in Copenhagen … a stunningly beautiful day in the company of my friend and blogging sister Ann Christin@Leya.
It was in the beginning of April and we decided to visit the Copenhagen Botanical Garden as it’s called, but should properly be announced as The University of Copenhagen Botanical Garden. Located in the middle of the Danish capital and the trains from Sweden stop in a 10 minute’s walking distance at Nørreport Station.
It covers an area of 10 hectares and is particularly noted for its extensive complex of historical glasshouses dating from 1874.
Copenhagen had in total 4 bonantical gardens, but they have been moved around through the centuries. The first garden, known as Hortus Medicus, was created on 2 August 1600 by royal charter on a piece of land donated by the king, Christian IV.
A second botanical garden was laid out by Georg Christian Oeder in 1752 in the newly founded Frederiksstaden.
In 1778 both gardens were closed when the king reacquired the land at Amaliegade and at the same time donated a tract of land behind Charlottenborg Palace for the establishment of a new and larger botanical garden.
The botanical gardens got its current location in 1870. Four years later in 1874 the gardens got its large complex of glasshouses at the initiative of Carlsberg founder J. C. Jacobsen who also funded it. His inspiration was that of the glass building the Crystal Palace that was erected for the Great Exhibition in London in 1851.
We were very lucky with the weather and even if we arrived quite early in the morning the park had quite a few visitors and it was building up the closer to lunch time it got.
Maybe we were a couple of weeks to early for experience the garden’s full spring glory, but still, our memory cards returned back to Sweden filled with far too many images and too many of the same plants too.
As the day progressed the warmer it became in the sun and it turned out to be like a real summer day.
We did some serious walking … especially when we need to use the restroom, they only have one set of restrooms and they are located by the main entrance at Gothersgade. A bit poor, especially if you made like us all the way to the Palmhouse.
The garden has 27 glasshouses. The most notable is, of course, the old Palm House that is 16 metres tall and has narrow, cast-iron spiral stairs leading to a passageway at the top. We didn’t make it to the top.
The garden contains more than 13,000 species and is arranged in different sections including Danish plants (600 species), perennial plants (1,100 species), annual plants (1,100 species), rock gardens with plants from mountainous areas in Central and Southern Europe and Conifer Hill which is planted with coniferous trees.
One of the newest inclusions is a rhododendron garden.
In 2018, the Botanical Garden opens its new Butterfly House, which will be open during the summer season, so that wasn’t open.
The entrance fee; Palm House (and in the summertime the Butterfly House): adult
60.00 DKK/€8.00/$9.00/£7.00/86.00SEK. Even if we weren’t able to spend time with the butterflies it was well-spent money. The Palmhouse is a fantastic experience on its own. There is no entrance fee to visit the park.
To enter the Palmhouse was like walking into a rain forest … so warm and humid, it was a total shock to both us and our cameras, we all steamed up in seconds. It took ages for the glasses and the lenses to become clear again.
Please don’t ask me for any names. I don’t have a clue what I put my camera against. Ann Christin is a very good botanist.
There was supposed to be a cafe at the park, but so wasn’t the case … so we were advised to visit the SMK – Statens Museum for Kunst (the Danish national gallery) and their cafe … a short walking distance of 7 minutes????!!!!! With crying feet and a very sore neck, it felt like a lifetime to reach the museum, but we got there and was met by the most stunning Magnolia tree in full bloom. The branches were so heavy from flowers so they were laying on the ground and everything felt so much easier.
We were both very tired from all the walking. Then there were all the steps up the entrance, nearly fainted when I saw them – there was a lift, but we would have to call for assistance to use it … wasn’t in the mood for that. But the steps weren’t that bad to handle.
Stunning building both exterior and interior. The cafe was on the entrance level and quite busy. Seams to be a meeting point for the students.
So we had the menu that includes a starter, main, glass of nice wine and coffee. Just what we both needed and we took our time, we need to get our strength back so we could make it the bus stop at Øster Voldgade.
When we buy our day trip ticket for the train to Copenhagen in our county we can travel how much we want on public transport in Copenhagen. A fantastic deal. So we jumped on the first bus that arrived … the driver told us that he was only going one stop – to the station. Just what we needed.
A fantastic day … even if I did get a chance to enjoy the butterflies. Always have a fantastic time in Ann-Christin’s company.
In August are we going to Szczecin in Poland for the World Championship in fireworks and her husband Lars is joining us. Last June was we at Int. Kite Fliers Meeting on the Danish Island Fanø . A magical event: a magical long weekend – fanø, denmark,
Trying to talk them into to come along to the sand sculpture festival in Søndervig (also Denmark) next summer.
“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.”