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A day in Rebild

Photo: RebildPorten

Here for a day, an afternoon, or with kids?

- get inspired with our ideas for quality time in the great outdoors

Start your visit at RebildPorten, and get ideas and inspiration for a day in Rebild. At RebildPorten you’ll find changing exhibitions and information about the flora and fauna of the forest. RebildPorten is located close to the well-known Rebild Bakker National Park – a sight you don’t want to miss! – and the many paths and trails of the area start here. Take for instance the certified Rebild Bakker trail, which leads you across the heath, up steep hill tops and past towering trees. The trail also takes you to one of the area’s loveliest springs, Ravnkilde. Here, the waters are gurgling merrily as they run from their source in Rebild Bakker. The Ravnkilde spring is a great hit for children and adults alike, who can quench their thirst or use the stepping stones to jump across the spring.

The high hills can make any stomach rumble, and luckily the area is full of restaurants ready that are ready to greet you. If you wish to take in your lunch from the forest floor, you can order a picnic basked at many of the restaurants, which you can enjoy in the fresh air.

When the sun is at its highest, a trip to Rebildcentret and the limestone mines Thingbæk Kalkminer offers a cooling refuge. The mines are full of both breathtaking art and fluttering bats. If you’re more into history or science, you can enjoy Rebildcentret’s impressive exhibitions about the Cold War or about limestone and how it has shaped the area as we know it today.

Before calling it a day you don’t want to miss a trip to the old-growth forest Troldeskoven, which literally means ‘The Troll Forest’, where the oldest trees are more than 300 years old. The twisted and tortuous beech trunks look like peculiar trolls, and some of them have grown into so-called ‘eye trees’. According to legend, if you climb through an eye tree you will avoid getting the rickets. In Troldeskoven the brave can climb high up into the forest tower Høje Odde, where you’ll find the most stunning view of all of Rebild Bakker.

If you, like most people, can’t get enough of Rebild Bakker, we recommend booking a guide for your visit. The Rebild guides can offer insider’s knowledge and lots of fun facts – and maybe a cock-and-bull story or two – about the area and are glad to show you around.

An afternoon in Rebild

In the mood for fresh air? Rebild Bakker is the perfect place to spend an afternoon outdoors and get some fresh air and rosy cheeks. 

The certified Rebild Bakker hiking trail starts at RebildPorten. The trail is 10,8 km long, but if you’re short on time or just looking for an afternoon walk in the hills, we recommend ‘the short’ Rebild Bakker route of 3,6 km. The hike alone is beautiful, but it also takes you to some of the most breathtaking places in Rebild Bakker – make a quick stop by the Ravnkilde spring, where the protected and fresh spring water is gurgling, or go to the top of the 102-meter high Sønderkol, and get your heart rate going! The short hike takes about an hour and a half and will leave you eager to explore more of the gorgeous landscape. After the many vertical meters you’ll want to re-fuel, and there’s plenty of opportunity to have a slice of cake and a nice cup of coffee, so you’re ready for your next walk.

Exploring Rebild with the kids

Rebild’s many nature playgrounds is the perfect place for the kids to blow off some steam.

Røverknolden will pique their imagination, with giant spiders and music ladybugs scattered around the playground at the edge of the woods. You can also light up a fire at the fire ring and enjoy a fresh-cooked lunch or let the kids make twisted bread on a stick. When the kids are done romping about, there’s plenty of room to cosy up and take in the scenery – and perhaps tell a cock-and-bull story of your own.

Right behind the parking lot in front of RebildPorten you can spot the new playground from the entry point to Rebild Bakker. This is the perfect place for toddlers to romp about or cool down after running up and down the hills with the adrenalin pumping. Exploring the pathways is a fun activity for the little ones. So bring the kids, and see if you can keep up as they rush along the paths and up and down the hills.