The Botanical Garden
Away from the hustle and bustle of other large parks in central Copenhagen, the Botanical Garden was designed for peace, tranquillity and contemplation. Its rich and diverse flora and many shady trees create a pleasant atmosphere in which to relax and enjoy the wonders of the plant kingdom.
Like several other parks, it straddles the old city ramparts. The impressive glass and cast-iron Palm House was built when the Botanical Garden first opened in 1874. Thanks to recent extensive renovations, the Garden is now even more friendly and welcoming to the general public.
It is divided into different areas, each with distinctive features and specific plant species, including a bramble garden, a rock garden with Alpine plants, a rhododendron area, a herbaceous border, an area dedicated to Danish plants and, along the lake, a long, beautiful arbour. The Garden has plenty of benches and lawns where visitors can relax and take in the beautiful surroundings. Winding, wheelchair-friendly paths link the many different areas.
A new feature has been added to the Garden in the form of Observatory Hill, now the highest point in the inner city, which offers wonderful views of Copenhagen’s numerous towers and spires. In front of Observatory Hill is an inviting lawn, perfect for picnics or a quick lesson for nursery or school children.
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- Flowers, peace and introspection, picnics.
- Open 1 May to 30 Sept, 08:30–18:00 and 1 October to 30 April, 08.30–16:00
- The Garden was established in 1874 on the old city ramparts.
- The Palm House is a miniature version of the Crystal Palace, which was built for the Great Exhibition in London’s Hyde Park in 1851. A few years later, the Crystal Palace was rebuilt in South London. It was here that J.C. Jacobsen, one of the main movers behind the Botanical Garden, saw it and was enchanted.
- The Garden is part of the University of Copenhagen.
- Crystal Palace is now the name of a whole area of South London – and a football club.
- In one of his early novels, the Danish author Ib Michael describes how he and a friend sneaked into the Palm House in the Botanical Garden at night and took magic mushrooms – not an example to follow!
- Exotic wild plant species from around the world.
- The Danish section includes wild orchids and carnivorous plants in spring and summer.
- The whole of the Garden is accessible to wheelchair users.
- The outdoor café in the Garden is open during the summer season.