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Address: Garderhoejfort 4, 2820, Denmark
Phone Number:
+45 39 61 17 34

Built from 1886 – 1892 for privately collected money, Garderhøjfortet was...

Built from 1886 – 1892 for privately collected money, Garderhøjfortet was the most important hinge in the Copenhagen Fortification. The Fort was active from 1892 until 1920. During World War I, 400 soldiers manned the fort during the four years of war. Since Denmark was not occupied during the war, the 400 soldiers experienced a “Sitz Krieg”.The fort’s most precious pearl is the large “Double Canon” with a range of three miles and a weight of 200 tonnes.The fort has been renovated and air-conditioned so it is pleasant to reside into the fort.Experimentarium – the famous Danish Science Centre – has developed a very active hands-on, minds-on exhibition which brings the visitors back to 1914. The visitors can experience how the soldiers exercised to keep their body fit, how the soldiers longed for their loved ones (expressed in letters), how the fort communicated (via Morse) to the others forts in the Fortification, how they cooked and how they slept (24 soldiers on 12 m2!!). Also, the visitors can arm a copy of the “Double Canon” and try to hit a target in the area north of Copenhagen.Experiencing the exhibition, you really get the feeling of how it was 100 years ago to be a soldier with very little to do and with the constant fear: The enemy is arriving!

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Reviewed 21 October 2016
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