Heron Heaven

In the middle of Copenhagen, there is a whole separate town; a town which prefers to remain independent and free from the capital’s constraints. I’m not talking about Christiania here. I’m talking about Frederiksberg.

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Frederiksberg is named after one of the many Frederiks who once ruled Denmark.

Frederiksberg is a swanky municipality surrounded by Copenhagen proper. I’ve never really explored it before, so on Friday Greta and I decided to walk around and get to know it better.

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Greta (r) and me (my selfies need work).

 

Frederiksberg is easy to envy. Well beyond my price range, it’s a place I can only dream of calling home. It has wide boulevards, countless cafes and restaurants, stately mansions, elegant 18th and 19th-century apartment buildings, and acres and acres of green spaces.

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One major park in Frederiksberg is the 300-year-old Frederiksberg Garden.

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It would be difficult to imagine a more idyllic place. I’ve been to many city parks in my day, but this one has my vote for the most beautiful park in the world!

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A healthy mix of the immaculate and the beautifully wild 80 acres, this park has it all. It has beautiful lawns you can lounge on, majestic trees, wildflowers, a cafe, a restaurant or two, a Baroque palace you can visit once a month, a Chinese tea house from 1803, an artificial waterfall, elephants (true) and oh so many herons!

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When I saw the first heron, perched on a tree branch over the water, I was stunned. It was so beautiful and so uninterested in all the people! I love herons. I see them occasionally when walking my dogs near a little river by our house. But they remained a rare sight for me…

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Until I came to Frederiksberg Have. Apparently, this is where all of them live.

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After oohing and ahhing over the first couple of them, Greta and I quickly realized that we were surrounded by herons! There were herons in the trees, herons on benches, herons on the lawn. So-many-herons!!!

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According to copenhagennet.dk the huge heron colony is populated by the descendants of the herons that escaped the neighboring zoo. No mention of when the escape occurred or why they were kept in a zoo (Gray Heron is native to Denmark).

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In addition to countless herons, Frederiksberg Garden has a lot of other birds. Lots of geese families, with their babies this time of the year!

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Oh yeah. And peacocks. Just hanging out in the wild.

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Yes, there are elephants in the park. They are technically in the zoo, but there’s a viewing area where you can see them from the park. Apparently, there is a whole other area, which I didn’t get to see on this visit, where you can view the African savannah, with giraffes, antelopes, and zebras!

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The palace at Frederiksberg Gardens used to be the royal summer residence. Now it is being used by the Ministry of Defense and houses the Army Officer School. But it opens up to the public once a month. Public tours are conducted on the last Saturday of every month (except for December and July) at 11 am and 1 pm.

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The Chinese tea house is also open during very limited times (Only on Sundays in the middle of the summer for only two hours! 2-4pm). It serves tea and cake when open.

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Greta and I wondered around for a bit, but I’m sure we didn’t see everything there is to see at the park. Still, we came across these botanical gardens that were amazingly beautiful as well.

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One question regarding reproduction of mermaids was answered when we came across this merbaby.

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Greta and I had a really fun time exploring Frederiksberg on this lovely May (feels like summer) day. We put in a lot of steps too!

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  • This Urban Hike: 8.3 km
  • YTD Urban Hiking Km: 16.8

 

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