Summer in Copenhagen is unlike anything else. After an intense Scandinavian winter, you can be sure that when the sun finally emerges, the Danes will be outside enjoying every moment. As soon as the weather warms up, the streets become filled with people of all ages eating, drinking, biking and absorbing the beautifully mild weather. So, if you are lucky enough to spend time in Copenhagen during these glorious months, be sure to check out these incredible outdoor spots:
1. Kings Gardens, Rosenborg Park
This is one of the most famous and extravagant gardens in the center city. The Rosenborg Park has these iconic tall and symmetrical trees that are uniquely Scandinavian and remain seemingly untouched through all four seasons. Through these trees is a highly symmetrical path, that leads to ornate gardens and fountains. Of course, it is impossible to miss one of Copenhagen’s oldest castles to the left side of the grounds, which holds the royal jewels. It is a beautiful castle to tour on the inside, but one of the greatest ways to get a feeling for the space would be to grab some friends and picnic in the park. This is a popular park that many Danish youths go to on summer weekends and national holidays.
2. BaNana Park
This is a hidden jewel of Nørrebro, a bohemian section of Copenhagen. This park contains colorful graffiti walls, beautiful cherry blossoms and flowers, and even a rock wall. There used to be a banana sculpture in the park, which is where it gets its name. The street art on the main wall depicts the proverb “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” which gives the park a wonderfully calm aura. This is great place to bike to, so bring a blanket and sit back and relax.
Superkilen is a public skate park in Nørrebro, designed through the collaboration of several urban design groups. The park’s design and layout is slightly controversial, however, it's interesting to stand within the contrasting white and black lines.
4. Papirøen or “Paper Island”
Paper Island is hands down a favorite destination of both Copenhagen locals and students studying abroad. What used to be an old abandoned warehouse is now filled with dozens of gourmet food trucks showcasing delicious cuisines from all over the world. There is a real community-oriented feeling in the space, as everyone gets together with friends to try different unique foods. In the summer, you can sit on the picnic benches outside overlooking the canal, which is pure paradise.
5. Frederiksborg Castle
Frederiksborg Castle is a very interesting spot to visit from a historical context, but it is also an ideal spot to visit on a beautiful day. The gorgeous gardens overlook the lake, and you can even bring bikes to explore the park surrounding the castle. In the interior, the castle is gorgeously ornate, and even contains a large art gallery that routinely exhibits contemporary artists.