WHC 2015 - The par force hunting landscape in North Zealand (Denmark)

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The par force hunting landscape in North Zealand (Denmark)
© Ida M. Grundahl

Located about 30 km north-east of Copenhagen, this hunting landscape encompasses the two hunting forests of Store Dyrehave and Gribskov and the hunting park of Jægersborg Hegn/Jægersborg Dyrehave. This is a designed landscape where Danish kings and their court exercised par force hunting, or hunting with hounds, which reached its peak between the Middle Ages and the end of the 16th century. With hunting lanes laid out in an orthogonal grid pattern, their numbered stone posts, enclosures and hunting lodges, these sites represent the application of Baroque landscaping principles to forested areas.