Are you curious to know about the old buildings around Rebild Hills? Here on the website you can read more about the buildings and what they have been used for over time. There are a total of 5 buildings here from the olden days in Rebild Hills.
Hyldgaardsminde was named after Per Hyldgaard. Per Hyldgaard, together with Top-Karen, began to sell boiling water to the many people who visited the hills in the summer. They sold boiling hot water so visitors could make their own coffee or tea. Instead of boiling hot water, Peter Hyldgaard began to charge people to park their cars on his land for 25 cents per car or horse-drawn carriage, which in the course of a season could well turn into quite a lot.
In 1933, Per Hyldegaard sold the small homestead to the Rebild National Park Board on the condition that he had to stay there until his death. In connection with the Rebild party 50th anniversary in 1962, Hyldgaardsminde was thoroughly renovated with funds donated by brewer Carl Jacobsen’s anniversary fund. The house was inaugurated on June 23rd, 1962, and has since been used for receiving e.g. the Royal family.
In 1968, the extension to Hyldgaardsminde was rebuilt and set up as a secretariat for the Rebild National Park Society. Today it is used for day-to-day administration.
Source: The book “Rebild Hills”
Karen and Jens Andersen, also known as Top-Karen and Top-Jens, live in the Tophouse. They had built the the house with the small extension, where there used to be a stable. The flagstones for the foundation were found in the area and transported on wheelbarrows. The wood for the half-timbering and the roof came from the forest, and clay for lining the walls was dug in the slope below the house.
The Tophouse was a major attraction for many painters in the early 1900s. At Top-Karen and Top-Jens they hosted the painter Karl Emil Lundgreen for free board and lodging. He made himself useful by painting a long board that read “Beer, Soda and Coffee. “The sign with the good-sounding slogan was put up outside the Tophouse, where Karen had her little tractor site.
Today, the Tophouse is a restaurant where you can come and eat or have a cup of coffee. If you want to see more about eating at the place and what they offer, you can click here on the link. Menu card http://topkaren.dk/spisekort/
Source: the book “Rebild Hills”
Westernhuset (The Western house)
The Western House was just an old shed and is next door to the Tophouse. The Western House was then rebuilt in 2017, where it was remodeled and is used today for companies, groups, clubs and other things. The house has room for 70 guests in total.
So if you need a party room or just an authentic room, contact the Western House on (topkaren.dk)
Blokhuset (log cabin)
Max Henius was one of the three who have shaped the Rebild party that people know today. Max Henius traveled back to Chicago in 1929, where he presented the idea of building the log cabin Museum in Rebild Hills. In a short time, they collected 60,000 DKK for the project, and it was quickly decided to have the log cabin Museum built.
The first log cabin was built in 1934. In 1987 it was moved. Beam by beam it was peeled apart, numbered and moved from the location below Cimbrerbakken to the current more prominent location at the entrance to the national park.
On November 11th in 1993, the log cabin burned down, but a new one was built the following year. It was first built in the State of Washington from old cedar trees from the same place. It was then taken apart and shipped to Denmark as a collection set. It was ready for the Rebild party in 1994, exactly 60 years after the first log cabin was inaugurated. The new log cabin is largely identical to the original one.
Back in the day, the house was used as a stable. Since then it has been renovated and is now used as an office and storage warehouse, especially for storing supplies for the Rebild party.