A Walk in the Park

Finally, summer has arrived! This is the season of utter rejuvenation, allowing nature to come back to life in full vigour and beauty. What better way to celebrate this magical time of year than to stroll through one of the city's enchanting gardens, and perhaps even do something cultural on the way?

Promenade like a King
The King’s Garden in central Copenhagen is the oldest park in the city – it has existed for more than 400 years. Once a private garden for the royal family, it is today one of the most popular hangout spots for the people of Copenhagen – you might even have to fight for a spot on the lawn on a sunny summer’s day. The park also serves as the setting for the daily, traditional puppet theatre (except Mondays) during summer. The captivating David Collection overlooks the garden, regarded as one of the ten best Islamic art collections in the Western world. The David Collection also exhibits a selection of Danish early modern art and furniture. (parkmuseerne.dk/kongens-have; davidmus.dk)

The Art of Nature
The romanticist Østre Anlæg was created to mimic wild nature with its curvy pathways and mountainous terrain. The park contains a variety of wild flora and fauna, especially in and around the lake. It also holds one of the city’s best playgrounds. However, if the Danish summer weather is as unpredictable as ever, you can always enjoy the dazzling light and colours of the Danish Golden Age and the Skagen painters’ art inside the Hirschsprung Collection, which is connected to the park. In the opposite corner of the garden you will find the National Gallery of Denmark (SMK). The permanent collection counts masterpieces by artists such as Monet, Gauguin and Degas. (parkmuseerne.dk/ostre-anlaeg; hirschsprung.dk; smk.dk)

Stop and Smell the Roses
The Botanical Garden is located in the centre of Copenhagen and holds Denmark’s largest collection of living plants. The park is especially noted for its historical glasshouses dating from 1874, with the Palm House being the most spectacular. It is modelled on the famous Crystal Palace (the Victorian
Crystal Palace Exhibition venue in South London, ed.). The Botanical Garden is part of the Natural History of Denmark situated a short walk away from the garden. Here you can experience botanical, geological and zoological objects collected over 400 years during expeditions made to all corners of the world. (botanik.snm.ku.dk; snm.ku.dk)

Playgrounds and Monuments
Along the old fortifications that protected the city up until the 1850s, the public park Ørstedparken was laid out in 1876, named after the Danish physicist Hans Christian Ørsted. This stunning park contains two popular playgrounds, a lake, barbecue areas and a unique selection of Greek and Roman mythology statues. During night time, Ørstedparken is notorious for turning into quite the meeting point for gay people seeking a bit of romance. Right behind the park you will find the charming Nansensgade with quirky cafés, wine bars and antique bookshop. The neighbourhood is also home to the cathedral Vor Frue Kirke, where Crown Prince Frederik and Mary were married in 2004. (domkirken.dk)

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Kathrine Amann