Amaliehaven affords some of the loveliest views of the city. Towards the west across the Amalienborg Castle Square, with Saly’s equestrian statue, as well as the “Marble Church” and across the harbour towards the east, the Copenhagen Opera House on Holmen.
Amaliehaven was donated to the people of Denmark by the foundation “A.P. Møllers og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Fond til almene Formaal”. Amaliehaven was opened in 1983, making it one of the newest parks in Copenhagen. It is visited by Copenhagen residents and tourists every day. In just a few square metres, the fountains, sculptures, flowers and plants of this modern park satisfy the need for an urban oasis.
Belgian architect Jean Delogne was challenged with the task of conceiving and designing a modern garden that respects Amalienborg Castle’s fine Rococo architecture and at the same time blends in with life along the waterfront. The axis of Frederiksgade unifies the entire area: starting at the Marble Church, transecting the Amalienborg Castle Square with Saly’s equestrian statue of Frederik V, and ending at the monumental fountain in the middle of Amaliehaven’s symmetrical park.
Jean Delogne’s landscape architecture beautifully accentuates the garden’s sculptures, fountain and four large abstract columns – the latter by Italian sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro – around the fountain. The sun-like fountain sculptures were also shaped by Pomodoro. From each end of the garden they sprinkle the park with their jets of water.
An array of plants and flowers
On both sides of the large central fountain, the rectangular gardens continue on two levels, with shrubs and walls enclosing the gardens from the waterfront on one side and the street on the other. The garden abounds with different plants and fragrant flowers whose beautiful array of colours and natural shapes accentuate the contrast with the strict, symmetrical, styled and geometric gardens. Last updated:: Tuesday, December 06, 2011
Amaliehaven is jointly owned by the Danish State and the City of Copenhagen and maintained by the Agency for Palaces & Cultural Properties.