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Guide to Copenhagen Outdoors

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Copenhagen, the Latin Quarter of Scandinavia, has lots of outdoor activities for visitors to enjoy — all just a short bus, train or even bike ride away. Spend the whole day surrounded by nature just north of Copenhagen or visit one of the many great parks in the center of the city for a couple relaxing hours.

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  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nature Lover

10 Places

6 City Tips

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10 Places

Jaegerborg Dyrehave

Nature & Wildlife Areas, Parks

Charlottenlund Fort

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Botanical Gardens (Botanisk Have)

Gardens

Amager Strandpark

Beaches

Amager Faelled

Other Outdoor Activities

Faelledparken

Parks

Islands Brygge

Piers & Boardwalks

Kastellet

Architectural Buildings, Castles, Historic Sites

Oerstedsparken

Parks

Kongens Have

Parks

Nils B's City Tips

  • Get around by bus, metro or S-train. They are frequent and timely. A multi-day all-zones pass is easiest, as the zone system can be a bit confusing.
  • On a hot summer day, wear light clothes and sturdy shoes. In most places in Denmark, just about any kind of attire goes.
  • If you're up for it, rent a bike. It's easy and cheap, with bicycle paths just about everywhere.
  • Unless you opt for one of the Michelin-starred restaurants in Copenhagen, there is typically no dress code to follow.
  • If you're on a budget, there are several places in the Copenhagen area where you can sit down and enjoy a picnic lunch.
  • Tips are included in the restaurant prices in Denmark. However, if you feel that the service has been good, you may always give your server a little extra.
  • Jaegerborg Dyrehave
    Nature & Wildlife Areas, Parks
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    Nils B Says:

    Dyrehaven is the place to go if you're visiting Copenhagen and wish to experience a bit of 'rough' nature. Only 10 kilometers from central Copenhagen, it makes for a nice day out, complete with sea views (Oresound) along the coast of Nordsjælland (Northern Sealand), and the opportunity to get up close and personal with wild deer.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Head to Erimitage Castle in the middle of Dyrehaven for stunning views of the the forest, the deer, the sea and on clear day, even Sweden!
    • The summer months are the best, although the autumn colours are spectacular. In the autumn, you might also catch the deer fighting.
    • Visit one of the many restaurants near Bakken or Klampenborg S-train stations, offering everything from cheap eats to Michelin-starred cuisine.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Klampenborg
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Free outdoor park to see deer 15/10/2018
    • Dyrehaven is a great place to visit 22/08/2018
    • Jaegerborg Dyrehave
    Address:
    Dyrehaven
    Klampenborg 2930
    Denmark
    Phone:
    +45 20 21 90 92
    Other:
  • Charlottenlund Fort
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Nils B Says:

    This beach is located two minutes from Charlottenlund S-train station, and close to the entrance to Jaegersborg Dyrehave. As this is an old military fort, there's a lot to explore in addition to the beach itself. The area also includes a smallish camping site if you feel like having a night out under the stars. The far south of the beach is a naturist area. While it's somewhat shielded behind trees and bushes, there is no strict division, so be prepared to see naked bodies if you wander too close to this area of the beach.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • At the beach itself, there are possibilities for buying food and ice-cream. There's also a restaurant in the fort itself.
    • Visit one of the many restaurants near Charlottenlund, Klampenborg Station or near Bakken. They range from cheap to Michelin-starred.
    • Make it a full day outing. Start out at the beach, then visit Jaegersborg Dyrehave and end your day at Bakken (the world's oldest theme park).
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 10 things to do in Charlottenlund
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Eat with a view! 10/09/2018
    • Perfect campsite for visiting Copenhagen 09/08/2018
    • Charlottenlund Fort
    Address:
    Strandvejen 150
    Charlottenlund 2920
    Denmark
    Phone:
    +45 72 54 30 00
    Other:
  • Botanical Gardens (Botanisk Have)
    Gardens
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    Nils B Says:

    This is really one of Copenhagen's natural gems. Located in the city center, the small gardens are a true oasis, with a lake, several hills, lawns, flowers galore, and several secluded benches where you can just sit and enjoy the silence — even though you're only a couple of hundred meters from the busy streets of inner Copenhagen! At one end of the park there's a small café, and at the other end, on the highest hill, you'll find an observatory.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • Not all lawns are open to the public. This park is also part of Copenhagen University.
    • In one corner of the park, you'll find the Geological Museum — perfect if you have an extra hour to spend here.
    • Admission to the park is free. Usually the park closes at sunset, however on some days the observatory is open to the public late in the evening.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 342 things to do in Copenhagen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Green oasis in the center of Copenhagen 11/10/2018
    • One of my favourite places in the city! 04/10/2018
    • Botanical Gardens (Botanisk Have)
    Address:
    Gothersgade 128
    Copenhagen 1353
    Denmark
    Phone:
    +45 35 32 22 22
    Other:
  • Amager Strandpark
    Beaches
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    Nils B Says:

    Built parallel to the coastline, where lots of new and expensive apartment buildings are being raised, this beach is one the newest beaches in the Copenhagen area. It's located less the 5 kilometers from the Town Hall Square on the Island of Amager and is very easy to get to by metro.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • You can ride rented bikes to this beach by crossing Langebro or Knippelsbro, or one of the newer bicycle/footpath bridges.
    • There aren't many shopping or food options at the beach. But go inland a little and you'll find plenty of cafés and restaurants.
    • There's a diving obstacle course at one end of the beach. It's quite shallow but still fun if you're into diving.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 342 things to do in Copenhagen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lond beach park. 18/09/2018
    • Nice beach outside the city center 14/09/2018
    • Amager Strandpark
    Address:
    Amager Strandvej
    Copenhagen 2300
    Denmark
  • Amager Faelled
    Other Outdoor Activities
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    Nils B Says:

    While construction is ongoing nearby, this moor still offers lots of open air, nature and animal life to explore, and is easy to get to by metro or bicycle.

    Good for
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • On your way to the moor, get off the metro to visit DR-byen, a huge construction with its own state-of-the-art concert hall.
    • Pack your picnic basket before leaving for Amager Faelled, as shopping on the moor is non-existent. Or go to Field's Shopping Centre, only one metro stop away.
    • This is an excellent spot for flying kites, or just chilling in the grass and watching the bird-life.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #34 of 122 Outdoor Activities in Copenhagen
    • Bursting with Energy 27/05/2018
    • Pleasant experience 26/09/2017
    • Amager Faelled
    Other:
  • Faelledparken
    Parks
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    Nils B Says:

    This park is located in the Østerbro area of Copenhagen, just two kilometers from the center. Skater park, dancing area, ice skating ring, training facilities for crossfitters, playgrounds and a huge lawn for concerts — you'll find plenty of outdoor activities here to keep you entertained. Even the National Danish Soccer Stadium ('Parken') is located here.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Copenhagen Carnival takes place here each year in June. It fills the whole park with all types of music, from samba to electronic to reggae.
    • There are several cafés and restaurants around the park, and also some places to buy food in the park itself.
    • Little ones can learn about basic traffic rules — on their bicycles or in go-carts — in the traffic playground.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #59 of 342 things to do in Copenhagen
    • Parkrun on Saturday morning 27/03/2018
    • Parkland oasis in charming Copenhagen 16/03/2018
    • Faelledparken
    Address:
    Oster Alle
    Copenhagen 2100
    Denmark
  • Islands Brygge
    Piers & Boardwalks
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    Nils B Says:

    This area is one of the most trendy places to live in and visit in Copenhagen. Since the turn of the millennium, this once working-class neighborhood has changed considerably, and now boasts a huge recreational area along its harbor — the place to be and be seen.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • The world's first harbor bath was built here. The water is clean and it's hugely popular.
    • There are numerous restaurants and cafés in the area, so no need to bring your picnic basket here — although you can do, if you want.
    • You can get here by metro, bicycle, or if you're staying in central Copenhagen, it's only a short walk over the Langebro bridge.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 342 things to do in Copenhagen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Scenic and quiet place to stay 05/10/2018
    • Nice place for a walk and to shop 22/09/2018
    • Islands Brygge
  • Kastellet
    Architectural Buildings, Castles, Historic Sites
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    Nils B Says:

    This old military area is located in one of the most expensive areas of Copenhagen. It houses the only yacht club in central Copenhagen, the Royal Danish Yacht Club, and is also home to many beautiful historical buildings. Close by you'll find Langelinie, The Little Mermaid, the A.P. Moeller-Marsk headquarters, Marmorkirken (Marble Church) and Amalienborg, home of the Royal Family.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The nearest S-train station is Østerport, or you can walk from Kongens Nytorv metro station or — as always — ride a bicycle.
    • From Langelin, walk along the harbor for several kilometers. You will pass several modern and historical buildings and areas along the way.
    • Literally hundreds of restaurants and cafés are located in this area. From very cheap to very expensive.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #30 of 342 things to do in Copenhagen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful park 15/10/2018
    • A surprise ... military 11/10/2018
    • Kastellet
    Address:
    Center of Churchill Park
    Copenhagen
    Denmark
    Phone:
    +45 33 11 22 33
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    06:00 - 22:00
    Other:
  • Oerstedsparken
    Parks
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    Nils B Says:

    This park is actually the most central of the parks in Copenhagen and open 24/7. During the day it's a paradise primarily for young people wanting to relax, children playing in the playground or for the odd jogger. At night, the story is a little bit different...

    Good for
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Parallel to this park is the street Nansensgade, known for it's quirky little basement shops and cafés. Really good food can be found here.
    • Connected to the Park is Israels Plads, a multipurpose sports area.
    • Next to Israels Plads is Torvehallerne, which is both an indoor and outdoor food market. Seating is available both inside and outside, and it's particularly lovely during summer.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #54 of 342 things to do in Copenhagen
    • Romantic park in the heart of the city 27/08/2018
    • Summer Spot in Copenhagen 23/08/2018
    • Oerstedsparken
    Address:
    Norre Voldgade/Norre Farimagsgade
    Copenhagen 1358/1364
    Denmark
    Other:
  • Kongens Have
    Parks
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    Nils B Says:

    This garden is also called Rosenborg Have, because Rosenborg Castle is located here — home of the Crown Jewels. This is also the spot where the Royal Guards are located, and they can be seen performing a mini tattoo every day at 11:30 am, when they march through the inner city to Amalienborg (the home of the Royal Family) 2-3 kilometers away. Rosenborg Have is flat but pretty, and is a hugely popular picnic spot during the summer.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Visit the castle and see the Crown Jewels. Children enter for free and guided tours are included in the adult entrance fee.
    • Prepare for a bit of traffic chaos and a lot of other tourists, when the tattoo begins at 11:30 am.
    • There are playgrounds, small soccer fields, a children's doll theater, as well as a restaurant and some small shops scattered around the perimeter of this garden.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 342 things to do in Copenhagen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The garden to hang out in 15/10/2018
    • Beautiful royal gardens. 09/10/2018
    • Kongens Have
    Address:
    Gothersgade 11
    Copenhagen 2300
    Denmark
    Phone:
    +45 33 92 63 00
    Other:
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