Our second day in Copenhagen was a whirlwind. We walked EVERYWHERE and literally circled the entire Downtown Copenhagen (Indre By) area - from our Airbnb in Frederiksberg to Norreport to Nyhavn to Amalienborg Palace to Kastellet and The Little Mermaid - ending our tour of the city with a stop at Rosenborg Castle and the King's Gardens. What was intended to be a drive-by speed walk through the garden on our way to dinner (which was another 30-minute walk away, across from Christiansborg Palace) transformed into a leisurely stroll through the beautifully manicured rose gardens and lawns. It was the perfect way to end our day, reflecting on our action-packed adventures in peace and nature.
The gardens surrounding Rosenborg Castle are the country's oldest royal gardens, laid out by King Christian IV in the early 1600s. And while you might think a royal garden would be reserved and strict, we were surprised to find that it was a lively community space. There were families and friends picnicking and playing games everywhere, and even a yoga class!
While we didn't get a chance to tour Rosenborg Castle (which houses the Danish Crown Jewels), we thoroughly enjoyed people watching on the lawns during sunset, soaking in the youthful, carefree energy of the Danes.