Christianshavns Ramparts form a playground for children and a place to enjoy long runs. The old bastions and paths along the moat also make a great walking route. There have been trees and shrubs here since the fortifications were built in the 1600s, and out on the moat live coots, moorhens, grebes and swans.
You can hang out on the green slopes, enjoy nature from one of the many benches and explore the host of cultural monuments. In spring, the ramparts are in bloom – but the pretty hawthorn originally served a very practical function, providing a barbed-wire defence against the enemy.
There are plenty of places to settle down with a picnic, special barbecue areas, and restaurants and cafés on the ramparts. The adventure playground features many challenges for children of all ages, including a ‘hamster wheel’ that recharges cellphones.
It’s possible to walk around the entire ramparts, which include part of Christiania. On the Elephant’s Bastion, dogs are allowed to run free, as long as you bring a bag and clean up after them. The ramparts stretch for some considerable way, so there is always a peaceful spot and a slope facing the sun.
It’s perfect for lonely wanderers, romantic dates or family outings. The ramparts are also packed full of fascinating history and right next to the city centre.
Photo : Scanpix/Henrik Pyndt Sørensen