With extensive areas of coastal and inland scenery, Rudersdal is a popular place in which to live and work. Apart from the blue waters of the Øresund, Rudersdal has numerous lakes, forests, marshlands, meadows, parks, and hills.
In order to encourage a healthy, active lifestyle the municipality has established a comprehensive network of paths (RudersdalRuten) that criss-cross the landscape offering a range of routes that suit everyone, irrespective of whether you out for a walk or training for a marathon.
Rudersdal is also the home of some important archaeological sites dating back some 7,000 years such as the coastal community of Vedbæk, where remains of stone age hunters record the lives of some of the earliest inhabitants in Denmark.
The roots of the present urban society date back to the Viking Age, when agrarian peasants cleared tracts of land in the great forests of North Zealand.
The area has several beautiful churches, including the medieval church in Birkerød with its magnificent 14th century murals. Spanning the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, Rudersdal is fortunate to have an eclectic mix of patrician villas, manor houses, traditional thatched cottages, and contemporary single-family detached houses that typify both the rural and urban landscapes.
Rudersdal's active cultural life is richly reflected by the numerous and diverse range of associations and clubs established for, and by residents in the municipality.
Rudersdal also has excellent libraries, museums and cinemas, and the Cultural Centres host a range of concerts, shows and travelling exhibitions throughout the year.
Children and young people are equally well catered for, with some of the best schools in the Denmark and a wide range of leisure and recreation activities from which to choose, including children’s activity centres, theatres, swimming pools, and special summer holiday activity programmes.
Nature and outdoor activities
With the area’s beautiful landscape virtually on every doorstep, residents can take advantage of the many opportunities for outdoor pursuits, including popular sports such as football, tennis, golf, riding, sailing, and cross-country skiing in the winter months.
Rudersdal's sports facilities and swimming pools are extensively used by young and old alike, and with the recent opening of a brand new sports and leisure centre in Birkerød the range of leisure and recreation activities available to residents and visitors is better than ever.
Unlike some other municipalities in Denmark, Rudersdal does not have one big shopping centre. Although shopping in the municipality is on a more intimate scale, it is nonetheless equally as comprehensive in terms of selection, choice and price. The largest concentration of shops can be found in several town centres such as Birkerød with its attractive pedestrian precinct, Holte with its covered "Midtpunkt" shopping arcade, Nærumvænge Square, and Vedbæk.
Rudersdal is also home to several conference and seminar centres, and the area offers a wide selection of restaurants of cafes often found in picturesque beach, woodland or lakeside settings.
Last but not least, Copenhagen and all that it has to offer – historic palaces and parks, theatres, concert halls, the opera house, museums, exhibitions, international shopping, restaurants, hotels and conference centres, and much more – is less than 30 minutes away by public transport or car from the Municipal Town Hall.