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Take a bike ride between 3 museums in North Sealand

Three museums and one bicycle. Hop on the bike and get three great museum experiences while enjoying the North Sealand landscape. Experience Munkeruphus, Rudolph Tegners Museum and Esrum Kloster at once.

You can easily reach all three museums in one day.

Bring the children; they can frolic on the nature playground at Esrum Kloster and play the impressive art into the landscape at Rudolph Tegner's Museum. At Munkeruphus, there is room for a swim and great art experiences for the whole family, both indoors and outdoors.

Start the trip in Gilleleje.

Go to Gilleleje by train or car. Before you start, take a look at the lively fishing village, where there is life at the harbour all year round and cosy shops and cafes.

Drive along the water to Munkeruphus

The route takes you east, via Nordkyststien route 47 past Nakkehoved Lighthouse and further out on Strandvejen to Munkeruphus, which is a protected architectural gem, which in addition to changing exhibitions, also houses a cosy cafe with sea views, a small shop with books and design and a variety of events and experiences.

In the café, you can buy coffee, cake, ice cream and lunch, and in the adjacent Munkerup Park, you can walk on the beach or make a fire in an exceptional shelter with a view of the sky.

Continue into Russia to the Artists' Museum

Furthermore, it goes along the beach road and Villingerødvej to Rudolph Tegner's Museum. Here it is just lovely, summer or winter. Quite spectacularly, imposing sculptures are strewn around the unique landscape. You are almost drawn into the building created for the artist's sculptures. If you are lucky, it has opened in the cosy tractor place, located in the park.

Continue towards Denmark's largest lake to Esrum Kloster

The route continues south and by Esrum Lake is Esrum Monastery, today's 3rd stop. Set aside plenty of time, there is plenty to see. Here is a permanent exhibition, several changing exhibits, a mill café, a monastery shop, and then the monastery is located as the entrance to the national park Kongernes Nordsjælland.

... and then it goes back towards Gilleleje through the forest

The route now leads the country and along the Esrum Canal into Snævret Skov. Here you can see the tracks in the landscape of the original canal, which connected Esrum Lake with the Kattegat. In the 19th century, there was lively traffic with horse-drawn barges transporting firewood from Gribskov and larger vessels in the Kattegat.

Arriving at Munkeruphus again, follow the same route back to Gilleleje.

Although museum visits and shelter accommodation are rarely mentioned in the same sentence, it is still possible to experience the best of both worlds at once in North Sealand. Join Daniel on a cultural cycling experience in North Zealand.

Practical information:

  • Bicycles: Rented at Nordkystens Cykeludlejning in Gilleleje for collection in the middle of the city. The bikes must be returned to the same place.
  • Ticket: Book your ticket 

Route information: The trip is 27 km, through the forest and on more minor roads. Please note that the route sometimes also follows roads without a cycle path.

Tip: Worth a slight detour

  • Visit North Sealand's Bird Par
  • Esrum Lake, close to Esrum Monastery
  • After the visit to Esrum Monastery, you can choose to drive down the west side of Esrum Lake to Hillerød and take the train back to Gilleleje or directly home, if you have your bikes with

Bathing possibilities

  • The beach at Munkeruphus / Munkerup Strandpark
  • Dronningmølle Strand
  • Esrum Lake

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