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New owners have changed the face of Scandinavia’s most beautiful race course which is  nestled between the forest and the sea.


It was an unusually warm winter when work began to develop and renovate the run down race course from 1910. As soon as the ink had dried on the contract that was signed January 31st architects and workers moved into the venue situated in the suburbs of Klampenborg north of Copenhagen.

Less than three months later the place was transformed – from the entrance with its white painted fences and red gate that is similar to the iconic entrances of the neighbouring Dear Gardens – to the presentation paddock and its new, lush lawns and flowers, the chic lounges, the balconies and a green puzzle amidst several tons of white gravel.


If everything green is the new gold  then the future of Klampenborg race course seems very green indeed.  Its restaurants and lounges are part of the fun – just as the entire area in the historic forest.





Arne Jacobsen’s modernistic Bellevue buildings from 1936, complete with a theatre and the Mattson riding club, also has a restaurant with a view on the iconic beach and a menu inspired by French, Mediteranean food. A great place also for drinks in the bar or on the terrasse.


The Yellow Cottage

The iconic, tiny little cottage from 1848 that is situated on the lawn next to the Bellevue Beach, serves nordic food that is created by one of Denmark’s leading chefs, Anita Klemmesen. It is even possible to buy a picnic basket to enjoy a light meal on the lawn.

The Red Cottage

New Nordic no nonsense with Danish produce and a perfectly ajusted wine card sums up this restaurant situated in the woods behind its yellow sister cottage.



This cottage from 1854 with a view on the race course is a popular venue for a traditional Danish meal or a coffee on the terrasse.


Piil & Co

Another, famous cottage with a view on the spring that led to the development of the area some centuries ago is both a restaurant and a bed & breakfast – a unique opportunity to spend a night in the woods and right next to the amusement park, Bakken, which (fortunately) closes at midnight .


Peter Liep

Yet another cottage which was named after the hunter who opened it in 1888 this newly renovated adresse is the place for a brunch or a lunch with game on the menu including classic, Danish meals. Some people just stop by for a beer – including riders, too.



The world’s oldest amusement park dates back to 1583 and in the beginning it was the King’s private playground as an extension to the hunting areas of the Deer Gardens. Today, it is a favorite among the young and the childish with an abundance of attractions, theatres, restaurants and a rollercoaster from 1931 that has the highest view of the race course – and the fastest way down, too, for a gamble on the nearby Horse Games stand.


Fortunen Hotel

Another, traditional place to stay or have dinner is owned by the proud mother and grand mother of two racing profiles; Bettina and Patrick Wilson, and situated at Fortune entrance of the Deer Gardens. The area is calm and there’s the additional bonus of horses passing by for trails in the woods or to train at the race track. In front of the hotel there’s a pony rental, and around the corner an old farm which is the home of the new, Copenhagen Polo Club.


A visit to the historic and newly renovated Eremitage castle of the Deer Gardens is a must. Go there by foot  by the King’s Road that starts from the Fortune gate of Kgs. Lyngby – or take a horse carriage from the red wooden entrances of Klampenborg or Bakken.




And the races


Klampenborg Racecourse was the location of many films including the Morten Korch classic, “The Great Race” of 1952  when there were still hurdle races