Parks and Gardens in Copenhagen

Information about the main parks and gardens in Copenhagen...

It is official municipal policy that by 2015 all Copenhagen citizens should be able to reach a park or beach on foot in less than 15 minutes. As a result, several new parks are currently under construction.

Parks and Botanical Gardens in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is an extremely green city, with several parks and gardens, many of which have children's playgrounds and host summer events. Listed below are some of Copenhagen's most popular parks.

The King's Garden (Kongens Have): Copenhagen's oldest and most visited park, dating back to the 17th century, with landscaped gardens and sculptures. Within the rose garden are statues of Hans Christian Andersen and Queen Caroline Amalie, created by Vilhelm Bissen. During the summer a number of open-air concerts, carnivals and children's puppet shows are held here.

  • At: Indre By, 1350 Copenhagen

Frederiksberg Garden (Frederiksberg Have): A 32-hectare garden, surrounding the former royal palace and situated next to the Copenhagen Zoo. Its attractions include the Chinese Pavilion, the Apis Temple and a cave containing a spring, as well as a lake and canals, where boat trips take place in the summer. It hosts cultural events for the family throughout the year. The elephant house designed by Norman Foster can be seen from the park.

Faelledparken: At 58 hectares, this is Copenhagen's largest park. It has children's playgrounds and hosts several free events, such as opera, open-air concerts, a carnival, Labour Day celebrations and the Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix for vintage cars.

  • At: Oester Alle, 2100 Copenhagen

Oestre Anlaeg: A park with many monuments and sculptures, which leads into the Botanical Garden.

  • At: Stockholmsgade, 2100 Copenhagen

The Botanical Garden (Botanisk Have): A landscaped garden created in 1874, full of rare trees, shrubs and herbs. The garden is home to the largest collection of living plants in Denmark. A large staircase leads to views over the exotic trees. Within the garden is a geological and botanical museum. Entrance is free.

  • At: Oester Farimagsgade, 1353 Copenhagen

Amalie Garden (Amaliehaven): Located between the royal residence of Amalienborg and the waterfront, the Amaliehaven is a modern park created in 1983 by the Belgian artist Jean Delogne. It features a waterfront walk with green shrubs, flowers, a fountain and marble sculptures. It is situated opposite the harbour, with views of the Opera House.

  • At: Indre By, 1253 Copenhagen

Oerestadsparken: Located close to the Town Hall Square in the centre of the city, the park is popular with families, as it has a playground and a lake.

  • At: Noerre Farimagsgade, 1364 Copenhagen

Valby Park: This park houses various themed gardens, including the Rose Garden and the Hans Christian Andersen Oriental Garden.

  • At: Hammelstrupvej, 2450 Copenhagen

Citadel of Frederikshavn (Kastellet): This Renaissance fortification includes a church, a prison, a windmill, Commandant's quarters and other houses, but now serves mainly as a park. It was originally built to serve as protection against the Swedes, but was eventually used as a defence against the English in the early 19th century.

Deer Park (Dyrehaven): The Deer Park is situated just north of Copenhagen in Klampenborg. There are 1,000 hectares of woodland that are popular for walking, jogging, cycling and horse-riding, and the Bakken amusement park is also located here. The park is accessible via the S-train to Klampenborg.