Denmark’s Jutland Peninsula is full of incredible outdoor areas, and Rebild Bakker National Park is one of the most unique. Located a scenic 25-km drive or bike ride south of Aalborg, the 77-hectacre natural reserve has a history unlike any other.
The land was donated for public use in 1912 by Danish-American settlers. As part of the deal, Rebild Bakker became a destination celebrating both Danish and American culture. Most famously, it is home to Rebildfesten. One of the largest American Independence Day celebrations outside of the US, Rebildfesten draws expats and curious Danes to Rebild Bakker every 4 July.
The colours on this moor landscape aren’t limited to red, white and blue. From the deep-green of the surrounding Rold forest to the vibrant heather bloom and vivid autumn colours, Rebild Bakker is beautiful all year. With a wide network of trails, it’s the perfect place for hikers and bikers of all skill levels – and when winter arrives, the area becomes a great destination for cross-country skiers too.
Climb to the top of Sønderkol for a panoramic view of Rebild Bakker’s springs, wildlife, hills and valleys from 102 metres above sea level. Or explore the limestone quarry for a subterranean view of the unique geological wonders of the area. And when hunger strikes, there’s a historic restaurant that hosts good traditional food and not least a fika with delicious Danish cakes.
The area surrounding Rebild Bakker is full of great destinations well worth your time, including the majestic Rold Forest and its many sights. One of the newest attractions a short drive from the park is the REGAN Vest Cold War Museum. Formerly a nuclear bunker hidden 60 metres underneath the forest, the former doomsday shelter now welcomes visitors to journey not just deep below the surface, but also back in time!