Aristocratic rule and absolute monarchy
The national park has 6 manor estates with stately homes, avenues, mills and tenant farms from the era of aristocratic rule and the absolute monarchy. Selsø Castle, Aastrup Abbey, Lindholm Manor Estate, Sonnerupgaard Manor Estate, Ledreborg Palace and Skullerupholm were built between 1570 and 1750 – often on top of ramparts from the Middle Ages – and form part of Denmark’s largest protected area for estates.
The national park also covers an area with remnants from the earliest stages of democracy, the cooperative movement and industrialisation. At Herthadalen, in the forests near Ledreborg Palace, constitutional and public meetings attended by thousands were held from 1854 to 1940.
Walk in their footsteps
The 40 km of paths on Skjoldungestien wind through the historic landscape past some of the most important destinations in the park. It’s easy to take public transport back and forth.
Gudernes stræde, or the Pathway of the Gods, is a 64-km hiking trail with info posts that runs through the natural and cultural history landscape from Isefjord, through the national park and onward to Køge Bay.