The Artillery Magazine
The Artillery Magazine in Rødovre was originally built to store the cannons of Hvissinge Battery located on the West Rampart just south of the magazine. The magazine as it stands today is a reconstruction built in 1996 after the original architectural drawings. The Artillery Magazine is run by unemployed and staff from Jobcenter Rødovre's department at the West Rampart Experience Center.
In the Artillery Magazine you can visit the café where we sell ice lollies, beverages and homemade cake. In the cinema you can see our slideshow of the history of the West Rampart (takes about 17 minutes). You can also browse through the historical artefacts, models and pictures of the history of the West Rampart on display in the magazine.
On weekdays the Artillery Magazine also functions as workshop for various activities in connection with the history of the West Rampart.
The Artillery Magazine is located on the historic rampart to the south of Rødovre Parkvej.
Opening hours are 9AM - 3PM Tuesday to Friday. Admission is free.
The magazine is closed on bank holidays and during a few school holiday weeks.
If you are visiting as a larger group, please notify Niels on tel. (+45) 22 55 82 65 a few days in advance to ensure that there will be enough cake for everyone.
You are welcome to bring your own lunch to eat in the café or at the table outside.
The historic rampart
On the historic rampart surrounding the Artillery Magazine the vegetation is trimmed and the buildings on this section of the rampart have been beautifully renovated. This makes the area ideal for you to explore on your own to get a sense of how the West Rampart looked when it was in active use as fortification.
History of the West Rampart
The West Rampart stretches all the way from Utterslev Mose (Bog of Utterslev) to Avedøre. It was built between the years of 1888 and 1892 as part of Copenhagen's Fortifications. When World War I broke out in 1914 Copenhagen's Fortifications was manned by about 50,000 soldiers and the West Rampart was made ready for battle but fortunately Denmark escaped being drawn into the war. In 1920 the West Rampart was discontinued as fortification. You can read much more about the West Rampart on the website of Søren Østergaard, www.vestvolden.info.