The fortifications re-emerge
New life is being injected into Copenhagen’s Fortifications. The ring of defence is re-emerging as a comprehensive cultural and natural attraction.
Copenhagen’s Fortifications was built and reinforced on land and at sea from 1858 to 1918, forming a ring of defence around Copenhagen. Today, the fortifications are well-camouflaged by dense vegetation and decay, which also reflects is position as forgotten in the minds of Danes.
But the revitalisation project aims to change this. Citizens and tourists can look forward to Copenhagen’s Fortifications re-emerging as a cohesive whole that unites a piece of Danish history with unique cultural and nature experiences. The extensive project will give the fortifications back to citizens and visitors. The extensive ring of defence winding around Copenhagen will be made more visible and presented as the cohesive attraction it is. The associated buildings and nature areas are to be secured, renovated and developed to preserve them for posterity.
The project initiative was taken by the Danish Forest and Nature Agency, the Heritage Agency of Denmark, and Realdania, who are also working together via a partnership to realise this vision. The partners have allocated DKK 175 million to the project. The expectation is that other parties will contribute additional investments, commitments and activities on the local and regional levels.