No sooner do the first spring rays of sunshine warm the air than many local residents in the area around Ørsted’s Park flock to the ancient ramparts, where they relax on the sloping lawns, frequent the popular outdoor cafés, or run or stroll through the parks, enjoying the views of the beautiful lake.
Ørsted’s Park was originally part of Copenhagen’s old inner defences, which were decommissioned in the 1850s. The park was established 20 years later and quickly became a popular place for more affluent locals to meet and show off on the winding paths.
The beautiful wrought-iron bridge that crosses the lake, which is part of the old moat, is probably the oldest of its kind in Denmark, and was used by King Frederik VII on his rides through the city.
Today, this is a popular park in the traditional sense, with two playgrounds, barbecue areas and myriad ancient and exotic trees and shrubs. Music events are held during the summer, but there is also plenty of opportunity for peace and quiet.
Dotted throughout the park are flowerbeds and statues with motifs from Greek and Roman mythology. They were donated by Carlsberg’s Carl Jacobsen.
Photo: Søren Rud
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- Jogging and promenading
- Dog walking
- Two playgrounds with lots of activities for all ages. One of them is a staffed playground, complete with a console-gaming area for 5–15 year olds. The staffed playground is open weekdays, 10:00–17:00
- The park is named after the Danish physicist Hans Christian Ørsted. A statue of him can be seen on Hahn’s Bastion, facing Nørrevoldgade.
- The cellars at Hahn’s Bastion served as a beer store for J.C. Jacobsen before he moved his brewery from Copenhagen city centre to Valby, where he founded the Carlsberg Brewery.
- His son, Carl Jacobsen, donated the many sculptures dotted around Ørsted’s Park.
- Ørsted’s Park is a popular meeting place for gay men during the evening and at night.
- Flowers and bushes bloom throughout spring, summer and autumn.
- Besides the typical Danish deciduous trees, the park also has a number of exotic species from China and Japan, including black walnut, kastura, ginkgo and pagoda tree.
- There are around 50 different species of birds. In autumn, you will hear the twittering calls of parti-coloured bats.
- Wheelchair accessible
- Disabled toilet at Café Hacienda
- The cafés in the park are open 10:00–22:00.