Copenhagen was declared to be one of the most liveable cities in the world many times. And after I recently visit it, I completely understood why. It has the perfect size, you can go everywhere on foot or bike, it is not overcrowded (I’m looking to you Amsterdam!) and it is so relaxed, while at the same time one of the Europe’s gastronomic, design and cultural centers.
But, one of the things that impressed me the most, were its amazing parks. It has so many of them! We were very lucky having a great sunny weather with almost summer temperatures, so naturally we spent a lot of our time in the parks.
And here are my favorites:
#1 – Rosenborg Castle Gardens
This is the oldest park in Copenhagen. It was established in the early 17th century as the private garden of King Christian IV. It is famous for its many beautiful rose gardens, and of course the Rosenborg Castle. It also has an artistic atmosphere, with a high number of statues, a lot of small designer studios placed on its edges and a temporary art exhibitions that are hosted here.
#2 – Ørstedsparken
Situated in a very city center, on the grounds of the old fortification ring, it is absolutely my favorite park in Copenhagen! It was opened back in 1879 and it was a home to Copenhagen’s first public playground. Park has a small lake in its center, a lot of beautiful trees and many statues representing famous Danes together with some classical replicas. Some black tulips could also be find here!
#3 – Kastellet
Although not a typical park, it is one of the best preserved star fortresses in Northern Europe. It was built in 17th century and today is a huge green area. Kastellet is still in use for military activities, but nowdays mainly serves as a public park. It is placed just next to the yacht harbor and the Little Mermaid Statue.
#4 – Botanical Garden
Botanical garden, one of the biggest parks in the city, was established in 1870. It is a part of the Natural History Museum of Denmark and contains more then 13 ooo species. Beside a garden, there are museum, glasshouses, herbarium, library and plants shop here. It is definitely ‘the wildest’ green oasis in the city.
Copenhagen has many more beautiful parks, like complex of the lakes with a nice small caffes around them, connecting Ørstebro with a city center. Or a small park behind National Gallery of Denmark (SMK). There are so many options to choose from.
So, one of the items I’m absolutely recommending taking with you when visiting Copenhagen is a picnic blanket!