Its official name is Bernstorff Palace Park, but it is popularly known simply as ‘Bernstorff’s Park’. The crowned heads of Europe holidayed here when the palace was the summer residence of ‘Europe’s father-in-law’, Christian IX. Today, it is almost a public park, used for picnics and walks among the trees. It’s also a highly popular ‘dogs’ forest’, where our four-legged friends are allowed off the leash.
With its wide, open spaces, dense woodland and many garden areas, the park offers a varied experience for all ages and is suitable for long walks and runs. At the top of its slopes, overlooking Copenhagen, sits the beautiful, neoclassical Bernstorff Palace.
The park has many small flowerbeds, a rose garden with historic roses, rhododendrons, a greenhouse and a vegetable garden. At the centre of the park is the yellow Swedish Villa, built for Queen Louise, which looks like it’s come straight out of Pippi Longstocking. It’s now a cafeteria run by volunteers during the summer season.
Count Bernstorff, who was foreign minister at the time, originally set up the park as a rococo garden. However, after the exotic tree species gradually died off and the king took over the palace, it was decided to preserve the park as a piece of Zealand scenery, with large, grassy plains surrounded by Danish forest.