Lonely Planet Writer

Denmark's spiral forest tower is finally open and it's spectacular

Denmark’s incredible forest tower has been nearly two years in the making and, when the initial images were released, it looked like something from a fairy tale that could never be realised. Now it’s officially opened and the reality is even better.

In summer this will be a lush, green landscaoe. Photo by Rasmus Hjortshoj

The amazing wooden observation tower overlooks the beautiful Gisselfeld Klosters Forest, filled with rolling hills, lakes, wetlands, meadows and streams. Its changing landscape means the builders hope it will tempt visitors to return to oversee the changing seasonal colours.

The forest tower has an elevated walkway with no steps, meaning its unusual perspectives of the surrounding countryside are accessible to everyone. It was built with minimal impact in mind, using weathered steel and local oak to blend seamlessly in with the environment. The wooden walkway leading to the tower even flow around the roots of the undisturbed trees.

The oak blends in with the surrounding landscape. Photo by Rasmus Hjortshoj

The curved shape should allow for better contact with the forest canopy as you walk up and the incredible angles have already proven to be a photographer’s dream. At the top, you are 140 metres above sea level and the highest accessible point in Zealand island. In clear weather, you can see as far as Copenhagen and Malmo.

The tentative opening date was initially scheduled for summer 2018 but it finally opened to the public on 31 March, welcoming 2500 people on its very first day. In a statement, Kasper Larsen acknowledged the delay but confirms the end result is worth the wait. It has been a long challenging process from the original inception of the idea,” he said. “But we are proud to say the result has by far overcome our expectations.”

The boardwalk is fully accessible. Photo by Rasmus Hjortshoj

The spiral walkway is part of Camp Adventure who have zip lines and other climbing courses in the surrounding forest. Tickets to the tower costs DKK125 (£14.50) and it is open from 10am everyday.