The Par force hunting landscape is a UNESCO heritage site

The Par force hunting landscape is a UNESCO heritage site

Erik Albertsen © Danish Museum of Hunting and Forestry

Erik Albertsen © Danish Museum of Hunting and Forestry

The Par Force Hunting Landscape

This special natural area became a member of the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2015.

The Par force hunting landscape in North Zealand, located about 30 km northeast of Copenhagen, is a well-preserved beautiful natural area consisting  of the Great Deer Park, Gribskov Forest and Jægersborg Deer Park. These forests represent a unique cultural landscape and in the 16th century, Danish kings engaged in par force hunting which is the pursuit of deer on horseback using hounds.

 
Inspired by Versailles in France

Back in the middle age up to the 1600 century the kings had big hauntings here. It was King Christian 5th who shaped the royal hunting grounds here inspired from the beautiful Versailles nearby Paris. The area was shaped with straight forest roads in a star-shaped pattern by squares in a Baroque style.

The UNESCO committee justifies their reasons to have the Par force hunting landscape on the Unesco Heritage list by the unusual and well-preserved example of the values of the European Baroque being presented in the shaping of Nature.

The par force hunting landscape of North Zealand comprises Gribskov Forest, the Great Deer Park and Jægersborg Deer Park and Enclosure. These three forests represent a unique cultural landscape that bears witness both to the enormous power wielded by King Christian V and to his need to display it by subjugating nature.

Contact

Sdr. Jagtvej 2
2970 Hørsholm
North Sealand
Denmark
Web
parforce.dk
Email
info@parforce.dk
Phone
+45 4196 3642


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Coordinates
  • Lattitude: 55.875633
  • Longitude: 12.502377