J.C. Jacobsen’s Garden

Although Carlsberg City District exudes life and modernity, it also holds a secret: a time warp that catapults visitors back 150 years. J.C. Jacobsen’s private garden, located in his former residence, was built in 1848, the same year that he opened his brewery at Valby Hill.

The garden was private for 160 years, only opening to the public in 2008. Roughly the size of Kongens Nytorv, it was designed in the romantic style, with small hills, lakes, scrub, winding paths, hedges and an open lawn with a magnificent magnolia tree.

Although it resembles a natural landscape, nothing is left to chance here. The garden offers a changing palette of colourful blooms throughout spring, summer and autumn. There are 74 different plants and trees, many of them foreign species brought to Denmark by Carl Jacobsen. The hills were fashioned out of soil from the excavations for Jacobsen’s brewery cellars.

When you stroll along the romantic Philosopher’s Way or one of the garden’s other paths, you are following in the footsteps of one of the world’s great personalities. After the brewer died, his home was turned into an honorary residence.

The Nobel Prize-winning physicist Niels Bohr lived here until his death in 1962. During Jacobsen’s lifetime, the garden was visited by Hans Christian Andersen, the French scientist Louis Pasteur and the greatest Danish artists of the 19th century.

When Niels Bohr lived there, he received visits from Albert Einstein, the Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, German physicist Werner Heisenberg and Robert Oppenheimer, the inventor of the atom bomb, with whom Bohr discussed physics and world affairs as they strolled through the garden.

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  • Walks
  • Picnics
  • Sunbathing
  • Rare trees and plants – and an ever-present sense of history
  • If you’re in the mood for some physical exercise, Bubble Square (Boble Plads) is right next door
  • Having taken over his father’s brewery in Brolæggestræde in the centre of Copenhagen in 1835, J.C. Jacobsen built the Carlsberg brewery – named after his son, Carl – in Valby in 1848. J.C. Jacobsen wasn’t just one of the Denmark’s richest men, he also had a tremendous impact on the nation’s culture, e.g. providing input into the free constitution that replaced the absolute monarchy.
  • Hans Christian Andersen first visited J.C. Jacobsen and his garden in 1868. He took the tram from the city to Pile Allé, but had trouble finding his way to Carlsberg. After a long detour through the Southern Field (Søndermarken), he arrived tired and covered in mud and silt. Having found an easier way to get there, he subsequently made many Sunday trips to visit Carl Jacobsen and his wife.
  • The garden contains 74 different exotic plants and trees and is laid out as a Romantic landscape garden, protected by trees and hedges. Among other things, it contains the romantic ‘Philosopher’s Way’.
  • It is considered to be the best-kept garden of its kind in Denmark.
  • The paths are not very suitable for wheelchairs.
  • There are several cafés and a supermarket in Carlsberg City District.
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