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Best Parks in Copenhagen

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H.C. Ørsted Park (H.C. Ørstedsparken)

H.C. Ørsted Park was originally part of the moats of Copenhagen. The park was built in 1876 and completed three years later in an English style with wonderful lawns and paths. It also has playgrounds and a café, and in the summer the park is full of people sunbathing. May claim that the park hasn't changed much after being established, it may transport you to and older, simpler time. Named after the famous Danish physicist, H.C. Ørsted, Ørstedsparken is an oasis of lush green and peace midst the bustling capital.

Copenhagen, Denmark
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King's Garden/Rosenborg Castle Gardens

The oldest park in Denmark, the Kongens Have, was laid out when Christian IV commissioned the construction of the Rosenborg Castle in 1634. This emerald oasis was initially designed as a beautiful Renaissance pleasure garden, and the park still retains some parts of its original design. In the 18th Century, the Rosenborg Castle Gardens underwent a Baroque-style transformation that featured the inclusion of several lime tree-lined paths. The 19th Century saw the park re-landscaped according to English ideals. Apart from colorful shrubbery and floral paths, dozens of stunning sculptures also adorn the park. Some sculptures feature Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, who found inspiration for his fairy tales here.

Copenhagen, Denmark
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Botanisk Have

Founded in 1874, the Botanical Gardens are located between Gothersgade and Slvgade in the center of Copenhagen. Visitors can enjoy the sights of the rare trees, rock gardens, medicinal plants and wild Danish plants from moor and heath. The Palm House is a must with its palm trees, cacti and orchids. The gardens also contain the Botanical Museum and an observatory. Dogs are not allowed in the gardens.

Copenhagen, Denmark
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Assistens Cemetery

Assistens Cemetery is Copenhagen's biggest cemetery. It was originally a place where smaller cemeteries would be relocated, and also served as a churchyard for the poor. Today it is open to all visitors. Celebrities, such as H.C. Andersen, Søren Kierkegård, Jens Juel or Martin Andersen Nex are all buried here. There are plans to turn the churchyard into a park, as the local people already use it as a place to meet with there loved ones or to sit in the sun in the summer.

Copenhagen, Denmark
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Østre Anlæg Park (Østre Anlæg)

Østre Anlæg was originally part of the moats of Copenhagen. The park was laid out in 1871 in the style of an English garden. In Østre Anlæg you'll find Statens Museum for Kunst with its white marble annex, and the Hirschsprung Collection. You will also find flowerbeds, statues and monuments.

Copenhagen, Denmark
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Amaliehaven

Amaliehaven's royal gardens were donated to the city by the A.P. Møller Fund and Møller's wife, Chastine McKinney Møller. When the gardens were laid out in 1983, they were strongly debated and criticized. However, the people of Copenhagen have accepted and grown to love the beautiful gardens, where you will find many exotic plants and trees. There is a magnificent view over the harbor, Amalienborg Slotsplads with Saly's equestrian statue, and the Frederiks Church. The gardens were designed by the Belgian, Jean Delonge. The four bronze pillars and the two fountains were created by Italian sculptor, Arnoldo Pormodoro.

Copenhagen, Denmark
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Langelinie

This area could be described as the most beautiful in Copenhagen, and stretches from Esplanaden to Lystbådehavnen, the pier of Langelinie and Frihavnen. If you walk along the outer harbor of Copenhagen, you will be able to enjoy a breath of fresh air from resund. You will also pass the Gefion Fountain, the statues of Frederik IX and Princess Marie, the The Little Mermaid, and the Mylius-Erichsen Monument (to the people who died during the Greenland Expedition 1906-07). Last but not least, you'll see Frihavnen, with its warships and huge cruise liners, which is now also a housing and business district. From Langelinie you can see over to Holmen, where the yacht of the Royal Danish family, Dannebrog, usually lies anchored.

Copenhagen, Denmark
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Jægersborg Dyrehave

If you are tired of the noise and stress of the city and fancy a bit of fresh air and tranquility, you can be out of town in leafy Dyrehaven park in less than 15 minutes. The park is great for walking, cycling and riding and is accessible at all times of the year (during the winter you can also ski). Visitors can also hire a horse-drawn carriage from outside the station at Klampenborg and take a ride through the park. Those lucky enough to visit Copenhagen in June should visit Hvidtjørnesletten and see the ancient hawthorn forest in blossom - a sight you will never forget. Other attractions are Erimitagen, a former hunting lodge in the middle of the forest, Bakken, an amusement park similar to Tivoli and the Rådvad mill at Mølleåen.

Lyngby, Denmark
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