Kongens Have – The King’s Garden

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Kongens Have (English: The King’s Garden) is the city’s busiest park. It has been open to the public since the early 1700s.

Here people sunbathe in the summer, and many hold picnics and birthday parties on the lawns.

It is called the King’s Garden, but it has been popular with people since the king opened the gates early 1700s. Today, it is the city’s most used park.

Rosenborg Castle Garden was built as a Renaissance garden – at the same time as Rosenborg Castle – by the Renaissance king himself, Christian IV.

It is the oldest royal garden. Initially, it was the king’s herb garden, and essential parts of the garden’s paths are the same now as then.

The square network of trails is no longer the setting for beds with royal herbs, but lawns with big trees, flowering fruit trees, playgrounds, rose garden and beds with rhododendrons and perennials.

Garden style changed in 1600-1700 – and in 1800’s from Renaissance to baroque and romantic plant.

First was planted lime avenues in the garden. In the 1700s, the garden features finely landscaped shrubbery and avenues.

There have always been many sculptures in the garden. Christian IV’s copper lions are still flanking the small bridge to Rosenborg Castle.

This bridge was opened to the public in 1996, so you can go directly from the palace and into the garden like at Christian IV’s time.

The sculpture ‘The horse and the lion’ , was commissioned by King Christian IV in 1617.

The Marble balls have been going along with the crocus carpet since 1674.

While the eye rejoice, food can be enjoyed. There are several places in the garden where you can eat.

Quench your thirst at outdoor cafe tables or in sun loungers on the Hercules Pavilion.

You could also enjoy a lunch on the grass at the Orangery Restaurant.

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