Skovshoved is a former fishing village on the Øresund coast north of Copenhagen, Denmark. The area is part of Charlottenlund postal district and Gentofte Municipality. Local landmarks include Skovshoved Church, Sjovshoved Hotel and the listed Arne Jacobsen-designed Skovshoved Petrol Station from 1938.

Old houses in Skovshoved


"A Girl from Skovshoved", selling fish at Gammel Strand, 1864

The first known reference to Skovshoved (Scogshouet) is from 1275. It was originally a small fishing village with just a few houses. An inn, Skovshoved Kro, opened in the village in 1660. In 1620 it obtained status of royal privileged inn, enabling it to brew its own beer.[1]

Skovshoved was known for its fish wives, Skovserkoner, who would carry the day's catch in caskets on their back to the fish market at Gammel Strand in Copenhagen. The first harbor was built in 1869.[2]

Skovshoved Beach Hotel in c. 1908

In the middle of the 19th century, Skovshoved, like the other fishing villages along the Øresund coast, began to attract summer visitors from Copenhagen. Some visitors stayed at the inn while others rented rooms with the local fishermen. With the opening of the Klampenborg Railway in 1863 and the Coast Line the area became more accessible. The more wealthy summer visitors began to build country houses. Skovshoved Inn was converted into a modern beach hotel by the architects Viggo Klein and Andreas Thejll in 1895.

Skovshoved Parish was disjoined from that of Ordrup in 1915. With the construction of the new Coastal Road in 1936-38, Skovshoved gradually developed into a suburb of Copenhagen. A new and larger harbor was built in 1938.


Rydhave, the residence of the US Ambassador

Much of the old fishing village has survived. Rydhave, now the official residence of the United States' Ambassador to Denmark, is an example of the country houses that were built in the area in the late 19th and early 20th century. It was built in 1885 for E. Schackenborg, the owner of a brickyard.[3] The 22-room Skovshoved Hotel has been listed as one of the world's 50 top hotels by Condé Nast in 2003.[4]

Skovshoved Church is from 1915 and was designed by Alfred Brandt. The listed Skovshoved Petrol Station was completed to a Modernist design by Arne Jacobsen in 1936.[5]

Skovshoved Petrol Station is from 1936 and was designed by Arne Jacobsen. The building is now listed.

In media and cultureEdit

  • In the 2014–15 DR documentary series I Am the Ambassador, which followed the US ambassador Rufus Gifford, Rydhave featured prominently.

Notable peopleEdit

Karen Harup, 1947



  1. ^ "Hvis huse kunne tale: Den gamle landevejskro" (in Danish). Villabyerne. Retrieved 2014-01-14.
  2. ^ "Skovshoved" (in Danish). Gyldendal. Retrieved 2014-01-14.
  3. ^ "Rydhave" (PDF). American Embassy. Retrieved 2014-01-14.
  4. ^ "Nye ejere vil fortsætte hoteldrift i Skovshoved". BerlingskeCruiser. Retrieved 2009-06-27.
  5. ^ "Arne Jacobsens Tankstation". AOK. Retrieved 2009-06-27.

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Coordinates: 55°45′35″N 12°35′22″E / 55.7597°N 12.5894°E / 55.7597; 12.5894