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Open Air Museum (part 1 of 2)

Frilandsmuseet (or the Open-Air Museum in English) was not even mentioned in our guidebooks (and we have three different ones). Therefore, we weren’t expecting much. I loved the place though. It should not only be mentioned, in my opinion, it should be a recommendation for those with more than a few days in Copenhagen.

You can ride a bike there from downtown Copenhagen as it is under 10 miles away. Alternatively, you can take the train or bus to the Kongens Lyngby area. We took the train to Lyngby Station and then caught a bus (184 or 194) that dropped us off right in front of the place. To avoid missing the stop, like we did at Frederiksborg, we asked the bus driver how we would know to get off. He told use that he would say, “NOW!” and sure enough he did.

open-air museum near copenhagen rural

This museum is quite different from any that I’ve been to before. It is well over 100 years old and features buildings that are as much as 400 years old. Instead of wandering around rooms in a building looking at things you wander around outside and look at how people lived hundreds of years ago in Denmark’s past.

If your imagination isn’t so good you can go to about four different houses where they have live actors playing the parts of peasants or other roles in old Danish society. The actors were a lot of fun. They interact with the visitors as well (and in English if you let them know you don’t speak Danish).

frilandsmuseet role players copenhagen lyngby

The character players also put on a non-spoken play that was very well done. The skit was quite humorous, and it really did take you back. I felt, at numerous times during the day, that I was hundreds of years in the Danish, rural past.

You can walk through the buildings as well. We only had time to explore about half of the 60+ buildings. I don’t think you can do it all in one day. Some of the buildings were from nearby islands and Sweden as well. Most were from the 1600s and 1700s, and I believe all of them had thatched roofs.

interior at frilandsmuseet denmark

The interiors were decorated to look like various eras. Perhaps most were from the 1800s. They were all authentic, rather than mere reproductions. Apparently when you are ready to rip down an ancient building in Denmark you can call this place, and they will take it for you.

The price is right too. It costs nothing.

badfarten denmark

Afterwards we decided to walk back to the train station instead of take the bus. This was a good idea and highly recommended if you are physically able to walk a few miles. Head west for some marvelous lakes. Head south for some nice parks (completely empty compared to those closer to Copenhagen). We ended up at a place called “Badfarten” which provided much fodder for 10-year old jokes and photo opportunities.

badfarten lynby copenhagen

There is a pretty canal at Badfarten. You can hop in a boat there and tour the canal and connected lakes if you can stand the smell. Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

Actually, Badfarten smells just fine. We didn’t have time to do the boat ride (and didn’t want to part with more of our Danish Kroners), but I wouldn’t mind doing so on a subsequent visit.

fart jokes badfarten kongens lyngby

If you want a quick trip to somewhere more rural than downtown Copenhagen or if you’d like to travel through Danish time, this is the place to do so.

I’ll post some more photographs of the old structures in tomorrow’s blog entry.

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