Hidden Places in Copenhagen

As a young person, I went everywhere in Copenhagen by bike. I thought I knew every corner of it. Thirty years ago, I moved away from Copenhagen, and now as a retired health visitor, my husband and I explore places when visiting our children. One of the places we went to last weekend was Norrebro, an area of Copenhagen where most of my great grandparents and grandparents on my father’s side grew up around the oldest Baptist church, the Christ Church. In my youth, it was a neglected area populated with poor and older people. Today it’s a lively place with lots of cafes and restaurants in the side streets.

Seeing the area, I couldn’t believe that I had never seen these particular streets when having passed by nearby a hundred times going to my work at the hospital.  

Christ Church at Baggesens Street, Norrebro, Copenhagen

Christianshavn Citadel

This area is in Christianshavn, central Copenhagen. I want to show you the park in a former citadel from the 1600s. When I was about 27 years old, I worked as a nurse visiting old and sick people in the area. I then saw the green ramparts and the surrounding water, but at the time, the area was closed for the public. Today it’s a recreative area with paths for walking and running. A playground was smoke-free, which is an improvement from former times. At the bank of the old fortress is another park with different memorials and pieces of art. 

Orsted Park

Finally, I would like to show you pictures from a park in Central Copenhagen named after a well-known scientist H.C. Oersted. He found the link between magnetism and electricity. The park comes from the old fortification of Copenhagen, like the one described above in this post. The romantic area is full of historic statues, and many people in Copenhagen use it for recreation.   


  1. I’ve said the same words so many times – I never knew that was there, and I passed by it for years! You not only get to see your countries monuments, but your own family history!!

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    • Thank you for commenting. Maybe the cow isn’t that irrelevant after all. In my grandmother’s childhood in the 1890s Copenhagen they had cows many places among overcrowded houses.
      We climbed the spire a few years ago. Henry got nearly too far up. You get a fantastic view over the city while slightly swaying

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  2. Thank you for sharing. My great-grandparents emigrated to the US from Finland in the early 1900s. I was supposed to visit Scandinavia/Baltic region this year, but that didn’t happen. Your posts are a great way to virtually visit the region from half a world away.

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    • You made my day by telling me that you enjoy those posts on showing places in Denmark. We have all suffered loss this year by having a lot of things canceled. Hopefully, you will be able to take that cruise trip soon


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