If there were an award for the best place for children in the city, Remise Park on Amager would definitely be a contender for the title. Sandwiched between the high-rise blocks of Urbanplanen, this is a world of its own, with farms and animals, a castle, construction playground, the city’s longest tunnel slide, green areas to get lost in, a hockey pitch and more.
The friendly chaos that welcomes the 80,000 people who visit here every year is quite a contrast to the orderly town planning that surrounds it, in which uniform blocks are positioned with mathematical precision. In Remise Park, what kids can imagine is more important than what they are able to measure.
The park has several parts. The construction playground, known as ‘the Builder’, is, for safety reasons, only open to children aged six and over.
The farm is for everyone. It is a proper working farm, of the kind that has been on this site since the 18th century, with chickens, rabbits, goats, pigs, horses and one cow. Here, children can ride in the carriage or on ponies, pet the animals and help care for them. There is also a small urban garden with raised beds around which you’ll see and hear the bees buzzing.
The final part of the park is a large play area with plenty of playground equipment, a sledging hill, bonfire and barbecue areas, a paddling pool, pitches for ball games, pétanque, and more.
Both the farm and the construction playground are staffed during regular opening hours. The farm is open seven days a week (except public holidays). If the weather is bad, indoor activities are organised for the children.
The activities are free, and you don’t have to sign up in advance – just turn up. But please remember that staff are here to help and initiate activities, not to babysit.
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- Looking after animals
- Cycle workshop
- Cooking over an open fire
- Pony rides
- Ball games
- Sledging hill
- Paddling pool
- Indoor play areas during the daytime
- Climbing wall
- Hockey pitch
- The first public playgrounds in Copenhagen opened in the mid-1850s. Usually, these were just areas children were allowed into without having to be well dressed. In the late 19th century, they had gained equipment such as swings and seesaws.
- By 1939, there were over 100 playgrounds in Copenhagen. The council launched a pilot scheme in which female teachers would supervise the biggest ones. The idea was to help the children to start playing and – more importantly – to keep undesirables out. The idea spread, especially as many children spent much of the day in the playgrounds if both parents were working, which was frequently the case.
- The need for new playgrounds continued to grow. In the late 1960s, Remise Park became the city’s first real play park, with a much wider range of activities – the construction playground, farm, sledge run, playing fields and so on.
- The farm at the centre of the park dates back to the 1700s but burned down in 1995. It was rebuilt in the old style and remains a traditional Danish village farm in the middle of a modern city.
- The Urbanplanen high-rise development is named after the late Mayor of Copenhagen, Urban Hansen, who came to power on a promise to provide housing. And he did: Urbanplanen is one such area, Tingbjerg in Nørrebro is another.
- Many of the roads and other areas in Remise Park are accessible by wheelchair.
- Disabled toilet.
- Several places to enjoy a packed lunch/picnic.
- Open-fire cooking places.