The 17th-century castle in the middle of modern Copenhagen is one of those things that gives the city its fairy-tale quality, along with the famous Little Mermaid and the dragons that adorn many buildings. Rosenborg Castle sits, however, in gardens that are even older than the castle itself. The first pleasure gardens here were laid out some 20 years before the castle, with only a small pavilion that the king used on his visits. Elements of the original Renaissance design and later Baroque additions can still be seen, and the garden has one of Northern Europe's longest mixed borders.
Of course when the sun is out and Copenhagen residents flock here to enjoy picnics on the lawns, no knowledge of the history of garden design is necessary to enjoy the park.