You may not know it, but you are right now sitting where Luftwaffe had their Danish headquarters during world war 2. The German Luftwaffe was placed in Skanderborg Wildlife Park, where they build a large sum of wooden houses and concrete bunkers, meant to house the headquarters many activities. The sheds were built with wooden planks, but the restaurant is built with solid wood – presumably brought home from Belgium. The house is built in the spring of 1944, and until May 1945, functioned as food hall for the officers. The could also spend their free time in the beautiful building with the wonderful view over the lake. The soldiers left Skanderborg in the spring of 1945.
After the war the place functioned as a refugee camp, until it was passed on to the county in 1948. In 1992 is was bought and has been driven as a private hostel. In 2018 Danhostel Skanderborg celebrate it 75th year anniversary.