Frederiksberg Gardens | A Royal Park in Copenhagen

Frederiksberg Gardens | A Royal Park in Copenhagen

Rebecca Aller
Rebecca Aller
February 8, 2024

Explore the serene beauty of Frederiksberg Gardens in Copenhagen, where royal history and nature converge. Enjoy boat tours, royal historical monuments like the Chinese Pavilion, Frederiksberg Palace, and tranquil green spaces perfect for picnics and leisurely strolls. A must-visit green oasis in the heart of Copenhagen.

Frederiksberg Gardens
Daniel Rasmussen, Visit Copenhagen
Tip: Boat Tours in Frederiksberg Gardens

For a unique experience, take a 20-minute rowboat tour around the garden canals. This tour offers a different perspective of the palace and gardens, gliding under bridges and among wildlife like ducks and herons. Ideal for families or a romantic activity, the boat tours operate May to September:

Monday to Friday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Weekends and holidays: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Frederiksberg Garden: A Royal Retreat

At the heart of Frederiksberg, you will find its crown jewel: Frederiksberg Garden. As you step through the main entrance, a statue of King Frederik VI greets you, making it clear you're entering a space cherished by royalty. This king, loved by his people, once enjoyed leisurely boat rides here, waving to the loyal crowds from the canals.

Today, you can follow in royal footsteps with Svendsen's Boat Service, offering tours that glide through the garden's waterways all summer. These boat rides give you a fantastic view of the sprawling gardens, with sights like the majestic Frederiksberg Palace perched on a hill, charming bridges, and the historical Chinese Pavilion, originally built as a royal teahouse in 1799.

Wonderful Spring: At the main entrance to Frederiksberg Garden, you are greeted by a fabulous sight each spring with crocuses, scillas, and daffodils.

Frederiksberg Gardens
Daniel Rasmussen, Visit Copenhagen

Frederiksberg Gardens - A Favorite Among Locals

Frederiksberg Gardens have long been a go-to spot for Copenhageners looking to unwind. For those with a green thumb, or anyone seeking a bit of floral inspiration, the entrance of the gardens houses the enchanting gardens of the Royal Horticultural Society. It is a place where the love for plants and serene landscapes is evident, inviting you to linger and soak in the natural beauty.

Welcome to Copenhagen Zoo

Right next to the calm and scenic Frederiksberg Gardens, Copenhagen Zoo offers an adventure into the animal kingdom. As you step from the tranquil greenery of the gardens, the zoo welcomes you to a world filled with fascinating wildlife from every corner of the globe. Many visitors bring picnic baskets, basking in the garden's beauty before heading to the Zoo. It is a perfect spot for a leisurely lunch or a day spent exploring with family and friends.

Frederiksberg garden zoo
Note: In this picture, you see the elephants at the zoo, but the people on the other side of the fence are actually in Frederiksberg Garden looking in. This is, therefore, a small window into the Zoo from Frederiksberg Garden.

Søndermarken - another wonderful park extending from Frederiksberg Garden

Søndermarken is another park next to Frederiksberg Garden. It is a popular spot for jogging, walking the dog, or just strolling through the hilly, wooded landscape. It is open all day with free admission. At Søndermarken, you can also visit the playground with your children or explore the cisterns, which were once water basins supplying clean water to the people of Copenhagen.

Exploring Frederiksberg - A Blend of Culture and Nature

Frederiksberg is known for its beautiful, lush greenery. It is a place where history and modernity meet, creating a laid-back vibe that is both welcoming and grand. With its royal past, lush parks, and cultural spots, Frederiksberg offers a distinct sense of calm and character. Whether you are looking to delve into the past, enjoy some quiet time in nature, or explore cultural gems, Frederiksberg welcomes you to discover its unique charm.

Note: Frederiksberg is also famous for its fantastic culinary scene, from Michelin-starred restaurants to world-class bakeries. If you're into Danish pastry, make sure to stop by the beloved bakery Heart.

Frederiksberg, værnedamsvej
Ty Stange, Visit Copenhagen
Local tip: Værnedamsvej, a bustling shopping street between Vesterbro and Frederiksberg, exudes a French vibe, earning it the nickname "Copenhagen’s Paris" among locals. It's packed with cafés, restaurants, specialty stores, delis, and the wine bar Falernum. This charming street offers a laid-back atmosphere, becoming a popular hangout for families and locals on weekends.

Looking to explore more?

You have probably noticed Frederiksberg Garden offers plenty to see - wandering its royal green spaces, sipping coffee at quaint French cafés, and meandering through its streets. But if it is more Royal Green Oasis you are after, check out:

Amalie Garden, Amaliehaven, nestled between Amalienborg Palace and the waterfront, a blend of art and nature funded by the Maersk Foundation in 1983. It is famed for its marble sculptures and Arnaldo Pomodoro's fountain, offering a picturesque setting for a walk.

Also, do not miss The Kings Garden, Kongens Have, the city's oldest and most frequented park, transitioning from a monastery garden to a royal garden. Housing Rosenborg Castle and the Royal Guards, it is a hub for concerts and cultural events, enriching Copenhagen's leisure and cultural landscape.

Opening hours and directions

Openings hours for (updated today)
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: Closed
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed
Address: - directions
Website: official site

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