Hobbit Houses, Geothermal Heating, and More at Økosamfundet Dyssekilde, One of Denmark's Oldest Eco Villages

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These days, the term "eco village" is thrown around a lot. And whether good or bad, the definition is far-reaching. I recently had the chance to see one of Denmark's oldest eco villages, Økosamfundet Dyssekilde in the town of Torup, as a guest of Visit Copenhagen.

About an hour and a half by train from Copenhagen --- with its own station stop for easy non-car access -- Dyssekilde defines eco village as 74 sustainably-designed highly unique houses and apartment buildings that range from hobbit-style straw bale to high design. The site also includes seven wind turbines, a seriously impressive 66-foot long bin system for recycling, chickens, gardens, and acres of green space -- all serving 118 people, 60 of which are children.