Østre Anlæg Park

In the long, undulating terrain of Østre Anlæg Park, the soft contours of the old ramparts, which were transformed into an English-style park in 1879, are still visible. It immediately became a popular destination for the people of Østerbro. Today, the park attracts locals of all kinds, but is a paradise for children and art lovers in particular.

The younger generations frolic on grassy knolls, hide in thickets and sledge on the hill in front of the National Gallery of Art. Special playgrounds cater for toddlers, there’s a play area with ball cages, a paddling pool, a basketball court, a fishing boat and tennis courts.

It’s teeming with nature too, with a birch grove, a rose garden, a rhododendron garden, bracken, wild tulips and herbs like chicory and St. John’s wort. After dark, you might be lucky enough to hear the ‘to-wit to-woo’ of the night owl, just one of 50 different species of bird found here, along with butterflies, dragonflies and squirrels.

The park has several barbecue sites and picnic tables, but if you prefer, just spread a blanket on the grass. There are also two art galleries – the Hirschsprung Collection and the National Gallery of Art – both of which offer discounts for children.

Photo: Scanpix/Torben Huss

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Østre Anlæg
(Østre Anlæg Park)
Oslo Plads og Sølvgade
2100 Copenhagen Ø/1307 Copenhagen K

  • Playgrounds
  • Walking and jogging
  • Picnics
  • Barbecues
  • Nature and art
  • Østre Anlæg Park was created ‘with soft waves, hiding places and lookout points’, as landscape architect H.A. Flindt described it. He also designed the Botanical Garden and Ørsted’s Park.
  • Since it opened, the contours of the park have been altered by the addition of two art galleries.
  • A lot of work goes into making Østre Anlæg the city’s most bird-friendly park. It has probably the only high-rise birdhouse in Copenhagen.
  • A roof has been attached to a dead tree, into which holes have been drilled to create bird apartments, with sticks as small balconies.
  • Birch, oak, alder and willow trees. Rhododendrons, roses, wild tulips, chicory and St. John’s wort.
  • Fifty different species of bird, butterflies, dragonflies, water nymphs as well as roach, perch and bream in the lake.
  • Some parts of the park are suitable for wheelchairs.
  • Disabled toilet in the National Gallery of Art.
  • There is a café in the National Gallery of Art, which is open during the day.
1 km

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