Experience Copenhagen on two wheels
Spring is here and summer is just around the corner, which means that it is time to get out and about in Copenhagen. After a long and dark winter, the lighter days are with us again and what better way to enjoy this than being out on a bicycle. We will guide you to a bike ride around Copenhagen and its surroundings where you can experience some of the most beautiful parks and green spots loaded with history.
When you stay at Copenhagen Admiral Hotel, you have the opportunity to rent a bike at the hotel. You can choose either an ordinary bike or a family bike with extra seats for two children. When the bike is ready, the city lies open and everything is possible.
FLOWERS AND A CULTURAL TREASURY
Copenhagen has a wide variety of parks and green areas, and on a sunny spring day there are not many places more appealing. One of the most colourful places is the Botanical Garden on Øster Farimagsgade that dates back to August 2nd 1600. In the garden, you will find an arboretum with trees that are more than 100 years old along with a rockery, old rose bushes, herbaceous perennials and Danish plants. The garden covers 5,000 m2 under a glass roof, of which some 2,000 m2 are open to the public.
When you have enjoyed the beautiful flowers in bloom, you can pedal on towards Nørrebro and Assistens Cemetery. For more than 250 years, people have been buried at
Assistens Cemetery – famous citizens as well as local inhabitants. Today, the cemetery is one of Copenhagen’s most interesting and luxuriant green areas, where both the inhabitants of Nørrebro and tourists are able to enjoy a place in the sun. The Assistens Cemetery in Copenhagen oozes history and tales of the dead. Thousands of old tombstones worth preserving are placed over significant Danes from previous centuries – most notably Hans Christian Andersen and Søren Kierkegaard. You can also
find the resting spots of two famous physicians, H. C. Ørsted and the Nobel Prize winner, Niels Bohr. Closer to the present day, the poet Michael Strunge and the singer Natasja Saad make Assistens Cemetery an interesting place to visit.
If you turn to the right outside of the hotel, continue down Toldbodgade, and follow the street round the corner to Amaliegade, you will arrive at Kastellet (The Citadel). Kastellet is today one of the best-preserved, five-bastion fortifications in Europe. Here you can enjoy a walk around the ramparts. The beautiful green surroundings make it a popular excursion spot. King Christian IV constructed Kastellet in 1626 and King Frederik III subsequently enlarged it. At night on January 17th 1722, the king’s personal physician, Johann Friedrich Struensee, was arrested at a masquerade ball in the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen. He was placed in custody in Kastellet until his trial on February 21st that year. Struensee was interrogated and subsequently convicted of lese-majesty for his affair with Queen Caroline Mathilde.