Birkerød

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Birkerød
Town
Birkerød Church
Birkerød Church
Birkerød is located in Denmark
Birkerød
Birkerød
Location in Denmark
Coordinates: 55°50′20″N 12°25′48″E / 55.83889°N 12.43000°E / 55.83889; 12.43000
Country Denmark
Region Capital (Hovedstaden)
Municipality Rudersdal
Elevation 50 m (160 ft)
Population (2015)
 • Total 20,228
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 3460 Birkerød
Area code(s) (+45) 48

Birkerød (Danish pronunciation: [ˈbiɐ̯ɡəʀøːˀð]) is a suburban town in Rudersdal Municipality in the northern outskirts of Copenhagen, Denmark. It is surrounded by several lakes and small woodlands. Birkerød station is located on the Hillerød radial of the S-train network.

In 2010, the NGO Global Medical Aid was established in Birkerød. [1]

History[edit]

The parish of Birkerød was home to the villages Birkerød, Kajerød, Bistrup, Ravnsnæs, Isterød, Høsterkøb, Sandbjerg and Ubberød.[2]

Birkerød became a railway town in 1868, when the Nordbanen railway opened a trainstation here between Lyngby and Helsingør. This led to new growth and several brickyards opened in the area in the second half of the 19th century.[2] The rail line between Copenhagen and Hillerød was later converted to an S-train line and construction of new residential neighbourhoods accelerated in the 1940s which, in time, made Birkerød merge with Bistrup to the south, Kajerød to the west and Ravnsnæs to the east.

Geography[edit]

Bikerød Lake
View on the Bistrup neighbourhood from Vaserne

Birkerød is bordered by 941-hectare Lake Furesø to the south and Lake Sjælsø to the north. The smaller Birkerød Lake is located just south of the railway station in the town centre. The approximately 86 hectares wetland Vaserne (in Danish) along the northeastern shores of Lake Furesø and the western part of Frederikslund Forest separates Birkerød (Bistrup) from Holte to the southeast. Bistrup Hegn is situated between Bistrup to the south and Birkerød to the north. Rude Forest is located to the east of Virkerød. Eskemose Forest at Lake Sjælsø, north of Kajerød, is the site of several natural springs.

Townscape[edit]

Bikerød Søhuse

Birkerød consists mainly of single family detached homes.

Tegnestuen Vandkunsten has designed a number of housing estates. Trudeslund (1980-81) is a cohousing community.[3] The concept was later developed further with Jystrup Savværk in Jystrup. The Langkjærgård development is from 1985[4] and Blikfanget was built in 1988-1989.[5] Søhuse (1995), a development of terraced housing, is located on a gently sloping site on the banks of Birkerød Lake.[6]

Culture and sports[edit]

Mantziusgården, the former state school, is now used as a local cultural centre. Activities include art exhibitions, concerts, theatre and stand-up. The premises also comprise four open workshops with facilities for making graphic art, glass art, ceramics and weaving.[7] Other cultural Institutions includes Birkerød Library and the Local Historic Archives.

Birkerød Sports and Leisure Centre was built in 2007 and is located next to the indoor swimming hall and football pitches, both of which was renovated simultaneously. The new centre was designed by Schmidt hammer lassen and is used for a wide variety of activities, including team handball fitness and yoga as well as concerts and other cultural events. [8]

The local football club of IF Skjold Birkerød was founded in 1917, and currently plays the Danish 2nd Division East. Furesø Golf Club is based at Hestkøbgård in the western part of Birkerød. The club was established in 1974.

Education[edit]

Birkerød Gymnasium was founded as a private boys' school in 1868. It is now a public upper secondary school with approximately 1,000 students. It includes a boarding school section with some 100 students.

In 2011, a Model UN at Birkerød Gymnasium, attracted several hundreds of high-school students from around Europe, and continues to do so every year.[9]

Buildings of worship[edit]

Birkerød Church

Birkerød Church is a traditional Danish parish church whose oldest parts date from the late 12th and early 13th century. The tower was built in the late 15th century, the current chancel in about 1500 and the porch in 1525.[10] The Parish of Bistrup was disjoined from that of Birkerød in 1963 and its church was inaugurated in 1967.

The property Nordvanggård housed a congregation of Sisters of the Precious Blood from the late 1950s until 2015. The Sisters belong to the German Province, the provincial house is in Neuenbeken near Paderborn. They also have a convent in Rønne on the island of Bornholm.[11] The building is now owned by Rudersdal Municipality and is temporarily used to house refugees.[12]

Transport[edit]

Rail[edit]

Birkerød station is located on the Hillerød radial of the S-train network. The stations is served by the A trains.

Road[edit]

Lyngby Kongevej bisects Birkerød on its way from Copenhagen to Hillerød. The Hillerød Motorway passed Birkerød to the west and the Helsingør Motorway passes Birkerød to the east.

Bus[edit]

From Birkerød station:

From Bistrup:

Notable people[edit]

Twinnings[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Global Medical Aid". 
  2. ^ a b "Birkerød" (in Danish). Rudersdal Kommune. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "Trudeslund". arkitekturbilleder.dk (in Danish). Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  4. ^ "Blikfanget, Birkerød". arkark.dk (in Danish). Langkjærgård. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  5. ^ "Blikfanget, Birkerød". arkark.dk (in Danish). Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  6. ^ "Søhuse". arkitekturbilleder.dk (in Danish). Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  7. ^ "Kulturhus Mantziusgården" (in Danish). Rudersdal Kommune. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  8. ^ "Birkerød Sports and Leisure Centre". Archtonic. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  9. ^ "BIGMUN Official Website". 
  10. ^ "Birkerød Kirke" (in Danish). Nordens Kirker. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  11. ^ "About us". The Sisters of the Precious Blood. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  12. ^ "Rudersdal Kommune køber tidligere kloster til midlertidig indkvartering af flygtninge" (in Danish). Rudersdal Kommune. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 

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Coordinates: 55°50′N 12°26′E / 55.833°N 12.433°E / 55.833; 12.433