A Visit to the Past
If you are going to Denmark this year, a visit to Den Gamle By (The Old Town) in Jutland is highly recommended. Here you can see a historic market town as it was in days gone by, and you can stroll in cobblestone-covered streets, relax in the gardens or sit by the river in the company of the local ducks.
Den Gamle By was founded in 1909, and it was the first of its kind in the world. The very first building in the museum was the Mayor's House, where domestic culture from 1600 to 1850 is on show, and other highlights are the Mint master’s Mansion – an impressive home from the 1700 – and the Merchant's House and shop from 1864.
You can easily spend a whole day here, because the houses are filled with interiors, workshops and exhibitions of all kinds. The Toy Museum is the largest in Denmark with toys from the 1800s and up to the 1960s, and the Gallery of Decorative Arts has an outstanding collection of silverware, delftware, porcelain and clocks.
Today there are 75 – mostly timber framed - houses in The Old Town, and they include an extremely well-assorted pharmacy and a beautiful theatre. A newer part of the past has just been added and now includes a townscape from the 1920s as well as shops from the merry 1970s.
The Old Town is a wonderful place, where you can step back in time and feel the atmosphere of older days, when everything happened at a very different pace.
Photo: Copyright Den Gamle By