Amager Nature Park
A number of the capital’s biggest natural attractions are linked together in Amager Nature Park. It has everything from savannah, dense woods and salt marshes to bird-rich lakes and canals with frogs and snakes – all just a few kilometres from City Hall Square.
Natural Park Amager is primarily a green vision for a unique natural area that is one of the largest natural parks so close to a metropolis. Here’s 3,000 acres – or about 4,000 football fields – nature within biking distance of downtown. It is notable that very varied nature with many species and an exceptionally rich bird life.
In such a densely populated country like Denmark is necessary landscaping to ensure the kind of varied nature, which otherwise would have occurred by itself. In the Natural Park Amager helps grazing cows, horses and sheep to keep trees and large plants down, but there are also large flocks of dåhjorte who have permanent job in preserving the commons as a savannah landscape with scattered trees.
Along the coast you can get an idea of how the Øresund coast originally set out with low salt marshes and natural lagoons. It’s pretty much the only place that is left – the rest are either built or converted to artificial beaches.
The vision of the Natural Park Amager is making the many nature experiences even more accessible and attractive to all, whether you are looking for peace and quiet to study rare plants or exercising in nature. New paths will complement existing and new traditions to be developed and to ensure that more people will want to come here.
The potential is huge: If one did not count the natural park nearest neighbors, more than half of the people of Copenhagen never been in the area.
Photo: Martin Rivero
DATA & LINKSNaturpark Amager
(Nature Park Amager)
2300 Copenhagen S
- Horse riding
- Wild camping
- Cooking over an open fire
- Kite- and wind-surfing
- Bird watching
- Flying kites and model planes
- Guided tours
- Much of Amager consists of reclaimed land and has been used in the past as both a rubbish dump and a military training facility. Large parts of the area did not become publicly accessible until the mid-1980s. The Metro has made the Nature Park easily accessible, and new paths make it possible to cycle along the coast all the way from Islands Brygge to Dragør.
- For the history of the various parts, please refer to Pinseskoven Forest, Amager Nature Centre, the King’s Grove, Dragør South Beach and the Dyke around West Amager.
- The park covers a total of 3,000 acres. By comparison, New York’s famous Central Park only covers 350 acres, and the Deer Park to the north of Copenhagen is 1,000 acres.
- Amager is best known for its birdlife, which is protected by international law. The park plays an important role in bird migration and wintering, and throughout the year rare species are spotted here, including the biggest birds of prey.
- The area as a whole is very varied, with different types of nature. Amager Common, closest to Copenhagen, is more park-like than the wilder Kalvebod Common. Pinsekoven and Fasanskoven are naturally occurring forests, while the much older King’s Grove is a plantation originally grown to provide wood at a time of shortages.
- The coastal area consists of both artificial dykes and natural salt marshes.
- Most of the trails are suitable for wheelchair users. Distances are long.
- Many places to picnic or cook over an open fire.
- Cafés at Dragør, in Ørestad and at the Amager Nature Centre.