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