A Moment of Quiet at the Royal Library Garden
This surprisingly peaceful inner courtyard garden, an undisturbed retreat in the heart of the city, is one of Copenhagen’s best-kept secrets. Get away from the hustle and bustle of busy streets and scenery, and enjoy instead a romantic picnic in the shade of majestic trees. Brimming with flowers in the summer months, the Royal Library Garden is the perfect spot to hold hands and gaze into your loved one’s eyes. Placed opposite the Danish Jewish Museum, and just around the corner from Christiansborg Palace, the Black Diamond and the Lapidarium of Kings, the garden is also an ideal stopover to rest your weary feet in between sightseeing and visiting museums.
Søren Kierkegaard's Objects of Love
Considered the original existentialist, Danish philosopher and author Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) is widely regarded as one of the most important scholars of the 19th century. At the Museum of Copenhagen, you can get acquainted with Kierkegaard’s thoughts on love, and admire some of his few surviving personal possessions. The exhibition, Kierkegaard: Objects of Love, Works of Love, examines the philosopher’s understanding of love and combines it with stories and objects donated by fellow Copenhageners of today.
Love and Loss at the Karen Blixen Museum
Famous for her memoir Out of Africa, recounting her years as a coffee farmer in Kenya, adapted into an Oscar-winning film in 1985 starring Meryl Streep, Danish author Karen Blixen (1885-1962) is one of the most influential figures in Danish literary history. Also known by her pen name Isak Dinesen, Blixen’s African adventure was a chronicle of love and loss. Blixen began a decade-long love affair with English army pilot, Denys Finch Hatton, who was killed in a tragic plane crash shortly after their break-up. Blixen’s family residence, Rungstedlund, now the Karen Blixen Museum, just north of Copenhagen, is well worth a visit. This is where Blixen spent most of her childhood as well as her last years. The property overlooks the sea and includes a beautiful garden and a bird sanctuary, perfect for a walk on a breezy summer day.
Romantic Stroll at Hørsholm Palace Gardens
Built in the 18th century, Hirschholm Palace was known as one of the finest buildings of its time, the Versailles of the North. The palace later developed a notorious reputation in connection with its role in the affair between Struensee and Queen Caroline Matilda in the 1770s. After that, the palace fell into despair and was finally demolished in 1810. The only reminders of its existence today are the beautiful surrounding park and gardens. Hørsholm Palace Gardens are still the perfect setting for a romantic stroll. With alleys lined with trees, swans floating on the lake and the church bells of Hørsholm Church still ringing, it is as lovely as a dream come true. The Gardens are located north of Copenhagen, only twenty minutes away from Copenhagen by public transportation, and right across from the Danish Museum of Hunting and Forestry and Hørsholm Museum of Local History, as well as being close to the Karen Blixen Museum.
This article was published in the magazine Curator, june 2015.