As I’ve mentioned before, having my dog with me makes me feel more at home in this new country. Now that it’s basically summer, the weather is perfect for aimless wandering, so Sherlock and I spend a lot of time walking around the neighborhood together. Last week, we decided to take a long walk to my new favorite place: Superkilen.
Superkilen is a park in the Nørrebro neighborhood of Copenhagen. This is the neighborhood I live in, so naturally, I can get there pretty easily. It’s only about a 20 minute walk away with my short legs. The park itself is fairly small (a little more than half a mile or a kilometer long), but it definitely has a lot to offer.
The park is actually comprised of three different sections: the Green Park, the Black Market, and the Red Square. Ever since I discovered it, I’ve found any excuse to go back. It truly is the most unique park that I have ever seen in my life.
The Green Park
First up, I’ll show you the Green Park. This is the eastern-most section of Superkilen. It’s basically a standard grassy park with soothing hills, playground equipment, picnic tables, and a basketball court. To be honest, compared to the other two parts, this area seems pretty bland and ordinary. However, the playground is really clean and very modern. There are only two swings, which stinks if you’re the third person, but what really caught my attention were the olympic-esque rings. I tried them out, and let me tell you, it was intense. I have no upper body strength whatsoever though…
The Black Market
So after you’ve passed through the quiet and serene Green Park, you will run smack into the unique Black Market. This section of the park is incredibly impressive visually. The deep black asphalt has white lines traveling across it, and the overall effect is borderline hypnotic. On the east side, there is a tall black and white hill. It’s actually quite a steep hike to get to the top of it, but once you get up there you have a great view of the whole place. On the west side, there are palm trees growing through the black ground. It’s a refreshing change.
This is my favorite part of the park by far, and it is definitely set up for socialization. There are benches, a fountain, and tables for chess and backgammon. There’s also an octopus playground for children. I could come here every day. It’s awesome.
The Red Square
The final part of Superkilen is the Red Square. Again, this place is visually stunning. Everything is red, orange, or pink. The ground is a little spongy in a few areas, which is nice if you’re sitting with friends on the ground. There are some really groovy circular swings in front of a striking red mural, and next to that is a small playground and a boxing ring. Copenhagen is a pretty colorful city in general, but this square truly paints the town red.
I stumbled upon this square a few months ago with friends for the 48 Timers (48 Hours) Festival. It was filled with people eating and drinking while listening to live music, but this space is definitely a lot of fun even without the festival.
If you’re ever in Copenhagen, you definitely need to check out this unique little park. If nothing else, it looks super cool on Instagram.