Christianshavns Ramparts form a playground for children and a place to enjoy long runs. The old bastions and paths along the moat also make a great walking route. There have been trees and shrubs here since the fortifications were built in the 1600s, and out on the moat live coots, moorhens, grebes and swans.
You can hang out on the green slopes, enjoy nature from one of the many benches and explore the host of cultural monuments. In spring, the ramparts are in bloom – but the pretty hawthorn originally served a very practical function, providing a barbed-wire defence against the enemy.
There are plenty of places to settle down with a picnic, special barbecue areas, and restaurants and cafés on the ramparts. The adventure playground features many challenges for children of all ages, including a ‘hamster wheel’ that recharges cellphones.
It’s possible to walk around the entire ramparts, which include part of Christiania. On the Elephant’s Bastion, dogs are allowed to run free, as long as you bring a bag and clean up after them. The ramparts stretch for some considerable way, so there is always a peaceful spot and a slope facing the sun.
It’s perfect for lonely wanderers, romantic dates or family outings. The ramparts are also packed full of fascinating history and right next to the city centre.
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1400 Copenhagen K
- Walking and jogging
- Children’s playground
- Lots of nature and culture
- Christian IV built the ramparts in the 17th century, together with the market town of Christianshavn, on a shallow, swampy area between Copenhagen and Amager.
- The ramparts are 3 km long, with 12 bastions and a moat, now called the City Moat.
- The Little Mill on the Lion’s Bastion was the last mill on the ramparts. Today, it is a restaurant and museum.
- Just inside the door of the old miller’s house are urns containing the ashes of the last couple to own the mill.
- The main tree species to be found here are ash, maple and hawthorn, and you’ll also see wild cherry, chestnut and rowan. There are about 60 different breeding birds on and near the ramparts.
- There is wheelchair access and a disabled toilet at the playground.
- There are several cafés and restaurants on the ramparts.