Just when you thought that the cold, dark winter of Copenhagen would never end and any change of temperature was hopeless, spring is starting to return. There are plenty of sites around the city where you can spend a spring day, such as the University Post’s exploration to find the Top 10 Spring tips last year. But what are the actual spring cues for the girls in Copenhagen?
The University Post has been keeping an eye out for all the smells, signs and special activities of spring that will be appearing in the coming weeks and which we recommend especially for the ladies. From baby birds to designer clothes and skater dudes we’ve compiled the freshest ideas and places around Copenhagen to help you celebrate the arrival of the new season.
But above all - we want to hear: Where have you spotted spring? To do this we have created an interactive map. After each of our ten recomendations, you will find a link to the interactive google map. Follow the roads to our favourite places, and then plot in your own along the way! Your recommendations will be seen by everyone!
10. Fresh, culinary delights
There’s no better way to say goodbye to the deep frost of winter than indulging in the freshness and variety of produce. Local produce in the form of root and early leafy, green vegetables and imported exotic goodies like berries, melons and peas will appear as the weather warms. Visit the many greengrocers in Nørrebro and Vestebro. Organic foodies and locavores however can revel in the offerings of the fruit and vegetable stands of the newly opened Torvehallerne or at a local ‘garden boutique’ like Din Baghave. Don’t forget that these establishments can also carry a nice selection of locally produced and organic meat, perfect for grilling in many of Copenhagen’s local parks.
Check out our interactive map for more details on these locations and plot in your own favourite spots.
9. Pushing up daisies
The pop of colour that flowers and budding trees can provide is welcome after a dull, grey winter. To make the most out of the city’s botanical bounty, the most obvious place to look is the University’s botanical garden which boasts the country’s largest collection of living plants, a greenhouse always turned up to tropical temps, and free admission.
But if you are in need of a natural spot that’s a little less ‘lively’, why not try visiting the city’s many cemeteries? Many sites like Assistens Kirkegård in Nørrebro, Holmens Kirkegård in the city and Bispebjerg Kirkegård in Nordvest have been a favored by Copenhageners as natural park-like refuges for decades. Pick your favorite tomb-side spot with a blanket and a book, or enjoy the many tree-lined walks and beds of natural wild flowers than can be found there.
The flowers to be enjoyed now at any of these locations include bulbs like crocus, tulips and daffodils, flowering trees like cherry blossoms and magnolias and budding bushes such as forsythia and pussy willow.
Our interactive map will also tell you exactly where to sit when you get there. Know of another great green location? Add it to our map!
8. Roller sports
The disappearance of all that ice and snow can also open up the possibility of new modes of transportation in the spring months. Rollerblading and skateboarding have become popular ways to leisurely enjoy an afternoon commute and tone up idle bodies that will be perfect for the beach in a few months time.
Two events that capitalize on these newfound spring pastimes include the Hal Bal Skate Competition on 21 April featuring Denmark’s best skaters and a huge skate-themed party and Copenhagen’s Friday Night Skate for rollerblading enthusiasts.
We've got the lowdown on these and other skating spots on our interactive map. Tell us where you've seen the coolest scater on the map.
7. New love
Now that the time of staying indoors and layering on kilos of winter clothing is over, it’s no wonder that spring is the season for new love. Scores of romantic couples love flocking to the city’s many romantic walks or promenades. Catch some sea breezes and rays of sun along Islands Brygge’s boardwalk or blast a tune or two with friends along Dronnings Bro, Nørrebro’s bridge.
If an April shower or two gets in the way of your romantic outdoor plans, the season for free concerts is also beginning. Try the free Castle Concert Series which features a variety of music options in some of the city’s most romantic settings or do a simple search for free, copenhagen and your favorite musical genre.
If you're still flying solo, why not attempt this spring to try out the University Post's top 10 best places to find love.
Our interactive map will lead you to the best spots in these locations. Where did you find your Spring fling? Plot it in our interactive map.
6. The birds and the bees
The arrival of spring always marks the awakening of animals big and small. But you don’t have to take a major trip outside the city to get in touch with nature. The Urban Beekeeping Organization BYBI is currently gearing up for a ‘sweet’ honey collecting season and can arrange guided tours or even volunteer positions at one of their many sites around Copenhagen.
If insects aren’t really your thing, the city’s more friendly winged friends are also making a comeback. Bird walks with DOF Copenhagen are frequently posted on their website or you can do one yourself by becoming familiar with the species and places on our interactive map where they can be sited.
Of course baby birds can always be found in late spring just by taking a walk around Copenhagen’s lakes. Where have you spotted the cutest baby bird? Plot the location on our map or send us a picture!
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