Parks & Outdoor areas, Copenhagen
The park, complete with trees and statues, near The Little Mermaid, is a great place for a picnic by the water. I wasn't actually able to have a picnic here but my imagination created the thought.
The day I visited this park and saw the Little Mermaid, the sun shined, it rained, it hailed, it snowed and the sun came out again. (All in a matter of hours.) It was nice to have a sample of Danish weather in such a compact presentation. Especially after the shock of finding out that the Little Mermaid was really, well, Little!!
I used to work in the northern part of Copenhagen, and on my way to and from work I passed through the beautiful Mølleådalen (translated: Valley of a small river with many watermills)... Mølleådalen is a great place for a walk on the paths along the small river, Mølleåen. I especially think the area around Fuglevad, Brede (read my other tip) and Ørholm is very beautiful with many old houses, watermills and the nature.
You can also explore Mølleåen by renting a canoe or kayak. I did that with my colleagues a few years ago and it was a great and funny experience. You can rent canoes here: Nybro Boat- & Canoe Rental.
Det Biovidenskabelige Fakultets Have (known as "The Garden") is part of the University of Copenhagen and is a small hidden botanical garden at Bülowsvej on Frederiksberg, a few kilometres outside the city centre. The garden was laid out in 1858 and today there are about 6,000 different plants and flowers in the garden. Det Biovidenskabelige Fakultets Have is not as impressive as the Botanical Garden in the city centre, but if you have an special interest in plants and flowers the garden could be interesting to visit.
But it is also a great place for a rest and on a sunny day you'll find many locals sunbathing or relaxing around the garden. Nice with the small pond, the walking paths, and the many green areas.
Det Kgl. Danske Haveselskabs Have (The Royal Danish Garden Society’s Gardens) was founded in 1830, and moved in 1882 to its present location in the former kitchen garden of Frederiksberg Palace (read my other tips).
It is a beautiful garden with a small lake, a rose garden, a viewpoint in the middle, and separate small gardens with different themes. If you are interested in botanics and flowers you could find some old and rare species here in the gardens.
Inside the Royal Danish Garden Society’s Gardens there are a couple of old buildings (Kavalerfløjen, Brøndsalen, and Paradehuset) and they have all had different functions of the palace.
There is free admission to the garden, and it is open from sunrise to sunset.
1. My rental bike at Amager Fælled
2. Welcome to Amager Fælled
Amager Fælled is a large grassy park in the southern part of Copenhagen, near Ørestad and the Bella Center.
I had ideas of going cycling in Amager Fælled, but after thirty-six straight hours of rain large parts of the park were flooded, and I don't mean just little puddles -- the bicycle routes were really impassable. This is all a low-lying area, after all, so flooding is not unusual. But I'm sure it's a pleasant place when it gets dried out a bit.
GPS 55°38'50.54" North; 12°34'24.24" East
In the park of Frederiksberg Castle I have seen this funny tree. Any kind of people hang up to the branches of this tree mostly used baby`s dummys fixed with a small note on it . I never have seen such a custom.
Amaliehaven is a nice park to the east of Amalienborg Palace near the river Inderhavn. It's the newest park in the city, having been built in 1983. In spite of being so close to the popular Amalienborg Palace, we had the park almost to ourselves when we visited.
The royal danish horticultural society was established back in 1830 which makes it the second oldest in the world after the english. The society has a garden that dates back from 1882 on a location that was ones the kitchen garden for the Frederiksberg palace. I like to visit this garden and can recommend it for a relaxing walk or for gathering inspiration for your own garden. The gardens layout is made as a division of the grounds into “rooms” for inspiration. One of the nice things is that they have peacocks walking free on the ground.
The garden is open all year and there is no admission.
The garden is located at Pile Allé 6 next to the main entrance of a large park called Frederiksberg have. (at the end of Frederiksberg allé)
On the island west of Copenhagen are the areas Amager Fælled, Kalvebod Fælled and Kongelunden. The areas are similar as they all can be used for recreational purposes, but also different as the nature of the areas varies.
Amager Fælled is the area closest to Copenhagen. To get here, take the metro to Universitet st. Amager Fælled is next to the station. The area has loads of bushes and a few fields with cattle. The area was along with Kalvebod used for military training, so respect the signs and stay on the wide, well maintained tracks. Amager Fælled and Kalvebod Fælled is 2230 hectares and is twice the size of the more known and much more visited park Jægersborg Dyrehave (or just Dyrehaven).
The new part of Copenhagen: Ørestad, that is being built these years is on the outskirts of these two areas.
Kalvebod Fælled is south of Amager Fælled. It has more fields and open land than the other two areas. Here are some bushes and woods, but most of the area has fields with cattle. To get here take the metro to Vestamager st. Next to the station is a nature center; Naturcenter Vestamager, which is open every day 10-16. Here you can get a brochure and borrow a free bike. It is a good idea to get a bike as the area is big, and the tracks are long. In the south part of the area, there are a bird sanctuary with a lake and a bird watching tower. There are areas for picnic, bonfires and primitive campsites with shelters. It is clearly that the area has been used for military purposes as the roads are long, straight and wide. To get a brochure (tekstsiden) or a map (kort) use this link; http://www.skovognatur.dk/Udgivelser/Vandretursfoldere/atilaa/Kalvebod.htm
Kongelunden is south of Kalvebod Fælled and is a forest. To get here take bus 33 from Town Hall Square (Rådhuspladsen) or bus 32 from Ørestad st. or bus 36 from Tårnby st. The forest is next to the shore and here is a little beach. To get a brochure and a map (hele folderen) use this link: http://www.skovognatur.dk/Udgivelser/Vandretursfoldere/atilaa/Kongelund.htm
You should definetely spend sometime in the peaceful parks of the city. There are lots of different choices to go. For example, Tivoli Gardens is one of the most beatiful parks of Europe. It is worth to see.
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Valbyparken is a huge park located in Valby, a suburb outside Copenhagen, the next after Vesterbro.
The park is great sports and it is located next to the waterfront so it is a nice place to barbeque too, if you want it quiet and with not too many people around.
Here at the park is the annual Grøn Koncert (Green Koncert http://www.groenkoncert.dk)) being held, and you can also stumble upon some people living in small and colorful wooden huts and caravans, not like anything else found in Denmark.
To get to the park take the train to Sjælør St. Ellebjerg St. or Åmarken St.
How could I resist a park named after Hans Christian Ørsted, the physicist who first demonstrated the link between electricity and magnetism? (Yes, I know, I'm a physics geek.) It's a cosy little park, situated on Norre Voldgade near Norreport Station. When you want to get away from your hiking about town, and rest your feet, this is the place to go!
If you are lucky to be in Copenhagen when the weather is fine, go to the Oster Voldgade region, which is a huge (for a big European city) stretch of greenery inside Copenhagen’s boundaries. Kongens have in particular is a rather large public property park, just next to one of the most important sites of the capital - the Rosenborg Slot. You can also take some food with you - the park is known as a picnic spot. So, a cheap eat in the fresh air. Good appetite!
Want to be out of the hectic touristic parts of the city? Visit a parc and enjoy your own lunch at one of the fountains in the parc.
This is a very beautiful park close to the King's Garden and the Citadel, and I bet not many tourists visit it.
Directions: Stockholmsgade, north of the city centre.