngby-Taarbaek is a 20-minute drive from the centre of Copenhagen while Copenhagen Airport is 30 minutes away. Trains from destinations across Greater Copenhagen connect to the Lyngby railway station and an extensive network of buses travel throughout the municipality.