Frederiksberg, like every other neighbourhood in Copenhagen, Denmark, brings a lot of history and affluence to the table. There are a lot of reasons to go here. You have not been there before so you might not know this. However, on getting to Frederiksberg, you will agree with me that you should not have missed it for the world.
Much of my time in Copenhagen was spent taking long walks through the city. One of these walks took me along Frederiksberg Allé while heading towards one of the most lovely parks in Copenhagen, Frederiksberg Gardens (Frederiksberg Have). Frederiksberg Allé was originally intended to be the king's private road leading to his summer residence, Frederiksberg Palace.
This is the most Paris boulevard feeling you get in Copenhagen - if that's what you are looking for. By visiting Frederiksberg, I spent a perfect day in the green village of Copenhagen. This lovely wide boulevard is an open space, broad street, unusually spacy sidewalks and lined with lovely linden trees all the way the Frederiksberg Gardens. There are a number of beautiful buildings located along the length of it. Some of these buildings are elegant homes while some of the larger buildings house top-end shops and restaurants. I enjoyed walking along this picturesque part of the road admiring the nice buildings and pleasant surroundings while on my way to Frederiksberg Gardens.
The beautiful linden trees give a majestic atmosphere while walking towards your next station, which is Værnedamsvej, the cozy French styled street. It has its own identity and is a famous tourist attraction just because of the mood and pulse that can be enjoyed there.
A true tragedy in Copenhagen was the bombing of the French Catholic School, the Institut Jeanne d’Arc, in 1945. It was an accident during the British air raids on 21 March 1945, which had the Shell House as intended target. 86 students lost their lives. When strolling down Frederiksberg Allé, you will be passing the monument to the former French school.
Every year in winter, Frederiksberg Gardens is turned into an outdoor ice-skating ring. It has a very nice atmosphere just outside the entrance of Frederiksberg Gardens (Frederiksberg Have) with sight to Frederiksberg Alle. When it gets dark, it looks magical with the lightings of the surrounding trees.
Today, Frederiksberg Gardens features a statue of Frederik VI at the park entrance. In this way he still greets the people visiting his much cherished gardens.
Frederiksberg Gardens is the place where you want to go, if you need silence and wonderful nature. It is such a beautiful peaceful park which has imposing rows of trees lining certain walkways and little lakes and large lawns. You really feel you get away from the city and into the nature.
It's all a photographer can ask for, just pick a theme you are set. The whole place is stunning in every season but I would love to witness the nature changing its colors during autumn, someday.
The undisputed main sight within the park is the beautiful early 18th-century Baroque Frederiksberg Palace (which is now home to the Royal Danish Military Academy), which has a somewhat Viennese vibe. From the top of the hill, you can catch a glimpse of Copenhagen’s city center in the distance.
Other interesting places outside Frederiksberg Gardens include the Royal Horticultural Society (Haveselskabets Have) and the Storm P. Museum, a biographical museum dedicated to the Danish humorist and multi-faceted artist Robert Storm Petersen, in public known as Storm P. The museum includes his paintings and other talented works, as well as a quaint collection of smoking pipes.
Right behind Frederiksberg Palace, you’ll find Copenhagen Zoo.
It was such a great location for an enjoyable stroll. Copenhagen’s abundant parks and open spaces might be a key factor in the Danish capital’s consistent ranking as the happiest city in the world. Today, Frederiksberg Gardens is among the largest and most enticing green spaces in Copenhagen, with a canal system, as well as exotic trees and bushes, popular with all ages for an outing or a picnic, locals and tourists alike. With the historical castle in the background and the green trees in the front it creates an impressive setting, helping to forget all the stress and troubles in your life !